Posts Tagged ‘ Golden Canary ’

Django Unchained

Never got around to seeing this movie, so we met up at a friend’s place to see this extremely long and entertaining movie while doing some spring cleaning on his fridge.


Block 15 Golden Canary: I got the juicy bits, but this beer is still drinking really well. Tart, funky, and refreshing.


10 Barrel Cucumber Crush: I fucking love this beer. I don’t care who owns the brewery, as long as they keep churning this shit out.


De Garde Imperial Cherry Blu Bu: Don’t mind the sasquatch foot in the background.


North Coast Old Stock 2013: This is stupid good. It’s like hot chocolate beer.


Pelican Mother of All Storms: Good, but I want more of that chocolate beer.


Alesmith Bourbon Barrel Aged Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout: This beer is as tasty as its name is long. It has a bit of that marshmallow quality that Vanilla Rye has, but it is not nearly as sweet. Win!


Jester King Blackberry Beer That I Don’t Want to Spell. Yes.

This did a number on my liver

Binge watched Entourage and drank a bunch of beer with some friends. It made my liver suffer.


Upright Fatali Four 2013: Old beer, but it’s amazing. Heat has subsided a little bit, but the funk has gone off the charts. I love this beer, it’s great and I still haven’t experienced anything else like it from another brewery. A


Allagash Ghoulschip: This is what all pumpkin beers should be like. Nice tartness, with a pronounced smoky toast flavor (from the pumpkin seeds) at the end. B+


De Garde Belle Ensemble: This beer is super funky and SOUR. If all of De Garde’s older sours are going to be like this, we have a good couple years to look forward to! A


Hair of the Dog Matt: This beer is wonderful as always, so delicious, with a side of diabeetus.


Crooked Stave Origins Grand Cru: Haven’t had this beer in about a year or so, and it tastes even better than I remember. Wonderful mellowness with a nice savory finish.


Block 15 Premiere Annee: This beer has aged pretty well, and I’m not sure if I could pick this out from the standard geuzes from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Tilquin.


Block 15 Golden Canary: This most recent batch just isn’t as good as the original. For srs, batch 1 is best.


8.9%?! This beer ruined me.

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Drinking all this beer is hard work.


Hmm, been drinking a lot of Golden Canary lately, things could be worse. A


Upright Barrel Aged Seven: Really developed some nice brett characteristics while still maintaining a little bit of citrus. Very nice. A-


De Cam Oude Lambiek: Tasty, but could use some bubbles. B+/A-


De Cam Kriek Lambiek: Same thing here, but the cherries are nice! A-


New England Brewing Co. Chardonneighor of the Beast: Awesome name, crappy beer. D+


Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: Peaches have faded a bit, but the brett character is really nice now. A-


Logsdon Seizoen Bretta Batch 1: Sooooo much brett, I really like this one. I haven’t had the new ones lately, but now I’m curious. A


Terrapin White Chocolate Moo Hoo: Really sweet and tasty, it’s exactly what Bruery’s White Chocolate should have been. A-


Fremont Kentucky Dark Star: I might be crazy, but I think that this beer has picked up more barrel character over the year it’s been sitting in someone’s closet. Hmmmm. B+/A-


Lindley Park: I love chocolatey jam. A-


Nightshift Viva Habanera: The first beer from Nightshift that I really enjoyed! WOOOO! B+

Black Friday? Nope.

I’d much rather do this. Enjoy running around for beer/random things!


Gueuze and Oysters

Yeah, weird pairing right? But this pairing is absolutely genius! I’m going to have to do this on my own in the future. Oysters…good….gueuze…good…..add them together and you could break the space-time continuum.


It was from this moment that I knew I wasn’t going to leave that house sober….


Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008: First time having LP Gueuze, and it’s really, really good. Turns out it’d be one of the best beers of the night! A+


Armand ‘4 Herfst: Looks like this beer gets to make another appearance, and it’s still just as good as I remember. Might be the best beer of the night. A+


Block 15 Golden Canary 2011: Really tasty, but doesn’t quite hold up against the competition so far. It’s sweeter than I remember, but I don’t think I’ve had the 2011 batch before. A-


Commons Maybelle: Solid, but this time it just tasted like water. The other beers were far to aggressively sour and funky.


Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: One of my biggest wants, and I finally got to try it. This beer is SOUR. Just smelling it makes me involuntarily pucker up. Not so much funk, but I can’t really tell because I’m still crying from the sourness. Awesome beer. A+



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Palette cleansers




and after.


Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend: Really, really good. I guess the last bottle I had was kind of off? A+


Breakside Postmodern Lambic: Don’t remember much about this one…


Whales….very few bottles made of this beer. Apparently it came from France and was made with Cantillon yeast?


Block 15 Super Nebula: Stupid good. A+




Don’t remember this one in detail either! Woooo!


Hill Farmstead Florence: Good, but HF can do soo  much better. B+


We also did a blind tasting between 2 boons, beatification, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and tilquin. My ranking was in order of best to worst: Beatification, oude gueze, tilquin, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

Total rankings were: Beatification, tilquin, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.


Alpine Pure Hoppiness: Stupid good. The hoppiness was a fantastic break from the sour onslaught. A-


Armand 4′ Winter: Another repeat, and just as delicious. Another top beer emerges! A+


Cantillon Cuvee des Champions: Haven’t gotten to tick this one before, and it’s good! A


Cantillon Iris: It’s been two years since I last had this beer, and it’s really different than I remember. Still good though. A


Bleh bleh blehgh blend!



Block 15 Golden Canary Release V.2.0

Block 15 released Golden Canary in Portland last week at Beermongers. I didn’t buy any bottles because I went down to Corvallis for the release, but I did NOM on some delicious beers that were on tap specifically for the event.

Imagine – a big barrel aged stout that happens to be 15% ABV. Super boozy, but not 15% boozy. Delicious but dangerous!

Super Nebula – My favorite Block 15 beer and one of my favorite stouts overall. A little hotter than the bottle I had not too long ago, but absolutely delicious none the less. I love how the barrel, bourbon, and coffee flavors get along.

Finally, Ferme de la Ville 2011 – I don’t think that this beer is that great fresh, but after one year of aging it’s really damn good. The hops have faded leaving behind great barnyard funk and savoriness.

Let’s do Brunch!

… hour and a half away from Portland that is! The vast majority of my tasting group ending up driving down to Corvallis for Brunch at Les Caves and to pick up the new Block 15 beers, Golden Canary and Ferme de la Ville.


So after leaving Portland in the wee hours of the morning I find this in front of me:

Cinnamon roll french toast with maple sausages. NOM NOM NOM

Can’t forget my morning beer! Golden Canary 2012 is really damn good!

One of the guys in my tasting group also brought down a Lost Abbey Veritas 010 to open. It was quite good, but I thought it tasted more like grapefruit than peach.

I then went next door to try Block 15’s Tropical Storm, a farmhouse ale with papaya. I hate papaya with a flaming passion, all that the papaya contributed to the beer was a nice floral nose and aftertaste. Perfect for the 95 degree weather!

Nick, the owner of Block 15, was nice enough to give me a tour of the brewery and cellar. This is a barrel of the next release of Super Nebula. I was pretty excited when I saw this, may have even jumped up and down a little.

This room full of barrels smelled amazing!

My friend’s taster flight of delicious beer. I wasn’t able to get one because I’m kind of a little bitch. I also had to drive.

…and the final haul! Successful day I think! I pretty much went straight from this trip to a friend’s wedding as well. Great times!