Imperial Hop Bu

Went to the release on Saturday, and had a great time before getting drunk and watching the Timbers tie against Chivas USA. Again.

 

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De Garde Imperial Hop Bu: Doesn’t taste like it’s been hopped, but I guess that’s the point. Tastes like a mimosa! A+

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De Garde 3S: If you don’t know what this is, you’re not important enough :) It’s doing really nicely, can’t wait for this beer to be ready!

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De Garde/Side Project Saison Desay – Chardonnay Barrel: Huge pineapple presence and big tartness has pretty much turned this saison into an american wild ale. Not that it’s a bad thing! A

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Homebrew Peach Sour: Some guys brought this in, and it was awesome.

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De Garde Biere de Garde: Yep. Lots of “de gardes” in this name.

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Armand ’4 Lente: Yeah….definitely a top 10 beer of all time for me. A++

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Hill Farmstead Convivial Suarez: I really like hibiscus in saisons. It’s a great flavor to have and it makes the beer look pretty! I hope De Garde makes one with hibiscus soon!

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WOOOOOO!

Tired of lambic, give me stout!

I think Boneyard Suge Knite will do the trick!

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Yes, this hits the spot!

Drinking in Cologne

So I’m in China right now, but I got to finish these posts somehow!

 

Time to bring on a tasting with Uli himself!!!!

 

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The crazed scientist himself. Note how bright it is outside.

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H.ertie Kickbacks: This beer if freaking amazing. A+

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Not a bad hoppy beer from Europe. They don’t really know how to do these things though.

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Upright Fantasia: Drinking like a peachy champion. However, I still maintain that as good as this beer is, the label is simply awful. A

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Upright Jeux D’eau: Drinking better than before, maybe I shouldn’t have sent out so many bottles to people…A-

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35 year old berliner weisse: no big deal.

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Don’t remember much about this one, other than it being really interesting.

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Beer on left was awful, beer on right was being slowly opened because it’s a gusher

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I was at this for quite some time, but it was worth it.

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Oh yeah, director of brewing operations at Victory Brewing in Philly was with us. Cool dude.

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I like these stainless growlers, and apparently they do counter pressure fills now!

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Yep, we had another one.

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Lost Abbey Veritas 012: I was underwhelmed. Probably because the other beer was so good?

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Nope nope nope. Also, it’s getting pretty late, and I’m feeeeeelin’ it.

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Oh look what I found. OM NOM NOM

Last beer before China!

10 Barrel’s Apricot Crush and Cucumber Crush. Absolutely delicious!

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Timbers vs Chivas Shenanigans

Fucking referees ruining that game! UGH.

 

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I think I like blend 2, 1, and 3 in that order.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors: Yeah…..this beer is still fucking amazing. Might be one of the best noses in a stout and the flavor is nice and rich with bourbon, chocolate, and toasted coconut. A+

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s: Best had fresh! I think this beer loses some of the great cinnamon flavors if you hold on to it for too long. A

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Block 15 Super Nebula 2010: Dem batch 1 whales. I think 2012 is the best year.

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Side Project Brett Venture #2: yeah, this beer is completely different than the other bottle I had a few months ago. I wonder if it’s the age difference or just huge bottle variation. Not a whole lot of pineapple flavor in this one.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2010: Delicious as always! Now I’m going to hoard the remaining bottles that I have and age them FOREVER!!!! Nice sweetness with good funk and sourness. Cool cheesy quality as well!

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Violet: Yeah…best beer they make after Persica batch 1 and Waelzblood. Nice and sour, not too much funk, and huge fruit notes! I wish I could have tasted this better, but I was absolutely smashed at this point. Frankly, I’m surprised that I could take a decent photo in the state that I was in…

Also, I’m going to be behind the Great Firewall of China for the next few weeks, so it’s going to be a little quiet around here. Damn China, what a beer wasteland.

Drinking in Antwerp!

We met up with some of Europe’s huge tickers (rate beer thingy) at a bar in Antwerp that was opened just for this tasting. God I feel special.

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But first, we had to travel through Brussels. So naturally we went to Cantillon. 50N4E was delicious.

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So much beer on the Thalys high-speed train…

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Yep, bar is shut. Let’s get started.

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Orval Green: I like this more than Orval, much more crushable.

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Block 15 Peche: Yep, still my favorite peach beer. A+

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This pilsner was garbage. D-

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De Garde Loak: Tasty, but it has a weird flavor going on this time, maybe it’s something to do with this particular bottle. B

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Cantillon 50N4E: Yeah, I really have no problems drinking this multiple times in a week. A+

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H.ertie Framfort 8: This is an incredible Uli blend, the best that I’ve ever had. So much sweet raspberry while maintaining funk and sour along with a nice soft finish is pretty miraculous. Might be the best beer of the whole trip. A++

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Goose Island Proprietors: Yeah, this beer is still fucking amazing. Best variant since Vanilla! A+

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Great change of pace from a bunch of sour beer. A+

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Yep, getting drunk!!!!!

Then we went over to Kulminator…and got smashed.

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage: FINALLY TICKED THIS FUCKER YEHHHHHHH! It was absolutely amazing. Best fruited beer I’ve had from Drie Fonteinen! A+

Box from Belgium

The box of beer that I shipped out of Antwerp arrived! Yay!

 

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