White Whale Tasting Seattle Results

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by waltersrj, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    I'd like to thank Dan Frueh (Mages64) for helping me plan this event. I'd also like to thank Matt Bonney and Matt VandenBerghe for hosting the event in their back office at Brouwer's. Thanks to Alan Sprints (HotD) and Gary (Beveridge Place Pub) for coming and bring phenomenal beers. Thanks to Nat for being an amazing server and taking care of our needs all night. Also, thank you to everyone who came to the event and for bringing a crazy list of beers. I honestly never thought it would turn out how it did.

    I've done my very best to put together what was the final list of beers. I have probably missed a few but this is the majority of what was brought:

    American Sours:
    New Belgium Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary
    New Belgium Falling Rock 10th Anniversary
    New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary
    Lost Abbey Veritas 006
    Lost Abbey Veritas 007
    Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze
    Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus
    Lost Abbey Cuvee du Tomme (2009)
    Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks 9th Anniversary)
    Russian River Beatification Batch ph-01
    Russian River Beatification Batch 2
    Russian River Beatification Batch 3
    Hill Farmstead Ann
    New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red Batch 1
    Cascade Apricot Batch 1 (2008)
    Cascade Blackberry Batch 1
    Allagash Gargamel
    Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor Batch 4

    3 Fonteinen Blauw
    3 Fonteinen Roze
    3 Fonteinen A&T
    3 Fonteinen Millenium
    3 F Framboos
    Cantillon Blabaer 2009
    Cantillon Blabaer 2011
    Cantillon Jean Chris Nomad
    Cantillon Brabantiae
    Crianza Helena
    Cantillon 50N4E
    Cantillon Fou Foune (2004)
    Rodenbach Alexander
    De Dolle Special Brouwsel 20
    Kasteel Rouge (1999)

    American Barleywine:
    East End Gratitude (2006-2011)
    Flossmoor Station Wooden Hell
    Midnight Sun M
    Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood Unreleased Batch 1 (1994)
    Hair of the Dog Fred Batch 1
    Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws Magnum (2001)
    Hair of the Dog Bourbon Fred from the Wood Magnum (2012)
    Marin BA Old Dipsea Batch 1

    English Barleywine:
    Thomas Hardy's Ale (1988)
    Thomas Hardy's Ale (1995)

    American Imperial Stouts:
    50/50 Brewing Eclipse - Pappy van Winkle (2008)
    Surly Darkness (2007-2012)
    Three Floyd's Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
    Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout (2003)
    Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Aged Hunahpu
    Cigar City Rum Barrel Aged Hunahpu

    Belgian Style(s):
    Full 2007 Midnight Sun Seven Deadly Sins:
    Midnight Sun Sloth
    Midnight Sun Greed
    Midnight Sun Envy
    Midnight Sun Gluttony
    Midnight Sun Lust
    Midnight Sun Pride
    Midnight Sun Wrath
    Brouwerij Smisje Cuvee 't Smisje (2005)
    Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock (2007)
    Fish/Bottleworks Monkfish Tripel (2001)
    Hill Farmstead Ann
    Hill Farmstead Anna
    De Struise 5^2
    Samischlaus (1994)

    American Old Ale:
    The Bruery Rum Papier
    The Bruery Bourbon Papier
    The Bruery Rye Papier
    Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood Batch 1 Magnum (2002)
    Hair of the Dog Eve Batch 2 (1997)]
    Hair of the Dog Adambier Batch 5 (1994)

    Eric Bordelet Sidre Doux (2005)

    Thank you to everyone for coming and for being a part of this unforgettable tasting. I'll do my best to put another one together as everyone had a blast...just give me a year or so :)

    Cheers all,
  2. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Savant (405) Washington Sep 11, 2011

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  3. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    Pics or it didn't happen.
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  4. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,075) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    I was wondering about this; saw a bit of "chatter" on here as well as Alan's tweets from that day. Crikey. Helluva lineup.
    Was there ever a point at which you were just overloaded and everything started kind of blending together? Seems like it would almost start getting difficult to truly enjoy all these great beers, but I'll probably never be in a position to find out for myself...
  5. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Savant (405) Washington Sep 11, 2011

    Really could've had someone there just to take more photos. #volunteer #nexttime
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  6. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,075) Washington Sep 18, 2010

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  7. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    As soon as those pics come in from the photographer, ill drop some on you sarcastic ass.

    Honestly the beers never got muddled for me. We split up the order pretty well and everything was savored. It was crazy having 3 beers in front of you at all times at being like, "which do I drink first? Millenium Gueuze, Blauw, or AftW b1" lol.
    It was awesome.
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  8. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,075) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    Just out of curiosity, did anyone tally up how many of these beers are from Washington?
  9. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    Alan said Eve was "probably" batch 1. And you mean Brandy Papier not Rum ;)
  10. fucking wow
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  11. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    We ate A TON of food provided by Brouwers and drank a small lake's worth of water. It really helped keep the palate and mind fresh.
  12. julian

    julian Savant (340) Washington May 31, 2008

    How many people were there in total? That seems like an insane amount of high gravity beer! Jesus! Nice freakin list though!
  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Yeah, this is quite impressive but I would also like to know how many people attended. I mean if it were a small group even with food and water I don't see how you weren't tipsy tasting and if it were a large group what size pours were you getting of those amazing beers?

