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Best Beer 2012

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by eric5bellies, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Wether it be Australian or not.

    1. Drank in 2012
    2. Released in 2012

    For me
    1. Trappist Westveleteren Special 6
    2. Fresh Fou Foune at Cantillon
  2. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (460) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    1. Rodenbach Vintage 2007
    2. Duvel Citra
  3. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (460) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    Best tried:
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Alpine Nelson
    1994 Thomas Hardy's
    Russian River Beatification
    Cascade Sang Noir

    First brewed this year:
    Liberty Yakima Monster
    8 Wired festivus Feijoa Lambic
    8 Wired Bumaye
    Watermelon Warhead
    Red Hill Double Barrel Temptation
  4. dansmcd

    dansmcd Savant (435) Australia Dec 19, 2010

    1. Westy 12
    2. La Sirene Saison, Feral Watermelon Warhead, 8 Wired Super Conductor
  5. I liked my rum barrel porter ... was something different and part of an adventure ...
  6. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (745) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    So much but:

    First Tried
    Rodenbach Vin de Cereal
    3F Armand
    Big Sky Ivan the Terrible
    Hallertau Funkonnay
    Liberty C!tra
    Panil Barique

    Newly Brewed
    Feral Watermelon Warhead
    Wig & Pen Beetroot Berliner
    8wired Superconductor
    Mike's Vanilla Coffee Porter
    De Struise Single Black and Special Kay
  7. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Advocate (615) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Have 2 late 2011 releases, if that is OK?
    Midnight Sun Moscow Rye
    Dark Horse BA plead the 5th
    2012 releases
    Liberty C!tra
    Alpine Expo Hoppiness
    Uinta labyrinth
    De Molen Sodom & Gomorra BA
  8. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (460) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    Very much enjoyed this. Pity it was such a small batch.
  9. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Ballast Point Victory At Sea
    Bell's Black Note
    Midnight Sun Berserker

    Watermelon Warhead
    Bootleg Barrel-Aged (and infected) Grandfather

    Gotten to try these beers thanks to the generosity of fellow BAs so cheers for that.

    Quite excited that I've got BA Temptation and some Duvel Citra on the way judging by their praise in this thread.
  10. this will need some thought but the Duvel Triple Hop will be up there for sure
  11. Been holding off in the hope I'll get something I like even more. Close twice in the last week (Cuvee De Ranke, Horal's Mega blend), but 1. Cantillon Mamouche.
    2. Red Duck/ Kissmeyer Gnaume
  12. Parrotshake

    Parrotshake Savant (365) Australia Nov 29, 2008

    I'll have to try the Gnaume, I guess. Admire the Red Duck spirit of experimentation but every beer of theirs I've had this year has been... frustrating. Way different to everything else around and very interesting but not at all drinkable.
    MrKennedy likes this.
  13. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Things I've really enjoyed in my fave styles in a pretty crazy year were:

    Hoppy - Exponential Hoppiness, Racer X, Abrasive, PtE
    Stouts - Damon, Rasputin Bruichladdich, Ivan, BA Yeti vert, Wig & Pen, Totality
    Barleywines - '08 Arctic Devil, '94 Hardys, Brandy Old Conundrum
    Sours - Hommage, Persica, 08 Cable Car,

    Always hard picking a favourite and sure I've left out some amazing brews. Of those Persica & Damon were first released in 2012.

    Was a really fun year, met & drank with plenty of great BA's. Hope to do more of the same in 2013.
  14. Hmm me thinks Mr Kennedy and Spicelab have been holding regular tasting sessions !
  15. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Haha, spot on:)
  16. wow this was a really hard task to complete with all of the quality brews available last year. In order to decide my top 5 ive only have picked beers where i consumed at least 2 litres of it in the year.

    Bridge Road Bomber Mach 2 - superb belgium BIPA and the growler price compared to he original bottle price made it unresistable.
    Green Flash Rayon Vert - loved this when it was first released but now that the brett is showing more i cant get enough (if anybody knows of any bottles left in perth let me know)
    Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe - another beer that i really enjoyed, pretty sure i drank two bottle shops dry
    Kooinda Black IPA - great aussie BIPA and well priced for a 6 pack
    O for Awesome - so awesome, every time i got a bottle to show someone i drank it before i had a chance

    bring on 2013!!!!