I am officially obsessed with “Orange Is The New Black.” I watched most of the season over the weekend and didn’t think that I would like it at first. At the end of the first episode, I was absolutely hooked. It doesn’t hurt that a few of the actresses are quite attractive either. I only have 3 episodes left and I can’t wait until the next season comes out. If you have Netflix, it is definitely worth checking out. You won’t be sorry. Now, time for a Belgian brew in a can, made by the same people that brought you Gouden Carolus…

ABV: 8%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lucifer entered the market in the mid 1980s under the label of Liefmans breweries. It was an extension to the popular segment of strong, blonde beers. After Liefmans Breweries disappeared, Lucifer fell into the hands of our neighbours and friends Duvel Moortgat. However, they only wished to concentrate on Liefmans’ fruit beers. Lucifer was in danger of dying a silent death. But we didn’t let it get that far, our conscience couldn’t allow this to happen. Het Anker received the right to produce and commercialise Lucifer. May we roast in hell if it doesn’t follow the success of our own beers!”

Random: I received a text of a picture yesterday that showed if you shaved a guinea pig that it looks like a baby hippo.

This brew poured with a full finger of white head. It was slow to dissipated with lots of lacing left on the glass. The body was a hazy golden-yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had lemon peel, Belgian yeast, coriander and white pepper. It had some golden fruit as well. As soon as I took a sip, the first thing that struck me was how watery the beer was, especially for the style. The taste was really muted compared to the nose as well. It had some spice, not much to it. I got golden fruit, lemon and a touch of pepper at the end of the sip. The beer was really watered down and it took away from the beer in a big way. There was some booze warming at the end as well. The body was really thin with high carbonation. The finish was quick with a dash of pepper. I wouldn’t have this one again. There are so many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer

This was the second beer that I had at Mussel Bar. Let me tell you, the service here was absolutely amazing. They overheard me say that I wanted bread for the mussels to my sister and suddenly, the bread appeared. I ordered this beer and without asking, they poured me a sample to make sure I liked it because it was a “big” beer. If you haven’t yet, check this place out.

ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We brew this dark special beer every year for Easter. It contains several types of malt and during the brewing process two different kinds of herbs are added to give it that fine, special taste. Its ruby red colour, high alcohol concentration of 10% VOL and its full and well-balanced taste are a source of vitality and strength. A true delight, even for the most critical connoisseur. For ideal tasting, serve cool at a recommended temperature of 7-8° C and pour out gently in one movement. This pleasant, dark special beer is chosen by all who love a richer, slightly spicier tasting Ale.”

Random:  I can’t believe this is the first time I’m trying anything from them. I thought I’d had their regular version…I guess not.

This brew poured with no head at all really. There was a slight crown that lasted throughout, but left no lacing on the glass and was white in color. The body was a dark, hazy brown color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very spicy with some star anise and sweet candi sugar present. The taste was very sweet, but not cloying. I got nice spice as in the nose and dark fruit like raisins and dates. There was some yeast present as well. This was a very complex brew. The booze was well hidde. The body was heavy with plentiful carbonation.The finish was long with spice and dark fruit. This was really nice and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0