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Russian River

It’s been 6 years since I was last here, and it’s mandatory to drink the sample tray when you’re visiting.

Turns out my friend was in the area as well, so that makes two taster trays.

Oh the satisfaction, additional satisfaction was had in the form of 3 additional pints each after the tray was finished.

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PLINIE THE YUNGER…….

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How many neckbeards did I have to murder to get this? How long did I have to stand in line?!

NONE. It’s called walking up to the bar and ordering a beer, like it should be. Also, still not as good as Notorious.

Dude, I didn’t know they made cans that big.

Not even talking about boobs.

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Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy: Wtf. It’s delicious, but wtf.

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Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse: The weakest offering from FW’s sour program, but that being said, their sours are just as tasty as their stouts, and you should find some, and drink them. B+

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New Glarus Very Sour Peach: This poured way darker than I was expecting a peach beer to. Smells fantastic, but it had more of a canned peaches taste than the fresh peaches that you get out of beers like Fantasia and Persica. Very tasty, but this suffers from a case of Mid-West overhyped syndrome. B+

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De Garde 3S: Aging gracefully, with even more botanicals than before. As a plus, some of the off flavors have cleaned up, my last bottle had a bit of a chlorine aftertaste, but didn’t get that at all in this bottle. Yay! A

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Upland Viola: It’s an Upland beer. Therefore….FUCKING SOUR.

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Russian River Beatification Batch 2: This beer has seen better days. B-

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Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged Everett: Regular Everett is my favorite porter around, so I had really high expectations for this beer, but they were not met. This beer is pretty boozy from the start, and has picked up some metallic flavor while it was being barrel aged. It’s really good, but I think I’d be happier with regular Everett. A

Birthday Time

My climbing buddy celebrated his birthday over the weekend, and since he’s also a big beer geek, we did a little tasting while enjoying some BBQ.

 

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Uli Blend! This was the Calvados lambic, and it was the best beer of the day. So delicious and funky. A+

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: After trying the Uli, this beer really doesn’t have much funk to it by comparision, and is much sweeter. Still delicious, but I think I may have started trying bottles in the wrong order…A

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De Garde Cherry Rum Bu: This is one of the newest Keeper’s beers, and it’s really good. I can’t say there is really any rum barrel to be found here, but the sweet cherries have dampened the sour levels on the base beer, making much more delicate than the other bu’s. A

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De Garde Blu Bu: 3L bottle is big…

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Bruery Winefication: Please give me the Syrah and the Black Tuesday separately please. The combination really isn’t doing anything good here. I like this beer, but the result is less than the sum of its parts. B+

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Russian River T25: Just cause.

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Gotta blend the two big bottles together. Turned out just like Winefication! Don’t blend these.

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I don’t even know why this was here.

Big Bottleshare

Went to my first bottleshare at Tin Bucket! It was arranged by some people on BeerAdvocate and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. Cool people, great beer, in a great spot. Couldn’t be more pleased.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway: Delicious as always! Crazy to think that I’ve had this beer a ton of times but never actually owned a bottle…A-/A

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: This is the brand new batch, and while good…..it wasn’t as good as Fantasia. I’m really happy to try it, and quite happy that I only have one bottle. Front loading my purchases on Fantasia was a good idea. B+

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Bruery Mother Funker: Sour as hell, but more palatable than before! B

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Cascade Bottleworks XIV: Great beer, and doesn’t taste exactly the same as all the other Cascades! A

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Cigar City Lacto Guava Grove: I brought this one, and really had no idea if it was going to be any good, so I was a little nervous. Turns out it’s quite good! I with the weather was nice out because this beer would be a good lemonade substitute. B+/A-

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek: I love this beer as much as there are vowels in its name. Great kriek. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: I’ve had this a bunch lately….ain’t a bad thing. A

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DARKNESS

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Bo & Luke: Great label, pretty good beer.

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I brought this one, and it sucked. Boo. C-

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Funkwerks King: Really good initial sip, but got boring after a little bit.

