Archive for July, 2016

Moeder Lambic

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Yep, gotta get my fix of Zenne y Frontera. Fucking love this beer. Third best beer of the trip!

I FORGOT

I never posted pictures of Drie Fonteinen!!! I’m a bad man.

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Drie Fonteinen Cask Lambic: Crushable.

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I’m in my happy place. Never thought I’d be able to drink this….

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 1997 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: Oldest Drie Fonteinen beer I’ve ever had, and it was the second best beer of the whole trip! More tart than the 2004 magnum that I had in Rome, but supremely enjoyable nonetheless. Dusty, funky, with some citrus, it was incredible.

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That’s some sediment there.

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2001 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: Another incredible beer, this time with some mouse poop on it! Far softer than the 1997, but it just isn’t as interesting on the palate. Still, one of the best beers of the trip, and made 2007 Classic Gueuze look like a newb.

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My partners in crime!

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Beautiful lineup, the likes of which I’ll most likely never see again.

Stone Fruit Tasting

I don’t want to see peaches or apricots for a while. I still can’t taste anything.

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Pizza Boy Permasmile: What the hell is a Pennsylvania wild ale? One that was made by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Amish? Anyways, this beer is pretty good, but I expect it cost something north of $30, which is unacceptable.

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Odell Zardi Ale: Not very good.

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Night Shift Mystery Weisse: I really liked this beer when it first came out, and it’s still really good. Things have changed, as the beer has become more sour over the last two years or so. It reminds me of sour, green mangoes, and it’s tasty.

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Wow I’m bad at taking photos. Thankfully, Quetsche Tilquin is the opposite of the quality of this photo. It tastes fantastic, and since plums are used, it counts in this stone fruit tasting! One of the best beers of the night if you ask me.

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de Garde Biere Stone: Wow, the “Biere” series from de Garde just consistently kills it. Big peach and apricot presence but you can still taste the chardonnay barrel, it’s almost SARA like. However, the finish isn’t quite as strong as SARA’s, but it trades that for huge fruit notes.

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Casey Peach  The Cut: SO. MUCH. SULFUR. However, after letting my glass breathe for half an hour or so this beer almost tastes like a geuze, but I didn’t get a ton of peaches here.

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de Garde Stone Bu: Batch 1! This beer is incredibly sour now, but it still has most of its peach flavors intact. I’m not sure if I have any left, but I think it’s about time to drink these, they aren’t getting better.

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Sante Adairius Westly: This second batch tastes way different than the original batch. It’s much less fruity, and way funkier. I am not sure which batch I prefer, but I think I’d love to mix the two batches and have a field day.

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Cantillon Fou Foune: This is the new 2015 batch, and it’s honestly a little disappointing. I expected it to blow Westly out of the water, but it wasn’t even close. Neither fruity nor funky, this beer needs time in the hopes that it will improve.

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Sante Adairius: Southern Sunrise: Oh wow, I really, really like this beer. Probably the best or second best beer of the night, and better than Westly. Lots of peach, some funkiness, and all that delicious wine barrel finish that I love SARA for.

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Ugh, another turd photo.

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Battery acid.

Cuvee Armand & Gaston

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Gaston: This was opened to celebrate the gutting of the fish that is the Seattle Sounders last Sunday. I haven’t had this beer yet, and I should really drink a beer before deciding whether or not to age it. So this beer opens EXTREMELY energetically, the cork exploded from the bottle the moment the cage was undone. Aside from that, this beer is really damn good, and frankly tastes like an older geuze. I can’t wait to try this beer again in a few years. Until then, my other bottle is going to take a nice slumber.

‘murica!

I really do prefer using my DSLR, but taking photos, pulling them off of my camera, and doing a little post-processing can delay things.

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Upright America: Fuck yeah.

Productive Sundays.

Saison Bernice, just keep drinking it, because it only gets better from here.

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That wine finish that SARA beers have is just perfect. Probably my favorite aspect of their beers.

Rome

Rome was the next stop in my Europe trip, and I had known beforehand that a stop at Brasserie 4:20 was a requirement. With that knowledge, my friends and I rolled into the bar with some beer from Portland to share with the staff there. It paid off. Anyways, let’s get to the photos!

