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(Yahoo)   Elusive 'World's Best Beer' finally coming to America today. At $14 per bottle it won't be getting spilled on the Fark servers, but just wait until you see what gets greenlit this week   (gma.yahoo.com) divider line 244
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2012-12-12 04:12:43 PM  
Natural Light Premium?
 
2012-12-12 04:13:20 PM  
Think I'd rather put the money toward a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Rye.
 
2012-12-12 04:13:49 PM  
Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross
 
2012-12-12 04:14:23 PM  
Sounds tasty.

A buddy recently introduced me to Innis and Gunn Rum Cask beer...I'm hooked.
 
2012-12-12 04:14:36 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross


Good. Stay away from it.

More for me.
 
2012-12-12 04:14:44 PM  
This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.
 
2012-12-12 04:15:20 PM  
Yay beer snobbery thread!
www.monarch-beverage.com
This little guy is out right now. I love him.
 
2012-12-12 04:15:26 PM  

00batou: This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.


Chartreuse. Duh.
 
2012-12-12 04:15:50 PM  
Hold on a sec. I live in the drunkest state and we don't even get a shot at buying it?

/jerks
 
2012-12-12 04:16:07 PM  
Decent beer. Not worth the hype. Definitely not worth the money, except as trade bait.
 
2012-12-12 04:16:17 PM  
*ahem*

sixpacktech.com

would like a word
 
2012-12-12 04:16:34 PM  
Ten Fiddy half-off growler fill in my future. Will be my largest outlay this season
 
2012-12-12 04:16:40 PM  
*yawn* Been able to order this from the Belgian Shop for years now.
 
2012-12-12 04:17:00 PM  
I had a bottle a few years ago and it was quite good.
 
2012-12-12 04:18:02 PM  
I can already get Miller High Life around the corner.
 
2012-12-12 04:18:45 PM  

Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.


You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

you'redoingitwrong.jpeg

Much better..

www.saintarnold.com
 
2012-12-12 04:18:50 PM  
I want this, but I live in Nebraska. Probably not gonna happen.
 
2012-12-12 04:18:57 PM  
Let me know when they put it in cans, easier to keep in the cooler on the back of my ironic stilt bike
 
2012-12-12 04:19:13 PM  

adwoan: *yawn* Been able to order this from the Belgian Shop for years now.


Not for this price. The bottle I bought cost 35 dollars.
 
2012-12-12 04:19:28 PM  
"I think it will be the last [time]," Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode told NPR. "They say, 'We are monks, we don't want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that's it,' Back to normal again."

Because if there's one thing religious organizations are known for, it's turning down money. This stuff will be the official beer of the Super Bowl within 5 years.
 
2012-12-12 04:19:47 PM  
farm7.staticflickr.com

This is the best beer in the world to me........unless I get a chance to try the one in the story.
 
2012-12-12 04:20:27 PM  
I see that I will be making an addendum to my Christmas list.
 
2012-12-12 04:20:29 PM  

Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.


Mm. You just reminded me to buy some today!
 
2012-12-12 04:20:47 PM  

tricycleracer: 00batou: This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.

Chartreuse. Duh.


Puce, my dear friend. or Mauve.
 
2012-12-12 04:21:05 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross


It's basically sugar water with alcohol and hops.
 
2012-12-12 04:21:14 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross


Not everyone can handle adult beverages.
 
2012-12-12 04:21:47 PM  
grampyshouse.net

Cuz why not?
 
2012-12-12 04:22:00 PM  
The monks piss in it.
 
2012-12-12 04:22:20 PM  
$14 a bottle???? Heck I jjust bought a 12 pack of Miller High Life for $8.59 at the gas station. Suckers!!
 
2012-12-12 04:22:54 PM  
Merry Christmas, everyone! 
24.media.tumblr.com

/my holiday tradition
 
2012-12-12 04:23:15 PM  
I've had it. It is dark beer that tastes woody and yeasty. I did not like it at all.
 
2012-12-12 04:23:27 PM  

Maud Dib: You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

you'redoingitwrong.jpeg


Ha... A beer that someone else has heard of? You suck.

I get my beer from a store two towns over. It's so elusive, I have to say a magic word to get it. I would post a picture of it, but it will cause you to try to drink your monitor and I don't want to be responsible for you electrocuing yourself.

A beer that someone else has heard of... >
 
2012-12-12 04:23:36 PM  

vudukungfu: The monks piss in it.


But how's it taste?
 
2012-12-12 04:23:37 PM  
Screw you subby.

Our beer store sold out of that at 8AM this morning. Couldn't have submitted it last night?
 
2012-12-12 04:25:40 PM  

Maud Dib: You went "beer snob" with Shiner?


I've never had a Saint Arnold beer I've enjoyed. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's a mental thing.

Anyway, Shiner Cheer is tasty. It's not the best beer in the world, but I like it.
 
2012-12-12 04:26:29 PM  

imashark: *ahem*

[Dark Lord]

would like a word


I like Dark Lord but Dark Lord isn't good enough to shine Westy 12's shoes.

Bought my brick this morning. Have 11 bottles of DL in the cellar.
 
2012-12-12 04:26:34 PM  
It's funny how all these "best beers" end up tasting like burnt buffalo pubes.
 
2012-12-12 04:26:36 PM  
cdnet.myxer.com
 
2012-12-12 04:26:39 PM  

PunGent: Sounds tasty.

A buddy recently introduced me to Innis and Gunn Rum Cask beer...I'm hooked.


You have good taste sir, tis' good stuff.

//beer snobbery on

I just snagged a case of this stuff myself.

www.beeraday.net

3x these after eating a salad at the Dogfish Head Ale House and I became "that guy" at the bar for the first time in my life. Had to take a cab home, missus refused to talk to me/drive me home.  CSB and a cautionary tale to boot.

//beer snobbery off
 
2012-12-12 04:26:45 PM  
Funny how this headline was right above the "Photoshop this scene from a sewage treatment plant" thread (click the link for the source picture on that one if you haven't already).
 
2012-12-12 04:26:55 PM  
I just mentioned this very beer in another thread.

Odd.
 
2012-12-12 04:27:10 PM  

tricycleracer: 00batou: This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.

Chartreuse. Duh.


Rapelican tears falling into empty buckets
 
2012-12-12 04:27:29 PM  
I have a couple Mad Elfs waiting for me at home
 
2012-12-12 04:28:34 PM  
a Toronto LCBO got 105 cases (1,400 for all of Ontario) and sold them all within 4 minutes.

This beer takes MONTHS to get and usually requires a trip to Europe.

They're tearing down the abbey and rebuilding a new one. Selling the beer overseas is helping to raise funds.
 
2012-12-12 04:28:47 PM  
I suggest that we make a drinking game out of that beer advertisement using the abundance of weasel words in it.

i30.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-12 04:28:56 PM  

caddisfly: Merry Christmas, everyone! 
[24.media.tumblr.com image 420x508]

/my holiday tradition


Fresh Samichlaus is undrinkable. Seven years aging makes it pretty tasty, though.
 
2012-12-12 04:29:41 PM  
Hey beer snobs. Good APAs and ambers? Hit me!
 
2012-12-12 04:30:22 PM  
There are a number of you who claim to have drank this beer. However when they did the story on NPR this morning there were a number of beer experts who have been waiting for years to get a reservation to even taste it. The claim is they only make 380 barrels of beer per year. Are you sure you didn't buy some other "Trappist" beer? Trappist is a term for all the various monk breweries not this specific one. I'm not saying it didn't happen, I'm just suggesting that 380 barrels per year is a very small number and the odds of more than one of the people who've drank it being on Fark are well...hmmm.
 
2012-12-12 04:30:32 PM  
www.zuguide.com
/amused, not
 
2012-12-12 04:30:47 PM  
I have eleven bottles of Westvleteren 12 in my basement so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2012-12-12 04:31:19 PM  

Wittenberg Dropout: It's funny how all these "best beers" end up tasting like burnt buffalo pubes.


And don't get me started on the new mass produced burnt buffalo pubes. DId you know they don't even use real buffalo pubes anymore? Seriously, it's recycled cow pubes.
 
2012-12-12 04:31:35 PM  

wldncrzy14: Hey beer snobs. Good APAs and ambers? Hit me!


