Archive for October, 2015

TIMBERS!!!!!!!

The Portland Timbers playoff game against Sporting Kansas City was the most exciting, nail-biting games I’ve ever seen. The fact that it came down to keepers doing penalty kicks against each other absolutely blew my mind and ruined my nerved. I needed a beer.

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Time to do it all over again today for the Western Conference Semi-finals!!!!!!

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Geuze and Oysters, V3.0

Looks like we do this big, ridiculous tasting once a year. A bunch of bearded guys run into a basement, shuck a ton of oysters, and drink really fancy beer. Yeah, sounds like a terrible way to pass as Saturday to me too. But……someone has to do it.

I volunteered.

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New Belgium Prickly Pear: WTF is this?! I was expecting a light sour, and I get a stout instead. I’m going to get my pitchfork and burn this sum’bitch to the ground.

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Upright Fatali Four: Ahhhhhhh, this spicy, funky, and tart beer was exactly what I was looking for. Anger gone.

Okie dokie, now that I’ve gone and stretched my hammies, let’s get this party started.

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Hello there, delicious rocks.

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Torkes, really nice and briny. Please excuse my shitty shucking job.

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Also buttery Kumamotos, but these also had a nice briny kick to them too, probably the best kumos I’ve had.

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HORAL’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend 2009-2015: Oh dear, I guess we might as well start with a complete vertical of Mega Blend. These beers got better with age, with 2009 being the clear winner, and 2015 as the loser, with 2013 and 2011 somewhere in the middle. 2013 had a nice citrus note to it, while 2011 was a little less carbonated and muted, but more complex. Then you have 2009 dropping notes of perfection everywhere, with that mushroomy funk that you can only find with old sour beers.

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Mmmm

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and of course, when you have lots of bottles opened, you have to make a coovie….FOR SCIENCE. Seriously though, this coovie was better than any of the other beers by itself. A+ for science.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: If only this beer had some god damn bubbles. Honestly, I thought this beer was too fruity, with not enough lambic qualities. The previous batch of Framboos was very much the same, but that beer became a delicious funky monster during its later years. I hope this beer goes in the same direction. B+

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Okay, play time is over. Time to hit the big leagues.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente, Zomer, Herfst, Winter: My personal ranking was Lente, Winter, Zomer, and Herfst. Normally I would rank Winter last and Herfst second, but this bottle of Winter was absolutely out of this world, with a much fuller mouthfeel than the other beers of the set. On the other hand, Herfst’s cork had slipped, so it had partially oxidized and had zero carbonation. That being said, that bottle of Herfst would have still dominated most tastings, but it just took a back seat this time. Lente was softer than the other Seasons, but it had a great lingering finish, and had was refreshing despite being a thoroughly funky beer. God, I wish I could do this all the time. This is how I would die, drinking these.

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Of course, a coovie of these beers as well. Really, really good, but I wouldn’t say it was better than they beers by themselves. No synergies here.

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Uhhhhhh, yeah. That happened. Armand & Tommy was good, but not up to the level of the Seasons. Sorry BeerAdvocate beer traders inflating the value of this beer.

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Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5: I forgot what hops tasted like!

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That is a sexy photo. Batch 1 and 2 of Cantillon’s 50N4E

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Cantillon 50N4E batch 1 and 2: So, batch 1 is one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth, while batch 2 is merely fantastic. The main thing about these beers is that they are all about the finish. Most lambic goes the funky bitter route, while these dive right into the cognac savory territory. It’s like they start out as a nice lambic, and then change their minds and decide that they want to be a spirit. I’m really happy I got a chance to try batch 1, as I seriously doubt I’ll ever try that beer again, or even see another bottle.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend: Sorry folks, people who say that this is another Armand & Tommy, it’s not. Go back onto Reddit and complain about rent prices or something.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008 (2011 cork): This beer is in a terrible situation, as it would have crushed any tasting except this one. Here, it is merely tasty, and not approaching god-like just yet. On the bright side, this beer shows lots of potential, and can probably age another 10 years and be fine.

Just some beers.

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They were pretty good, paired well with bourbon and climbing videos.

First of the losers

Is how I felt when I lost by a single point in Settlers of Catan on Friday. So close, yet so far.

