Saturday, December 26, 2009


Went grocery shopping at Publix this morning. It is pretty obvious that they, as a store in general, were pretty hung over from their day off yesterday. It's not like I walked in on them at 7 am. It was around 10:30 when I got there, and there were so many things not where they belonged. I had to ask them to fetch me some green beans. I had to move three palates of lettuce to get to the cucumbers. Meat section--decimated. And a huge disappointment, the one thing I really wanted to buy was one of those nice hams they've had out for the past few weeks. THAT was dinner tonight. But nope, the "ham area" was empty and the butcher confirmed they had no more. Shit!

So I came home and took my frustration out on my neighbor's yard. No, stupid! I didn't do any property damage. They moved out like four months ago and haven't cut their grass since then. So, I guess in the Christmas spirit, or maybe because if you want something done..., or maybe because I'd like someone to actually buy this place, I spent an hour cutting their grass. By the time I was finished, my lawnmower actually turned around and said to me, "Are you fucking done abusing me for today?" I was shocked!

Today I'm drinking Abbey, a Belgian style ale brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. All the New Belgium beer reviews I have done have been made possible by my friends, as this brewery does not have any presence in Florida. This one is no exception as it came as part of a Christmas present! I just took this out of the fridge, but am waiting just a bit as it's supposed to be served cool, at 50 degrees.

The aroma has a caramel sweetness, with lots of bananas and a lesser amount of pears and raisins. Huge banana and pear flavors to start, extremely fruity. There is also a very noticeable bready quality you will taste. It's hard to describe, but the overall flavor profile is cotton candy and pink lemonade sweet, and it tastes manufactured. Right from the beginning, and mixed with the fruits, these flavors start to be pretty annoying. You finish with more banana and some cloves which linger on your palate. The 7% alcohol wasn't a factor, and my "best by date" was July 23, 2010 for the record. I didn't really like this beer that much, if you didn't notice.

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Cooking Asshole said...

This beer tastes like shit compared to real Belgian Abbey Style Ales (i.e. imported from Belgium). We get every NB that is
released here.

"All the New Belgium beer reviews I have done have been made possible by my friends, as this brewery does not have any presence in Florida."

So that is why you disliked "Hoptober." By the time it got to your crappy state it was skunk.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Well I guess we agree about Abbey. I've had some great ones from Belgium as well.

I also have enjoyed 1554 and Skinny Dip.

But I don't get the "by the time..." comment. It's not like my friends sent these beers Pony Express. They purchased fresh and in season, got on an airplane a day or two later, and I drank it a day or two after that.

Hoptober was OK but not great.

As for Florida, if you've read one or two posts, you'd probably realize I can't wait to get the hell out of this state!

Cooking Asshole said...

haha! "Pony Express"

This is my favorite abbey: