Posts Tagged ‘ Tilquin ’

Oysters and Geuze

Oh Brews for New Avenues, knowing exactly how to butter up us beer geeks. Open bar geuze and oysters for 50 people?!

 

Spoiler alert, I won jack shit that day. 😦

 

But I was so excited to try!

 

Tilquin and Armand and Gaston pours? Well I’ll just pour these into the vast, demanding chasm that is my mouth.

 

The line for oysters was pretty fearsome though, I was asked to step in to lend my services. I happily obliged. It is, after all, for the kids.

 

It also meant I could feed people. Hilarity ensued.

 

One of the best beers from the weekend.

 

And it was great to hang out with friends who were visiting from all over the country for this event.

 

 

“So, you ready for the big event tomorrow?!”

Maybe.

 

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Mid-week Drinking

100% guaranteed to leave you tired and angry the next day. Worth it? Probably.

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A friend’s homebrew that he made for groomsmen :).

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Upright Fatali Four 2014: Yep, this beer ages like a champion. Tons of wine character here with brett, followed by a nice touch of heat on the finish. This beer is basically perfect.

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What is this man doing? We may never know.

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That behind the scenes glimpse of what it’s like to be a beer geek.

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Can’t aruge with the final product though. Uli’s Lambik 3 Fonteinen meets Orval is a spectacular beer, the best lambic I have had since the last time I opened an Armand ‘4 Season. Not all that tart, but tons of funk balanced by citrus, with an interesting finish by what I can only imagine to be the contribution of blending in some old Orval. Uli beers may not always be extremely tasty, but they are always fascinating to try. Thankfully, this beer was both really delicious and super interesting. I’ll take that.

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Yes, let’s keep drinking high alcohol stouts. I won’t feel this tomorrow morning at all.

LIESSSS!

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Let’s continue the stupidity!

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Upright Blend Love: This bottle is from 2013, and just goes to continue to provide evidence that Upright might be the best sour brewery in the US in regards to how their beer behaves over time. Lots of other beers that I’ve had from other breweries get worse over time, but Upright seems to be tastier the older it gets. I don’t have many bottles from them that are older than this, but I wish I did. Fruit, funk, and tartness, all perfectly balanced.

Stone Fruit Tasting

I don’t want to see peaches or apricots for a while. I still can’t taste anything.

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Pizza Boy Permasmile: What the hell is a Pennsylvania wild ale? One that was made by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Amish? Anyways, this beer is pretty good, but I expect it cost something north of $30, which is unacceptable.

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Odell Zardi Ale: Not very good.

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Night Shift Mystery Weisse: I really liked this beer when it first came out, and it’s still really good. Things have changed, as the beer has become more sour over the last two years or so. It reminds me of sour, green mangoes, and it’s tasty.

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Wow I’m bad at taking photos. Thankfully, Quetsche Tilquin is the opposite of the quality of this photo. It tastes fantastic, and since plums are used, it counts in this stone fruit tasting! One of the best beers of the night if you ask me.

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de Garde Biere Stone: Wow, the “Biere” series from de Garde just consistently kills it. Big peach and apricot presence but you can still taste the chardonnay barrel, it’s almost SARA like. However, the finish isn’t quite as strong as SARA’s, but it trades that for huge fruit notes.

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Casey Peach  The Cut: SO. MUCH. SULFUR. However, after letting my glass breathe for half an hour or so this beer almost tastes like a geuze, but I didn’t get a ton of peaches here.

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de Garde Stone Bu: Batch 1! This beer is incredibly sour now, but it still has most of its peach flavors intact. I’m not sure if I have any left, but I think it’s about time to drink these, they aren’t getting better.

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Sante Adairius Westly: This second batch tastes way different than the original batch. It’s much less fruity, and way funkier. I am not sure which batch I prefer, but I think I’d love to mix the two batches and have a field day.

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Cantillon Fou Foune: This is the new 2015 batch, and it’s honestly a little disappointing. I expected it to blow Westly out of the water, but it wasn’t even close. Neither fruity nor funky, this beer needs time in the hopes that it will improve.

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Sante Adairius: Southern Sunrise: Oh wow, I really, really like this beer. Probably the best or second best beer of the night, and better than Westly. Lots of peach, some funkiness, and all that delicious wine barrel finish that I love SARA for.

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Ugh, another turd photo.

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Battery acid.

Wrapping up the weekend

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Brews for New Avenues

Once again, my favorite beer event of the year has rolled around, and this time it raised almost $60,000 for at risk youth in Portland! Getting drunk for the kids is the best.

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Upright One in a Tree: Good, needs some time to clean up the weird nose.

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We’re drunk, keep going.

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Upright Blend Edmunds won, with Quetsche taking a close second.

Gueuze and Oysters

Yeah, weird pairing right? But this pairing is absolutely genius! I’m going to have to do this on my own in the future. Oysters…good….gueuze…good…..add them together and you could break the space-time continuum.

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It was from this moment that I knew I wasn’t going to leave that house sober….

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008: First time having LP Gueuze, and it’s really, really good. Turns out it’d be one of the best beers of the night! A+

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Armand ‘4 Herfst: Looks like this beer gets to make another appearance, and it’s still just as good as I remember. Might be the best beer of the night. A+

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Block 15 Golden Canary 2011: Really tasty, but doesn’t quite hold up against the competition so far. It’s sweeter than I remember, but I don’t think I’ve had the 2011 batch before. A-

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Commons Maybelle: Solid, but this time it just tasted like water. The other beers were far to aggressively sour and funky.

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: One of my biggest wants, and I finally got to try it. This beer is SOUR. Just smelling it makes me involuntarily pucker up. Not so much funk, but I can’t really tell because I’m still crying from the sourness. Awesome beer. A+

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🙂

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Palette cleansers

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Before…..

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and after.

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Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend: Really, really good. I guess the last bottle I had was kind of off? A+

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Breakside Postmodern Lambic: Don’t remember much about this one…

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Whales….very few bottles made of this beer. Apparently it came from France and was made with Cantillon yeast?

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Stupid good. A+

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Bleh

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Don’t remember this one in detail either! Woooo!

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Hill Farmstead Florence: Good, but HF can do soo  much better. B+

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We also did a blind tasting between 2 boons, beatification, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and tilquin. My ranking was in order of best to worst: Beatification, oude gueze, tilquin, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

Total rankings were: Beatification, tilquin, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

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Alpine Pure Hoppiness: Stupid good. The hoppiness was a fantastic break from the sour onslaught. A-

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Armand 4′ Winter: Another repeat, and just as delicious. Another top beer emerges! A+

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Cantillon Cuvee des Champions: Haven’t gotten to tick this one before, and it’s good! A

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Cantillon Iris: It’s been two years since I last had this beer, and it’s really different than I remember. Still good though. A

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Bleh bleh blehgh blend!

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Drunk.