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Barrel Aged Goodness

Over the weekend my friend hosted a little bottle share with barrels being the theme. Anything that spent time in a barrel was fair game. I had a great time.

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de Garde Imperial Boysen Bu: This beer has come a long ways. Back when this beer was released, I thought that while it was good, it wasn’t nearly as good as the other beers that were released at the same time. After a year of plotting and brooding in a closet, this beer has finally come into its stride. Hugely fruity with a lot of funk to balance out the jam, it was a great way to kick of barrel aged beer tasting.

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Cycle &+: You can definitely tell that this beer was really good at one point, and it is still tasty, but it is just tasting a little bit old at this point. While the beer industry is going nuts with putting adjuncts like cinnamon, cocoa niba, chilies, chocolate, and the tears of lesser beer geeks into their stouts, it ultimately leads to a messy beer that doesn’t age well. Better drink your crazy adjunct stouts sooner rather than later boys, or weird off tastes are coming.

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Wicked Weed Angel Series: White Angel was my favorite by far, tasting like cider mixed with champagne, in a good way.

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Funky Buddha The Love Below: Frankly, I like the Outkast album way more than the beer. It tasted incredibly fake and artificial. I miss the old days when Funky Buddha was small and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was good.

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Oskar Blues Death By Coconut: Palate cleanser? Sure thing!

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Grimm Maple Bourbon Barrel Double Negative: Pretty tasty, one of the better adjunct stouts from the night. However, I would love to try a regular bourbon barrel aged version of this instead, because I miss straight up barrel aged stouts, none of this other ingredient nonsense!

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Casey Cherry Family Preserves: Wow this beer is great! 8% too! Definitely one of the better Casey beers I’ve had, this beer is clean and well attenuated, has great funkiness, big sour notes, and enough fruit to almost be confused with a de Garde beer! HNNNGH.

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Cycle Thursday: A lot of Cycle beers have been extremely thin lately, and I don’t know if that is something they are intentionally going for, but it seriously detracts from an otherwise good stout. I want my stout like motor oil, not like water.

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Upright Rose/FP Blend: Okay, I’m an Upright homer, and everyone should know this. With that bias in mind, this was my favorite of the night. Super dry, bright, and crisp, with funkiness and a little bit of fruit that blends well with the oak characteristics that came with the aging process. The up front taste is a little lack luster, but the back end comes in so strong that you simply forget that the beer didn’t taste like much initially.

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Casey East Bank: Way better than the last bottle I had, despite it being from the same batch. Bottle variation in a tiny brewery? No way!

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Cycle Monday: FINALLY, a stout from Cycle with awesome mouthfeel! MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED! Best adjunct stout of the night, hands down.

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Block 15 Breakfast with the Buffalo: Great beer, but way more bitter out of the bottle than on draft.

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de Garde Framiscus: A sleeper beer from de Garde, this beer is absolutely fantastic but no one seems to care about it. Fine by me, they can all go chase after the latest flavor of the week while I drink beer that actually tastes good.

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Night cap!

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Casey

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I was running out of his beers, so it was time to re-up on Casey. 🙂

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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Casey, all of the Casey

I haven’t had many beers from Casey Brewing and Blending, but I think this tasting fixed all that.

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Turns out these three beers were my favorite of the day. Balaton is the winner.

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Brett Loves Citra: Very, very good. Like a fancy version of De Garde’s Hose, but with much softer acidity.

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Casey Oak Theory: Huge surprise at the taste of this beer. It tastes just like a very young lambic, funk and all. Pro-tip, cellar the hell out of these.

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Casey Advanced Oak Theory: I love how the whiskey barrels have changed this beer, but the finish is super diacetyl. Do not want buttered popcorn flavors in my beer 😦

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Casey Saison: Really, fucking good. Damn.

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Casey East Bank: Also delicious.

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Casey East Bank w/honey: A beer that has honey in it where I can actually taste the honey?! GOD DAMN.

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Casey Peach Fruit Stand: no peaches to be found here. Makes me sad, but other than that the beer is good.

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Casey Blackberry Fruit Stand: Very tasty, but I was expecting more blackberry here.

General takeaway: Casey beers are very good, but do not expect the same kind of fruit bombs that De Garde drops on your palate. The fruit seems to be used as an accent to the main flavors of the base beer, while De Garde’s approach is to highlight the fruit itself, with the base beer used as a foundation of the fruity assault on your senses.

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Yep, fruitiest beer of the day.