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Upright Blend Love: One of Upright’s best offerings. I could drink this forever. A/A+

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Central Waters 16: Delicious, like candy soaked in bourbon. A/A+

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Oh man, we’re screwed.

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Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia and BA 4th Dementia: Love these beers. A/A+

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Russian River Consecration B3: Best bottle of Consecration that I’ve had…maybe bigger bottles is better? A

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Jester King Aurelian Lure: Great apricot sour, only West Ashely and Fou Foune are better for the style. A/A+

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Goose Island King Henry: I’ve had this bottle forever, and now it’s dead. On the bright side, this bottle was delicious and much better than the last couple of bottles I have tried at tastings. KH is honestly one of the best barleywines ever made. A+

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Prairie and Pirate Bomb!: I enjoyed Prairie Bomb! more, the vanilla was just so good. A

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Drank bottles got drank.

Oysters and Geuze: The Sequel

About a year and a half ago, my friend James hosted our tasting group where we paired sour beer (geuze) with oysters on the half shell. It was an incredible pairing, one of the best that I’ve come across. This past weekend we decided to give it another go while watching the Broncos crush the Pats and the Seahawks eke out a win against the 49ers.

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This isn’t even all the oysters we had….in total we had about 12 dozen oysters. Varieties were Kumamotos, Barron Points, Chef Creeks, and Breaksides. The Kumamotos were my favorites followed by the Breaksides. The Barron Points were really good too, but they were just enormous oysters.

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Yeah….this was a little intimidating.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Lente: Best of the Seasons, and in my opinion, the best of the whole day. It tastes deliciously tart and funky, with a really nice grassy and fruity aspect that makes me drool. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Zomer: Not a whole lot different than Lente, but it was slightly watered down by comparison. Still one of the very best geuzes out there. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Herfst: This is probably the most distinctive of the 4 Seasons, with a very distinct mineral quality to it that I really enjoy and thought paired very well with the oysters we were eating. This is my second favorite Season. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Armand 4 Winter: Still amazing, but kind of simplistic compared to the other 4 Seasons. Don’t get me wrong though, you should trade for any and all of these if you have the chance. A+

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Lente, Zomer, Herfst, and Winter. It’s not everyday you can try the whole set in one sitting!

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Drie Fonteinen Armand & Tommy: Very delicious and much tastier than when I had it fresh, but this is just not on the same level as the Seasons. A+

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This felt like a good palate cleanser since it had the same name as our host. It’s a good black IPA to boot too!

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Uli Zomergeuze El Sol: Extremely citrusy and sour, with nice funk character. This is definitely one of the best beers of the day, and probably would have been the best if it wasn’t for the fact that this beer was completely flat. A+

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Russian River Beatification Batch 2: This was not great, definitely over the hill. Just goes to prove that not all “walez” are super tasty anymore. B-/B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 3: This is definitely more like it, very tasty with a big kick of sour to the mouth and a little funk to back it up. I hear it’s peaked though. A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 4: This one isn’t great either…tastes like shock tarts. B

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Russian River Beatification Batch 5: This is the best one by far. Just trade for a ton of Batch 5 everyone! A

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Russian River Beatification Batch 6: This one was watery and not very sour. It needs time. B

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WTF is that?! That’s some serious mold in the cork…on the other hand, it is from 1984…

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1984 Eylenbosch: So this is the oldest beer I’ve ever had….and it was carbonated and very tasty. However, I have a hard time describing this beer, it tastes…..so old. A+

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Oude Beersel 2007: This was good too!

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Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters: This was not good. C

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Cantillon Classic Gueuze 2012: Wow, for the first time in my life can I say that a Cantillon Gueuze acted as a palate cleanser. Extreme palate fatigue is extreme.

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Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella: This beer sucked. C-

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus 2010: Tasted good, smelled like baby diapers. B+

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Cantillon Saint Gilloise: Man my liver and mouth are so tired.

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Cantillon Iris: This was tasty too, but I was seriously struggling at this point. A

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The graveyard.

Beatification

Good thing I’m not in line bahahahaha

 

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Oh look, I can see one of my buddies there!