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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Tondagossa


Regional Food and Drink (RFD)
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

In a previous post, I talked a little bit about the food offerings from this fine drinking establishment.  Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty – the beer!

First up is Chimay Blue – Grand Reserve, which I have had prior to sampling RFD’s offerings.  So, yeah, I’m kind of cheating here.  But I do feel the need to tell people about this beer, which is one of my favorites.  This beer comes in three different forms – Red, Triple, and Blue – and is brewed by Belgian monks, so you know it’s good.  It’s deep, dark, malty, has a nice rich aroma, and goes down smooth – the kind of beer you would like to take your time with… bring it out on a few dates… meet its parents.  It’s a reliable choice during the times I don’t feel like trying something new.  Hey, it happens.  The availability of Chimay has been increasing, appearing sometimes on restaurant beer lists, so be on the lookout for any of its versions.

Next is Baltica #8, a Russian Wheat beer.  Is it proper to call it a Hefeweisen, mixing in the German language with a Russian beer?  Nevermind.  All I know is it’s a very drinkable, clear, crisp beer, with a slightly sweet aroma.  Baltica #8 is a solid Hefeweisen, lighter than most with its own distinct flavor.  This one is definitely on my list.

Hailing from England, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is just as the name implies.  As you might guess, it hits a deep chocolate note, but not in the “sweet candy bar” kind of way.  It’s more like the pure bittersweet chocolate.  This English stout is smooth and very drinkable, never getting too sweet.  I imagine it would go well with desserts.  If you happen to get it in can form (440 mL), you’ll notice the little ball inside, like Guinness and Boddington cans have, which releases nitrous to help you get a draught-like head in your drink.  This is a great drink to have from time to time, whenever you want something a little sweet.

Floris Apple Wheat beer from Belgium was one that I mentioned in a recent comment on my last post.  If you didn’t see it, shame on you for not following every single word on this blog!  …lol.  This one surprised me a bit.  It was very reminiscent of a good cider, but with a bit of a twist.  It reminded me of an apple cobbler, with maybe a hint of green apple Now n’ Laters.  Floris has a good, solid beer with this one, even if it is a bit of a “frou frou” drink.  Thus, I drank it with my pinky up – a bit of a nod to Three Sheets.

Next up we have Heather’s Kelpie Seaweed Ale, a very interesting Scottish concoction.  You would think from the name alone that it tastes like seawater.  But this one rewards the curious with an unexpected experience.  It has a deep, dark color and a slightly smokey aroma.  Highly distinct, the flavor is where it really gets you.  Kelpie has a chocolatey quality to it, almost reminding me of a stout.  It’s a decent beer if you want something a bit heavier than a regular ale.

Last but not least, we come to St. Peter’s Cream Stout, a very dark beer which comes from England.  This one has strong aroma and flavor, smokey with hints of chocolate.  If you like Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre, I think this one is right up your alley.  I will say this though: if you’ve already had a stout, don’t drink this one after.  It’s fairly heavy and strong in taste.  I didn’t find it as drinkable as the Raison for some reason.  A little too strong perhaps?

So there you have it, a nice little romp through Beer Town.  Wait.  Does that place actually exist somewhere?  And if it did, would you visit it yearly?  Would Beer Townians, or whatever they would call themselves, have a parade and mascots during Oktoberfest?  Discuss.


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