This weekend's haul: Sierra Nevada Tripel - smooth, fruity bouquet of a Belgian with a solid dose of good old American simcoe hops. ABV around 8%, probably the lowest I've ever had in a tripel but excellent nonetheless. Allagash Dubbel - Red, woody color and deep malt profile for a Belgian style, but definitely a much more traditional Belgian than the tripel, and also a higher ABV. Very good but following the Tripel was a bit lacking. Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Island Creek Oyster Stout - Now THIS was an interesting experience. Bought it in a 22 oz. bomber. Described as a Russian style stout brewed with real oysters. At first I was intrigued, then trepidatious, as I had fears of a briny, low tide tasting mess. Fear not. More like a porter than a stout, it poured black with a thin froth and had distinct notes of chocolate and smoke, with the only hint of oyster being a distinct mineral aftertaste. At 5.5% ABV, I think they could've put a bit more balls in it, but a very solid, daring attempt at something different. De Ranke XX Bitter: A Belgian IPA which, as I've learned by now about nearly all Belgians, cannot be served any kind of cold. Sure, it was drinkable at about 49 degrees, but it came to life at 57. A very bitter front bite, and a slightly saccharine throat feel balanced a deliciously sessionable brew. Always strange to have the typical Belgian hop profiles in an IPA, and takes a minute to sort it out on your tongue, but always worth the voyage.