Archive for June, 2014

21 Beer Street

Never saw 21 Jump Street, so my friends made me watch. It was paired with alcohol of the beer variety.

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10 Barrel Cherry Crush: This is good, but has a bit of medicinal cherry flavor to it. Definitely the weakest of the Crush beers that I’ve had so far. B

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De Garde Imperial Cranberry Bu: Still just as good as I remember. Minimal funk, but tons of sourness and cranberry with a very smooth mouthfeel. A

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Upland Lightsynth: This beer has that very signature “Upland” roughness. I can’t really pin it down, but it’s like a grainy acetic flavor. Don’t get me wrong though, this beer is tasty, but I think it also killed the skin lining my mouth. B+

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: Fucking dominates any of the Civil Disobedience beers. Hands down, and way easier to trade for. Nice and refreshing, with a light lime flavor blending in with the standard saison tartness and Hill Farmstead funk and dry finish. A+

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Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy: So fucking good. It’s right up there with BCBVS as one of my favorite dark beers. This bottle was also carbonated! A+

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Epic Tasting is Epic

A beer geek from California came up and wanted to do a tasting with us. All stops were removed.

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Small Warmup!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 2001: This is the oldest Drie Fonteinen beer I’ve had to date, and it tastes like it. Sourness is not as intense as I expected, but carbonation, funk (cheese rind, grass, mushrooms), dryness, and lingering finish were all there. I’d trade some stupid stuff for more of this. A++

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Herfst: Okay, so this is actually better than the 2001 Oude Geuze….So minerality, much delicious. A++

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H.ertie Wijingaardperziken: Uli Peach Lambic in laymans terms. It’s also fucking delicious, most likely the best peach sour I’ve ever had. Tastes like lambic paired with fresh peach cobbler. Absolutely floored by this one. Probably the best beer of the night. A++

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H.ertie Crazy Birthday Beer 2010: Sour and boozy. Lambic meets Scotch, and I like it! A

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Cantillon Iris 2013: Delicious, with a dry hoppiness before you get hit with the sour and the funk. Unfortunately, this just can’t keep up with the beers that were opened previously. B+

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Taps Pappy’s Remy: Best stout I’ve had in a long time. Creamy, chocolately, with tons of barrel at the end without much alcohol burn. A+

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Goose Island Cthulu: I really wanted to hate this beer, I really really did. I hate to say it, but this beer is fantastic. Better than Block 15’s Super Nebula even. A+

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Upright Special Herbs: My favorite saison to date I think. So absurdly good!  A+

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Upright Barrel Aged Wit: Worst old sole comp I’ve had, but still pretty solid. Great palate cleanser too! B

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AC Golden Colorambic: Might be the best non-fruited american sour I’ve had. Absolutely crushed Beatification. A

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De Garde The Archer: Yep, one of the best beers that De Garde has made. Grapes are still shining while the tartness has stepped up a notch.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla: Okay, so this is the best stout of the night. A++

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Eh

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Upright Barrel Aged Seven: Yep, this is also delicious.

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Upright De La Seven: The addition of De La Senne yeast is not doing this beer a whole lot of good.

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: My palate is so shot.

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UPRIGHT FUCKING SINGLE CASK SIX WOOOOO!

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Look at this crap. It tastes like wisdom.

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Stragglers. Pretty solid tasting. I’m going to bed now.

Non Civil Disobedience

We also had other beers during that CD tasting, but I just didn’t feel like posting them last time.

 

Let’s get to work!

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Kane Porter of some sort: Solid porter with great coffee flavor, first beer from them and I’m impressed!

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Kane IPA of some sort: Tastes very similar to a bear republic or a ballast point IPA, which is not a bad thing at all. I could drink this beer all day.

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Sante Adarius Cask Strawberry: Probably the best or second best beer of the night. Light strawberry flavor with big tartness and huge funk, all while staying pretty drinkable. Might be the best strawberry beer I’ve had to date. A/A+

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Side Project Saison du Ble: Best beer I’ve had from Side Project so far. Tart, with big pineapple notes, with a nice dry finish. Reminds me a bit of Saison Bernice. A-

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Sante Adarius Embers: This was awful. D

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Can’t remember what this was called, but it was the best barleywine I’ve had in a long time. A

Speaking of which…

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Goose Island King Henry – Ghetto Edition: This edition is delicious. Definitely better than the other barleywine we had, but it was closer than we all thought. I love King Henry! A+

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Toppling Goliath David: Great DIPA, but it just makes me kind of want Pseudo Sue instead. A-

Not for sharing.

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De Garde Boysenberry Bu: This should be turned into a food ingredient. It’s delicious and I didn’t want to share with anyone. A

Civil Disobedience

So, I’m just going to say that these beers should not be aged. Best of the set was CD9, CD6, and CD7 in that order. The rest were very “meh”. I’d much rather have Brother Soigne over any of the CD beers at this point in time. On that note, CD 5 was brilliant when fresh.

 

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Civil Disobedience #1: All brett. Way overcarbed.

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Civil Disobedience #2: All pine sol right here

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Civil Disobedience #3: This one wasn’t bad, nice surprise after the first 2.

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Civil Disobedience #4: What a turd. I hate this beer.

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Civil Disobedience #5: Not as good as I remember, but still pretty awesome.

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Civil Disobedience #6: Fantastic beer, but it was also better when it was fresh.

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Civil Disobedience #7: Weird that this beer has a diacetyl flavor to it. For those of you who aren’t into beer, diacetyl is that buttery popcorn taste that you sometimes get in beer.

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Civil Disobedience #8: Why would you rebrew #4?

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Civil Disobedience #9: Probably the best one, tastes very similar to l’brett d’or.

GoT Finale

Just some beer that some friends and I drank while watching the finale of Game of Thrones. It was a great episode, but so much has changed from the books that I don’t even think that they will be even related by the time the 7th season rolls around.

 

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Burger then beer.

Post airport noms.

 

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Burger from Biwa….check

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De Garde Cherry Bu: Great beer, but not funky enough. Needs some funk to join the ranks of the other great Bu’s