Posts Tagged ‘ Framboos ’

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.

 

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I Like Science.

After the Timbers beat San Jose on Saturday I decided that it was time to apply science to a few beers.

First beer was Cantillon Mammouche. A lot of people don’t like this beer. I think it’s merely okay. However, I was told that the best way to enjoy this beer is to decant the beer for an hour or so first. So, with Amazon’s help, I got myself a decanter.

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Look at that almost nose pick. So close. Anyways, Mammouche is great once it has been decanted. I will probably have to go find some more just so I can repeat this experiment in the future. Result: Success!

Next up, a flat but tasty beer that I wanted to check in on to see if it had carbonated yet:

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Answer: BARELY CARBONATED, but that’s awesome. I think I’m going to let the rest of my bottles sit around for another year before I check in on them again. That being said, this beer was my favorite of the night, and even just having a tiny bit of bubbles made it a vast improvement over the beer when it was fresh.

Geuze and Oysters, V3.0

Looks like we do this big, ridiculous tasting once a year. A bunch of bearded guys run into a basement, shuck a ton of oysters, and drink really fancy beer. Yeah, sounds like a terrible way to pass as Saturday to me too. But……someone has to do it.

I volunteered.

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New Belgium Prickly Pear: WTF is this?! I was expecting a light sour, and I get a stout instead. I’m going to get my pitchfork and burn this sum’bitch to the ground.

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Upright Fatali Four: Ahhhhhhh, this spicy, funky, and tart beer was exactly what I was looking for. Anger gone.

Okie dokie, now that I’ve gone and stretched my hammies, let’s get this party started.

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Hello there, delicious rocks.

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Torkes, really nice and briny. Please excuse my shitty shucking job.

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Also buttery Kumamotos, but these also had a nice briny kick to them too, probably the best kumos I’ve had.

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HORAL’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend 2009-2015: Oh dear, I guess we might as well start with a complete vertical of Mega Blend. These beers got better with age, with 2009 being the clear winner, and 2015 as the loser, with 2013 and 2011 somewhere in the middle. 2013 had a nice citrus note to it, while 2011 was a little less carbonated and muted, but more complex. Then you have 2009 dropping notes of perfection everywhere, with that mushroomy funk that you can only find with old sour beers.

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Mmmm

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and of course, when you have lots of bottles opened, you have to make a coovie….FOR SCIENCE. Seriously though, this coovie was better than any of the other beers by itself. A+ for science.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: If only this beer had some god damn bubbles. Honestly, I thought this beer was too fruity, with not enough lambic qualities. The previous batch of Framboos was very much the same, but that beer became a delicious funky monster during its later years. I hope this beer goes in the same direction. B+

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Okay, play time is over. Time to hit the big leagues.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente, Zomer, Herfst, Winter: My personal ranking was Lente, Winter, Zomer, and Herfst. Normally I would rank Winter last and Herfst second, but this bottle of Winter was absolutely out of this world, with a much fuller mouthfeel than the other beers of the set. On the other hand, Herfst’s cork had slipped, so it had partially oxidized and had zero carbonation. That being said, that bottle of Herfst would have still dominated most tastings, but it just took a back seat this time. Lente was softer than the other Seasons, but it had a great lingering finish, and had was refreshing despite being a thoroughly funky beer. God, I wish I could do this all the time. This is how I would die, drinking these.

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Of course, a coovie of these beers as well. Really, really good, but I wouldn’t say it was better than they beers by themselves. No synergies here.

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Uhhhhhh, yeah. That happened. Armand & Tommy was good, but not up to the level of the Seasons. Sorry BeerAdvocate beer traders inflating the value of this beer.

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Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5: I forgot what hops tasted like!

