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Jan 22, 2012 06:23 AM

The Bier Abbey (Schenectady)

Roger K, this one's for you :)

BTW, their web page is up:

TU reported they have their liquor license:

The TU blog mentioned a "Belgian soul."
I wonder if they'll have waterzooi? Or moules frites (when in season)? There is a Belgian place on LI (Waterzooi Belgian Bistro) and another in the city (Markt) that are pretty good. You've gotta love a country that invented the waffle, french fries (w/mayo) and has fresh escargot on the street corners. Great beer, especially in Bruges. I hope they have Zot and Chimay. Something to look forward to.

I never made it to Winedown . . .

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  1. Thank you, FDR, yes, those are all the hints I've been watching. There is one that they don't explain. They say they have their liquor license, but... As I've pointed out to them, the SLA does not seem to agree with them based upon the SLA database.

    Full license - pending:

    Temporary Permit - Inactive:

    My wife wants to know if they will have waterzooi also! ;>)

    You should check out The Merry Monk in Albany at the corner of North Pearl and Sheridan Av. (Across from Cap Rep). ONLY Belgian and Belgian style beers. I've got comments on Yelp.

    I thought the Winedown was a very pleasant place. Food was good, Atmosphere inviting. Sorry to have lost it.

    The Merry Monk
    90 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12207

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    1. re: Roger K

      Roger K, thanks for The Merry Monk suggestion.

      Still need to get to CC Gastro Pub :)

      We go to S. Springs and Schenectady more than Albany.

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        FDR, I forgot to call your attention to the fact that Carmine Spiro is planning on opening his Brazilian Grill (churrascaria) next month (9th?) around the corner from The Merry Monk. Hopefully, he'll offer some fowl & fish for you while SO samples the rest.

        If he does it up right, this might even bring you deeper into our Capital more frequently. ;>)

        1. re: Roger K

          Thanks, Roger K.

          We wondered what Carmine would do next . . .Cafe Capriccio brings us there (though we're a bit spoiled now with their S. Springs location so close, different menu though). Two new reasons to dine in the shadow of our fine Capitol.

    2. Well, FDR, it's "partially" open. I came home late Friday night to read a comment on their Facebook page that implied that they might be opening earlier that day. Word was that the "bier" was pouring from ALL 30 taps.

      Needless to say, I was there on Saturday. The first hurdle I came across was that the kitchen would not be opening until Wednesday, June 13. So I was "forced" to start sampling without the benefit of food. However, the very friendly and informative staff brought me a plate of crackers, fruit, cheese and sausage to go with the four 4-ounce tastes I had purchased.

      They said they did not yet have a menu, but would be serving various dishes of mussels and frites (forgot to ask about the waterzooi), burgers and other things. They also said they would be using locally sourced foods whenever possible. Their meat will come from nearby Garofalo's and they are looking to use a unnamed, nearby bakery (Perreca's???).

      I can't say I recall seeing Zot or a Chimay, and I didn't think to ask if they even had bottles. But to give you a flavor of what to expect on tap, here's what I had.

      Troegs brewery's (Pennsylvania) Nugget Nectar, Imperial Amber, 7.5% abv. $2 for 4 ounces, $5 for 12 ounces.

      Olvisholt brewery's (Iceland) Lava, smoked Imperial Stout, 9.4% abv. $4 for 4 ounces, $8 for 8.5 ounces.

      Strubbe brewery's (Belgium) Ichtegem's Grand Cru, Flemish red, 6.5% abv. $3 for 4 ounces, $6.50 for 8.5 ounces.

      Dupont brewery's (Belgium) Posca Rustica, Scottish Gruit, 8% abv. $4 for 4 ounces, $9.50 for 10.2 ounces.

      All were excellent and actually went really well with the plate of fruit and cheese they gave me. I doubt I can get back there next week, but week after might work out.

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      1. re: Roger K

        Drove by recently and saw The Bier Abbey is open!

        RogerK, have you been back? How's the food? Mussels meunieres? Like Brussels and Brugge with escargot on the street corners? Waffles? FF w/mayo? Waterzooi please :)

        Track season starts next week and I need to find more Albany, Schenectady & Troy places to eat. Should I add The Bier Abbey to my list?

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Maybe you have a gumshoe following me? Got back there last night. Haven't had a chance to write my comments yet on Yelp. But will say that the selection of beers on tap alone are worth the trip. The kitchen is still easing into operation. The current menu has a couple of mussel dishes and some sandwiches. To be honest, I had my heart set on looking for a good burger and was overwhelmed with trying to decide what beers to drink, so I didn't memorize the brief menu. They did explain that they are working on adding more entrees very soon as they still consider this to be their "soft opening" period.

          I can say that I was very, VERY pleased with the Abbey Burger. Properly prepared to my medium-rare request, and it had a nice crispy outer crust on the beef. It came with bacon (very crispy also), cheese, lettuce and a tasty sauce. My only complaint was that it was hand formed to be smaller than the tasty, toasted roll it came on. But I used the last few bites of just the roll to mop up the sauce that had dropped onto the plate. The fries were very good, but no offering of mayo. My wife had to reach for the catsup. Her Turkey Club special was served on a tasty baguette.

          Sorry to say it's not like a trip back to Brugge or Brussels, I'd move to Union Street if it were. But I'll be back to try more as the kitchen expands. I'll push them for Waterzooi on the next trip. ;>)

          For the record, beers we had last night were;
          Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
          Schneider Aventinus Weizen Eisbock
          Oskar Blues G'Knight IPA
          Wandering Star Berkshire Hills 01201 Saison