Posts Tagged ‘ IRis ’

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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Well fuck.

Cantillon Iris 2003 (2004 cork): So, I love lambic….but I’ve never been that enamored by Iris. It was good sure, but definitely one of the weaker lambics from Cantillon if you ask me. However, there’s a loyal following of beer nerds that say that Iris only really hits its stride when it’s old. Well, I believe 13 years is old enough right?

 

 

FUCK.

 

 

This beer is incredible! Not nearly as sour as I expected, but unbelievable complexity is here. Grass, barn, funk, wet sock, communism, some Donald Trump hair, it’s all here. Looks like I’m going to have to age my other bottles of Iris for a decade+ before I can drink it again. A++

Epic Tasting is Epic

A beer geek from California came up and wanted to do a tasting with us. All stops were removed.

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Small Warmup!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 2001: This is the oldest Drie Fonteinen beer I’ve had to date, and it tastes like it. Sourness is not as intense as I expected, but carbonation, funk (cheese rind, grass, mushrooms), dryness, and lingering finish were all there. I’d trade some stupid stuff for more of this. A++

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Herfst: Okay, so this is actually better than the 2001 Oude Geuze….So minerality, much delicious. A++

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H.ertie Wijingaardperziken: Uli Peach Lambic in laymans terms. It’s also fucking delicious, most likely the best peach sour I’ve ever had. Tastes like lambic paired with fresh peach cobbler. Absolutely floored by this one. Probably the best beer of the night. A++

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H.ertie Crazy Birthday Beer 2010: Sour and boozy. Lambic meets Scotch, and I like it! A

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Cantillon Iris 2013: Delicious, with a dry hoppiness before you get hit with the sour and the funk. Unfortunately, this just can’t keep up with the beers that were opened previously. B+

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Taps Pappy’s Remy: Best stout I’ve had in a long time. Creamy, chocolately, with tons of barrel at the end without much alcohol burn. A+

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Goose Island Cthulu: I really wanted to hate this beer, I really really did. I hate to say it, but this beer is fantastic. Better than Block 15’s Super Nebula even. A+

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Upright Special Herbs: My favorite saison to date I think. So absurdly good!  A+

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Upright Barrel Aged Wit: Worst old sole comp I’ve had, but still pretty solid. Great palate cleanser too! B

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AC Golden Colorambic: Might be the best non-fruited american sour I’ve had. Absolutely crushed Beatification. A

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De Garde The Archer: Yep, one of the best beers that De Garde has made. Grapes are still shining while the tartness has stepped up a notch.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla: Okay, so this is the best stout of the night. A++

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Eh

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Upright Barrel Aged Seven: Yep, this is also delicious.

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Upright De La Seven: The addition of De La Senne yeast is not doing this beer a whole lot of good.

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: My palate is so shot.

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UPRIGHT FUCKING SINGLE CASK SIX WOOOOO!

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Look at this crap. It tastes like wisdom.

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Stragglers. Pretty solid tasting. I’m going to bed now.

Oysters and Geuze: The Sequel

About a year and a half ago, my friend James hosted our tasting group where we paired sour beer (geuze) with oysters on the half shell. It was an incredible pairing, one of the best that I’ve come across. This past weekend we decided to give it another go while watching the Broncos crush the Pats and the Seahawks eke out a win against the 49ers.

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This isn’t even all the oysters we had….in total we had about 12 dozen oysters. Varieties were Kumamotos, Barron Points, Chef Creeks, and Breaksides. The Kumamotos were my favorites followed by the Breaksides. The Barron Points were really good too, but they were just enormous oysters.

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Yeah….this was a little intimidating.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Lente: Best of the Seasons, and in my opinion, the best of the whole day. It tastes deliciously tart and funky, with a really nice grassy and fruity aspect that makes me drool. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Zomer: Not a whole lot different than Lente, but it was slightly watered down by comparison. Still one of the very best geuzes out there. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Herfst: This is probably the most distinctive of the 4 Seasons, with a very distinct mineral quality to it that I really enjoy and thought paired very well with the oysters we were eating. This is my second favorite Season. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Winter: Still amazing, but kind of simplistic compared to the other 4 Seasons. Don’t get me wrong though, you should trade for any and all of these if you have the chance. A+

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Lente, Zomer, Herfst, and Winter. It’s not everyday you can try the whole set in one sitting!

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy: Very delicious and much tastier than when I had it fresh, but this is just not on the same level as the Seasons. A+

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This felt like a good palate cleanser since it had the same name as our host. It’s a good black IPA to boot too!

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Uli Zomergeuze El Sol: Extremely citrusy and sour, with nice funk character. This is definitely one of the best beers of the day, and probably would have been the best if it wasn’t for the fact that this beer was completely flat. A+

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Russian River Beatification Batch 2: This was not great, definitely over the hill. Just goes to prove that not all “walez” are super tasty anymore. B-/B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 3: This is definitely more like it, very tasty with a big kick of sour to the mouth and a little funk to back it up. I hear it’s peaked though. A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 4: This one isn’t great either…tastes like shock tarts. B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 5: This is the best one by far. Just trade for a ton of Batch 5 everyone! A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 6: This one was watery and not very sour. It needs time. B

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WTF is that?! That’s some serious mold in the cork…on the other hand, it is from 1984…

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1984 Eylenbosch: So this is the oldest beer I’ve ever had….and it was carbonated and very tasty. However, I have a hard time describing this beer, it tastes…..so old. A+

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Oude Beersel 2007: This was good too!

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Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters: This was not good. C

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Cantillon Classic Gueuze 2012: Wow, for the first time in my life can I say that a Cantillon Gueuze acted as a palate cleanser. Extreme palate fatigue is extreme.

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Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella: This beer sucked. C-

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus 2010: Tasted good, smelled like baby diapers. B+

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Cantillon Saint Gilloise: Man my liver and mouth are so tired.

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Cantillon Iris: This was tasty too, but I was seriously struggling at this point. A

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The graveyard.

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.

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

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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+

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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+

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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-

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

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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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🙂

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Palette cleansers

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Before…..

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and after.

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

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

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

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Stupid good. A+

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Bleh

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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Bleh bleh blehgh blend!

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Drunk.