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Beer reviews to get you through the winter months

By Rachel Riot and Kunoichi Erica
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“But the greatest love - the love above all loves, even greater than that of a mother - is the tender, passionate, undying love…of one drunken slob for another.”  –Irish Saying

We hope our recent pub crawl has rekindled the flame of beer-love in your hearts.  Nevertheless, if the light of exbeerimentation still isn’t strong enough to make you swoony, here are a few more beer reviews to get you through the rest of the winter months.

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Duchesse de Bourgogne

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The Royal Crown

6% ABV Belgian Ale

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Brewery was cultivated in a castle-farm as early as 1875.

Imbibe more here: For Those of You Who Can’t Read West Flemish

Kunoichi Erica:  This refined courtesan of the Sour Flemish Aledom brings a sense of fulfillment and excitement to the pallet.  The intense flavor of the first sip alone is enough to light your tastebuds across the board.  With the color of a dark-wood armoir and the complexity of a Schnittke cantata, the vinegar-taste of this beer is anything but unappetizing.  Rather, like the perfect compliment to the oil on your salad, the sharp touch of vinegar on your tongue acts like a clarion call to the pleasure centers of your cerebellum.  As the Duchesse dances down your gullet with the smooth grace of a waltzer, be sure to thank the gods for small favors (and big flavors).

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Walt Wit

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The gardener-poet in his rightful habitat.

4.2% ABV Belgian Style White Ale

Brewed right here in the city of “Brewery” love at Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Rachel Riot: While the beers over at Philadelphia Brewing Co usually aren’t my cup of tea…uh beer, I do enjoy a Walt Wit every once in awhile.  The Walt Wit is a perfect spring beer; light and refreshing with hints of chamomile, oranges, and spices.  However, it has a stronger floral hop feel than most other white ales that I’ve had or liked.  This might be a problem for some, considering it’s particularly noticeable in the aftertaste rather than on the tongue.  I’ve come to realize that I like the beer better on tap than from a bottle pour: it’s not as overpowering and I think it tastes better overall.  Best thing about this beer:  The cool pencil tap handle it comes from!

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