You wouldn't know it. It's a tiny microbrewery down by the warehouse district. It's run by a guy I know. I was into it before it was cool though
 
2012-12-12 04:31:39 PM  
Oh lets see...a few favorites from the last stretch of beer gettin':

res.cloudinary.com

and

res.cloudinary.com

and

res.cloudinary.com

and

res.cloudinary.com

also

res.cloudinary.com 


Its nice to see the rare beer coming in, but as far as a tasty beverage....i think we have lots of options already. and for that price of $15 for a bottle, I could get a 6'er of Spaten Optimator and have enough left over for a bottle or two of other stuff, which is more than enough to get me stinkin' drunk (possibly twice).
 
2012-12-12 04:31:41 PM  
(checks stores link)

Florida
.
Illinois

Shat, no Georgia.
 
2012-12-12 04:32:20 PM  
I had this a few years back. I bought a 6 pack of it on e-bay for around $60 for my brother's birthday. I thought it was pretty goddamn good.

The best I ever had? Maybe. It was a while ago and I have drank dozens upon dozens of new beers since then so I can't really remember everything about it.

Recently I have been hung up on Troegs 'Flying Mouflan'
greatbrewers.com
 
2012-12-12 04:32:32 PM  
worlds best beer?

Right here folks

www.genx40.com
 
2012-12-12 04:33:00 PM  
My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.
 
2012-12-12 04:33:01 PM  
Well, Boddingtons is pretty damn tasty.
 
2012-12-12 04:34:08 PM  
My got to *is* Arrogant Bastard,
I even found a local pub that has it on tap, I'm a frequent there now.
 
2012-12-12 04:34:21 PM  
Oh and BTW: Fin Du Monde, Fat Tire Abbey and Devastator are all North American brews, for anyone that didnt know about em or hadnt seen em. Fin Du Monde's brewery (Unibrowe) does a really killer job on all of their stuff, too.

Devastator is from (gasp!) Utah.....yes it surprised me, too.
 
2012-12-12 04:34:43 PM  
oh for farks sake...
 
2012-12-12 04:34:57 PM  
beeradvocate.com
Not sure if this is nationally available, but this came out recently and is my favorite of all the barrel-aged offerings lately.
 
2012-12-12 04:35:16 PM  
Yeah, they tried to pass that shiate off at my local brewery...we didn't stand for it. They could at least use Steer Pubes if they had to substitute. But these guys...sheesh.
 
2012-12-12 04:35:23 PM  

Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.


Hmmm...thanks for the heads up on the Shiner.
 
2012-12-12 04:35:27 PM  

elffster: Oh lets see...a few favorites from the last stretch of beer gettin':


They have Optimator on tap down by the Christmas Market in Chicago.

Holy crap, that will get you messed up but quick.
 
2012-12-12 04:35:42 PM  
Favorite local:

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-12-12 04:35:53 PM  
St. Sixtus? I've had their other commercially-available ale with the monk on the label (for $11.99 a bottle).

It was the one James Lileks described as (paraphrasing)

"A beer apparently marketed to the celibate beer drinker...a unique, chewy beer that tasted like it was strained through roofing tar."

kinda curious what that tastes like...but for $84? No thanks.
Not unless that price included a steak and a type of beer that would actually go well with that steak.
 
2012-12-12 04:35:55 PM  
haywardabbey.files.wordpress.com

I don't usually go for Belgians, but this stuff is fantastic.

/Some Farkers recommended it in a beer snob thread a while back. Kudos to YOU, sirs. 
//Around 10% and $20ish for a four-pack, so it's a once-in-a-while beer.
 
2012-12-12 04:36:04 PM  

VoodooTaco: PunGent: Sounds tasty.

A buddy recently introduced me to Innis and Gunn Rum Cask beer...I'm hooked.

You have good taste sir, tis' good stuff.

//beer snobbery on

I just snagged a case of this stuff myself.

[www.beeraday.net image 250x398]

3x these after eating a salad at the Dogfish Head Ale House and I became "that guy" at the bar for the first time in my life. Had to take a cab home, missus refused to talk to me/drive me home.  CSB and a cautionary tale to boot.

//beer snobbery off


I love the 120 minute and Theobroma from Dogfish Head. Midas Touch as well.
 
2012-12-12 04:37:09 PM  

Odd Bird: (checks stores link)

Florida
.
Illinois

Shat, no Georgia.


No Texas..I'm shocked.
F the TABC and their draconian laws.
 
2012-12-12 04:37:18 PM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: worlds best beer?

Right here folks

[www.genx40.com image 593x517]


Yeah that's my favorite.


I'm drinking a Weihenstephaner atm though.
 
2012-12-12 04:37:34 PM  
www.theperfectlyhappyman.com
 
2012-12-12 04:38:00 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-12 04:38:04 PM  

Cooper420: This beer takes MONTHS to get and usually requires a trip to Europe.


A good friend of mine has three cases he brought back in July from the monastery. I think it cost him €90. And he visited Cantillon, Fantome, and Van Steenberge. Jealous, I was.
 
2012-12-12 04:38:39 PM  

Treygreen13: Maud Dib: You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

I've never had a Saint Arnold beer I've enjoyed. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's a mental thing.

Anyway, Shiner Cheer is tasty. It's not the best beer in the world, but I like it.


Shiner uses a metric shiat-ton of corn in their beers. Yet they can still call it all "natural".
 
2012-12-12 04:38:41 PM  
Sigh.. do Belgians not realize there are parts of New York outside of NYC? :(
 
2012-12-12 04:38:45 PM  

elffster: Oh lets see...a few favorites from the last stretch of beer gettin':

....



Aventinius may be my favorite German beer I've ever drank of any style. Fin du Monde also way up there.

What's the brand on that last Abbey ale? Looks like it reads New Belgium (I assume NB Brewing Co.) but the label doesn't match their Abbey ale.

Thanks in advance!
 
2012-12-12 04:39:19 PM  

zobear: Screw you subby.

Our beer store sold out of that at 8AM this morning. Couldn't have submitted it last night?


Seconded. Called my store and the guy said they had over 100 people waiting this morning.
 
2012-12-12 04:39:28 PM  

ChewbaccaJones: St. Sixtus? I've had their other commercially-available ale with the monk on the label (for $11.99 a bottle).

It was the one James Lileks described as (paraphrasing)

"A beer apparently marketed to the celibate beer drinker...a unique, chewy beer that tasted like it was strained through roofing tar."

kinda curious what that tastes like...but for $84? No thanks.
Not unless that price included a steak and a type of beer that would actually go well with that steak.


It's not that expensive when you get down to it.

I'd invite some friends over, and hold another of my standard: "Hey, I just bought a crapload of weird beers, come and help me drink them" parties.

I miss holding them. Since I've moved to DC, I need help drinking my beer.
 
2012-12-12 04:39:58 PM  

Maud Dib: Shiner uses a metric shiat-ton of corn in their beers. Yet they can still call it all "natural".


That darn supernatural corn!
 
2012-12-12 04:40:13 PM  

Telos: Sigh.. do Belgians not realize there are parts of New York outside of NYC? :(


They skipped Virginia completely. :(
 
2012-12-12 04:40:59 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: imashark: *ahem*

[Dark Lord]

would like a word

I like Dark Lord but Dark Lord isn't good enough to shine Westy 12's shoes.

Bought my brick this morning. Have 11 bottles of DL in the cellar.


I was referring to the rarity and the price. I find quality varies year to year for DL. I've never had Westy 12.
 
2012-12-12 04:41:21 PM  
A favorite of mine, but hard to pair with anything, hard to drink more than a glass, and simply the best in stark contrast to the dark to utterdark beers I tend to drink. At the cost of a gift box, however, I will settle on other trappist ales or similar traditions (three philosophers is highly affordable and quite tasty)

cafeasgard.nl
 
2012-12-12 04:41:46 PM  

elffster: Oh and BTW: Fin Du Monde, Fat Tire Abbey and Devastator are all North American brews, for anyone that didnt know about em or hadnt seen em. Fin Du Monde's brewery (Unibrowe) does a really killer job on all of their stuff, too.

Devastator is from (gasp!) Utah.....yes it surprised me, too.


You beat me to it, belay my last, guess it's just an updated logo.
 
2012-12-12 04:42:11 PM  
victorybeer.com
 
2012-12-12 04:43:38 PM  

VoodooTaco: PunGent: Sounds tasty.

