St. Bernardus Abt 12 (Picked up at a Carrefour Market in Brussels for 1,70 euro). A 4 of 4. As always, this is an exemplar of what an abbey quad should be, and as the most readily available one, is quite good. Definitely a touch more watery and less depth than some of the trappist’s, but not bad at all. Lots of plum and dark fruit notes and spice and other yeast-driven qualities, as well as a wonderful toffee and caramel body. For about ~$2 a bottle, I couldn’t resist picking this up again, despite having had it plenty of times before, both relatively fresh and with some age on it.

2003: Jono has a panic attack in music class and loses control of his powers. 

2004: Haroun receives his unofficial welcome to the X-Men in the form of a Danger Room prank.

2005: Scott proposes to Jean, and she accepts. 

2006: Amara meets Scott at the mansion.

2007: Operation: Broken Ground: Mark mentions a possible issue with disappearances of Mexican workers in Arizona.

2008: Xbalanque: Nash and Julio speak to the local magistrate, who tries to convince them Dr. Mendez was killed by local terrorists and advises them to leave.

2009: Cammie drops by to see Jean-Paul after returning from Nova Roma and finds out about what happened with Jake and is less than impressed.

2010: Vanessa asks Jean to come out and help her find a new male body after disposing of Daniel for Jean-Paul’s sake.

2011: Operation: Dasavatharam: During a normal Monday morning meeting, an unexpected article brings the past back to life for Wanda - the Exemplars are back in town. 

2012: A Kind of Magic: Ororo apologizes for her lack of focus on the weather and believes that the recent thunderstorms are not normal.

2013: Tandy texts Sue to advise she’s kidnapping her.


Pregnancy adds a twist to the detective series Rizzoli & Isles

The season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles (Tuesday, 8 p.m., TNT) proves why it’s one of cable’s most popular series. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) has instant rapport with medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). As opposite types — Rizzoli rough and rude, Isles posh and pedantic — they tease each other mercilessly. But they also have a sisterly bond, which comes in handy now that Rizzoli is pregnant.

With a fierce disposition and a gruff voice reminiscent of late-period Bob Dylan, Rizzoli has doubts about herself as a mother. Right on cue, she’s confronted with a homicide in which the female victim’s baby was abducted. That might have been a groan-worthy conceit, but the episode gets the tone just right. It maintains a light touch without undercutting Rizzoli’s passionate investigation.

The script is an exemplar of terrific TV storytelling, ending almost every scene with a cliffhanger. I guarantee you’ll stick around through the commercial breaks to find the answer to the mystery of whodunit. In fact, I recommend sticking with Rizzoli & Isles all summer to find out the answer to an even bigger mystery: boy or girl?

Eu não costumo dizer as coisas em voz alta, mesmo quando deveria. Eu me contenho e compartimento a um ponto que chega a ser inquietante: no meu porão-barriga há centenas de garrafas de fúria, desespero, medo, mas você nunca diria isso ao olhar para mim.
—  Garota Exemplar