July 29th, 2011


Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 68: Chimay Peres Trappistes


Back to beer after a weekend of healthy, vegetarian living. I should do that more often. The vegetarianism, that is. I drink enough beer.

Chimay Peres Trappistes

Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a large head that fades quickly to a thick lace. The head is quite bubbly and fizzes noisily.

Chimay Peres Trappistes
Very cloudy. I put my LED torch behind the glass.

First sip: Malty and fruity, with some bready yeast lurking in the background. Almost no hops taste to speak of, but some taste of alcohol and phenols is noticeable in the after taste. Mouth feel is thick and creamy with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue

My very first though on the first sip was, this is a yummy beer. It tastes nice, and it's warming, and the mouth feel is creamy, and the over all taste is nice and not bitter in any way. Even the noticeable alcohol taste is muted. This is an excellent cold winter evening's beer.

Chimay Peres Trappistes
Bières de Chimay (Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont)
7.0% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Chimay Peres Trappistes

Same again. sir? Yes please!

Hack and Slash

On Thursday I followed up my visit to the skin cancer specialist. Last week he froze off a possible skin cancer, and booked me in for a Procedure to cut out another on my back. Both were possible cancers, but the doctor said he would rather treat 1000 possible cancers than miss one real one. Mine "weren't cancer, but..." That 'but' is why I had my manboobs off last year.

So on Thursday morning I was face-down on a table, going "AARGH" as the local anaesthetic went in. After that, I felt some tugging and pulling, and in under 1 hour it was done. The doctor cut out a piece 10mm by 20mm, but only a few millimetres thick. He sutured the gap shut -- which felt weird.

It still feels a bit weird. I'm on the occasional Nurofen to manage the pain, but I hardly need them.

The stitches come out in 7 days, and I should have the pathology back by then.

It didn't look like a cancer, but...

*Obligatory Socialized Medicine comment*

Total cost to me is $71.00.