A buddy recently introduced me to Innis and Gunn Rum Cask beer...I'm hooked.

You have good taste sir, tis' good stuff.

//beer snobbery on

I just snagged a case of this stuff myself.

[www.beeraday.net image 250x398]

3x these after eating a salad at the Dogfish Head Ale House and I became "that guy" at the bar for the first time in my life. Had to take a cab home, missus refused to talk to me/drive me home.  CSB and a cautionary tale to boot.

//beer snobbery off


I keep meaning to try more Dogfish...I've liked the ones I've had.

So many beers, so little time...

Not really a fan of the white ales, though...just don't like the taste.
 
2012-12-12 04:43:47 PM  
I still miss Dragon Stout
 
2012-12-12 04:44:05 PM  
Finally, a chance to taste all Trappist beers in one sitting! Got me some Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Achel, La Trappe (Hi, Admiral!!), and finally the Westvleteren XII. That's all -- wait, who the fark is Stift Engelszell? Abbey Maria who?!

Confound these Trappists, they drive me to drink!

Despite an all-around crazy situation (an abbey that tooks its vows of poverty so seriously they never went commercial until the roof was quite literally about to fall in, a continent full of beer nerds half a world away who know that this is a one-time event, weird stories about one distributor backing out -- there's a sticker beneath the "Shelton Brothers" sticker on some of the 6-packs, check yours closely!), the beer has, over the past few months, been made available in many markets in Canada and the United States at a consistent retail price, which is consistent with the monks' desire to make the beer as equitably available to anyone as possible in the face of high demand, and the monks' express desire to limit reselling of the beer in secondary markets. Even at $82.50 for a 6-pack, it's a lot cheaper than return air fare to and from fripping Belgium.

If you were able to acquire some Westvleteren 12 today, share some with your friends. Line up as many of the Trappist ales as you can and hold a group tasting. (If you can't get 'em all, try it alongside Rochefort 10, or St. Bernardus Abt. 12. Technically, St. Bernardus isn't Trappist beer, but it's very close in style.) Swap a bottle for something in a friend's collection that you want to try. It will improve with age; even if you feel you have nobody to share it with, have a bottle every six months, or even one per year.

However you enjoy it, be thankful to those who brewed it, and that you got to be a part, however small, of their story.
 
2012-12-12 04:44:08 PM  
I snagged one this morning... or rather two thanks to the wife. I plan to drink them and share them with friends, if not just to allow them to decide for themselves whether or not this beer lives up to the hype. I will be cracking a bottle this evening, and I enjoy a good Belgian quad, so we'll see if it lives up to its reputation. I am mildly doubtful, but hey, at least the money is going to fix the roof of the abbey.
 
2012-12-12 04:44:31 PM  

robertus: [haywardabbey.files.wordpress.com image 536x455]

I don't usually go for Belgians, but this stuff is fantastic.

/Some Farkers recommended it in a beer snob thread a while back. Kudos to YOU, sirs. 
//Around 10% and $20ish for a four-pack, so it's a once-in-a-while beer.


St. Bernie's 12 is really quite good. The recipe is reputedly the same as Westy 12 but their tastes are a fair bit divergent. You should try the other St. Bernardus beers (Pater 6 is kinda meh) and the Rochefort series. (I've talked to a fair number of people who like Rochefort 10 more than Westy 12.) Chimay is also very nice, Blue especially, and wide distributed.
 
2012-12-12 04:44:42 PM  

Kraftwerk Orange: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross

Good. Stay away from it.

More for me.


This. Belgian FTW.
 
2012-12-12 04:45:01 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.


I am a big fan of the Stone brewery. Arrogant Bastard is pretty amazing, though IMO their Ruination IPA is one of the best beers out there.
 
2012-12-12 04:46:08 PM  

Maud Dib: Shiner uses a metric shiat-ton of corn in their beers. Yet they can still call it all "natural".


Corn is at least as natural as burnt buffalo pubes.
Besides, your favorite beer is probably contaminated with Hydrogen Hydroxide.
 
2012-12-12 04:46:25 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: caddisfly: Merry Christmas, everyone! 
[24.media.tumblr.com image 420x508]

/my holiday tradition

Fresh Samichlaus is undrinkable. Seven years aging makes it pretty tasty, though.


now now... you can cook with it

I know it sounds like sacrilege but hear me out.. use it in a reduction for candies yam sauce. and you only use half the bottle, so you can still drink the rest!
 
2012-12-12 04:46:46 PM  
Insanely tasty.

www.nearof.com


Also both crazy good.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-12 04:46:48 PM  
The barrel aged Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog is my choice for the holiday season.

www.hoppinfrog.com
 
2012-12-12 04:47:30 PM  

kim jong-un: VoodooTaco: PunGent: Sounds tasty.

....

I love the 120 minute and Theobroma from Dogfish Head. Midas Touch as well.


Definitely agree on the 120, the Theo was decent, but I prefer the Sah'Tea and the Tahenket myself. Interesting flavors. Girlfriend loves the Midas and the Raison D'tre. I moved out of DC last summer, to find that they stopped distributing DFH to Rhode Island (home), very disturbing. We used to hit the DFH Alehouse at least once every other week. 90Minute IPA was always the best bang for the buck.

Their Positive Contact (limited brew I think) was phenomenal too. Give that a shot if you can find it.
 
2012-12-12 04:48:42 PM  
If the people who camped out to buy the damn thing spent more time forming relationships with the employees at the store, they wouldn't need to camp.

/just reserved
//from the secret stash
 
2012-12-12 04:49:11 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: [victorybeer.com image 247x400]


When I want an impressive beer, V-Twelve has taken the spot over Old Guardian anymore.

PunGent: I keep meaning to try more Dogfish...I've liked the ones I've had.


90 Min Imperial, Burton Baton, and a nod to Theobroma and Midas Touch. All out of Dogfish Head are worthy of a try, but those especially (have not gotten to try a few, notably Pangaea).
 
2012-12-12 04:51:03 PM  
Does anyone else see the term IPA on a bottle and automatically think of isopropyl alcohol?
 
2012-12-12 04:51:28 PM  

Geeves00: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I am a big fan of the Stone brewery. Arrogant Bastard is pretty amazing, though IMO their Ruination IPA is one of the best beers out there.


Arrogant Bastard is my near casual beer now. This year's Ruination, being a DIPA, was fantastic, but I find so rare of times when I really want Ruination.
 
2012-12-12 04:52:31 PM  

CygnusDarius: Well, Boddingtons is pretty damn tasty.


Blech. Boddingtons is one of the few beers I've drain-poured.
 
2012-12-12 04:52:37 PM  

Vangor: Arrogant Bastard is my near casual beer now.


Wow. I mean, to each his own, I just can't imagine wanting a hop-grenade regularly.
 
2012-12-12 04:52:39 PM  
My personal favorite:
bythepint.com

Probably second favorite:
www.decibelmagazine.com
 
2012-12-12 04:53:00 PM  
$19 per pint, eh? What a bargain. Somehow I don't believe that this beer is 15x better than the micros I can get on tap at my local pub. (growler fills $5 off on Mondays hereabouts. Last week, 5 clams got me 4 pints.)

I'd be interested in tasting what the world says is the very best beer, but not for $85.
 
2012-12-12 04:54:49 PM  

kim jong-un: Since I've moved to DC, I need help drinking my beer.


I just moved to Rockville. How much you got?

imashark: I was referring to the rarity and the price. I find quality varies year to year for DL. I've never had Westy 12.


Got'cha. I've been to DL Day the past three years. Regular DL price is decent - $60 for a 4 pack. The barrel-aged stuff is painful ($50 for a bomber?!) but I've bought it both times I 'won'. They definitely have off years - 2011 is not impressive even with a year aging but 2012 was nice fresh. And 2010 was better than '09.
 
2012-12-12 04:55:24 PM  

imashark: TofuTheAlmighty: imashark: *ahem*

[Dark Lord]

I find quality varies year to year for DL..


I'm going to have to try it again then. The one I had was wayyyyy too sweet.
 
2012-12-12 04:55:29 PM  

Geeves00: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I am a big fan of the Stone brewery. Arrogant Bastard is pretty amazing, though IMO their Ruination IPA is one of the best beers out there.


