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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
 
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