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Goodbye Beers

Sadly said goodbye to some friends who moved back to Boston the other day. Since they are both beer geeks we did the whole bottle share thingy before hitting a few bars.

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Yeah, this beer is weird. Not recommended.

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Holy Mountain Guava Table: Smells like poop, tastes amazing. Like funky guava juice. I need to go and get some of that Hawaiian guava juice sometime.

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Fucking mead.

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Yep, the blend of Broken Truck No. 2 and Leaner is greater than the sum of their parts. Look at the girl in the background dance because it’s so good. She can barely contain herself! ALL IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE!

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Leaner is pretty good on it’s own too.

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Meanwhile….someone didn’t want to hang out with us.

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Cigar City Marshal Zhukov: God this stuff is good. They should barrel age all of it.

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Goose Island Proprietors 2014: Don’t mind the judging lady in the background. She’s just hating. This beer is incredible now, with the cinnamon nicely integrated into the bourbon character of the base beer. I don’t know how much longer this beer can age, but if you have one, drink it now!

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Why good morning to you back! Mmmmmmmm

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I honestly can’t remember what this one was like….sorry.

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Cellarmaker The Glow: Baby Hill Farmstead Abner?!

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Sante Adairius Saison Bernice: well this beer is just terrible, which is why I drink it all the time.

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Yeah….don’t remember this one either.

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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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+

Tasting at the Commons

A couple people in our tasting group were doing in-person trades with a guy from California. Since they were getting together anyway, we decided to have a tasting!

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Commons Boysenberry Porter: Pretty good, but probably not something I should get before a bottle share. It’s 10%

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Oh, this is going to end well.

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Block 15 should be jumping up and down with this kind of name copying.

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Toppling Goliath never sticks to one design for their labels. This bottle happened to be their lager…it was lagery.

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Old Matilda that my friend found in the back of his fridge. It was pretty tasty.

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Cisco Cherry Woods: This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know much about Cisco, but this had a nice cinnamon and cherry flavor to it. Almost like a diet version of Lou Pepe Kriek. A-

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Perennial Fantastic Voyage: Not sure if I like coconut stouts…. B

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Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors: Okay, well it turns out I’m full of shit. This beer is incredible and is the best variant since Bourbon County Vanilla. Perfect amount of toasted coconut. Trade for this one, it is absolutely worth it. A+

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Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye: This on the other hand, is waaaaaay too sweet. B-

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Midnight Sun Moscow 2011: Batch 1 Moscow is really good, I especially appreciate the dry and roasty aspects of this beer after having 2 Bourbon Counties in a row. A

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Ale Apothecary Sahalien: This beer is fantastic, like a super sour Flora. However, there is a funny pickle smell to this beer, other than that, it’s flawless. A/A+

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Central Water Fourteen: Don’t remember this one much. Whoops.

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Alpine Duet: Love this palate cleanser!

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Don’t remember this one either. My memory was lost along with that sailor.

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De Garde Lee Noir: Fantastic Flanders beer. Sooo good. A

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This tastes just like Maybelle. Mmmmm

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Commons Eidolon: Maybe this beer isn’t fading after all…this bottle was completely different than the beer when it was fresh, but it was very nice. A-

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Hill Farmstead Convivial Suarez: Delicious as always! A-/A

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Russian River Framboise for a Cure: Very good framboise, might benefit from a bit of age though. A-

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Toppling Goliath X-Hops: Really tasty…but I may have just been desperate for hoppy beer by this point.

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Cigar City Big Sound: CCB does stout right.