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Geuze and Oysters – 4 years running

The gang gets together every year to do a big lambic tasting paired with an absurd amount of oysters. This year, 12 dozen oysters sacrificed themselves for our gluttony. If this was American Gods we would all be all-powerful right now.

Our basket game is pretty fucking strong right now.

Was not good.

This beer has aged really nicely, but I’m a little sad it doesn’t look hot pink anymore.

Barrel aged baltic porters are fantastic, breweries should do this more often.

Don’t put stupid fucking raspberries in beer….unless you’re Goose Island, then go ahead.

This was pretty good, but not nearly as epic as the name 🙂

Been a couple years since I’ve had Vera Mae, but it’s definitely one of the better Hill Farmstead’s saisons.

de Garde The Broken Truck No. 2: Very, very good, but lacks a little bit of complexity compared to the lambics that we had that day.

Cantillon Grand Cru Brucscella 2006: 2010 cork date? God damn Cantillon is weird with its naming schemes. It was the best Grand Cru bottle I’ve had, but I still don’t understand why some people rave about this beer when it is older.

A vertical of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. The beers were surprisingly different year to year. I would rank the best ones as 2009, 2004, and 2011. 2009 was funky, tons of cherries, and a cherry pie character that the other bottles lacked. 2004 was incredibly funking but still had some fruit going on and had the best mouthfeel of the bunch. Then 2011 was delicious as always, but I’m not sure it’s worth aging at this point, it’s already so good!

Whew, seafood boil as a food break. My stomach greatly appreciated this.

Sooooo, all of these beers are absolutely absurd. In terms of rarer lambic, the Armand Seasons are some of the best, and are not actually that hard to trade for! I was the outlier in our group, but I ranked these four beers from best to least best: Lente, Herfst, Winter, and Zomer. It was all extremely close though, closer than the ranking has been in the past.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

What a treat. Also, my friend’s face in the background is simply perfect.

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Birthday + 3 beer geeks.

I’m sure you guys know what happened next.

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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++

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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+

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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+

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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+

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Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Better than Stanky Hans. A

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Yep, that’s a 3L.

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

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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.

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

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

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Crooked Stave Cherry Origins: Yezzzzzz. A

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

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

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

Block 15 Cellar Stash

Woke up at 5:20AM to go down to Corvallis to attend Block 15’s Cellar Stash Sale and Brunch. I can’t believe that I arrived at 7:20AM only to realize that I was 26th in line. God dammit.

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Block 15 Brewers Brunch: A blend of Super Nebula, Nebula, and Imagine. Said blend is then aged on vanilla beans and coffee. This beer is amazing, but I was so tired that I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. A+

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Beermosa: Block 15’s Framboise Rouge with some orange juice in it. Sounds weird, but this mix tastes incredible! A

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The morning’s haul!

Afterwards, I went and had a couple more beers at BeerMongers….hey….it was their anniversary!

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: Very tasty, still surprised at the amount of peaches that you can still taste in this beer. A-/A

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Port Brewing Mongo IPA: Sweet for an IPA, but that just balances out the hops a bit. A-

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Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Hahaha, my glass has a chef’s hat.

Porch got ruined.

And it was glorious. Thanks to my Hill Farmstead trader!!!

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Genealogy of Morals, Phemenology of Spirit, Everett, and Vera Mae x6

Sister is in Town Pt. 3

Cue the next day after Pt. 2….BeerMongers for a bottle share!

But first..

New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA: Really good, nice and piney with some grapefruit in the background. B+/A-

Upright De La Six: Significantly better now after almost a year of age on it. Nice funk with some flander-esque qualities? A-

Midnight Sun Brewtality: Super good, just like fresh brewed coffee. Better though. A

My contribution to the tasting…but wait!

It grows!

…and grows.

Captain Lawrence IPA: Doesn’t smell so hot, but tastes good. Nice apricot flavors on the finish. B

Deschutes Abyss 2011: Soooo good. I wish I had more of this than my tasting glass so I could taste the changes it undergoes while warming up. A+

Maine Beer Company Zoe: Wow. I have never had a better amber ale in my life. Nugget Nectar isn’t even as good. A-

Midnight Sun Berserker: Really in your face with chocolate, molasses, and maple. While very tasty, I think it could use a few more months of aging. A-

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Wow, this beer is really good. I don’t get any dandelion, but I get the honey for sure. There’s also a nice unexpected level of tartness, followed by a little bitterness to round everything out. A

Upright Cuvee Lactovasilios: I have had this beer on draft on several occasions, and the bottle version is better. Nice and tart with some fruitiness. A

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 year: This is the best beer I’ve had from them so far. The barrel character is really nice, unlike the Four Roses version I had a few years back. A-

Captain Lawrence Hops N’ Roses: Just as good as the last time I had it!

Deschutes Jubel 2010: This beer is awesome, one of my favorite barleywines. It trades for much less than it should in my opinion. It’s delicious! A/A+

Oakshire Framboise: Eh, it’s a typical framboise. Nothing overly special in my opinion. B

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio: This beer is amazing, one of the best krieks out there! I haven’t had the 100% kriek in a long time. Much tastier than the framboise we had before. A

Pelican Stormwatcher 2009: Really tasty, but it’s been 2 years since I last had one. Can’t really tell you if the age has made it better or worse. B+

Cigar City Guava Grove: Pretty good, but kind of like the cucumber saison, where you can only enjoy it in small doses. B

Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian: Completely flat. Made me sad…..B-

Hooray for Heady Topper! We needed this as a refresher

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2009: Delicious! However, it’s not nothing on Abyss. A-

This is a BEAST of a beer. Super malty and hides it’s vicious 13+% ABV well. But this beer is HUGE. B+

Cascade Figaro: Much better out of the bottle than on tap. Nice carbonation (surprise!) and I think I can taste the figs. It’s really nice and made me go back to pick up another bottle haha. A-/A

Stone 2008 Imperial Russian Stout: This doesn’t taste anything like I remember at all. All the hops are gone, leaving a crazy chocolate bomb. B+

I think we did good on this tasting!