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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!
 
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