Posts Tagged ‘ Lost Abbey ’

Christmas Day Drinking

My poor shriveled liver. I’m so sorry.

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I can’t remember which Veritas this is, but the white peaches are very good. Best Veritas I’ve had.

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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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Lost Abbey Box Set

$700 box of beer? Why not.

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But first, I should warm up with a glass of Hop Venom, just to get the palate going.

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Oh hai there.

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Lost Abbey Track #1: Tons of oak and tannins here. Slightly acetic, but we’re off to a pretty good start.

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Lost Abbey Track #2: Pretty good, I get some cherries, but no peaches. Also, note the big boy ABV of 12.5%.

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Lost Abbey Track #3: I don’t remember what I thought of this one…

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Lost Abbey Track #4: Meh, really didn’t like this one.

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Lost Abbey Track #5: Pretty tart but with crazy jammy aspects. Probably the best one of the bunch.

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I give up, let’s just have the rest of the photos.

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Money shot.

That’s it for Oregon

Last night was Oregon’s best chance at a winning a title game for years. Unfortunately, they had to play against a team that looked like a bunch of Uruk-Hai led by an enormous quarterback, who, after shrugging of Oregon linebackers over and over again, started to remind me a lot of this guy:

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Anyways, a bunch of beer was consumed, some of it in happiness when Oregon scored, and most of it in sadness and Elliot and Jones proceeded to march through the Oregon defense.

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New Glarus Cranbic: Way sweeter than I expected. Want moar sour.

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De Garde Currant Gin Bu: Moar sourness achieved!

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: Still one of HF’s best saisons, regardless of price.

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Surly Pentagram: 6.66% ABV? They totally didn’t water down this beer to get to that ABV.

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Sante Adairius Cask 200: I would say this beer is better than Arthur by a hair, but Brother Soigne takes it. I’ll just have to get more bottles of this to really decide.

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De Garde The Boysen: Stupid good. Jammy and funky. I look forward to more De Garde sours that have spent more time in the barrels than their berliners.

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Commons Creme de Peche: Less peach than I anticipated, but my mouth is also ruined at this point. Also, my happiness and hopes of Oregon winning against OSU were also ruined at this point.

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: Defeat beer.

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Upright Fantasia: One defeat beer wasn’t enough, we needed two.

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Bed time.

Birthday Time

My climbing buddy celebrated his birthday over the weekend, and since he’s also a big beer geek, we did a little tasting while enjoying some BBQ.

 

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Uli Blend! This was the Calvados lambic, and it was the best beer of the day. So delicious and funky. A+

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: After trying the Uli, this beer really doesn’t have much funk to it by comparision, and is much sweeter. Still delicious, but I think I may have started trying bottles in the wrong order…A

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De Garde Cherry Rum Bu: This is one of the newest Keeper’s beers, and it’s really good. I can’t say there is really any rum barrel to be found here, but the sweet cherries have dampened the sour levels on the base beer, making much more delicate than the other bu’s. A

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De Garde Blu Bu: 3L bottle is big…

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Bruery Winefication: Please give me the Syrah and the Black Tuesday separately please. The combination really isn’t doing anything good here. I like this beer, but the result is less than the sum of its parts. B+

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Russian River T25: Just cause.

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Gotta blend the two big bottles together. Turned out just like Winefication! Don’t blend these.

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I don’t even know why this was here.

Still my favorite label ever.

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Delicious beer with an even better label! Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze is pure citrus sour with a mild amount of funk. A

Big Bottleshare

Went to my first bottleshare at Tin Bucket! It was arranged by some people on BeerAdvocate and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. Cool people, great beer, in a great spot. Couldn’t be more pleased.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway: Delicious as always! Crazy to think that I’ve had this beer a ton of times but never actually owned a bottle…A-/A

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: This is the brand new batch, and while good…..it wasn’t as good as Fantasia. I’m really happy to try it, and quite happy that I only have one bottle. Front loading my purchases on Fantasia was a good idea. B+

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Bruery Mother Funker: Sour as hell, but more palatable than before! B

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Cascade Bottleworks XIV: Great beer, and doesn’t taste exactly the same as all the other Cascades! A

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Cigar City Lacto Guava Grove: I brought this one, and really had no idea if it was going to be any good, so I was a little nervous. Turns out it’s quite good! I with the weather was nice out because this beer would be a good lemonade substitute. B+/A-

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek: I love this beer as much as there are vowels in its name. Great kriek. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: I’ve had this a bunch lately….ain’t a bad thing. A

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DARKNESS

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Bo & Luke: Great label, pretty good beer.

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I brought this one, and it sucked. Boo. C-

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Funkwerks King: Really good initial sip, but got boring after a little bit.

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Upright Blend Love: One of Upright’s best offerings. I could drink this forever. A/A+

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Central Waters 16: Delicious, like candy soaked in bourbon. A/A+

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Oh man, we’re screwed.

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Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia and BA 4th Dementia: Love these beers. A/A+

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Russian River Consecration B3: Best bottle of Consecration that I’ve had…maybe bigger bottles is better? A

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Jester King Aurelian Lure: Great apricot sour, only West Ashely and Fou Foune are better for the style. A/A+

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Goose Island King Henry: I’ve had this bottle forever, and now it’s dead. On the bright side, this bottle was delicious and much better than the last couple of bottles I have tried at tastings. KH is honestly one of the best barleywines ever made. A+

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Prairie and Pirate Bomb!: I enjoyed Prairie Bomb! more, the vanilla was just so good. A

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Drank bottles got drank.