I also posted a link in #2058 to a Valentine's/beer/chocolate article from The Independent written by Julie Johnson who I believe is editor for All About Beer magazine and has been for several years. Hopefully it gives some credibility to my "outrageous" claims that dark brews make nice dessert beverages, either by themselves, or with some traditional desserts.
Not only did Ozzie enjoy the 4 ounce sample beer float I made for him (thinking he was humoring me all along), he politely asked for another and I obliged. Miracles never cease.
I think a couple other variations might be an oatmeal stout or chocolate stout (actually brewed with chocolate), both of which would be lower ABV than the BBCS. Or, using a chocolate or coffee ice cream for the "float." See my link to the Independent for some other thoughts about beer, chocolate and dessert.
Duvel is probably the Belgian golden ale by which all others are judged, in addition to the Chimay series. This one is slightly cloudy (probably some wheat malt) and pours with the classic "Belgian lace" (or fizz as I believe DA likes to say) which coats the glass (ideally a goblet) as you sip your way through the brew. A bit of orange peel and coriander greet your taste buds throughout the beverage. A hint of black pepper spiciness is present, too. I would serve it lighly chilled with a soft cheese or hard fruits like apples or pears. Don't drink too many of these either as they are 9% ABV. They are also about $4.50 for a 33 cl bottle. Duke fans really should like this ale, as, after all, do you know what Duvel means?
The Yard House in San Diego serves a beer float--Chocolate Stout with vanilla ice cream--I believe around 6 or 7 bucks--I did not try it--did not want to waste a beer--after dinner we went to Giardelli's and had a malt.
Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!
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OK--my lovely wife sent me after grocery items. I took a wrong turn in the store and ended up in the beer aisle. I know, she didn't believe me either. I bought Ft. Collins Chocolate Stout. My next wrong turn sent me along,you guessed it, the ice cream freezers. I'll try it tonight or soon and report back
Harris Teeter has opened 2 blocks away from my office today. First (and only) stop on the way home will be to check out their beer aisle. I hear they have Chimay, and eagerly await to see what else they carry. I also get to try my "Original Recipe" (but not very originally named" ale tonight while watching the game. I had one Monday night after 4 days in the bottle (and 3 weeks in the fermenter) and it was surprisingly ready to drink. It was also way tasty. Good things happen at the right time for reasons, so I sense continued good things after 9PM tontight.
How nice, HT had all three Chimays, Ommegang Abbey and Three Philosphers, plus a couple others that looked good. Since it's been awhile that I've enjoyed a Three, and in honor of the team having luck with them tonight, that's what I picked up. (Wish I had goblets, but I've got a nice pint sized pilsner glass that will work well). They had a great selection, and I was torn on what 6 pack to get. I chose Saranac's seasonal Irish Red Ale, and now wish I hadn't. It's ok, but stacked up against it, my homebrew red was much better. I guess that's good for me, but when I buy beer I want to drink something to strive for in matching quality and taste. Anyways...I win.
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