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Last CBC Event

I was a little burnt out by the end of CBC week, but all I had left on my schedule was to make it through the Rare Barrel, Sante Adairius, and Almanac brunch at Hop ‘n Vine. So I was a trooper, and powered through it.


West Ashley, Map of the Sun, and Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Map of the Sun was the best beer of this pairing, partially because this latest batch of West Ashley is a huge letdown compared to previous batches. Valley of the Heart’s Delight was tasty, but loses points on such a ridiculous name.


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Other beers, dark sours all, and just not my thing.

Field Trip to De Garde

De Garde released two variants of its Petit Desay on Friday, Petit Mosaic and Petit Azacca.


Let’s just say, they were good. Really good. Petit Azacca has more stone fruit qualities to it, mainly apricots with some earthiness. On the other hand, Petit Mosaic is bright and citrusy, with really strong grapefruit notes. I flip back and forth between which one I prefer.

And of course, since it’s De Garde, there were people there sharing some beer.


The Rare Barrel On the Shoulders of Giants: Look at that cute little taster glass! Besides that, this beer was pretty good, even though I don’t really like dark sours.


Sante Adairius There She Gose: I think this beer has a great name. I brought this bottle because I know how the De Garde release game works now :). This is the funkiest gose I’ve had, and actually has a nice briny taste to it, something that most goses lack.


Sante Adairius West Ashley: This beer is stupid good. Right up there with Fou Foune and Imperial Apricot Bu for the best apricot beers.

Time to drink some whales

Most of these are of the midwest variety, and honestly, I was disappointed in most of them. I’ll explain why at the end.



Trinity Brewing 7 Day Sour: More like 7 day turd. It’s like someone took a crappy berliner and squeezed lemons into the bottle. D


Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxxas Batch 1: This beer is serious. I loved this thing when it was fresh, and it is holding up very, very well. Still akin to drinking liquid cinnamon toast crunch. A+


O look, batch 2 Barrel Aged Abraxxas decided to show up too! Several notches worse than batch 1, but still delicious. B+


A family photo.


Three Floyds Dark Lord Earl of Biggleswade: This beer, is fucking weird. The earl grey tea finish is just throwing me for 10,000 loops along with a direct shot of diabeetus. C+


Three Floyds Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: Straight up marshmallow and diabeetus. Really delicious for the 3oz that I drank in the photo, but I didn’t want to get near the rest of the bottle. A+ (volume dependent)


Three Floyds Portuguese Brandy Dark Lord: So this is what the blood of a diabetic tastes like. This is by far the sweetest beer I have ever had in my entire life as a beer geek. Even the Duke of ‘beetus (Southern Tier Creme Brulee) would get crushed in comparison to the ‘beetus King. Imagine Oberyn Martell getting his head crushed by the Mountain. C




Rare Barrel Ensorcelled: This beer is pretty good! I really like the raspberry notes in this, and it doesn’t carry the rusty coin taste that I associate with most dark sours. I’m so happy the Dark Lord is over. B+


Rare Barrel Proportional Response: This beer is kind of meh. Very Bruery-esque.



Drie Fonteinen 1998 50th Anniversary Oude Geuze: One of the best sours I’ve ever come across…right up there with Lente, if not slightly above it. Velvety carbonation, with tons of mushroom, minerals, funk, with a squeeze of citrus. Here’s another Drie Fonteinen beer that’s better than anything I’ve had from Cantillon. A+++

Ghost whale photo for reference.


So deliciously pretty


Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu’s: 2nd best stout of the day if you discount a tiny sip of BVDL. More body than batch 1 BA Abraxxas, but doesn’t have the same cinnamon toast crunch punch. A+


Final Damage.

So, basically….my beef with the midwest whales (BA Dark Lord Variants), is that they are really not that great, cost $50 if you even have the chance to buy one, and are super overhyped due to the supply vs demand inequality out there. I have more or less stopped trading for beers from that region aside from Goose Island beers mainly because I have to give up so much more superior beer to end up with one bottle of above average beer, or something that is supposed to be beer, but is in reality a bottle of soy sauce put through a Sodastream.

That being said, I went to sleep cuddling with that bottle of 50th Anniversary Geuze. That beer is nuts.

Pre-De Garde Bottleshare

Yep, we do this because we are crazy.


And because some friends flew/drove into town for the release.


I showed up late, but there was still plenty to drink!

Upright Blend Love: This was the newest batch, and was pretty impressive. Less sour than I remember, but more jammy. A-


Block 15 Petite Verdot: I had no idea that people still had these! The grape juice quality that this beer had is fading, but it is picking up some nice funk in exchange. Still fantastic, but I would have drank this one sooner rather than later. A-


Upright 5th Anniversary Saison: Not as sour as I was expecting, but there is some nice gin character here. Too bad I can’t taste the apricot that’s supposed to be in this beer. This is kind of like a very light Special Herbs. Good, but could be better. B+/A-


Upright Barrel Aged Seven: God this beer is delicious, and smells like cheese. Mild tartness with grassy, bretty, cheesiness. A


Ithaca Brute: I think this is the best beer that Ithaca makes. Beautiful carbonation with a light sourness that finishes bone dry. This is the champagne of beers, not god damn Miller Lite. A-/A


Ale Apothecary El Cuatro: Okay, so this one is very champagne-like as well….but way overcarbed in my opinion. I think the new batch of El Cuatro is better surprisingly, mainly due to carbonation levels. A-


Rare Barrel Happy Place: Happy indeed! This beer is good! Reminds me a lot of Common’s Eidolon, which is a great thing. My first Rare Barrel experience….Solid! A-


De Garde Blu Bu: Yep, still my favorite blueberry sour, excluding that freak show of a beer that was 2009 Blabaer. A+


Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvee: Synthetic cork?! WHAAAAAA? No matter, this beer is still really delicious, with some mushrooms, cheese rind, and traditional Drie Fonteinen funk. Definitely lighter in carbonation than I’m used to, but that’s okay. Excellent example of a Geuze. A+

Then I went home.


Drank this fucker as well. Still the best Upright beer ever made!