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Trillium Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street: So, I was never a big fan of Trillium up until recently, but mostly because I had never had their IPAs with less than a month of time on them. These fresh bottles though, I get it. It all makes sense now.

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Hill Farmstead Clara: Apparently this beer is good now? The first batch kind of tasted like chalk, but this has that signature Hill Farmstead flavor profile. Part farmhouse funk, part dandruff from Shaun Hill’s neckbeard.

The guys I was hanging out with haven’t been in Portland long, so we decided to visit a few older de Garde beers. It was for science, and ticks.

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They also combined to make a great coovie. So much jam and probiotics!

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Bring on moar Trillium that doesn’t suck! Also, this was something like an 8% “pale ale”. I’m calling bullshit, right now. Full fledged IPA right here.

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Seeing Wicked Weed bottles now makes me think of what JWB labels might look like if they had taste.

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Also, fucking hop owls. Their beer may have declined as of late, but I really like their logo. It’s awesome.

Crowler Time

Had some friends over for quiet night of movies and snacks.

Also beer. Of course there was beer.

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Fat Heads Fresh Hop Head Hunter was decent, Barley Browns Tank Slapper was incredible and bursting with citrus. Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour Tart Cherry was a great change of pace, and one of their better sours, right up there with their Petite Sour with Hibiscus and Cinnamon in my opinion.

So desensitized now.

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Some crappy beers tonight.

That was the warm up.

God, so after all that drinking, I have to get up and do it all over again. This time though, stakes are considerably higher, as tonight is whale-slaying night.

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Deschutes Fresh Hop City: Okay, gotta get that blood flowing for some serious liver punishment that is soon to follow. Good beer though, light and very hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness.

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Oh, well look at that.

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Grote Dorst van ‘t Kasteel: So this beer was blended at Castle Neufcour in Eizeringen in 2010, and is a blend of 17 different lambics. Barely carbonated, this beer is still one of the best lambics that I have ever put into my mouth. This beer probably has the best lemon zest/citrus flavor I’m come across in a lambic, but lacks a little on the back end, where that horse blanket/wet sock funk was nowhere to be found. Oh well, still fucking amazing. Best beer of the night! A+

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WTF KIND OF BASKET IS THAT?! Well, it’s a ghetto ass basket that can house a magnum-sized whale.

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Basket was too flimsy to hold, so we had to dispense it in “water cooler almost empty” fashion.

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Grote Dorst Oude Geuze 2008: Apparently one of only 20 or so magnums, this beer recently sold at auction for lots of money. Unfortunately, this beer is not nearly as good as the 2010 bottle we had just opened. On the other hand, still a pretty good beer. Also, the experience of using that basket was kind of awesome. B+/A-

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Upright 1st Anniversary: God I love old Upright beer. This beer was aged in gin barrels and if anything that gin characteristic has only gotten stronger, aka better. A+

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Don’t mind him, he has serious business to attend to.

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New Belgium La Folie 2009 (cage and corked): God, the caged and corked La Folie’s are always stupendous, it’s a shame they stopped making them. This particular bottle had a ton of cherry presence, even more so than some krieks I’ve had. Had a nice mushroom character too, which can only be found in a few beers, including old lambic and the cage and corked la folies. A+

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Uhhhhh, don’t remember what this one was like.

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Uli/h.ertie Lambik Meets Orval: This particular blend used Drie Fonteinen as the lambic that was blended with Orval. Really tasty, but was a little on the thin side. I expected more Orval flavors in the beer than I actually got. Maybe I had too much palate fatigue? A-

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Yep, we got to use that basket one more time, this time for a 3L of de Garde Imperial Black Raz Bu. Life is hard.

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Deschutes Abyss 2007: Another fantastic beer, and it’s been years since I last had a 2007 Abyss. What a treat! I still think 2010 is better. A+

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Toppling Goliath Morning Delight: Well fuck me, my favorite non-barrel aged stout has decided to show itself. Absurdly tasty, with chocolate, maple syrup, and cinnamon as you slowly drink this beer and relish in its minute-long finish. A+

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Goose Island King Henry: This is much better than the last bottle that I tried, so there is still tons of bottle variation, and there are still some great examples of this beer out there. A+

My poor, poor liver.