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Geuze and Oysters – 4 years running

The gang gets together every year to do a big lambic tasting paired with an absurd amount of oysters. This year, 12 dozen oysters sacrificed themselves for our gluttony. If this was American Gods we would all be all-powerful right now.

Our basket game is pretty fucking strong right now.

Was not good.

This beer has aged really nicely, but I’m a little sad it doesn’t look hot pink anymore.

Barrel aged baltic porters are fantastic, breweries should do this more often.

Don’t put stupid fucking raspberries in beer….unless you’re Goose Island, then go ahead.

This was pretty good, but not nearly as epic as the name 🙂

Been a couple years since I’ve had Vera Mae, but it’s definitely one of the better Hill Farmstead’s saisons.

de Garde The Broken Truck No. 2: Very, very good, but lacks a little bit of complexity compared to the lambics that we had that day.

Cantillon Grand Cru Brucscella 2006: 2010 cork date? God damn Cantillon is weird with its naming schemes. It was the best Grand Cru bottle I’ve had, but I still don’t understand why some people rave about this beer when it is older.

A vertical of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. The beers were surprisingly different year to year. I would rank the best ones as 2009, 2004, and 2011. 2009 was funky, tons of cherries, and a cherry pie character that the other bottles lacked. 2004 was incredibly funking but still had some fruit going on and had the best mouthfeel of the bunch. Then 2011 was delicious as always, but I’m not sure it’s worth aging at this point, it’s already so good!

Whew, seafood boil as a food break. My stomach greatly appreciated this.

Sooooo, all of these beers are absolutely absurd. In terms of rarer lambic, the Armand Seasons are some of the best, and are not actually that hard to trade for! I was the outlier in our group, but I ranked these four beers from best to least best: Lente, Herfst, Winter, and Zomer. It was all extremely close though, closer than the ranking has been in the past.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

What a treat. Also, my friend’s face in the background is simply perfect.

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Post Brews Drinking?!

Why yes, of course we continued to drink after Brews.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Yep, geuze really doesn’t get much better than this. It’s no longer super bright and citrusy as it once was, but has evolved into a funk monster while still retaining some citrus. A crushable beer this is not, but it is one of my favorite beers of all time. A+

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Hill Farmstead Works of Love: I don’t know a whole lot about this particular batch of Works of Love, but it strongly reminds me of Flora, which is my favorite  Hill Farmstead beer. There’s nothing wrong with that! Nice and light, with mild funk and a great wine barrel finish. A

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Hill Farmstead Flora Plum: Well speak of the devil! A Flora variant! This beer is really good as well, shame it comes in a stupid small bottle! Plum is a hard fruit to pull off in beer because it is so subtle in flavor, but using Flora as a base was a great idea on Hill Farmstead’s part. Unfortunately making this beer means one less batch of regular Flora makes it into the marketplace 😦   A+

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Okay, I was getting drunk at this point. My liver gave it’s all, but it still wasn’t enough.

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I remember this beer! Upright beers just continue to get better and better with age. Very light and refreshing, with a hint of gin barrel and some wildflowers to round everything out. A+

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de Garde 3S: This beer is also improving with age, unlike my liver. A

Need Moar

Had Lente the other day, and by golly I need more of that in my life.

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Done!

Sometimes fewer is more

A friend of mine had a few people over to hang out and enjoy the sun in his backyard and have some delicious beers. It was a great time, I don’t hang out with those guys enough.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Oh boy oh boy, still one of my favorite beers of all time. Super light, very crisp, with great carbonation. Funk is less than what I remember, but that may just be due to bottle variation. I need more of these, whatever that cost.

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Hill Farmstead Juicy: Very juicy, but less fruit than I remember from the first batch. I don’t know if it’s because this beer is actually less juicy, of if it is because everything I drink now is colored by my expectation of juiciness by drinking de Garde. It’s a tough life. I guess my reviews are worthless. Noooooooooooo

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Ah, another Smooth. My last impressions stand, very, very tasty, but they should have let the nectarines ripen a little more before tossing them into the barrel.

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.

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!

Birthday + 3 beer geeks.

I’m sure you guys know what happened next.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Best beer of the night right out of the gate. Top 5 beer for me. I’m a huge fan of the enormous funk and hint of sweetness and fruit. Would bang again 10/10. A++

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2002: Second best beer of the night. You can smell that it’s a lot older than the Lente. Incredibly funk and earthiness, amazing. I need to somehow get my hands on one of these. A+

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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus: Great beer, but just not as good as the first two. I feel terrible saying that. However, I will say this: it was more drinkable than the other two beers. A+

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Hill Farmstead Sankt Hans: My friend called this beer “Stanky Hans” by mistake. I proceeded to call this beer Stanky Hans for the rest of the night. B+

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Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Better than Stanky Hans. A

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Yep, that’s a 3L.

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…..and this dude killed it, with a little bit of help. Happy birthday brah!

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Russian River Temptation: Better than Beatification.

After the temptation we went to a bar and then decided to cruise over to my place…where more bottles were opened.

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Block 15 Petite Verdot: God this beer is pretty, and still tasty as well! I’m sad I don’t have any left. A

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Crooked Stave Raspberry Dark Origins: Huge raspberry nose, but not my favorite Origins beer. B+

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Crooked Stave Cherry Origins: Yezzzzzz. A

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Crooked Stave Origins Batch 2: Just as good as batch 1. A-

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2007: I really don’t have to write anything here. Go get this beer. A+

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Upright Saison du Cidre: I love Upright one offs. This one was never sold. Mmmmm the .rar