So I finally followed through on my promise to review Ballantine’s Finest, and I did so on the same day one year later: Ian’s birthday! Not only was it his birthday, but it is now just over one year since I posted my first blog post, so happy birthday to Stories From The Pub and a big thank you to all my readers!
One of my all time favourite Belgian beers, this beer is also one of the first Belgian’s that I ever tried. I remember sharing a bottle with my uncle and my father as we sat on the dock at my grandparents, watching Terrace Mountain burn to a crisp in the summer of 2009. Shortly after that I went off to Belgium for my exchange, armed with the knowledge that there was at least one beer I would enjoy in my new land; as it turned out, there were many!
This beer was sampled on New Years Eve along with the Corsendonk Christmas Ale, and in all honesty this put that one to shame. Which is rather impressive if you think about it, because that one is a Belgian beer, and this one is a gluten free Canadian beer. This beer needs no handicap to score well compared to regular beers, it is simply a good beer, regardless of its lack of gluten! I tasted it with my family friend, the esteemed industrialist Uncle Jay, and I posted these tasting notes for his, and for all the other coeliacs’, benefit!