Posts Tagged ‘ Drie Fonteinen ’

Zwanze Madness

Went to get tickets for Zwanze over the weekend. It was a madhouse.

 

So crowded. At least the beer was good. By the way, the original bottles of Cuvee Armand & Gaston are waaaay different than recent bottlings. Much better and funkier.

 

September 23rd I’m coming for you.

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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.

 

 

 

Oysters and Geuze

Oh Brews for New Avenues, knowing exactly how to butter up us beer geeks. Open bar geuze and oysters for 50 people?!

 

Spoiler alert, I won jack shit that day. 😦

 

But I was so excited to try!

 

Tilquin and Armand and Gaston pours? Well I’ll just pour these into the vast, demanding chasm that is my mouth.

 

The line for oysters was pretty fearsome though, I was asked to step in to lend my services. I happily obliged. It is, after all, for the kids.

 

It also meant I could feed people. Hilarity ensued.

 

One of the best beers from the weekend.

 

And it was great to hang out with friends who were visiting from all over the country for this event.

 

 

“So, you ready for the big event tomorrow?!”

Maybe.

 

‘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.

Sitting round a table and drinking

Since that’s what adults do these days right? Dat millennial life, talking about our $9 avocado sandwiches.

 

Upright Shades: This is a b1 bottle, so a year or so old? It’s very tasty and not nearly as sour as I remember when it first came out.

Hair of the Dog Bourbon Fred 2012: Yep, I think this is the best beer that HotD has ever made. Maybe once they can carbonate beer again they will return to form.

 

CARBONATED. BOOM.

 

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!

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.