This past Wednesday (Oct 23) after an arduous meeting, Club Belgique members Bill and Mark and Mark stopped in at City Steam brewing.
However, to tell the full beer-story, that night before we tried some beers; this included
Blue Point - Old Howling Bastard barleywine [#3,284]
Postel - Dobbel [#3,285]
Note someone may ask "why is Postel Dobbel counted twice, in that you had it as beer #3,273 in Belgium?" Well dear readers, that was a Dobbel from the tap; this was a bottle. And yes, there are distinct, subtle (sometimes not too subtle) differences between draft, bottle, hand-pulled, etc.
Also tried a fantastic aged Kulmbacher Eisbock from 1996 [#3,286], which was an amazingly rich aged flavour without any harshness. A friend's 16-year old son - born the same year this beer was bottled - got to try some as a rare treat.
City Steam always has a nice selection of beers on tap; and as a restaurant the appetizers are always first-rate. This time around the beer sampled included
White Wedding [#3,287]
Innocence IPA [#3,288]
O'fest 2012 [#3,289]
Uncle Dunkel [#3,290]
Summer Stout [#3,291]
The one we agreed was the best - all were very good - was the Innocence IPA. Not too hopped, as sometimes happens, it offered an aggressive sweet taste and finish, without being too astringent.
Wished we could have stayed longer.