Posts Tagged ‘ New Belgium ’

Geuze and Oysters, V3.0

Looks like we do this big, ridiculous tasting once a year. A bunch of bearded guys run into a basement, shuck a ton of oysters, and drink really fancy beer. Yeah, sounds like a terrible way to pass as Saturday to me too. But……someone has to do it.

I volunteered.

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New Belgium Prickly Pear: WTF is this?! I was expecting a light sour, and I get a stout instead. I’m going to get my pitchfork and burn this sum’bitch to the ground.

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Upright Fatali Four: Ahhhhhhh, this spicy, funky, and tart beer was exactly what I was looking for. Anger gone.

Okie dokie, now that I’ve gone and stretched my hammies, let’s get this party started.

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Hello there, delicious rocks.

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Torkes, really nice and briny. Please excuse my shitty shucking job.

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Also buttery Kumamotos, but these also had a nice briny kick to them too, probably the best kumos I’ve had.

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HORAL’s Oude Geuze Mega Blend 2009-2015: Oh dear, I guess we might as well start with a complete vertical of Mega Blend. These beers got better with age, with 2009 being the clear winner, and 2015 as the loser, with 2013 and 2011 somewhere in the middle. 2013 had a nice citrus note to it, while 2011 was a little less carbonated and muted, but more complex. Then you have 2009 dropping notes of perfection everywhere, with that mushroomy funk that you can only find with old sour beers.

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Mmmm

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and of course, when you have lots of bottles opened, you have to make a coovie….FOR SCIENCE. Seriously though, this coovie was better than any of the other beers by itself. A+ for science.

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: If only this beer had some god damn bubbles. Honestly, I thought this beer was too fruity, with not enough lambic qualities. The previous batch of Framboos was very much the same, but that beer became a delicious funky monster during its later years. I hope this beer goes in the same direction. B+

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Okay, play time is over. Time to hit the big leagues.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente, Zomer, Herfst, Winter: My personal ranking was Lente, Winter, Zomer, and Herfst. Normally I would rank Winter last and Herfst second, but this bottle of Winter was absolutely out of this world, with a much fuller mouthfeel than the other beers of the set. On the other hand, Herfst’s cork had slipped, so it had partially oxidized and had zero carbonation. That being said, that bottle of Herfst would have still dominated most tastings, but it just took a back seat this time. Lente was softer than the other Seasons, but it had a great lingering finish, and had was refreshing despite being a thoroughly funky beer. God, I wish I could do this all the time. This is how I would die, drinking these.

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Of course, a coovie of these beers as well. Really, really good, but I wouldn’t say it was better than they beers by themselves. No synergies here.

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Uhhhhhh, yeah. That happened. Armand & Tommy was good, but not up to the level of the Seasons. Sorry BeerAdvocate beer traders inflating the value of this beer.

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Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5: I forgot what hops tasted like!

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That is a sexy photo. Batch 1 and 2 of Cantillon’s 50N4E

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Cantillon 50N4E batch 1 and 2: So, batch 1 is one of the best things I’ve ever put into my mouth, while batch 2 is merely fantastic. The main thing about these beers is that they are all about the finish. Most lambic goes the funky bitter route, while these dive right into the cognac savory territory. It’s like they start out as a nice lambic, and then change their minds and decide that they want to be a spirit. I’m really happy I got a chance to try batch 1, as I seriously doubt I’ll ever try that beer again, or even see another bottle.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend: Sorry folks, people who say that this is another Armand & Tommy, it’s not. Go back onto Reddit and complain about rent prices or something.

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008 (2011 cork): This beer is in a terrible situation, as it would have crushed any tasting except this one. Here, it is merely tasty, and not approaching god-like just yet. On the bright side, this beer shows lots of potential, and can probably age another 10 years and be fine.

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That was the warm up.

God, so after all that drinking, I have to get up and do it all over again. This time though, stakes are considerably higher, as tonight is whale-slaying night.

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Deschutes Fresh Hop City: Okay, gotta get that blood flowing for some serious liver punishment that is soon to follow. Good beer though, light and very hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness.

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Oh, well look at that.

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Grote Dorst van ‘t Kasteel: So this beer was blended at Castle Neufcour in Eizeringen in 2010, and is a blend of 17 different lambics. Barely carbonated, this beer is still one of the best lambics that I have ever put into my mouth. This beer probably has the best lemon zest/citrus flavor I’m come across in a lambic, but lacks a little on the back end, where that horse blanket/wet sock funk was nowhere to be found. Oh well, still fucking amazing. Best beer of the night! A+

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WTF KIND OF BASKET IS THAT?! Well, it’s a ghetto ass basket that can house a magnum-sized whale.

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Basket was too flimsy to hold, so we had to dispense it in “water cooler almost empty” fashion.

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Grote Dorst Oude Geuze 2008: Apparently one of only 20 or so magnums, this beer recently sold at auction for lots of money. Unfortunately, this beer is not nearly as good as the 2010 bottle we had just opened. On the other hand, still a pretty good beer. Also, the experience of using that basket was kind of awesome. B+/A-

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Upright 1st Anniversary: God I love old Upright beer. This beer was aged in gin barrels and if anything that gin characteristic has only gotten stronger, aka better. A+

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Don’t mind him, he has serious business to attend to.

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New Belgium La Folie 2009 (cage and corked): God, the caged and corked La Folie’s are always stupendous, it’s a shame they stopped making them. This particular bottle had a ton of cherry presence, even more so than some krieks I’ve had. Had a nice mushroom character too, which can only be found in a few beers, including old lambic and the cage and corked la folies. A+

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Uhhhhh, don’t remember what this one was like.