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That is a sexy photo. Batch 1 and 2 of Cantillon’s 50N4E

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Cantillon 50N4E batch 1 and 2: So, batch 1 is one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth, while batch 2 is merely fantastic. The main thing about these beers is that they are all about the finish. Most lambic goes the funky bitter route, while these dive right into the cognac savory territory. It’s like they start out as a nice lambic, and then change their minds and decide that they want to be a spirit. I’m really happy I got a chance to try batch 1, as I seriously doubt I’ll ever try that beer again, or even see another bottle.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend: Sorry folks, people who say that this is another Armand & Tommy, it’s not. Go back onto Reddit and complain about rent prices or something.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008 (2011 cork): This beer is in a terrible situation, as it would have crushed any tasting except this one. Here, it is merely tasty, and not approaching god-like just yet. On the bright side, this beer shows lots of potential, and can probably age another 10 years and be fine.

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First haul as I wage war on the secondary market for Drie Fonteinen Framboos.

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Wtf?!

Yeah, my buddy dropped this bomb on me when we were drinking at Upright.

The look on my face must have been pretty hilarious.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: This was significantly better than the bottle I had a year or so ago. It was unbelievable how delicious this bottle was. Funky and tart up front, with an enormous raspberry sweetness on the end. That Atrial Rubicite I had the other day? Not even close to how good this is. I love Cantillon, but I think Drie Fonteinen is the superior brewery. If only the did more than just geuze, krieks, and framboise.

Taking Moby Dick to the Slaughterhouse

I’ve been looking forward to this tasting for a really long time. Even though the number of bottles wasn’t particularly high, the quality of the beers was….legendary.

Whale status even.

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For those who read this blog regularly, this bar might look familiar.

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Fate Black IPA with Coffee: So much coffee. B

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No one talks on their cell phone while pouring walez anymore. Ann pairs well with a towel roll.

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Hill Farmstead Ann: This beer doesn’t resemble Anna in my opinion, and that’s a good thing. Really nice brett presence with light wine barrel notes and some slight tartness. Super drinkable, you could easily down the whole bottle solo. The light lemon peel on the back end is a great way to finish. A+

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Gotta finish whales while taking a knee out of respect.

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As an Asian person, I had to use a banana. It had to be done.

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Hill Farmstead Mimosa (featuring Banana): Wow this beer is unique. I’ve never had such a citrusy beer before!  Nose has all the fruits you can imagine. Orange, lemon, pineapple? The flavor proceeds to destroy your face with tons of fruit, moderate tartness, and a slighty bitter and dry finish that remarkably resembles that of a mimosa! Big props to my Vermont trader for sending me this! A+

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Dat yeasty goodness.

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This guy is listening for the cries of beer geeks everywhere as his whale bites the dust.

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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus: Super funky nose. Flavor is intensely sour with a good punch of funk towards the finish. One of the best non-fruited sour beers out there. A+

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This guy had some massive sour beer farts after this.

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OH SHIT IT’S A GUSHER. GIMME DAT BAGUETTE SO I CAN SOAK THIS SHIT UP!

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The bread is telling this guy that Tomme was saving all the carbonation for this beer. “HELLO? DOG? YES, THIS IS YOUR HAIR” (Hair of the Dog Shirt)

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Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek: This beer is insane. So much fresh and juicy cherries with a strong amount of tartness. Best beer of the day, and best kriek I have ever experienced. Hands and snifter down. A+

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This is what $800 going into your liver looks like.

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Some delicious fruited berliners from John Wakefield and Funky Buddha

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The old man is explaining what whales are to the French.

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“I SAID WALEZ!”

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: Funkiest beer of the day, with nice raspberry flavor. On the other hand, I expected more raspberry. A

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…and down the hatch!

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Bourbon Dark Lord paging Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: “You ready for this diabeetus bro?!”

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Boubon Dark Lord and Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: BVDL>BDL. Bourbon was just super sweet, while the vanilla variant was less cloying. The two beers gave the whole group diabetes. They both get A’s

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Those who pour together, finish whalez together.

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Best beers in order: Cable Car Kriek, Mimosa, Isabelle Proximus, Ann, Framboos, and then the diabeetus twins.