Posts Tagged ‘ Lou Pepe Kriek ’

Geuze and Oysters – 4 years running

The gang gets together every year to do a big lambic tasting paired with an absurd amount of oysters. This year, 12 dozen oysters sacrificed themselves for our gluttony. If this was American Gods we would all be all-powerful right now.

Our basket game is pretty fucking strong right now.

Was not good.

This beer has aged really nicely, but I’m a little sad it doesn’t look hot pink anymore.

Barrel aged baltic porters are fantastic, breweries should do this more often.

Don’t put stupid fucking raspberries in beer….unless you’re Goose Island, then go ahead.

This was pretty good, but not nearly as epic as the name 🙂

Been a couple years since I’ve had Vera Mae, but it’s definitely one of the better Hill Farmstead’s saisons.

de Garde The Broken Truck No. 2: Very, very good, but lacks a little bit of complexity compared to the lambics that we had that day.

Cantillon Grand Cru Brucscella 2006: 2010 cork date? God damn Cantillon is weird with its naming schemes. It was the best Grand Cru bottle I’ve had, but I still don’t understand why some people rave about this beer when it is older.

A vertical of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. The beers were surprisingly different year to year. I would rank the best ones as 2009, 2004, and 2011. 2009 was funky, tons of cherries, and a cherry pie character that the other bottles lacked. 2004 was incredibly funking but still had some fruit going on and had the best mouthfeel of the bunch. Then 2011 was delicious as always, but I’m not sure it’s worth aging at this point, it’s already so good!

Whew, seafood boil as a food break. My stomach greatly appreciated this.

Sooooo, all of these beers are absolutely absurd. In terms of rarer lambic, the Armand Seasons are some of the best, and are not actually that hard to trade for! I was the outlier in our group, but I ranked these four beers from best to least best: Lente, Herfst, Winter, and Zomer. It was all extremely close though, closer than the ranking has been in the past.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

What a treat. Also, my friend’s face in the background is simply perfect.

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Farewell Lambic

A close friend moved to the Bay Area recently, and it was only proper to send him off right.

Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2012 & Drie Fonteinen Hommage 2013: These beers are actually the same age, being bottled in 2013. Hommage is all jam and funk, no bandaids to be found here like some unlucky bottles. Tons of raspberries too, especially for a beer that’s 4 years old. That being said, Lou Pepe Kriek is the better beer tonight. Not as much fruit, but way more funk and barrel while balancing those flavors with deep cherries and a cinnamon-esque finish. I really like Lou Pepe Kriek, but I’m not convinced that it’s a bottle you should drink fresh.

Binge weekend

There was a lot of drinking this weekend. Here’s some stuff that happened:

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: Very delicious, but that batch 1 bottle still lingers at the back of my mind.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek: 2014 cork date bottles are ridiculously fruity. Everyone else preferred the fresh bottle to older bottles that we’ve had in the past, but I’m a big fan of this beer with a few years on it.

De Garde 2nd Anniversary

Saturday was De Garde’s 2nd Anniversary party, and it was really well run, but there was some more douchebaggery than normal as pretentious beer geeks from out of town had to pontificate on the rawrness of their beers.

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De Garde Beaucoup Violet: Jammy jammm jamm.

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De Garde Imperial Nectarine Bu

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

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Cigar City Grandmule

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Hardywood Trickery

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SARA West Ashley

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De Garde Biere Noir

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Bottle Share @ Growler Guys: The massacre of livers.

Growler Guys hosted a large bottle share for a bunch of the beer geeks in Portland. We all decided to bring beers that we wanted to share with people/couldn’t finish on our own.

So everyone brought big imperial stouts.

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I thought it would be funny to bring a carbonated Hair of the Dog beer. SodaStream works, every time. In this particular case, Adam from the Wood

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10 Barrel Cucumber Crush: This beer is perfect for getting ready. I fucking love this shit. A+

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: Mmmm, this is not an imperial stout, I’m just not quite ready yet. A

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Cantillon Fou Foune 2014: This is superior to the 2013 vintage. Way more apricots in this one. Thanks to my buddy Bruce for bringing this one! A+

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2014 Cork : Bruce strikes again. Not quite sure that this is as good as the 2013 I opened a few weeks ago, but whatever, it’s all delicious. A+

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That Bruce guy is such an asshole.

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Mmm, this one is the batch that was aged in Pappy Van Winkle 20 barrels. Can you taste the /rar?! A

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Cigar City Marshal Zhukov B1: This beer is 6 years old…..and it’s aged surprisingly well! I imagined an oxidized mess, but it turned out to be pretty good. On the other hand, you should drink this one fresh. B

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Jester King Atrial Rubicite: Best beer that Jester King makes by a mile. Do you like raspberry jam? I do, so I love this beer. A

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Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra: Let the stouts begin.

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Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway: This is the best variant. So ridiculously good. A+

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Alesmith Kopi Luwak Barrel Aged Speedway: Such a long name, but it’s really damn good. A/A+

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Hill Farmstead E.: NOT A STOUT THANK GOD! I’ve had too many stouts in the last week or so…

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Side Project Saison de Rouge: This one is really good, definitely better than the other Side Projects I’ve had aside from Fuzzy.

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Bruery Chocolate Rain: This is not the beer to have last, but we did it anyway.

So, these are just some of the bottles that showed up at the tasting. If I had to guess, I would say about 50-60 bottles were there, but I’d rather not die, so I only had the ones I listed above.

Some Birthday Drinking

My friend’s birthday was the other day, but he’s in the middle of a busy week at work, so we just cracked open a couple bottles and watched Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek: Not as much cherry presence as the 2014 Kriek I opened a while back, but this beer more than makes up for it with extra funk and barrel along with more cherry skins. A+

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Hill Farmstead Daybreak: Imperial Stout aged in Grand Mariner casks…so it’s pretty good. When I had this beer fresh, I could hardly taste the citrus. However, after 7 month or however long it’s been since this beer has been released, it has improved. I’m a big fan of it now. A

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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine: The weather is finally getting cold and rainy out, so it’s time to break out the heavy stuff!

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De Garde Black Raz Bu: De Garde absolutely kills it when all you want is a fruity sour beer. This is my favorite beer from them to date, just so jammy and delicious. I hope it picks up some more funk over time, I think De Garde’s beers simply aren’t that funky because they don’t spend a long time aging at the brewery. A+

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Better than Bourbon County Barleywine. ‘Nuff said.

Rock climbing videos go great with beer.

A friend and avid climber came over today for a couple beers and to watch a great rock climbing video. Fitting, because he just returned from a climbing trip in Europe!

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2013: Fresh out of the gate, and it’s fantastic! Not as much tartness or funk as I would like, but damn, it’s super fruity. I think the best point to drink this beer might be a year after bottling, let it develop some more barnyard qualities. A+

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Straight fudge. Awesome! A+