Posts Tagged ‘ Armand & Tommy ’

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.

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Timbers vs Sounders

We won 4-1!!!! Fuck Seattle!

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Pre-game beers don’t really get any better than this. Perfect for the really, really hot weather.

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Hill Farmstead Daybreak: This beer is only getting better, I’m really sad this is gone. The Grand Mariner barrels have really started to shine through, and this beer finishes super dry with some slight bitterness. Pretty much perfect.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy: This beer is extraordinary, but I still don’t see how this beer is considered to be more desirable than the Armand ‘4 Seasons. This might be as good or slightly better than Winter, but the other 3 Seasons crush it. Opens bright and tart, followed by grassy, musky earthiness, like walking among a bunch of hay bales. A++

Oysters and Geuze: The Sequel

About a year and a half ago, my friend James hosted our tasting group where we paired sour beer (geuze) with oysters on the half shell. It was an incredible pairing, one of the best that I’ve come across. This past weekend we decided to give it another go while watching the Broncos crush the Pats and the Seahawks eke out a win against the 49ers.

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This isn’t even all the oysters we had….in total we had about 12 dozen oysters. Varieties were Kumamotos, Barron Points, Chef Creeks, and Breaksides. The Kumamotos were my favorites followed by the Breaksides. The Barron Points were really good too, but they were just enormous oysters.

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Yeah….this was a little intimidating.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Lente: Best of the Seasons, and in my opinion, the best of the whole day. It tastes deliciously tart and funky, with a really nice grassy and fruity aspect that makes me drool. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Zomer: Not a whole lot different than Lente, but it was slightly watered down by comparison. Still one of the very best geuzes out there. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Herfst: This is probably the most distinctive of the 4 Seasons, with a very distinct mineral quality to it that I really enjoy and thought paired very well with the oysters we were eating. This is my second favorite Season. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Winter: Still amazing, but kind of simplistic compared to the other 4 Seasons. Don’t get me wrong though, you should trade for any and all of these if you have the chance. A+

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Lente, Zomer, Herfst, and Winter. It’s not everyday you can try the whole set in one sitting!

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy: Very delicious and much tastier than when I had it fresh, but this is just not on the same level as the Seasons. A+

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This felt like a good palate cleanser since it had the same name as our host. It’s a good black IPA to boot too!

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Uli Zomergeuze El Sol: Extremely citrusy and sour, with nice funk character. This is definitely one of the best beers of the day, and probably would have been the best if it wasn’t for the fact that this beer was completely flat. A+

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Russian River Beatification Batch 2: This was not great, definitely over the hill. Just goes to prove that not all “walez” are super tasty anymore. B-/B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 3: This is definitely more like it, very tasty with a big kick of sour to the mouth and a little funk to back it up. I hear it’s peaked though. A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 4: This one isn’t great either…tastes like shock tarts. B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 5: This is the best one by far. Just trade for a ton of Batch 5 everyone! A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 6: This one was watery and not very sour. It needs time. B

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WTF is that?! That’s some serious mold in the cork…on the other hand, it is from 1984…

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1984 Eylenbosch: So this is the oldest beer I’ve ever had….and it was carbonated and very tasty. However, I have a hard time describing this beer, it tastes…..so old. A+

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Oude Beersel 2007: This was good too!

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Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters: This was not good. C

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Cantillon Classic Gueuze 2012: Wow, for the first time in my life can I say that a Cantillon Gueuze acted as a palate cleanser. Extreme palate fatigue is extreme.

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Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella: This beer sucked. C-

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus 2010: Tasted good, smelled like baby diapers. B+

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Cantillon Saint Gilloise: Man my liver and mouth are so tired.

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Cantillon Iris: This was tasty too, but I was seriously struggling at this point. A

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The graveyard.