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sel Apr 21, 2008 11:35 PM

I am new to Belgian, Belgian style and better American microbrews. After some research I have a list of brews to try but so many of these fine brews are in large (for one person) bottles! I did try Orval Trapist Ale tonight for the first time, good stuff in my book, and it was a perfect size 11.2 oz bottle. My favorite so far is Temptation (Batch 003) from Russian River Brewing Co. 12.7 fl. oz. (375 ml.) which is about as big as I can handle. I bought bottles of Saison Foret and Allagash Curieux which were enthusiastically recomended but they are both 750 ml. bottles which are just too large for one person. What should I try that is available in the smaller sizes? I do like spicy, sometimes sour barrel aged full flavored brews! Thanks!

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    Iestyn Morgan Apr 22, 2008 03:05 AM

    Don't know what availability is like with you, but delirium tremens is top notch and comes in irritatingly small bottles.

    1. shellshock24 Apr 23, 2008 02:52 PM

      A lot of the smaller bottles tend to have high ABV. Although I could get some backlash for this, I do "re-cork" larger bottles occasionally using a wine stopper that you can twist to tighten. I feel it works fairly well for maltier beers, but not too sure about the sour or Flemish-style beers.

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        pininex Apr 23, 2008 04:11 PM

        If you live in the SF Bay Area, Drakes make some great 6 oz beers such as their Barrel Aged Olde Ale and Barley Wine that have both taste and alcohol wallop. You can typically find these at Ledgers in Berkeley or Monument Wine and Spirits in Concord. I have corked Old Viscosity, Stone RIS, and Firestone Walker Reserve 11 and both have been great the next day.

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          JonDough Apr 24, 2008 09:28 AM

          With the 750ml I usually share with my roommate or a friend (sometimes i share with up to 5 people). Sharing is especially helpful when starting out because you're able to discuss the beer. Its also my opinion beer tastes better when shared in a social setting. If you cant share then you should try to cork it.

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            Dan G Apr 24, 2008 09:37 PM

            Two great Belgians available in small bottles are Gouden Carolus Tripel (be careful though, it is 9% alcohol) and Duchesse de Bourgogne.

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              Jim Dorsch Apr 25, 2008 09:59 AM

              also Brasserie des Rocs, Gouden Carolus Classic, Dogfish Head Midas Touch (sort of Belgian, in that unique DFH way)

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              JRSD Apr 25, 2008 10:06 PM

              I think Rodenbach comes in a small bottle - cant recall if it was the red or grand cru, though.

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                Jim Dorsch Apr 26, 2008 07:29 PM

                That's right, small bottle. I'm not sure which of their products are imported these days.

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