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post #31 of 37
Got to second the modelo as better beer than corona. Also Del Sol is good for a light summer beer.

My personal summer favorite is Tucher with a fresh slice of orange. (just typing this makes me dry swallow)
post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
I think Red Stripe is shite. It's like the Budweiser of Jamaica.

You are right about the wheat beers. Brasserie Caracole's Troublette is one of my favorites. Unibroue's La Fin du Monde is a light Belgian Strong Ale that I like a lot as well.

La Fin du Monde is one of my favorite too. But then again, Québécers are biased toward Unibroue. I am not sure however that I would include it in a 'summer beer' thread. This is a pretty damn strong beer at 9%. Unibroue also made a Édition Spéciale 2005 beer which was standing at 11% of alcohol, it wasn't their best effort though.

Thus far, this summer I have been greatly enjoying Hoegaarden. Pilsner Urquell and Sapporo are also appreciated. St. Ambroise from McAuslan brewery is also much recommended.
post #33 of 37
What is un-summer about high ABV? To me it is the body (and as a derivative of that, the color) that makes a beer appropriate for summer. Have you tried the new "15" from Unibroue? It is their fifteenth anniversary brew and it is labeled "ale on lees" just as La Fin du Monde is so I am hoping it is similar. I have a bottle in my fridge but have not opened it yet. I used to like the Mexican beers but now I think they're pretty lame compared to European styles. Also, in general, I am opposed to macrobrewery products, domestic or not. It's interesting that many consider import macrobrews to be superior to Bud, Miller, Coors. Perfect case of the grass is greener on the other side.
post #34 of 37
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
What is un-summer about high ABV? To me it is the body (and as a derivative of that, the color) that makes a beer appropriate for summer.

Have you tried the new "15" from Unibroue? It is their fifteenth anniversary brew and it is labeled "ale on lees" just as La Fin du Monde is so I am hoping it is similar. I have a bottle in my fridge but have not opened it yet.

I used to like the Mexican beers but now I think they're pretty lame compared to European styles. Also, in general, I am opposed to macrobrewery products, domestic or not. It's interesting that many consider import macrobrews to be superior to Bud, Miller, Coors. Perfect case of the grass is greener on the other side.

Well, I don't like drinking beer with very high percentages of alcohol in the summer because of dehydration if I don't have any water with me. I might bring a few bottle of water at tonight's party and drink Unibroue though. I guess this is the day to celebrate this Québécois product (it is Québec Holiday today), though now property of Sleeman.

I haven't tried the 15. I'll see if they have these at the grocery store.
post #35 of 37
You may wish to check out other Belgian Strong Pale Ales and Belgian Pale Ales. I just read up on the reviews for 15 and the consensus is that it's similar but not quite as good as La Fin du Monde.
post #36 of 37
For fans of Belgian, IMO the best of those beers I've ever had:

Abbey Du Val-Dieu
post #37 of 37
I don't get the hype over the Unibroue beers. La Fin du Monde is pretty awful; I tried to give it a second chance last night and ended up throwing away the last third or so of the bottle. I didn't like Maudite either; had it a while ago and don't really remember the taste, but I didn't like it.

I'm pretty scattered in my selections; for hefeweizens I like Franziskaner all right, but prefer Hacker-Pschorr, and as for darker beers, I've been drinking a lot of Abita Turbo Dog lately. Negra Modelo is also one of my favorites. I'm probably going to hit up Spec's for a beer run at some point in the near future, so hopefully, I'll find some more options to add to my current rotation.
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