15 February 2008

Menu mania

If you retreat back to the far corner of the downstairs (where a pool table used to be), there's a pseudo-Belgian brunch spread: Waffles, fruit, bagels, cream cheese, mini-muffins (poppy-seed, no less)............

Okay, we see a La Chouffe Fourquette tap handle, but no Chouffe on the menu. Closest several of us can get to a match is Les 3 Fourquett Wheat, a 5.8% wheat ale. This glassful from the Chouffe tap is yellow and cloudy as very fresh apple cider, nose lemony like a wit...... hmmmm, seems to have the same Choufe signature yeast flavors I like, but seemingly reaching for the citrusy wit style, lemongrass and ambiguous spices..... not bad at all, but the name seemed to hint towards a quadrupel...... if this be the only Chouffe this weekend, I'm happy.

Jim W. just handed of the rest of his Stone Vertical Epic 2007, 8.4%. First "bright" beer so far, the only non-"Belgian" here........ menu says Strong Pale...... I call this odd. Cross Belgian yeast character with the funk of a wheat wine with a strong golden like Erie Railbender; nose is almost fruity like a Vignoles, Vigonier, or Riesling wine, but then you get hit with a hoppy palate and odd finish. It' something I'll have to come back to in order to figure out why I don't care for it.


By 12:05 I have had two menus stolen from my "work station". #3 is now "chained" to my laptop on the same security cable as my bags and laptop. Several photocopied menus are floating about in the side-room bar. The former darts lounge is now the cigar/smoker's lounge. and cigar store--"No Drinks Past" the closed door, but you can smell the cigars in the side bar.

3 comments:

David said...

Pace yourself friend. I don't want you ending my vicarious enjoyment of the weekend early! :-)

Chodite said...

taking a break from the tripels... I'll try that Les wheat. p.s. try the M;rdesous 6. Deeeeelish!

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

David: Don't worry; I'm sampling in 3.5-oz. wine glasses. And some well-dressed gentleman in shiny shoes and trench coat just delivered FIVE more cases of said glasses (maybe more than that--too much to pay attention to here).........

Chodite: Last time I had Maredsous 6 was in Yin Yankee Cafe in Annapolis along with sushi. Let me tell you, that weird matchup worked. Maredsous was low on my priority list because it's more readily available, but I'll put it on the "to do" list! (^_^)