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Whale Slaying

Saturday was De Garde’s 2nd Anniversary, and a bunch of people flew in from out of town, including some of our friends! So a we call got together to drink some beer. There was some really rare beer thrown in, just for kicks, and to make the time more memorable!

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Hill Farmstead Flora: Might be the best beer that Hill Farmstead makes, and it was tastier than some of the other wine barrel aged saisons we had that night. A

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Casey East Bank: Another very tasty beer, with some nice funk and lemon zest thrown in. I would love to see this beer with some fruit, or gin barrels though. B+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: Still the best beer label in existence, and the beer itself is really good too! It is starting to get more sour though, so maybe drink this one sooner rather than later, unless you like dissolving your teeth! B+

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No idea, but it tastes kind of like Hunahpu.

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Upright Noel: Handwritten sole comp beers are always incredibly good. This is no exception!

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New Belgium La Folie 2007: I’ve only had the pleasure of having a caged and corked La Folie once before, and it was fucking wonderful. This beer was incredible, very tart up front, but a nice complex and earthy finish. A+

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New Belgium La Folie 2008: So, looks like I get to have caged and corked La Folie twice in the same night! This year is slightly better, but both are incredible. Someone at New Belgium needs to realize that they’ve made a terrible mistake in pasteurizing this beer. LET IT LIVE. A+

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Hill Farmstead Ann batch 1: Yeah, so this beer is really old now (at least in terms of HF beers), and it shows. While it was really good, I think Brother Soigne is better then this bottle of Ann, and Flora absolutely crushes it. B+

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Hill Farmstead Ann batch 2: Okay, this fresh bottle is waaaaay better than batch 1. I can kind of see the hype now, but I still think Flora is better. One thing about this beer that’s really impressive though is the super soft mouthfeel. A/A+

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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic: I honestly never thought I would have this beer again, but my friend from Seattle brought this one and surprised the hell out of me. Still super fucking good. Just as fruity as some of De Garde’s but has more back end funkiness. I can’t believe how well this beer is holding up. Might be better than Cable Car Kriek…..A+

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Goose Island Nuthulu: Ahhh, the best beer that Goose Island has made since Bourbon County Vanilla. Lots of vanilla here, but not cloying at all, with some nice nuttiness at the finish. Top 5 stouts of all time if you ask me. A+

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Crooked Stave Persica batch 1: Another American sour that has aged super well. The peach presence here is great, there is more peach in this beer after 3 years than a lot of peach sours have when they are first released. A+

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Another bottle of Flora, just because.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Zomer: As delicious as the beers were thus far, this is probably a top 3 beer of the night for me. You simply don’t get much better than the Seasons if you want to talk about sour beer. A+

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Toppling Goliath SR-71: Tasty, but still not as good as Assassin. Too much barrel, pour some Nuthulu into it and we’ll be in good shape! B+/A-

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: Been a while since I last had this beer, and it is way more sour than I remember. A

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Goose Island Bourbon County Bramble Rye: This beer continues to improve with age, just because I don’t really like fruit in my stouts I think. Kill all the fruited stouts! A

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Goose Island Proprietors 2014: Cinnamon Bourbon County wooOOO!

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WHY DO MY TASTE BUDS NOT WORK?!

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STILL DOESN”T WORK.

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Palate is broken. I give up.

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Birthday Time

My climbing buddy celebrated his birthday over the weekend, and since he’s also a big beer geek, we did a little tasting while enjoying some BBQ.

 

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Uli Blend! This was the Calvados lambic, and it was the best beer of the day. So delicious and funky. A+

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: After trying the Uli, this beer really doesn’t have much funk to it by comparision, and is much sweeter. Still delicious, but I think I may have started trying bottles in the wrong order…A

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De Garde Cherry Rum Bu: This is one of the newest Keeper’s beers, and it’s really good. I can’t say there is really any rum barrel to be found here, but the sweet cherries have dampened the sour levels on the base beer, making much more delicate than the other bu’s. A

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De Garde Blu Bu: 3L bottle is big…

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Bruery Winefication: Please give me the Syrah and the Black Tuesday separately please. The combination really isn’t doing anything good here. I like this beer, but the result is less than the sum of its parts. B+

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Russian River T25: Just cause.

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Gotta blend the two big bottles together. Turned out just like Winefication! Don’t blend these.

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I don’t even know why this was here.

Small bottleshare time!

Couple people from out of town wanted to do some trades and to share some bottles, so for the 3rd time in the same number of days, I went to the Commons.

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Hmm, might be a lot for 5 people. I love the ambition.

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Time for some liquid courage in the form of Gin Enkel! 5 glasses in 3 days, I might have a problem.

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De Garde Rougie: Aging well, but it’s a slower gusher now, so be ready with a glass!

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Crooked Stave Surette: So much better than the reserva version! This one has no butter.

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Jester King Aurelian: Holy tits this beer is sour! Lots of apricots too! First Jester King beer I’ve had that doesn’t suck. A-

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Troegs Master of Pumpkins: Not bad, but I like the label better. B

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Lawson’s Maple Tripple: Tastes like delicious, alcoholic breakfast! A+

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Best way to smash my face with coffee.

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Crooked Stave L’Brett Blackberry: Quite tasty, but I wouldn’t mind more fruit. B+

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Jester King Chrysalis: Not as good as the apricot Jester King, but it is still good. Maybe I need to only drink the small bottles of Jester King. Is that the secret? B+

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Crooked Stave Origins: Still one of the better dark sours out there. B+

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Crooked Stave Cherry Origins: Best beer from this year’s Crooked Stave reserve society. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze 2013: Batch 2 is way better than the original batch. This one is nice and refreshing while bringing a good amount of funk to the table. Batch 1’s soul goal was to destroy my face, and it did a pretty good job. This is worth trading for. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: Holy robot Jesus I love this beer. A+

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The man who brought the bottle chugging the last 5 oz like a boss!

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Cantillon 50N-4E: Oh, hey there. Cognac barrel aged sour beer?! Why yes, yes I want some. It was quite good too! A

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Jester King Atrial Rubicite: This one is god damn delicious, absolutely worth the hype! One of the juiciest, jammiest beers I’ve ever had. A+

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Bruery Grey Monday: This is a terrible idea, but a delicious one! A/A+

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Both Persicas were buttery. What sadness.