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Aug 29, 2011 02:19 PM

Floris Ninkeberry Belgian beer in Vancouver?

Anyone seen this on the westside, ideally Kits? No dice on the BC liquor board site...

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  1. Try Liberty Wine Merchants on W. 10th and Trimble. Or the Liquor Depot on B-way around Waterloo.

    Liberty Wine Merchants
    1660 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H, CA

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    1. re: cdnprairiedog

      Sorry, to clarify, Liquor Depot is calling itself Point Grey Beer and Wine, and they do have a fair number of Belgian beers.

      1. re: cdnprairiedog

        Thanks, I'll call tomorrow. That's where I've been getting my Yanjing but I didn't know the name either :-).

    2. I don't think I've seen this one around, but I haven't been keeping an eye out for beers like it.

      If you're into fruit beers, might want to look into the newly arrived aged lambics from Cantillon. Easier drinking beers with a bunch of fruit are the Lindemans lambics, which some beer geeks look down on due to high fruit content. That being said, I love a bottle of Lindemans framboise for dessert sometimes.

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      1. re: peter.v

        Thanks peter. I am familiar with the Lindeman's and it is lovely. I'll keep a lookout for the Cantillon but I think I want the beer-geek-looked-down-upon options :-). The Floris is even easier to drink than the framboise with low carbonation that I like (hate fizzy drinks of any kind, except for the carbonated water from Elysian of course!). It is super fruity with four kinds of "fruitsappen" -- mango, apricot, peach and passion fruit. Prolly the cognoscenti would not even consider it beer but I likes it ice cold on a hot summer day, a temp which would be frowned upon too no doubt :-).

        1. re: grayelf

          Part of the beauty of Belgian beer is that there are no rules, compared with something like the German Reinheitsgebot, which says use only water, malt, hops and yeast. I'm a beer geek, and I would never limit myself with authenticity hoaxes - I might miss out on something great.

          1. re: grayelf

            Nah, ice cold would be a good temperature for that beer. It's apparently 30% juice, so you would want it rather chilled. I'll see if Firefly has it the next time I'm in and if not, ask about it for you.

            I've fought beer geeks over my desire for the Lindeman's framboise before (and I am, admittedly, a beer geek).

            1. re: peter.v

              I'd consider myself a beer geek (and am a big hophead) but it's hard to beat a Lindeman's framboise on a hot summer day (the low ABV is a big plus too).

              1. re: kinnickinnik

                That is another bonus for the Floris, only 3.6% alcohol!

        2. I can't say I've noticed Floris nor any of the Huyghe breweries beers locally, however on searching, find that Huyghe's Delerium Tremens appears on the Fogg and Suds menu so there must be some local distribution.

          In addition to places mentioned I'd try the following private stores - all have a smattering of Belgians.
          - Firefly
          - Brewery Creek
          - Viti
          - Legacy
          - Darby's

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          1. re: kinnickinnik

            Boo, no Floris. I called around and the guy at Firefly confirmed it's not available in BC. The fellow at Legacy said they can do special orders from AB so may call him back to see if that is possible.

            In case you were wondering how I got it to start with, fellow Calgary hound miss foodie brought me some on her last trip.