I find it harder to drink two 22's of Ruination than to drink two 22s of Arrogant bastard. Somehow it becomes too dark or unpleasant towards the end of the second 22 or Ruination (It's like 3 bucks more expensive per 22 too). Odd I suppose, but it's the truth. Just about the only beer that Stone has made that I didn't care for was last years Levitation or something? the 11-11-11 brew with cinnamon and anaheim peppers, it was horrible. Only time I've poured out a whole beer after a sip.
 
2012-12-12 04:56:45 PM  

Treygreen13: Wow. I mean, to each his own, I just can't imagine wanting a hop-grenade regularly.


I taste from a whole variety of beers quite frequently, but when relaxing to me Arrogant Bastard is the right ensemble of alcoholic strength, mouthfeel, malt, bitter, and floral aroma I want. Some much stronger hop bombs out there which, while delicious, I agree I couldn't do regularly.
 
2012-12-12 04:56:53 PM  
It's good but I'd rather stand right here:

farm3.static.flickr.com

and enjoy a wonderful Uerige with some mettbroetchen.
 
2012-12-12 04:58:05 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i48.tinypic.com image 375x500]


At $3.50 a case, that stuff got me and my friends through a lot of weekends back in the day.
 
2012-12-12 04:58:23 PM  

Vangor: Geeves00: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I am a big fan of the Stone brewery. Arrogant Bastard is pretty amazing, though IMO their Ruination IPA is one of the best beers out there.

Arrogant Bastard is my near casual beer now. This year's Ruination, being a DIPA, was fantastic, but I find so rare of times when I really want Ruination.


Yikes!
I live half an hour from Stone brewery; I've been there all of once, and I didn't even have one of their beers (had an Alesmith brown instead).
I don't think there is a single brewery that more embodies my least favorite characteristics of beer, lol.
 
2012-12-12 04:58:51 PM  
I like beer. $14 a bottle doesn't seem like that much, considering the ridiculous stuff I usually buy.

I just picked up some bottles of the 2012 Pugachev's Cobra. 15.8% ABV Russian imperial stout, here I come!
 
2012-12-12 04:59:33 PM  
My go-tos right now:

img1.findthebest.com

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-12 04:59:54 PM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: worlds best beer?

Right here folks


More like Weider Scheisse.

/ Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is the best hefe
 
2012-12-12 05:00:51 PM  

VoodooTaco: PunGent: Sounds tasty.

3x these after eating a salad at the Dogfish Head Ale House and I became "that guy" at the bar for the first time in my life. Had to take a cab home, missus refused to talk to me/drive me home.  CSB and a cautionary tale to boot.

//beer snobbery off


Poor feller... the wife and I have an agreement that my expensive beer (and the effects thereafter) are off limits for drama. biatch still doesn't like my dog though.
 
2012-12-12 05:01:52 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.


I actually prefer the non oaked version.
 
2012-12-12 05:02:53 PM  
It's supposed to be at a store near me - I think I'll spring for it if I can find it there. I'll go check now. ;-)
 
2012-12-12 05:03:34 PM  

Vangor: A favorite of mine, but hard to pair with anything, hard to drink more than a glass, and simply the best in stark contrast to the dark to utterdark beers I tend to drink. At the cost of a gift box, however, I will settle on other trappist ales or similar traditions (three philosophers is highly affordable and quite tasty)
If you enjoy dark beers you should try the new one from Sierra Nevada called Narwhal. It's good shiat.

 
2012-12-12 05:03:45 PM  

Gawdzila: M
Probably second favorite:
[www.decibelmagazine.com image 315x375]


Never heard of seen the Duchesse. Just read the reviews on BA. Holy cow, Want!
 
2012-12-12 05:04:27 PM  

Eeteetoo: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I actually prefer the non oaked version.


Any particular reason?
I found the oaked to be a little milder, easier to drink, while still being stronger. It seemed like a pretty awesome combination of characteristics while still essentially being Arrogant BAstard.
 
2012-12-12 05:04:31 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: the 11-11-11 brew with cinnamon and anaheim peppers, it was horrible. Only time I've poured out a whole beer after a sip.


The 11-11-11 is Vertical Epic (WoB just offered 9-9-9, 10-10-10, and 11-11-11 so I'll have to get there for the other two). Agree on the Anaheim peppers especially being a wrong choice to try out. Have had peppers, but found the smokiness of Chipotle (which I usually don't prefer) or the basic pepper taste of Anchos works, but not Anaheim. Drank through, but wouldn't have again.
 
2012-12-12 05:04:34 PM  
I'll just be happy that I got a case of Yuengling from our adventure to, of all places, Delaware.
 
2012-12-12 05:04:34 PM  
Not available in Texas because they knew it really isn't the Worlds Best Beer.

Your beer sucks.
 
jgi
2012-12-12 05:05:10 PM  
i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-12 05:05:23 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Belgian beer is generally pretentious and gross


This isn't just any old Belgian beer. It is handcrafted by Trappist monks from an ancient recipe. If you'd ever been to a Trappist monastery, you'd know that everything they do is superlative. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I'd pay $14 to try this.
 
2012-12-12 05:06:51 PM  
where's the budweiser?

It's LICENSED by the monks.
 
2012-12-12 05:07:30 PM  

Evil High Priest: $19 per pint, eh? What a bargain. Somehow I don't believe that this beer is 15x better than the micros I can get on tap at my local pub. (growler fills $5 off on Mondays hereabouts. Last week, 5 clams got me 4 pints.)

I'd be interested in tasting what the world says is the very best beer, but not for $85.


The best beer in the world dear sir or madam, is the one in your hand.

and the only beer that is better than that... is FREE beer.
 
2012-12-12 05:08:20 PM  

Vangor: Uchiha_Cycliste: the 11-11-11 brew with cinnamon and anaheim peppers, it was horrible. Only time I've poured out a whole beer after a sip.

The 11-11-11 is Vertical Epic (WoB just offered 9-9-9, 10-10-10, and 11-11-11 so I'll have to get there for the other two). Agree on the Anaheim peppers especially being a wrong choice to try out. Have had peppers, but found the smokiness of Chipotle (which I usually don't prefer) or the basic pepper taste of Anchos works, but not Anaheim. Drank through, but wouldn't have again.


that's the one! It was friggin' awful. I've enjoyed all the prior epic's that I can recall, and some pepper beer previously (though I can't remember which one). And since I'm on an IPA kick, I expect this year's will be pretty great.
 
2012-12-12 05:09:46 PM  

NASAM: imashark: TofuTheAlmighty: imashark: *ahem*

[Dark Lord]

I find quality varies year to year for DL..

I'm going to have to try it again then. The one I had was wayyyyy too sweet.


The bestthat I've ever had was 2010. Haven't had an opportunity to try the 2012. I remember when I had the 2011, I was like "WTF?"
 
2012-12-12 05:09:46 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Eeteetoo: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I actually prefer the non oaked version.

Any particular reason?
I found the oaked to be a little milder, easier to drink, while still being stronger. It seemed like a pretty awesome combination of characteristics while still essentially being Arrogant BAstard.


"Poured a clear mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, resin, floral, grass, herbs, and nuts with a very slight oakiness. Taste is caramel, pine, citrus, coffee, herbs, and woody. Feels creamy and smooth with a bitter finish."

That's my Rate Beer write-up on it with a score of 3.4

"Smells like a rich creamy blend of raisins, piney hops, grass, bread and slightly sweet. Poured a deep, clear mahogany with a big light tan head. Taste is immediately a sweet raisin taste which is followed by that pine hops that smelled before, nice yeasty taste too. Feels medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a bitter finish."

Write-up of non oaked with score of 4.2.

Personal preference and all I suppose.
 
2012-12-12 05:11:20 PM  
I had friends who brought back a few bottles from a trip to the monastery and I very luckily got to try it. Definitely good stuff, definitely potent.
 
2012-12-12 05:11:42 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: and the only beer that is better than that... is FREE beer.


Having been to enough free beer opportunities (art openings), I would challenge that statement with Taurino. It is what I would imagine fermented bull urine would both taste and smell like. Pound a couple of those, and you'll know why it was free.
 
2012-12-12 05:11:52 PM  
well I sure am glad they decided not to release it in VA or DC...
 
2012-12-12 05:11:55 PM  

imashark: NASAM: imashark: TofuTheAlmighty: imashark: *ahem*

[Dark Lord]

I find quality varies year to year for DL..