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They had a magnum of Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze from 2004. Naturally that was the first thing we ordered.

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I have to admit, the more messed up the label is, the more excited I get. This bottle has seen some shit.

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Best beer of the trip, hands down. Funky, cheesy, some mushroom flavors that you only find in older beers, while still maintaining lively carbonation and a nice citrus finish. I could drink that beer for the rest of my life.

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Then the shenanigans started.

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But not before we tried to order a 2002 Oude Geuze, but they were sold out. Instead, they brought us a 2008 Oude Geuze. It was spectacular.

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Me: Dude, is that scotch?!

Matt: Yeh it is!!!!!

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These were not trivial pours, I would estimate them to be in between 3 and 4 oz….we were in trouble.

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Oh nevermind, Brian was there to save the day!

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Several of these were accomplished. Meanwhile, I drank a 2006 Oude Geuze by myself. I was very happy with how things turned out.

The following morning was not as happy.

Cantillon

So I was in Europe for a week and a half at the end of June, and have just been really bad at keeping up with older posts that I never finished writing, and I apologize for that. However, I doubt many of you mind that I’m a little behind on content as long as it’s you know, halfway entertaining. On that note, after flying from Portland, OR and landing in Brussels, I went straight to Cantillon from the airport. Fuck checking into airbnbs.,

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I’ll have you know that it’s hard work taking photos of beer while looking like your stereotypical Asian tourist, especially while fatigued. The things I do for you guys.

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Cantillon Lambic D’Aunis: In collaboration with Les Vins Contés. Brewed with the pinot d’aunis grape, but not dry hopped like the previous batches. Thanks to RateBeer for that description. To my knowledge it was simply a new batch of Pinot D’Aunis, which is one of the whaliest beers in all beer geekdom. This beer is only available on sight save for a handful of bottles that made it to festival or were available for sale at Cantillon Quintessence. This beer was extremely good, but not nearly as wine forward as some of the de Garde wine offerings, but far more balanced.

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Cantillon 2007 Classic Gueuze: One of the best beers of the trip, proves that even commoner’s lambic can be great as long as you give it time. Incredibly funky with a moderate level of sourness, there’s really no way you can replicate the way an old geuze tastes without the use of time, and a lot of it.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2012: For 2012’s Zwanze Day, Jean made a lambic with rhubarb, identical to the beer he made for 2008’s Zwanze Day. I can say that I’ve never had either of those beers, up until now. Wow, this beer is just incredible, with the rhubarb right there in the middle of the taste without encroaching on flavors normally found in lambic. I think sour beer brewers need to start following Jean’s example and start using rhubarb in their beer.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2013: This one was not very good…….

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise: So I’ve apparently been pronouncing this beer incorrectly for years, because it turns out the “s” is not silent like you think it would be. Oh well. a 2010 Lou Pepe Framboise really hits the spot, and turns out to be my first fruit bomb beer on my trip. It will not be the last.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek: 2nd fruit bomb encountered. I’ve drank tons of this vintage (2010) of Lou Pepe Kriek, but there’s something about drinking it in the brewery, surrounded by funk and friends, that makes it a surreal experience. Also, oak, funk, and all the cherry flavors were welcome too.

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Cantillon Fou Foune: Fresh bottles of Fou Foune are something else. I really like the 2011 bottle that I opened a few months ago, and I might even like it better than this particular bottle of fresh Fou Foune, but the fresh version is definitely more unique. I love myself some carbonated apricot juice.

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Cantillon Carignan: Another wine grape lambic from Cantillon, this time with, you guessed it, carignan grapes. This beer is good, but is definitely not as tasty as the Lambic D’Aunis.

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Okay, so while those other grape Cantillon lambics were very good, this beer still takes the cake for me. I love this beer, and if given the chance I would hoard the shit out  of it.

Mmmm, more de Garde

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Dropped into de Garde a week or so ago and got to hang out with the crew while enjoying some The Archer as well as…..some other beer that I had forgotten about……..:(

Even Pong Night Needs Good Beer

Had a bunch of people over for a night of reliving college drinking games. Unfortunately/fortunately, we kicked the keg in a little under three hours, so we had a couple of other craft beers. Here’s the two that I took photos of. Both were very tasty, but past their prime.

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