Posts Tagged ‘ De Garde ’

With Big Birthdays Come Big Beers

Also, in a words of a close friend, “poor life choices”.

 

So, I didn’t even know that Mikkeller made a geuze.

 

de Garde Peach Bu b1 3L: Oh, why hello there you sexy beast. You are drinking surprisingly well! Let’s have a closer look…

 

Yes, yes. You are indeed holding up very well. Mmmmm

 

Phoneception? Must be a good reason.

 

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2002: Oh boy, it’s been a few years since I’ve had this beer. Crazy enough, it’s been very different each time I’ve had it. Guess that is par for the course when you are drinking a beer that is old enough to be learning how to drive. A+

 

Cantillon Fou Foune 2013: This might be my favorite recent vintage of Fou Foune.

 

Oakshire Hellshire VI Single Barrel Reserve: Wow, I had forgotten what real barrel aged stouts should taste like! Better than Assassin.

 

Some more goodies!

Maybe this bottle looks familiar from Brews for New Avenues? Between myself and a friend we were able to land one of the four bottles. Slightly funky, moderate tartness, with an incredible amount of raspberry. Really, really happy to be able to try this beer.

 

Well, you know how whales are supposed to be finished…

 

 

Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

Oh yes, we also had Dave.

 

 

 

Boysen de Mer

Super, super fruity, but not a whole of other stuff going on here. I prefer the Special series of beers to the de Mer it seems.

Post Pig Tasting

I was a wreck of a person, but I had to hurry home from the beach the next day to meet up with some other friends for a bottle share. I rallied about an hour before everyone arrived, thank god.

 

I picked up some charcuterie, Dexter was extremely interested in what was going on. Also, of course I fed him a little of it.

 

Trying to warm up before friends arrived!

 

Toppling Goliath Double Dry Hop Pseudo Sue: Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve had Toppling Goliath. What a refreshing change of pace from all the NE-style IPAs I’ve been drinking lately!

 

de Garde Imperial Boysenberry Bu b1: Yep, the original! No stamped labels! Sorry Trevor, I know you don’t like it when I drink old de Garde, but the stuff can be incredible at times! This is  no exception, so sour, but tons of fruit and funk at the same time. If any of you have these left, make sure to get the sediment back into suspension a little bit before opening, it’s way better that way.

Bokkeryder Perzik: Well fuck me, whatever kind of peaches are in this beer, I need to find them and eat them all.

 

 

Just some of the other beer we had that day.

 

Yep, Saint Lamvinus is still my favorite seasonal Cantillon

Kill shot, and I had to work the next day.

‘Murica

Went to the beach, smoked some briskets (well, I ate it anyway), and roasted a pig (also ate that). Beer was also involved.

 

But first, had to make a stop at one of my favorite haunts. I was running late anyway, no one was going to miss me being a little later!

 

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus: Well shit, I guess I shouldn’t have made that stop at de Garde on my way over! Lucky my friends saved me pour of this beast!

 

 

 

 

Plenty of adorable animals around for me to pet. Also, they beg for food.

 

Obligatory pictures of beer.

 

Oh you were so delicious.

Unsure if Trevor would like this…

de Garde Imperial Raz Bu: This is an old one, from 2014 I believe, and I don’t think Trevor would appreciate the fact that I’m holding onto some of his beers for so long. That being said, I think these particular beers do better with some time on them. Funk has increased, but the fruit is just so damn good now that combined with the increased complexity make it a different beast from a fresh bottle.

Eye doctors becoming eye doctors

A friend of mine finally graduated optometry school. Years ago he asked if I would save a beer for his graduation. I did.

Yep, this is gonna be interesting.

Look at him, probably checking into beer with the same fervor that an 18 year old swipes on tinder.

Oh that sinking feeling.

This is how it’s done.

God this was the worst beer of the night

These were very tasty too.

Best beers of the evening. Armand & Tommy still not as good as the Seasons if you ask me.

and goodnight fellas!

de Garde Anniversary

A lot of anniversaries lately, with more on the way!

In this episode, de Garde gets an age upgrade!

Quick pit stop at Block 15…

Why hi there beautiful…

REVEAL YOUR SECRETS!!!!!

Arch Harder

Two weeks ago was Arch Bridge Taphouse’s 2nd anniversary, and it was a good one. Being located out in Oregon City makes it a bit of a hike from Portland, but the delicious beers at Arch Bridge tend to stay on draft for much longer than the higher trafficked bars in town.

Case in point: Fou Foune was on draft all day.

Fou Foune next to Fremont Rusty Nail. Saturdays are rough.

Really, really old de Garde! Trevor would be pissed if I had untappd and gave this a negative review. Honestly though, it’s still pretty good.

Wait, is that a de Garde magnum of The Purple?!

Aww yiss. Beer was absolutely fantastic too, getting nice and funky right now.

Beer and Card Games

Doing it right.

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.