I'm going to have to try it again then. The one I had was wayyyyy too sweet.

The bestthat I've ever had was 2010. Haven't had an opportunity to try the 2012. I remember when I had the 2011, I was like "WTF?"


Interesting. I had the 2011.
 
2012-12-12 05:14:18 PM  
I called where they have it closest to me. They told me they expect people to camp outside to be in line in the morning. So I may try and get one anyways. I managed to get a Venetucci pumpkin ale this year so who knows. It wasn't worth the trouble to get, but now I know.
 
2012-12-12 05:15:48 PM  

NASAM: Never heard of seen the Duchesse. Just read the reviews on BA. Holy cow, Want!


Duchess is the one beer I've ever poured down the drain. I like sours and wild ales but not Duchess.

Vangor: Agree on the Anaheim peppers especially being a wrong choice to try out. Have had peppers, but found the smokiness of Chipotle (which I usually don't prefer) or the basic pepper taste of Anchos works, but not Anaheim. Drank through, but wouldn't have again.


I've had Chipotle Double Bastard and really dug it. I've had a few sips of 11.11.11 and Stone really put out a strange brew there, pretty atypical for them. Churchkey in DC today is doing an epic Vertical Epic vertical today - 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 plus a couple barrel-aged versions. Been too busy to hit them up, though.
 
2012-12-12 05:15:49 PM  
Drinkin this tonight

s3.amazonaws.com

Muy bueno.
 
2012-12-12 05:20:01 PM  

Eeteetoo: Smells like a rich creamy blend



that got me an email notification

/surprised it doesn't happen more often
 
2012-12-12 05:20:04 PM  
Give me a Yuengling or Troegs anyday.
 
2012-12-12 05:20:16 PM  
I've had the 12 several times, it is definitely a damn fine, tasty beer that'll knock you on your ass.

First time I had it I wasn't even aware of its exclusivity. A buddy & I went on a trip to London & Flanders and the guy we stayed with (thanks Dirk!) drove us to the abbey cause I said I love beer. He even asked for a tour of the brewery for us but was sadly turned down. Had all of them at In De Vrede across the street, got heavily buzzed & had to deal while doing other touristy things the rest of the afternoon.

Last time was at the Kulminator in Antwerp. They have a special menu and for the low, low price of 14E you too can have a Westy 12. I figured what the hell, when am I going to be in Flanders again? That was 2009, here four years later the answer is still hazy.

So, in conclusion, if you love beer and can get ahold of one, do it. Maybe you won't think it's the best in the world, but it is undeniably one of the best.
 
2012-12-12 05:21:06 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: If the people who camped out to buy the damn thing spent more time forming relationships with the employees at the store, they wouldn't need to camp.


THIS.

I can confirm that it was available (in very limited quanitites, maybe one case per shop) at bottle shops other than those listed on the blog page. If your local retailer is a beer geek and you're one of his regulars, you just might get lucky.
 
2012-12-12 05:21:09 PM  
I've got an 11% abv belgian dark strong ale that's in it's secondary fermentation bucket right now that I hope rivals this beer. I have some high hopes since I tasted it before racking and could barely detect the alcohol in it and usually the alcohol flavor takes FOREVER to mellow in beers that big.
 
2012-12-12 05:21:18 PM  

ultraholland: well I sure am glad they decided not to release it in VA or DC...


Rumor I heard was that Sint Sixtus refused to allot any to the VA/DC Sheldon Bros. franchise because in the past they (the distributor) have imported Westy off the secondary market to sell in Total Wine stores. (The official reason is that Sheldon didn't apply for label approval.)
 
2012-12-12 05:22:40 PM  

jayhawk88: "I think it will be the last [time]," Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode told NPR. "They say, 'We are monks, we don't want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that's it,' Back to normal again."

Because if there's one thing religious organizations are known for, it's turning down money. This stuff will be the official beer of the Super Bowl within 5 years.


Not a chance. They're not stupid - by feeding the "Best Beer EVEARRRRRRRR!!!" thing (not IMHO, but it's subjective) and making a very small amount and charging outrageously for it (which, with the fact that they're monks, also bumps the ratings and mystique up a bit), they get the maximum return on their investment of monk-hours. Seriously, when I was in the Trappistine monastery, they were talking about sending me to Westvleteren to learn to brew Trappist Ale and starting the same pattern here in the U. S. They know precisely what they're doing, and they know this only works once every hundred years or so. They're manipulating the beer snobs and the "more money than brain" crowd.
 
2012-12-12 05:23:59 PM  

NASAM: Gawdzila: M
Probably second favorite:
[www.decibelmagazine.com image 315x375]

Never heard of seen the Duchesse. Just read the reviews on BA. Holy cow, Want!


Yeah, years later, this is still easily the best sour I've ever had. A lot of others go too far on the tart side, like drinking vinegar almost, but Duchesse is super well balanced. It's still pretty sour, but it doesn't obscure anything -- even as someone who was only just starting to appreciate beer, I could taste so much complexity going on with the apple-cherry fruits and maltiness. Really amazing stuff.
 
2012-12-12 05:25:08 PM  

TheWhoppah: Does anyone else see the term IPA on a bottle and automatically think of isopropyl alcohol?


I think hops.
 
2012-12-12 05:25:47 PM  

Vangor: Marcus Aurelius: [victorybeer.com image 247x400]

When I want an impressive beer, V-Twelve has taken the spot over Old Guardian anymore.

PunGent: I keep meaning to try more Dogfish...I've liked the ones I've had.

90 Min Imperial, Burton Baton, and a nod to Theobroma and Midas Touch. All out of Dogfish Head are worthy of a try, but those especially (have not gotten to try a few, notably Pangaea).


My fave is the Indian Brown Ale.
 
2012-12-12 05:26:29 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: NASAM: Never heard of seen the Duchesse. Just read the reviews on BA. Holy cow, Want!

Duchess is the one beer I've ever poured down the drain. I like sours and wild ales but not Duchess.


files.gamebanana.com

Man, tragedy!
 
2012-12-12 05:26:41 PM  
PBR, FTW~ or Milwaukee's Beast Ice for the price/ dosage. This article & thread is about once-a-year (or lifetime) beers.
/that's all, opinion out
 
2012-12-12 05:27:43 PM  
Local collaboration from Ska and Oskar Blues!

Smoked IPA... FTW!

i21.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-12 05:28:54 PM  
www.amathusdrinks.com
 
2012-12-12 05:28:54 PM  

RocketRay: He even asked for a tour of the brewery for us but was sadly turned down.


No one gets a tour. Literally, no one. I'd desperately love to hit up Kulminator, assuming I ever make it to Belgium.
 
2012-12-12 05:29:26 PM  

Eeteetoo: Uchiha_Cycliste: Eeteetoo: Uchiha_Cycliste: My go to Arrogant Bastard.
I prefer Oaked Arrogant bastard when it's available. I'll go out of my way to find TFA's beer.

I actually prefer the non oaked version.

Any particular reason?
I found the oaked to be a little milder, easier to drink, while still being stronger. It seemed like a pretty awesome combination of characteristics while still essentially being Arrogant BAstard.

"Poured a clear mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, resin, floral, grass, herbs, and nuts with a very slight oakiness. Taste is caramel, pine, citrus, coffee, herbs, and woody. Feels creamy and smooth with a bitter finish."

That's my Rate Beer write-up on it with a score of 3.4

"Smells like a rich creamy blend of raisins, piney hops, grass, bread and slightly sweet. Poured a deep, clear mahogany with a big light tan head. Taste is immediately a sweet raisin taste which is followed by that pine hops that smelled before, nice yeasty taste too. Feels medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a bitter finish."

Write-up of non oaked with score of 4.2.

Personal preference and all I suppose.


That is way more detail than I can ascribe to the beer.
For me it's dark, strong, and easily drinkable.

\Also I'm an arrogant prick, it somehow makes it better.
 
2012-12-12 05:29:56 PM  

fuhfuhfuh: Cerebral Knievel: and the only beer that is better than that... is FREE beer.

Having been to enough free beer opportunities (art openings), I would challenge that statement with Taurino. It is what I would imagine fermented bull urine would both taste and smell like. Pound a couple of those, and you'll know why it was free.


it a philosophical statement. meant to speak to the egalitarian nature of beer in general. but, if you want to knock free beer, be my guest ;-)

trust me, as a pro brewer, I've worked many an event, and have had much swill.
 
