Posts Tagged ‘ Classic Gueuze ’

Long Live the Mustache.

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This mustache was 3 years old, so we had to celebrate its passing with a beer that was the same age. I guess 3 year old Cantillon Classic Gueuze is really tasty, but that’s not what this is about.

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Rest in peace my friend.

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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.

Last De Garde release of the year!

Drove on some freezing roads to get to Tillamook on Saturday. It was totally worth it though, the new Bu Weisse variants are the best beers they’ve made to date!

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De Garde Imperial Boysenberry Bu: Super long name, but holy shit this beer is jammy. Jammiest beer I’ve ever had, I kind of want to spread it on my toast. Best beer from the release. A+

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De Garde Imperial Raspberry Bu: Tons of raspberry to be found here, but it’s sharp instead of jammy and juicy. Still fantastic, I would slot it above cranberry bu weisse and belove blueberry bu. A/A+

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De Garde The Archer: Still delicious, but it takes a backseat to the Bu Weisse variants. On the other hand, I think that this beer is going to be the best in the long run. I screams “age me!”. A-

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Had to take a picture of a girl taking a picture of me. PICTCEPTION!

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might as well have more boysenberry bu…..

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: It’s a good beer, but………………bu weisse. A-

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Bruery Bottleworks XII: Again, not bu.

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Logsdon Wilde Appel: Cider wales?

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Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus: Super sour……..and really funky. A

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Always a classic!

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The combined bottle haul between me and my friends: Sadly, only a couple of these are mine, have to distribute a bunch of the bottles I have to people I am trusteeing for as well. I need real mules next time.

Vast Improvement

Wow, it’s incredible how much better Cantillon’s Classic Gueuze gets after a year. This beer was really boring with minimal funk when it first came out, with just a bit of sourness. Let it sit on a shelf for a year though, and it comes out of the gate 5 pounds lighter, and 100x more furious.

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OM NOM NOM NOM

Gueuze and Oysters

Yeah, weird pairing right? But this pairing is absolutely genius! I’m going to have to do this on my own in the future. Oysters…good….gueuze…good…..add them together and you could break the space-time continuum.

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It was from this moment that I knew I wasn’t going to leave that house sober….

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008: First time having LP Gueuze, and it’s really, really good. Turns out it’d be one of the best beers of the night! A+

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Armand ‘4 Herfst: Looks like this beer gets to make another appearance, and it’s still just as good as I remember. Might be the best beer of the night. A+

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Block 15 Golden Canary 2011: Really tasty, but doesn’t quite hold up against the competition so far. It’s sweeter than I remember, but I don’t think I’ve had the 2011 batch before. A-

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Commons Maybelle: Solid, but this time it just tasted like water. The other beers were far to aggressively sour and funky.

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: One of my biggest wants, and I finally got to try it. This beer is SOUR. Just smelling it makes me involuntarily pucker up. Not so much funk, but I can’t really tell because I’m still crying from the sourness. Awesome beer. A+

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Palette cleansers

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Before…..

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and after.

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Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend: Really, really good. I guess the last bottle I had was kind of off? A+

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Breakside Postmodern Lambic: Don’t remember much about this one…

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Whales….very few bottles made of this beer. Apparently it came from France and was made with Cantillon yeast?

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Stupid good. A+

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Bleh

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Don’t remember this one in detail either! Woooo!

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Hill Farmstead Florence: Good, but HF can do soo  much better. B+

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We also did a blind tasting between 2 boons, beatification, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and tilquin. My ranking was in order of best to worst: Beatification, oude gueze, tilquin, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

Total rankings were: Beatification, tilquin, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

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Alpine Pure Hoppiness: Stupid good. The hoppiness was a fantastic break from the sour onslaught. A-

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Armand 4′ Winter: Another repeat, and just as delicious. Another top beer emerges! A+

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Cantillon Cuvee des Champions: Haven’t gotten to tick this one before, and it’s good! A

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Cantillon Iris: It’s been two years since I last had this beer, and it’s really different than I remember. Still good though. A

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Bleh bleh blehgh blend!

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Drunk.

Things come to those who wait

Yes, after waiting for a month, Cantillon Classic Gueuze 2012 is properly carbonated!

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