Posts Tagged ‘ Matt ’

Breaking in the new island

Got a new kitchen island to replace my shitty IKEA island. Had to christen it properly. These aren’t in any particular order, you’ll survive.

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Wicked Weed Genesis: Quite tasty, but I’m really not getting tropical fruits here….more like another version of Russian River Temptation.

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4 Hands Brewing Madagascar: I’m sorry to say this, but you were an okay beer, but too much carbonation plus many other tastier beers led you to being dumped into the sink at 3:30AM. Maybe next time we’ll budget livers accordingly. Or not.

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Central Waters Cassian Sunset: Uhhhhhhh, it had a thin mouthfeel but smelled awesome. Yes, memory is incredible.

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The Rare Barrel Becoming: I really like this beer despite being a small Rare Barrel hater. This beer reminds me of a Sante Adairius beer more than an Rare Barrel one. Praise doesn’t get much higher than that.

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Dieu du Ciel! Double Barrel Peche Mortel: HOLY GOD I LOVE THIS BEER. I find it kind of hilarious that it’s hard to find a barrel aged beer these days with only one adjunct. God have mercy on us all.

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Looks like I had this beer twice trololol.

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Hair of the Dog Matt: This 2013 bottle is absolutely singing right now. Tons of apple brandy and the slight oxidation cuts the sweet nature of the beer. I think we opened this at 2AM, so we’re all very smart.

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ALL BOW DOWN TO THE KITTEH. Seriously though, Biere Rouge is drinking fantastic right now, and is a great palate cleanser to all the dark beers we had been drinking previously.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek: This 2011 (2013 cork date) bottle is picking up an enormous amount of funk. I really like it. Best beer of the night!

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Until this motherfucker came in and blew all of our collective minds. Bow down to Drie Fonteinen’s Armand ‘4 Herfst!

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This did a number on my liver

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

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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

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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+

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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8.9%?! This beer ruined me.

Can’t decide if this beer is flat or not…

Of course it’s from Hair of the Dog, what else would you expect? Also, happy Halloween!

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Less carbonated than I remember, virtually flat, but there are a few bubbles that seem to be floating around in there….somewhere. Absolutely delicious, with a nice balance of smoke, malt, and apple brandy. Was it worth waiting in line for 6 hours a year ago, just to pay $15 a bottle? Maybe.

CAMPO IS BACK. COMMENCE DRINKING!

This is stuff from Monday, but my liver was mostly recovering for the past week so I obviously couldn’t finish posting everything. Sorry I’m not sorry.

First stop, wine tasting!

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And now…. beer!

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage: Better than any fruited Cantillon I’ve ever had. It’s still a little on the sweet side, but after some cellaring the funk is going to match the sweetness and then it will be perfection! A+

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Hill Farmstead Flora: I think this is the best Hill Farmstead beer around! Tart, with a dry and vinous finish! A+

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Dessert in a bottle. Sweet, sticky, with tons of apple and a bit of smoke. A+

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: hnnngh. A+

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How many glasses can my friend’s girlfriend handle? Many.

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De Garde Blackberry Bu: Best of the regular Bu by a mile! So jammy and tart, with huge blackberry notes. A+

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Yeah……Campo tried Winter last time, so we had to open another season. HERFST!!!!!

Drinking in Cologne

So I’m in China right now, but I got to finish these posts somehow!

 

Time to bring on a tasting with Uli himself!!!!

 

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The crazed scientist himself. Note how bright it is outside.

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H.ertie Kickbacks: This beer if freaking amazing. A+

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Not a bad hoppy beer from Europe. They don’t really know how to do these things though.

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Upright Fantasia: Drinking like a peachy champion. However, I still maintain that as good as this beer is, the label is simply awful. A

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Upright Jeux D’eau: Drinking better than before, maybe I shouldn’t have sent out so many bottles to people…A-

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35 year old berliner weisse: no big deal.

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Don’t remember much about this one, other than it being really interesting.

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Beer on left was awful, beer on right was being slowly opened because it’s a gusher

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I was at this for quite some time, but it was worth it.

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Oh yeah, director of brewing operations at Victory Brewing in Philly was with us. Cool dude.

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I like these stainless growlers, and apparently they do counter pressure fills now!

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Yep, we had another one.

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Lost Abbey Veritas 012: I was underwhelmed. Probably because the other beer was so good?

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Nope nope nope. Also, it’s getting pretty late, and I’m feeeeeelin’ it.

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Oh look what I found. OM NOM NOM

Drinking in Antwerp!

We met up with some of Europe’s huge tickers (rate beer thingy) at a bar in Antwerp that was opened just for this tasting. God I feel special.

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But first, we had to travel through Brussels. So naturally we went to Cantillon. 50N4E was delicious.

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So much beer on the Thalys high-speed train…

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Yep, bar is shut. Let’s get started.

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Orval Green: I like this more than Orval, much more crushable.

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Block 15 Peche: Yep, still my favorite peach beer. A+

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This pilsner was garbage. D-

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De Garde Loak: Tasty, but it has a weird flavor going on this time, maybe it’s something to do with this particular bottle. B

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Cantillon 50N4E: Yeah, I really have no problems drinking this multiple times in a week. A+

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H.ertie Framfort 8: This is an incredible Uli blend, the best that I’ve ever had. So much sweet raspberry while maintaining funk and sour along with a nice soft finish is pretty miraculous. Might be the best beer of the whole trip. A++

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Goose Island Proprietors: Yeah, this beer is still fucking amazing. Best variant since Vanilla! A+

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Hair of the Dog Matt: Great change of pace from a bunch of sour beer. A+

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Yep, getting drunk!!!!!

Then we went over to Kulminator…and got smashed.

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Drie Fonteinen Hommage: FINALLY TICKED THIS FUCKER YEHHHHHHH! It was absolutely amazing. Best fruited beer I’ve had from Drie Fonteinen! A+

The streak of drinking continues

Man, what a bender weekend. Met up at Apex with the guys from the Commons bottleshare to get some Alpine beers on draft. Things then began to snowball…

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I had a delicious sandwich earlier that day.

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Alpine Chez Monus: One of my favorite beers from Alpine, so much apricot flavor in this beer! A+

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Alpine Keene Idea: Great IIPA, almost on Hop Venom levels in my opinion. I wish there was an easier drinking IPA on draft though… A

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Alpine Nelson: Found one! My favorite hoppy beer from Alpine. This beer is the shit. A+

While we were at Apex, we heard that Cherry Bourbon Fred was on draft at Hair of the Dog.

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So we all got one. This beer is incredible. Tastes like dessert! A+

Then we hit the bottle list…

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Hair of the Dog Pannepooch Reserva: Very good, but not nearly on the same level as Cherry Bourbon Fred. A

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Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood: It’s good, but fading. I’m sad I have to hold onto my last bottle for another 3 years until the next batch comes out. A-

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Hair of the Dog Matt 2010: This beer is great, but I think I like the 2013 version just a little bit more. I’m really splitting hairs though. A+