2012-12-12 05:32:32 PM  
I don't know why Trappist ales are supposed to be special. I've drunk enough of them on trips to Belgium and really most of them taste pretty vile with a high alcoholic content and a taste like malt concentrate mixed with treacle. Belgium has far nicer beers such as lambic beers which are like champagne and much more palatable. Gueuze in particular is very good.
 
2012-12-12 05:35:20 PM  
Woohoo! I've been waiting since forever to have a chance to try this stuff out!

*clicks link*

*living in Utah*

FFFFffffffuuuuuuu......
 
2012-12-12 05:35:32 PM  

tricycleracer: 00batou: This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.

Chartreuse. Duh.


GET OUT OF MY HEAD, DAMNIT!
 
2012-12-12 05:38:09 PM  

apotheosis27: [www.amathusdrinks.com image 850x1168]


Bogan-like typing detected.
 
2012-12-12 05:39:38 PM  

doczoidberg: Natural Light Premium?


No, Old Monk 10,000
 
2012-12-12 05:39:48 PM  

Maud Dib: Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.

You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

you'redoingitwrong.jpeg

Much better..

[www.saintarnold.com image 300x670]


Even better (same city).
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-12 05:42:28 PM  

jgi: [i47.tinypic.com image 540x360]


Also excellent. I tried one last week, pretty phenomenal, very close to Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, but a little more complex.
 
2012-12-12 05:44:27 PM  

drxym: I don't know why Trappist ales are supposed to be special. I've drunk enough of them on trips to Belgium and really most of them taste pretty vile with a high alcoholic content and a taste like malt concentrate mixed with treacle. Belgium has far nicer beers such as lambic beers which are like champagne and much more palatable. Gueuze in particular is very good.


well, first off, you gotta understand that the world does not revolve around you. that slap in the face was not meant to be insulting..

realize that many, MANY people will not have the chance to travel and sample as you have. to them these are mythical, rare things that are niegh unobtainable to them.

The special comes from their specialness. the unobtainable. the mythos and rarity of it all. The stuff doesn't need to be great, it just needs to be rare and have a nice marketing push behind it emphasizing the point.
 
2012-12-12 05:45:37 PM  

Odd Bird: (checks stores link)

Florida
.
Illinois

Shat, no Georgia.


yup, dammit. I figured at least one place around PTC or up in Buckhead would have some.
 
2012-12-12 05:45:59 PM  

VoodooTaco: elffster: Oh lets see...a few favorites from the last stretch of beer gettin':

....



Aventinius may be my favorite German beer I've ever drank of any style. Fin du Monde also way up there.

What's the brand on that last Abbey ale? Looks like it reads New Belgium (I assume NB Brewing Co.) but the label doesn't match their Abbey ale.

Thanks in advance!


You are exactly right, its New Belgium indeed. I like it because its 1) tasty and 2) stronger than a Fat Tire. FT is not bad, but I just love those darker sweet and strong beers. Abbey is (iirc) at least 7% abv, I think around 7.5....good to kick your butt.

And that Aventinius is a good one but its stronger....8.2% I think. So one can get me pretty looped.

ratebeer.com has lots of info on beers you never heard of, and if you look up one it has a list on the right of the page that shows similar beers and the ratings to go with them. I try to pick things that rate at least a 90, but will occasionally try something thats rated a lot lower (Lobotomy Bock is a good example, not tasty but its like 10% abv so one just gives me a beat-down. Two and im pretty lit)
 
2012-12-12 05:46:10 PM  
The best beer is the one in my hand.
 
2012-12-12 05:50:52 PM  
Oh and a very large seconddeded' to Chimay, mentioned upthread. Its a very damn good beer.

Spaten Optimator is a quick go-to for me because its not bad, is strong, and its not expensive. $10 for 6, compared to I think about 7-8 bucks for a 750 of Fin Du Monde (or more).

Chimay I thought was about $3-4 for ONE small bottle, and those can be found in 750ml bottles too.

I recall getting a belgium taster pack and most of those were pretty good, about 20 bucks for it...

Linky might not work, but this is it

http://la.worldclassbeer.com/beerspy/ product/van-steenberge-belgian-beer-sampler/1130/

in case the linky wont work, just pick a state where this stuff is legal and take a gander..good 6'er of some Belgish brews
 
2012-12-12 05:52:07 PM  
Moeder Lambic in Brussels is my place of worship.

God love those Belgians. Only care about making good beer, chocolate and fries...what a life ;)
 
2012-12-12 05:59:42 PM  
drinkwiththewench.com 

Merry Christmas
Happy Chanukah
Happy Kwanzaa
...and for those of other faiths and atheists, Have a nice day!
 
2012-12-12 05:59:55 PM  
Yeah, no. This...

www.bruguru.com

Is the best beer in the world.

/Anything better than that is too dangerous to think of
 
2012-12-12 06:01:15 PM  

jgi: [i47.tinypic.com image 540x360]


YES! Had my first Bourbon County over the weekend. Good stuff
 
2012-12-12 06:03:55 PM  

the1hatman: [drinkwiththewench.com image 265x500] 

Merry Christmas
Happy Chanukah
Happy Kwanzaa
...and for those of other faiths and atheists, Have a nice day!


and a Merry Chrimbus to you my good sir.
 
2012-12-12 06:03:57 PM  
www.santanbrewing.com
 
2012-12-12 06:08:43 PM  
You know, I have been living in Ghent for the past 2 years and I have yet to go out to West Flanders to get Westvleteren. I am thinking I should make a day-trip out there some time. I think it is only a 45 minute drive from here and you can only buy it by the case...
 
2012-12-12 06:09:12 PM  
For shame fark. Because this posted so late it's sold out everywhere. I was 20 minutes too late.
 
2012-12-12 06:13:20 PM  

Gawdzila: Man, tragedy!


I just don't like it. I think Duchess is cloying and there's something else unpleasant that I can't quite put my finger on. First time I had it was 7 years ago and I tossed two bottles. Figured I'd give it another chance last year at a tasting and those two sips were only marginally better than my first experience.

elffster: Oh and a very large seconddeded' to Chimay, mentioned upthread. Its a very damn good beer.


De Dolle is a not terribly well-known Belgian brewery but they are fantastic. I highly recommend trying anything of theirs you can find. Their Oerbier is stupid good.
 
2012-12-12 06:16:25 PM  
eriebetterbeer.files.wordpress.com

Farking.
Awesome.
Beer.
 
2012-12-12 06:17:11 PM  
Lots of good Hefe-Weizens here, but the best seems to be missing.

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2012-12-12 06:19:31 PM  

curtis_e_bare: I have eleven bottles of Westvleteren 12 in my basement so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...


Can I ask where you got it? I see $40/btl @Belgian Shop.
My husband wants it but didn't mention it until it was too late - local stores told me they had 150 people in line before they opened. I would be willing to shell out some $ for it, but not $40+shipping.
 
2012-12-12 06:23:50 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i48.tinypic.com image 375x500]


Makes me want to go do some crime.
 
2012-12-12 06:24:15 PM  
This beer sold out at the Durham Total Wines by 11:30 today.

I guess $85 a six is a relative bargain but for me it would buy a lot of beer I would probably enjoy more.
 
2012-12-12 06:27:00 PM  

illannoyin: Yeah, no. This...

[www.bruguru.com image 800x565]

Is the best beer in the world.

/Anything better than that is too dangerous to think of


Agree. My favorite brewery by far.
They don't make anything I haven't loved, and their Weizenbock is my favorite beer in the world, period.
They aren't even expensive; $3/pint at my local BevMo. Fuk yea.
 
2012-12-12 06:27:08 PM  

TheRealAde: curtis_e_bare: I have eleven bottles of Westvleteren 12 in my basement so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

Can I ask where you got it? I see $40/btl @Belgian Shop.
My husband wants it but didn't mention it until it was too late - local stores told me they had 150 people in line before they opened. I would be willing to shell out some $ for it, but not $40+shipping.


Link

It's been available in Canada for months and as of a few weeks ago a couple of places in Edmonton still had stock. Although I doubt that helps you much.
 
2012-12-12 06:31:47 PM  
Currently sipping away at:

web.mit.edu

I've been on something of a New England beer kick recently. DAMN fine IPA, nice bit of bite to it, great floral finish.

