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Birthday + 3 beer geeks.

I’m sure you guys know what happened next.


Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Best beer of the night right out of the gate. Top 5 beer for me. I’m a huge fan of the enormous funk and hint of sweetness and fruit. Would bang again 10/10. A++


Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2002: Second best beer of the night. You can smell that it’s a lot older than the Lente. Incredibly funk and earthiness, amazing. I need to somehow get my hands on one of these. A+


Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus: Great beer, but just not as good as the first two. I feel terrible saying that. However, I will say this: it was more drinkable than the other two beers. A+


Hill Farmstead Sankt Hans: My friend called this beer “Stanky Hans” by mistake. I proceeded to call this beer Stanky Hans for the rest of the night. B+


Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Better than Stanky Hans. A


Yep, that’s a 3L.


…..and this dude killed it, with a little bit of help. Happy birthday brah!


Russian River Temptation: Better than Beatification.

After the temptation we went to a bar and then decided to cruise over to my place…where more bottles were opened.


Block 15 Petite Verdot: God this beer is pretty, and still tasty as well! I’m sad I don’t have any left. A


Crooked Stave Raspberry Dark Origins: Huge raspberry nose, but not my favorite Origins beer. B+


Crooked Stave Cherry Origins: Yezzzzzz. A


Crooked Stave Origins Batch 2: Just as good as batch 1. A-


Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2007: I really don’t have to write anything here. Go get this beer. A+


Upright Saison du Cidre: I love Upright one offs. This one was never sold. Mmmmm the .rar


Wait, we’re opening bottles again?!

So after one bottle share we went to go check out a friend’s cellar that was just finished and to watch the Ravens/Pats game. Moar bottles were opened. God I live a healthy lifestyle!


I want that in my life. One day….


Cigar City Double Barrel Zhukov: Very low in carbonation, but really damn good nonetheless. A


It’s a shitty barrel aged lager. Fuckin’ lager! D+


Upright Blend Love: Fruit is faded a bit, but still there while the tartness had been kicked up 3 notches. Might only be $12 a bottle, but was still one of the best bottles of the day. A


Ithaca Lebleu 2010 and 2012: I preferred the original bottle, which is the one that has a blue smurf dildo in front of it. Both tasty, but I think Cascade Blueberry is superior. B/B+


Russian River Temptation batch #4: Whoever says this beer is bad is an idiot. A


Honestly I don’t remember what I thought of this one…must have poured it out.


Dieu du Ciel: Equinoxe du Printemps: Carbonated alcoholic maple syrup. Recommended with breakfast. B+


Ithaca Brute: Tasty, a little overcarbed, but nothing a little swirl of the glass can’t fix! B+/A-


Mystic Vinland: NOPE. C-


Dark Horse Monster 29 and Barrel Aged Monster 29: Very similar, but the regular Monster has this weird metallic aftertaste that the barrel version doesn’t have. Note: Stick with BA Monster.

I Lied….

Back to another sour beer. I’ll do another stout tomorrow to make up for it! I promise!

Description:Is it beer, or is it wine? “Aged in fresh oak wine barrels with distinct characteristics of fruit and subtle oak: sounds more like a description of wine than beer. But, of course, Temptation is indeed beer. Actually, Temptation is a blonde ale, after the primary fermentation it is aged in used fresh oak chardonnay barrels. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout the barrel aging. During this time, a secondary fermentation occurs using a yeast strain disliked by most brewers and winemakers called Brettanomyces. The addition of “Brett” along with two good bacterias gives Temptation intriguing characteristics and a pleasant sourness. Temptation is refermented in this bottle to create carbonation- a process commonly used to make fine champagne and sparkling wine. Spent yeast forms a thin layer of sediment in the bottle, adding yet another layer of complexity and flavors. Pour slowly as to allow the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.

Beer: Temptation (batch 23)

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 7.25%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Gold. No head to speak of, none. I do see bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass though

Aroma: Lactic sour, with a little bit of funk followed up by apple?

Taste: Sour, some funk, white wine, and oak

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy, finishes pretty dry

Drinkability: Due to it’s lightness, you could drink two bottles without much trouble.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: B+

Consecration is still my favorite Russian River sour. This one is just way to similar to white wine for me.