Posts Tagged ‘ Drie Fonteinen ’

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.

Farewell Lambic

A close friend moved to the Bay Area recently, and it was only proper to send him off right.

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2012 & Drie Fonteinen Hommage 2013: These beers are actually the same age, being bottled in 2013. Hommage is all jam and funk, no bandaids to be found here like some unlucky bottles. Tons of raspberries too, especially for a beer that’s 4 years old. That being said, Lou Pepe Kriek is the better beer tonight. Not as much fruit, but way more funk and barrel while balancing those flavors with deep cherries and a cinnamon-esque finish. I really like Lou Pepe Kriek, but I’m not convinced that it’s a bottle you should drink fresh.

Why I went to Costa Rica

This was a multi-step process, so bear with me!

Step 1: Order a double pina colada and request that it be served inside of a pineapple.

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Step 2: Get a picture taken while posing like Gollum, then drink said pina colada

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Step 3: Pour geuze into freshly emptied pineapple

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Step 4: Leave your fucks at the door.

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Step 5: Reward yourself for giving no fucks.

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Step 6: Try to find an efficient way to store geuzey pineapple

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Step 7: Be amazed at the glory that is the most efficient way to store geuzey pineapple

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For what it’s worth, this was some of the best god damn lambic I’ve ever consumed.

Wait, one more whale.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2007: My personal favorite of the big tasting that has made up the last few posts. This bottle did not have a synthetic cork that plagued most of the bottles from this year. Carbonated, but extraordinarily soft, hugely funky, with lots of citrus.

Eat the World

Turns out Emeril’s new show on Amazon Prime is really good. I marathoned the whole thing with friends over dinner. Along with this:

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: This really fresh bottle was remarkably better than the 375ml bottle I had not too long ago. This had all the carbonation, funk, and mineral qualities that I remember being underwhelming in the 375ml format. A

Post Brews Drinking?!

Why yes, of course we continued to drink after Brews.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Yep, geuze really doesn’t get much better than this. It’s no longer super bright and citrusy as it once was, but has evolved into a funk monster while still retaining some citrus. A crushable beer this is not, but it is one of my favorite beers of all time. A+

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Hill Farmstead Works of Love: I don’t know a whole lot about this particular batch of Works of Love, but it strongly reminds me of Flora, which is my favorite  Hill Farmstead beer. There’s nothing wrong with that! Nice and light, with mild funk and a great wine barrel finish. A

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Hill Farmstead Flora Plum: Well speak of the devil! A Flora variant! This beer is really good as well, shame it comes in a stupid small bottle! Plum is a hard fruit to pull off in beer because it is so subtle in flavor, but using Flora as a base was a great idea on Hill Farmstead’s part. Unfortunately making this beer means one less batch of regular Flora makes it into the marketplace 😦   A+

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Okay, I was getting drunk at this point. My liver gave it’s all, but it still wasn’t enough.

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I remember this beer! Upright beers just continue to get better and better with age. Very light and refreshing, with a hint of gin barrel and some wildflowers to round everything out. A+

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de Garde 3S: This beer is also improving with age, unlike my liver. A