My FAV right now, though?

web.mit.edu

This stuff is heavenly. Not overly expensive either. They have it at Trader Joe's near me for $4 a bottle. Beer Advocate gave it rather high marks, too.
 
2012-12-12 06:32:57 PM  
Had to chime in on an old thread. While I don't consider myself a beer snob, I certainly like beers other than "bud". My favorite so far is Dogfish Head Midas Touch. I just recently had some Founders Bolt Cutter and that was pretty damn good as well! I also just recently acquired some 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias, but I'm saving that one for March of next year. I figure it would be a good one to toast at my bachelor party before my wedding.
 
2012-12-12 06:40:19 PM  

imashark: *ahem*



would like a word


CSB: The 3Floyds guys gave me some of their personal bottom of the cask vanilla Dark Lord. In trade for a can of Bud Light. Shiat you not.
 
2012-12-12 06:43:13 PM  
Meh, I've still got three left.
 
2012-12-12 06:46:02 PM  

dchurch0: I want this, but I live in Nebraska. Probably not gonna happen.


the hy-vee in countucky has a surprisingly good selection of belgian beer

that piraat is some mean ass shiat
 
2012-12-12 06:52:11 PM  
I just finished off some La Fin du Monde. Excellent as usual. This Westvleteren XII set was being sold at my local high end liquor store but is sold out. It's $88 CDN for the set.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-12 06:52:22 PM  

Eeteetoo: My fave is the Indian Brown Ale.


Indian Brown Ale is good, but I find the American Brown style overpowers the other. I love me some Scotch Ales, and I enjoy Indian Pale Ales, which this is supposed to be taken from, but neither seem pronounced to me in the bottles I have had. Really was looking forward to it, as well, though I will give a thumbs up. Burton Baton seemed almost exactly what I was expecting Indian Brown Ale to be.
 
2012-12-12 06:53:28 PM  
Breckenridge's Vienna Lager and New Belgium's Fat Tire need to be somewhere in this thread.

/oh good, there they are
 
2012-12-12 06:54:44 PM  
Check that, Devil's Backbone is the name of the brewery. Doh.
 
2012-12-12 06:56:03 PM  
A bunch of these are already listed up on eBay with bids going over $300. I reported them all to eBay.
 
2012-12-12 06:58:16 PM  
Ha. My psycho beer snob brother is going to be pissed. He drove down from Amsterdam last spring just to buy this beer.

/Team Pliny
 
2012-12-12 07:09:03 PM  
Shelton was asking retailers to sell this for $84.99. They were charging those same retailers $82.50. When you add in the transaction fees, which average around 3%, you end up breaking even. That is, *IF* you don't accidentally break one, have someone charge it back on their credit card, or steal one. Let alone labor costs. And the opportunity cost of selling something with no margin vs. anything with a margin.

They claim they are doing this as a charity for the Abbey. I have a hard time believing Shelton Bros didn't make any money off this. I think they got theirs and want retailers to pick up the slack.

They might argue it brings people into the store who might buy other stuff. I don't know about you, but if I spent $85 plus tax on a beer, I probably wouldn't have much left over for anything else.

Great beer, though.
 
2012-12-12 07:23:27 PM  
i291.photobucket.com
i291.photobucket.com
not had better than these yet.
 
2012-12-12 07:23:32 PM  
Nice, looks like the tiny little Beer Shoppe in my local town got some. Somehow I'm guessing it's all spoken for, though... I'll have to ask around and see if it was any good.
 
2012-12-12 07:37:48 PM  
I'm still hooked on boulevard pale ale although the single wide ipa is good too

that zon crud is just nasty
 
2012-12-12 07:38:46 PM  

High Karate: Check that, Devil's Backbone is the name of the brewery. Doh.


I miss CVille, so much tasty tasty beer there
 
2012-12-12 07:39:55 PM  
Can I join in?

i93.photobucket.com

Mmm.. I'm a sucker for a good Trappist. This was from the Eulogy Tavern in Philly, where they have Delirium Tremens on tap!
 
2012-12-12 07:42:51 PM  
Wow. Idk wtf I did to that picture, but it sure didn't like it.
 
2012-12-12 07:44:04 PM  
j.b5z.net
 
2012-12-12 07:46:38 PM  

StrikitRich: Think I'd rather put the money toward a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Rye.


Funny, I spent the week before last hanging with Julian Van Winkle. You're SOL. We're all SOL. There is no more. All those old Pappys have been sold to private collectors, liquor stores, and restaurants. No one is getting a re up. The high ups in the company keep their private stash, but that's it. If you see it, buy it. Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year comes out in '14, and the rest of the vintages will follow as time goes on, but that's the best we can do. I'd recommend Jefferson Reserve 18 Year in the meantime. Damned fine whiskey.
 
2012-12-12 07:53:15 PM  
....just wait until you see what gets greenlit this week

Everything that was greenlit already in the past 6 months?
 
2012-12-12 07:55:32 PM  

URTheBallLickers: Maud Dib: Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.

You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

you'redoingitwrong.jpeg

Much better..

[www.saintarnold.com image 300x670]

Even better (same city).
[i.imgur.com image 605x403]


I MUST HAVE THAT!
 
2012-12-12 07:56:03 PM  
My local distributor stockpiled this stuff so I'm still good for a few more months.

ifihadtopickfive.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-12 07:56:48 PM  

kim jong-un: ChewbaccaJones: St. Sixtus? I've had their other commercially-available ale with the monk on the label (for $11.99 a bottle).

It was the one James Lileks described as (paraphrasing)

"A beer apparently marketed to the celibate beer drinker...a unique, chewy beer that tasted like it was strained through roofing tar."

kinda curious what that tastes like...but for $84? No thanks.
Not unless that price included a steak and a type of beer that would actually go well with that steak.

It's not that expensive when you get down to it.

I'd invite some friends over, and hold another of my standard: "Hey, I just bought a crapload of weird beers, come and help me drink them" parties.

I miss holding them. Since I've moved to DC, I need help drinking my beer.


Move to New Hampshire. We'll help you drink it. We're really good at that up here.
 
2012-12-12 08:04:46 PM  

TheWhoppah: Does anyone else see the term IPA on a bottle and automatically think of isopropyl alcohol?


I assume someone misspelled IRA
 
2012-12-12 08:07:03 PM  

jayhawk88: Because if there's one thing religious organizations are known for, it's turning down money. This stuff will be the official beer of the Super Bowl within 5 years.


I highly doubt it.

These monks have stuck to this tradition since the 1940's. The only reason they did this today is because they need a new roof for their Abbey.
 
2012-12-12 08:10:24 PM  
Came for
fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net

/Leaving disappointed...
 
2012-12-12 08:11:00 PM  

belhade: My local distributor stockpiled this stuff so I'm still good for a few more months.

[ifihadtopickfive.files.wordpress.com image 500x375]


Gotta have some love for Sam.
 
2012-12-12 08:12:20 PM  
I have about 40 westvleteren 12's sitting in my cellar, planning on busting them out on my wedding day or batchelor party. I brought them back from Belgium, the abbey has this little bar attached to it you can get the stuff any time but only in 6packs or by the glass. This stuff is truly a great beer, the monks make you promise not to resell it when you get it from them!
 
2012-12-12 08:14:25 PM  
So you are saying all I need is some chunky gutter water, a hipster designed graphic label and a price over 9000 I can be a beer crafter guy too?
 
2012-12-12 08:20:45 PM  
they're selling PBR for 14 bucks now?? what a rip.
 
2012-12-12 08:21:59 PM  
This is the first time I'd like to thank Fark. I saw this link and was able to find a brick!
 
2012-12-12 08:49:05 PM  
My favorite hop-bomb:

media.washtimes.com 

I just discovered this stuff, can't get enough:

studio35.com
 
2012-12-12 09:00:20 PM  
I got to the local mega-liquor store after work. I talked to a couple of the employees. Apparently the line formed this morning before 6 AM. There were 150 people waiting when the store opened. The store opens at 8 AM, they said they were sold out by 10 AM. Wow.

I wasn't expecting nirvana with this beer. Can't even say that I'm a huge trappist beer fan, as they're typically a bit too bitter for my taste. On the other hand, for as long as there have been beer rating web sites, this beer has been at the top. I'm really interested to see what it's all about.
 
