LOTS of tastes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been to the Avenue Pub several times. Here’s what we drank:

4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Joi (not bad, had a very mild coffee flavor), and Noel de Geants (unfiltered Belgian, 8.5%, tasted like medicine…could NOT drink it)

NOLA Irish Channel Stout (love it, 6.8%, great stout):

Petrus Aged Pale (7.3%, always a good sour):

Also just had a little sample of Haand Nissefar Father Christmas. 7% alc, strong coffee flavor, can taste the high alc, not bad, but I don’t think I could drink even a whole 4 oz  at once. Seemed strong, good for sipping over a long period of time.

On another visit–

Brugse Zot Unfiltered (LOVE this one, had it in Belgium, this time it wasn’t very unfiltered..??):

Thanks to a suggestion from someone sitting at the bar, I tried the Saison de Dottignies (very good actually!):

And last, but not least…a SOUR!! I love sours, if you haven’t yet noticed. I tried a new one, Banhof Brettanmyces Lambicus  (Berliner Weisse, very sour, delicious):

…and yet another visit to the pub–

A Rogue Good Chit Pilsner in the back (very good!) and a Brugse Zot Unfiltered Blond in the front:

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour (surprisingly, I wasn’t really into this one…not sure why, maybe it was more bitter than most sours I drink?):

Then I had 4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Noire (I really like this one!) and Racer 5 IPA (pretty good IPA, doesn’t blow me away, but pretty good).

And that’s it!!

Unfortunately, we missed some of the St. Arnolds Christmas brews that were upstairs….they’ll probably be gone by the time we get back to the pub 😦 There’s always next year, I suppose.

Thanks, Polly and the rest of the Pub staff!!




A Saison Tasting

Happy Int’l Beer Day!!


Yesterday was IPA Day, but I chose to attend a Saison tasting event at Stein’s Market & Deli with Mark Janes, who was very insightful.  Thank you! There weren’t too many people….and I actually only got through about 11 out of the 13. They were big tastes! I was so beered out, that I couldn’t even make it to our usual pub for the great Belgian beers they had on tap 😦

Here’s what we tasted (bottles were on ice, but not too cold):

Saison Dupont (Belgium)-6.5% alc, good, not too strong, refreshing,

NOLA Hurricane Saison (New Orleans, LA)-6.5% alc, pretty good (much better than when I tasted it last year), citrusy, not very much carbonation…could be due to the fact it was in a growler.

St. Feuillien Saison-6.5% alc, sweet, nutty aroma, nice head, fizzy, very nice!

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace(Brooklyn, NY)-7.6% alc, hoppier than the others, medium carbonation, not much head, ok.

Nogne O Saison (Norway)-6.5% alc, no carbonation, a hint of sweetness on the end, not especially my thing

Ovila Saison (Sierra Nevada in CA)-7% alc, not my favorite, a bit bitter

Dupont Foret (Belgium)-7.5% alc, very nice, a bit hoppy, seltzery but smooth, has more of the traditional “Belgian” flavor

Dupont Avril-low alc 3.5%, tasted and smelled a bit skunky to me (in a green bottle), couldn’t really drink it. I’d try a taste again sometime.

Saison d’Epeautre (Belgium)-6% alc, made with spelt but couldn’t really taste it, also seemed a bit skunky, not great, no sweetness at all.

Urthel Saisonniere (Belgium)-6% alc, bitter, very “Belgian”, good, darker than the others.

De Ranke Saison de Dottignies (Belgium)- 5.5% alc, bitter on the way out, very nice, also darker than the others.

It was a good tasting! It was a lot of tasting…..then we had to go eat something!

What have you tasted recently?



Beers for Japan

We recently attended the Drink for Japan event at the Avenue Pub. It was crowded and hot….but these were the perfect brews for the occasion!

Our first set was a glass of Sapporo and a Hitachino Classic IPA (front):


For our second set, S (my husband) had the Hitachino and I had NOLA Flambeau Red (front):


The Sapporo wasn’t really my thing, but S enjoys those kinds of beers. He’s a pilsner and lager kind of guy. We both LOVED the Hitachino! What a great beer for a hot afternoon. So crisp and really delicious. I hope the Kiuchi brewery will be back up on their feet again soon. As for the NOLA Flambeau….well, I love it. It’s one of my favorites brewed by NOLA so far.

And I thought I’d include yesterday afternoon’s Abita Amber by the open windows in the French Quarter…..on another hot afternoon. It quenched my thirst 🙂


I hope to be back at the Avenue Pub soon for another tasting.  Check out my newest beer book! Would YOU be interested in this book?



Today’s tastes




At Avenue Pub today….had some time to spare. Here’s what I tasted:

Hitachino Nest White Ale (brewed by Kiuchi Brewery): excellent! Very seltzery with a slight hint of ginger.

Saint Arnold Spring Bock: not really my thing…too sweet maybe??

Saint Arnold Elyssa IPA: very hoppy and very good….just a bit on the sweet side.

NOLA Brewing Flambeau Red Ale: excellent. Not overly hoppy, a bit dark for a red ale.



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