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Uli/h.ertie Lambik Meets Orval: This particular blend used Drie Fonteinen as the lambic that was blended with Orval. Really tasty, but was a little on the thin side. I expected more Orval flavors in the beer than I actually got. Maybe I had too much palate fatigue? A-

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Yep, we got to use that basket one more time, this time for a 3L of de Garde Imperial Black Raz Bu. Life is hard.

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Deschutes Abyss 2007: Another fantastic beer, and it’s been years since I last had a 2007 Abyss. What a treat! I still think 2010 is better. A+

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Toppling Goliath Morning Delight: Well fuck me, my favorite non-barrel aged stout has decided to show itself. Absurdly tasty, with chocolate, maple syrup, and cinnamon as you slowly drink this beer and relish in its minute-long finish. A+

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Goose Island King Henry: This is much better than the last bottle that I tried, so there is still tons of bottle variation, and there are still some great examples of this beer out there. A+

My poor, poor liver.

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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Hoarder’s Trustee

My friend has a Bruery Hoarder’s membership, and the guy who’s trusteeing for him was in town with a few of his friends. Since we were all too lazy to drive down to Eugene for Hellshire Day, we decided to do some drinking here in town.

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A special beer from New Belgium that I am not supposed to talk about. It was the best beer I’ve had from them next to caged and corked La Folie though. A

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Almanac Dogpatch Sour: Tasty, but not the best beer from Almanac, a little too acetic. B

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Almanac Farmer’s Reserve #3: This is the best beer they make. It’s kind of old at this point, so the strawberries and nectarines have faded quite a bit, but this beer is still great. A-

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: Great beer, but every time I have this I just think about how much better I like Fantasia. Tough life I know. A-

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Cascade Noyaux: Really delicious, and in my opinion the best light sour that Cascade makes. Fruity, with a little bit of nuts, while not being overly sour.

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Block 15 Super Nebula 2013: Best version of Super Nebula to date in my opinion, mostly because it tastes like fudge in a bottle. Great balance of barrel character, bourbon, chocolate, and alcohol heat. A+

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De Garde Vin Lee: Yep. Making another appearance after it exploded upon opening. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: Probably the best label on a sour beer ever. It also tastes fantastic to boot! Lots of sour, citrus, with a nice funk background. A/A+

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Commons Emelie: Just had this not too long ago, and it’s still very good. I think it will get better with age though. B+/A-

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Yeah….I don’t understand wine, but this was amazing. A+

De Garde Vin Lee Release

After the Super Nebula release, we all make the 2 hour drive up to Tillamook in order to make the De Garde release + bottle share. It’s a lot of driving for sure, but it definitely pays dividends!

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Nice little line outside the brewery on a rare sunny winter day.

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Upright Blend Love: Doing very well, and very suitable as a “standing in line” beer. A

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Ooooh look! It’s the beer allocations for the Keepers Society! Much jimmies will be rustled.

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DAT Coolship!

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De Garde Imperial Vin Bu: One of the best beers from De Garde so far! I would place it above the raspberry variant and below the boysenberry version. A+

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There were a lot of people at the event, and it was run very well.

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Huh….that name looks familiar. This becomes important later.

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Fire Engine #9: Golden raspberry sour that tastes a little like a diet version of Block 15’s Framboise White. A-

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Night Shift Cape Codder Weisse: Apparently this is really rare, but I just don’t get as much cranberry as I was expecting. Pretty good though! B+/A-

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Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2: Pretty good, but I really want to say this was terrible because I lost a bottle of this when it was being shipped to me. B+

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Jester King Atrial Rubicite: Yep, still tastes like jam! A-/A

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De Garde Vin Lee: Holy mutant batman! This beer is incredible, neck and neck with Imperial Vin Bu as the best beer of the day. A+

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New Belgium La Folie: Cage and Corked La Folie is superior to the more recent versions. Non-pasteurization is the way to go! A+

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Bruery Mocha Wednesday: This beer is insane. If you have the means, track one down. A+

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Upright Special Herbs: DEM SPECIAL HERBS!!!!!!!!!

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Olde Hickory Lindley Park: Tastes like Thanksgiving! A-/A

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Sante Adarius Love’s Armor: Best batch so far! B+/A-

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Jester King thingy thingama thing: I’m reaching the point of not caring…

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Cigar City Smoked Imperial Stout: Nice and peaty! A-

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Yeah, just came from the brewery, but couldn’t help myself! A

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MMmmm, beer….

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Remember that barrel I showed earlier? Here’s a picture of a weird man drinking straight from the barrel. I heard it was quite good.

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Oh god, what have we done?!

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SOON.

A trip to Apex!

One of my friends has a buddy that’s visiting, and he basically was drunk for the entire day. I joined up with them after brewcycle and went to Apex with them for a beer…or three.

New Belgium Tartare: Super good, but so ridiculously tart, I could barely handle it. Not something I can drink a lot of, but a glass is definitely welcome! (A-)

Drie Fonteinen Scharbeekse Kriek: My favorite kriek, soooo damn good. Second place belongs to Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. This is one of the few beers that is actually worth its $36 price tag. I’ll be sad once people realize how delicious this beer is

Lounging around with some beer

Beer: La Folie

Brewery: New Belgium Brewery

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 6%

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Appearance: Deep red/brown, half a finger of off-white head that quickly fades

Aroma: Smells like sour. After the funk you can smell some cherries

Taste: Sour, sour, sour. Very funky with some earthy and cherry notes thrown into the mix. Mostly sour and funk though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes very dry, but maybe it’s because this beer makes me pucker up.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but I could not finish a bottle on my own. It’s just too sour

Beer Advocate Grade: A (94)

My Grade: A-