2012-12-12 09:00:55 PM  
CSB Time - I went to Belgium a few years back with a friend of mine ... we visited a cousin of one of his co-workers who would regularly go pick up Westvleteren direct from the abbey. He took us out there, we hung around while he picked up his two cases. Then we drove to the Chimay abbey and sat in their back and drank beer flights with cheese. Went back to the cousin's house, had a raclette dinner along with Westvleteren 12 and 8. It was quite an experience, and I must say this about the beer: while quite delicious, it was also strong as hell and had that strong alcohol aftertaste. In my opinion, not the best beer in the world. But what do I know? Needless to say, I got piss-ass drunk and puked up everything - beer, raclette, cheese - all over the guy's driveway.

Good times, good times.
 
2012-12-12 09:08:24 PM  
In case you didn't know, the longer you let this beer sit, the better it tastes.
 
2012-12-12 09:11:10 PM  
Personal favorite. Partly because I had a really enjoyable experience with it, and mostly because it's tasty as hell.

www.chimay.com
 
2012-12-12 09:13:06 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-12 09:15:35 PM  
My favorite:

www.kegworks.com
 
2012-12-12 09:45:44 PM  
Expensive beer goggles!

regretfulmorning.com
 
2012-12-12 10:02:40 PM  

the1hatman: [drinkwiththewench.com image 265x500] 

Merry Christmas
Happy Chanukah
Happy Kwanzaa
...and for those of other faiths and atheists, Have a nice day!


FYI, for those of you in the Canton area, I think a secret shipment came in of Christmas Ale. I just found one at my Acme (just 4 six-packs) and it has been sold out since the Friday before Thanksgiving.
 
2012-12-12 10:21:39 PM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-12-12 10:50:48 PM  

robertus: [haywardabbey.files.wordpress.com image 536x455]

I don't usually go for Belgians, but this stuff is fantastic.

/Some Farkers recommended it in a beer snob thread a while back. Kudos to YOU, sirs. 
//Around 10% and $20ish for a four-pack, so it's a once-in-a-while beer.


Local German food restaurant/bar here in Hardin has that on tap - good stuff --- for a nightcap.
 
2012-12-12 11:11:33 PM  
I only drink this stuff:

3.bp.blogspot.com

/although it's the only thing that gets delivered every 6 months...hmmm
 
2012-12-12 11:32:32 PM  
I tried to get the Westy 12, but it was already sold out everywhere before I even knew it was available.

I'm an IPA/DIPA whore, but I do love the Belgian beers as well. My favorite:

cache.virtualtourist.com
 
2012-12-13 12:35:11 AM  
static.guim.co.uk

I can never, ever get enough of this stuff.

/Why are Belgian beers so popular?
//They taste weird
///Ok, so maybe Duvel is pretty good.
 
2012-12-13 08:14:51 AM  
Lucky me. I got a pack of the Westy XII. I've had it a few times before, but I really wanted the glassware.
 
2012-12-13 08:17:05 AM  

unchellmatt: This stuff is heavenly. Not overly expensive either. They have it at Trader Joe's near me for $4 a bottle. Beer Advocate gave it rather high marks, too.


My local bar (stumbling distance) had both the Peepers and Stowaway on tap all summer long. I wasn't a huge fan of the Peepers, though. It was good, just not $7 per pint good.
 
2012-12-13 08:20:26 AM  
i207.photobucket.com 

Best beer I've ever had. Maybe I was influenced by the ambiance of sitting in the Weltenburger biergarten on a wonderful June afternoon, but I stand by my earlier statement.
 
2012-12-13 08:21:49 AM  

robertus: /Some Farkers recommended it in a beer snob thread a while back. Kudos to YOU, sirs. 
//Around 10% and $20ish for a four-pack, so it's a once-in-a-while beer.


I am so late for this thread. If you like that one, give "La Trappe" a try. Or, if you are around the area of Massachusetts, look for a beer called "Baby Tree" by Pretty Things. Both are Quads, though the LaTrappe is one of the authentic Trappist products.
 
2012-12-13 08:33:13 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

This is why I love Xmas time!

i1247.photobucket.com

OH yeah, this is the only beer worth paying over $10 a bottle for......
 
2012-12-13 09:38:05 AM  

Omahawg: dchurch0: I want this, but I live in Nebraska. Probably not gonna happen.

the hy-vee in countucky has a surprisingly good selection of belgian beer

that piraat is some mean ass shiat


I loved Hy-Vee when I lived in Omaha. My family actually lives in Counciltuckey, and I'd go visit quite often just to stop for the beer and some spring salad.

That said, I moved to Scottsbluff (the western end of Nebraska) about three years ago... so there's no Hy-Vee here, nor is there a decent selection of beer. I am about three hours from Denver, though, so I may run down this weekend to see if I can find some of this. Looks like there's a couple places in the Denver/Fort Collins area that are supposed to have it.
 
2012-12-13 10:11:28 AM  
I got some this morning at an LCBO in North Toronto. Got there at 7 and was about 20th in line. I think they had about 35 boxes.

Now I need a plan for drinking it.
 
2012-12-13 10:21:12 AM  

Loud_Mouth_Soup: Insanely tasty.

[www.nearof.com image 575x350]


Also both crazy good.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x658]


Ok, that Nuclear Monkey beer is the only beer in my life that I could not drink. I actually returned it. I returned beer. Do you know how that changes a man?
 
2012-12-13 10:41:19 AM  
My go-to Belgian. It's local, and it's tasty.

www.stusbrewscruise.info

ou can check it out HERE
 
2012-12-13 11:00:31 AM  

jgi: [i47.tinypic.com image 540x360]


had this two weeks ago. $28 for a draft. 15%.

foxyshadis: Came for
[fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net image 403x403]

/Leaving disappointed...


had this last week. just a fantastic winter beer.

URTheBallLickers: Maud Dib: Treygreen13: Yay beer snobbery thread!
[www.monarch-beverage.com image 130x492]
This little guy is out right now. I love him.

You went "beer snob" with Shiner?

you'redoingitwrong.jpeg

Much better..

[www.saintarnold.com image 300x670]

Even better (same city).
[i.imgur.com image 605x403]


I must try this.
 
2012-12-13 11:02:43 AM  

robertus: [haywardabbey.files.wordpress.com image 536x455]

I don't usually go for Belgians, but this stuff is fantastic.

/Some Farkers recommended it in a beer snob thread a while back. Kudos to YOU, sirs. 
//Around 10% and $20ish for a four-pack, so it's a once-in-a-while beer.


I came here to recommend this as a viable alternative to Westvleteren XII. Not a trappist, but an equally good beer.

The "bricks" where sold at the Colruyt supermarket chain in Belgium as a one-time event too. Both the announcement and the resulting rush when it hit the shelves made the national news.

One word of additional trappist advice: Orval.

www.beerfestival.ie
 
2012-12-13 11:24:55 AM  
beeradvocate.com 

don't sleep on Three Floyd's
 
2012-12-13 11:36:01 AM  

IrieTom:

I just discovered this stuff, can't get enough:

[studio35.com image 481x230]


Then you definitely need to get some of this:

www.theperfectlyhappyman.com
 
2012-12-13 11:48:53 AM  

angrycrank: I got some this morning at an LCBO in North Toronto. Got there at 7 and was about 20th in line. I think they had about 35 boxes.

Now I need a plan for drinking it.


Incidentally, the LCBO release has been a bit of a clusterfark, with different stores putting out their stock on different days, conflicting information about when it's going to be available where, no transparency about how many bricks each store has, phones at the stores ringing off the hook, and people showing up before dawn to wait only to find out their outlet hasn't gotten it in yet. I called the closest store to me yesterday night and was told they didn't have it yet only to find out today that they actually did and sold it this morning. I'm just lucky that the rude as hell employee I talked to last night at Bayview Village actually gave me correct information in spite of her surliness. But there are some stores that haven't sold it yet, so Ontario farkers willing to phone around, deal with employees who by now never want to hear the word "beer" again, and line up in the cold and dark outside stores which may or may not have stock may still be able to get some over the next few days.
 
2012-12-13 03:28:33 PM  

tricycleracer: 00batou: This is like saying blue is the "World's Best Color." But hey, it's good for commerce.

Chartreuse. Duh.


Aubergine!

Or a slightly darker black.
 
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