Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Kier and Katrina kindly brought me a bottle of Russian River's Beatification from CA. Thanks!

I'm drinking it. It's a 100% spontaneously fermented beer, aged in barrels for a good year. It's completely stunning. You could call it, fairly, a California Geueze. Applying the name "lambic" is of course technically wrong, but this sure as hell tastes a lot like one and I'm duly impressed.

Wonderful, layered, earthy, Brett-dominated nose. Bracing, fairly severe acidity. Bone dry. Label it Cantillon and hard-core lambic folk would not be disappointed.

For my money, there's not a better brewery in the country. Period.


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