    I mean I guess if it were an all day event that would be understandable.
  14. bgramer

    bgramer Savant (335) Washington Feb 10, 2006

    It was a fantastic tasting, definitely one for the ages. A big thanks to both Waltersrj and Mages64 for putting it together and to the others for bringing what they had. Many of these beers I never thought I would have had an opportunity to try....

    If anyone is curious about M. The best way I can describe it is that it was like drinking tootsie rolls!
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  15. bgramer

    bgramer Savant (335) Washington Feb 10, 2006

    It started at 2pm, and pretty much ended around 10pm. The official group list was 16 people.
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  16. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (845) Washington May 12, 2005

    Screw you guys (Cartman voice)
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  17. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    So 8 hours with pours 2oz or less, plenty of food and water.... ok, I can see how that would work.
  18. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,075) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    Hilarious. One of the most sought-after, expensive white whales of all time tastes like a 5₵ candy. ;)
  19. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Savant (495) Washington Nov 12, 2011

    Ann is so good she made the list twice!
  20. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    There were between 16-18 people there and we all received 1.5 ounce pours roughly all day. We each got more from the magnums obviously. I for one appreciated everything and was far less drunk than I expected. Probably helped that I drank more water than beer and ate plenty of food.
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  21. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    Haha...my bad.
  22. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,075) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    ISO: Brouwer's December Seattle Public Utilities bill (water/wastewater)
  23. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    It seriously tasted and smelled like tootsie-roll. It was actually much more complex than that though tootsie-roll was the biggest flavor in it. It was phenomenal and well worth the hype.

    Also, Framboos 2011 is insanely funky. Raspberry, dirty diaper (i've never smelled anything with this much dirty diaper in there, but trust me it was), horseblanket, very sour, etc. Crazy good.
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  24. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    I agree. Framboos was one of the many highlights of the day. I don't know if I'd say it was my favorite, but it was right up there.
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  25. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    I think my top 3 were: M, Millenium Gueuze, and Blauw.
    It was also pretty cool to drink HotD Eve and AftW batch 1 (and all the other crazy HotD beers) with Alan himself.
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  26. bgramer

    bgramer Savant (335) Washington Feb 10, 2006

    In describing tootsie rolls, I didn't mean to compare it to something like what Southern Tier would brew, which is basically simple sugar bombs. M is definitely pretty complex, all in a good way - Waltersrj said it better than I did.
  27. ipa247

    ipa247 Savant (280) California Dec 23, 2008

    Glad you guys had a great time and so sorry to have missed it. Great beer lineup and wish I could have made it. Maybe next time!
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  28. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    You'll be invited next time for sure. Like I said, give Dan and I (and everyone else) a year to get some more beers and people put together and we will do it again :)
  29. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    I'm already looking for bottles for the next one! :D
  30. whiskey

    whiskey Savant (415) California Feb 25, 2012

    Geez man, none. No rare beers in WA!
  31. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    Fish brewings monkfish :-D
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  32. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Savant (340) Oregon Jun 3, 2005

    The "result" of this tasting is me being really fucking jealous.
  33. What, no Dave?
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  34. cpferris

    cpferris Aficionado (230) Indiana Jan 22, 2008

    Nice tasting boys! That's one helluva lineup.

    I always love crazy tastings like this!
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  35. suncrust

    suncrust Savant (305) Washington Apr 17, 2011

    The real question here is whose couch did Alan crash on?
  36. pretty sure one of the Matt's
  37. BCGabbo

    BCGabbo Aficionado (145) Washington Apr 16, 2010

    I think a couple of us were hoping that Dave would be a surprise guest of Alan's.

    Top 3 of the tasting: Millennium Gueuze, Cantillon Brabantiae, & Izzy (Honorable mention to Blauw, 09 Blabaer, & Veritas 007)

    Biggest Disappointments: 2007 Darkness & 2003 BA Speedway
  38. Mages64

    Mages64 Savant (380) Washington Sep 7, 2009

    Its just bragging at this point, I realize that, but i was stunned that we had TWO 12oz/375ml bottles of the following to share with everyone!:
    Eve (wtf!)
    Beatification ph1 (it's still absolutely, 100% incredible!)

    a fucking magnum of Adam ftw b1 (one of my whitest whales)
    and then too many people brought ddg! I think i saw three! A year ago, ddg and izzy were my top wants!

    See kids, with a lot of patience and an obnoxious amount of first world hutzpah (money), you can get the beers you want:) give up on world peace...

    A more serious response would be:
    Top favorites
    Millenium Gueuze

    darkness 07 (drink it sooner rather than later... really)
    BA DL
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  39. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    I'd like to further note that we also had (2) 12 oz bottles of the unreleased FftW 1994. I'm also pretty sure there were (2) bottles each of Beat b2, Fred b1, Adam b5, and Special Brouwsel 20.

    And yes we also had (3) bottles of DDG show up...craziness.
  40. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,125) Indiana Jan 27, 2010

    I live in the wrong state.