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こんばんは. 今日はデュベルトリペルホップ2014のレビューをご紹介します. このビールはデュベルの限定醸造品で3種類のホップ(うち2種類はレギュラーのデュベルと同じ; スティリアン・ゴールディングとザーツ)を使って造られています. 今年は3つ目のホップとしてモザイクが採用されました.

デュベル トリペルホップ 2014 “モザイク”
Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 “Mosaic”

製造会社:デュベル・モルトガット醸造会社
Brewery:Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat

所在地:ベルギー,アントウェルペン州プールス,ブレーンドンク・ドルプ
Location:Breendonk=Dorp, Puurs, Provincie Antwerpen, België

ビアスタイル:ベルジャンゴールデンストロングエール
Beer Style:Belgian Golden Strong Ale

発酵上の分類:エール(上面発酵ビール)
How to Ferment:beer of top fermentation

アルコール & ボディ:9.5% & フル
Abv & Body:9.5% & full-bodied

♠︎使用されているホップについて♠︎

Mosaic(モザイク): 今年のみ
Simcoe(シムコー)を親とする,2012年にリリースされた非常に新しい品種. アロマホップに分類される. トロピカルフルーツ,シトラス,ベリー,土,マツを思わせるフレーバーを付与する. A complex array of tropical, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine.

Saaz-Saaz / Czech Saaz(ザーツ): レギュラーホップ
日本でも比較的馴染みのあるチェコ原産のアロマホップ. 心地よい土,ハーブ,フローラルのニュアンスがあり,非常にマイルドなホップフレーバーを付与する. Very mild hop flavor with pleasant earthy, herbal and floral overtone.

Styrian (Savinjski) Golding(スティリアン・ゴールディング): レギュラーホップ
アロマホップ. とてもマイルドノーブル(上品)なホップフレーバーを付与する.

♠︎レビュー♠︎

泡(Foam):非常に立ちやすく,非常に細かいです. 泡立ちが良いので注ぐ際は十分ご注意下さい. This beer is very easy to bubble and the foam is fine.

香り(Aroma):ベルジャン酵母由来のリンゴ・ナシなどを思わせるエステル香とホップ由来,ベルジャン酵母由来のオレンジやグレープフルーツを思わせるシトラス香,ホップ由来のハーブのようなスパイシーな香りです. アルコール香も強かったです. This beer has ester fragrances of apple and pear from Belgian yeast, citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit from its yeast and hop, a spicy and herbal savor from hop. The alcohol smell is also strong.

味(Palate):ハイアルコール,強炭酸です. モルトの甘みは穏やかで,苦みおよび酸味はやや強く,特に酸味は昨年よりも強くなりました. レモンなどを思わせるシトラスフレーバー,ベリーを思わせる酸味,ホップのスパイシーなフレーバーが特徴的でなんとなく昨年よりもシトラスフレーバーが強くなった一方で,ベルジャン酵母由来のシトラスを除くフルーツフレーバーが穏やかになった気がしました. This is high-alcohol with high carbonation. It has mild sweetness of malt, somewhat strong bitterness, and sourness which is stronger than last year. A citrus flavor like lemon, the sourness like berries and a decent spicy taste of hop are characteristic. I think Tripel Hop of this year is more citrusy than last year, on the other hand, fruit flavors except citrus ones from Belgian yeast are milder than it.

総合(Overall):昨年同様,複雑な味わいでレビューが難しかったです. レギュラーのデュベルよりも苦み,酸味,香りがパワーアップしているトリペルホップですが今年も満足いく味わいで十分楽しめました. 好みの問題ですが,どちらかと言えば昨年の方が好きだと思います. また時間があるときに2013と2014の飲み比べもしたいと思います. 2015年のトリペルホップも大変楽しみです. デュベル好きな方は要チェックですよ. 長期保存が可能なので,買い置きも十分可能です. 限定醸造品ですが,場所によってはまだ在庫があると思いますので,無くならないうちにゲットして下さいね. As with last year, it is difficult for me to taste and review this beer because it is very complex. Tripel Hop 2014 is also nice, but I like Tripel Hop 2013 better. It has much satisfaction to drink, is very recommended. How about you?

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Guerrilla Artist Fills Chicago Potholes With Flower Mosaics

More info: bachor.com | Facebook

It seems that the artistic community has reached a consensus – potholes suck. By creating colorful tiled mosaics in the potholes riddling the streets of Chicago, Jim Bachor has become the latest artist to offer his take on this public nuisance.

Thanks to his efforts, some of Chicago’s potholes are now filled with pretty flowers or sardonic labels. On his website, Bachor keeps a list of addresses and photos of his guerrilla “street” art pieces, so if you’re in Chicago, you can try to find some of them! There’s no guaranteeing they’re still there, however.

For more pothole activism, check out these funny pothole photos by Z999!

Via: boredpanda

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Lio Messi: Els fragments de Barcelona | Lio Messi: The fragments of Barcelona
A personal project by Charis Tsevis. Studies on Trencadís, pique assiette and mosaics. Α tribute to Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, the city and FC Barcelona.
See the whole project: https://www.behance.net/gallery/22176995/Lio-Messi-Els-fragments-de-Barcelona?

What does this depiction signify? 

Shown is a 6th century mosaic found in Madaba, Jordan. Here I will provide 3, quick lines of thought in relation to such depictions, largely following the scholarship of art historian Kristin Aavitsland (2012). 

One symbolic meaning for the birdcage iconographic imagery comes from the classical world, where the bird may be viewed as a metaphor for the human soul. Neo-Platonists and Stoics (such as Porphyry, Seneca) paralleled the birdcage to human life on earth: the soul (like the bird) yearns for its freedom, wishing to return to its heavenly origin (this is achieved by death). The soul is confined within the body, like a bird in a cage.

We occasionally see a similar use of the image of the caged bird in the Jewish tradition. The interpretation of this differs, here it can given a more positive meaning: the cage being viewed as protection rather than a confining prison. The secure cage protects those inside from the dangers of the outside world. Thus, the bird within the cage can here be viewed as a metaphor for the chosen people of God, who are proceeded by the Lord.

Alluding to both classical and Jewish texts, a similar image is again found in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. For example: “We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped" (Psalm 124). Here the image is used as a metaphor for deliverance, and the completeness of this deliverance is portrayed not only by merely escaping, but in that the danger itself is destroyed (the snare is broken).

Photo taken by Ken and Nyetta.

Archaeologists Uncover Majestic Mosaic in Northern Greece

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Archaeologists uncovered another part of the majestic mosaic at the Roman baths in Plotinopolis, Didymoteicho, northern Greece. 90 square meters out of a total of 140 square meters have been currently uncovered and present the unusual – for the area – theme of sea creatures.

The west side of the central scene depicts sea centaurs, dolphins, Nereids, and the young Evros, son of the king of Thrace Kassandros, emerging from the water. The newly revealed piece shows two sea horses and two cupids, framed by panels decorated with birds and nature patterns. One cupid is holding the sea-horse, while the other appears to be thinking.

The mosaic is made of glass and it is surrounded by tendrils and ivy leaves, a fact that according archaeologists honors Greek god Dionysus. Read more.