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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C2H5, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. jefferyc

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    Winner was a tie between the Plead and Petrus. We expected the Plead the Fifth to be amazing, but the Petrus Old Bruin was a total surprise!

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    Nothing too crazy for us...

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    Notable standouts and/or surprises? Recently cracked an '01 JW Lees and was pretty disappointed.
     
  5. JulianC

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    Somebody should try a complete Miller product horizontal... Night would probably end up with fighting, but hey?
     
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    A few weeks ago with some local BAs
     
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    We may have gone over the top.
    3F Golden Blend
    50/50 Eclipse 18 EC
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Alpine Nelson
    Bells Expedition Stout
    Boulevard Double Wide and LC2
    Brasserie Trois Dame: Grande Dame and Sauvageonne
    The Bruery: BT, WC, CR, and 2TD
    Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, Vignorrone, St. Lamvinus
    CCB BA Church on a Hill and Marshal Zhukov
    DFH 75 and 120
    Eagle Rock Unity
    FBS
    HF Arthur
    Hoppin' Frog BA BORIS
    JK Boxer's Revenge
    Midnight Sun Berserker
    NG Cherry Stout
    Oude Beersel
    Panil Barriquee
    Russian River T25
    Southern Tier Pumking
    Surly Wet
    Williamsburgs Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
    Weyerbacher Rapture
     
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    So we did this last night...(big ups to OudErnest for the insaaaaaanely generous 2000 Reserva donation)

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    L-R: SN 2010, SN 1984, 2010 Reserva, 2000 Reserva
     
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    Curious on your take of the line-up.
     
  10. Knifestyles

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    Well, a bit of a confession first: I've never had Stille Nacht in any capacity up to the point of this tasting. This was a staggering realization that occurred to me earlier in the evening before we even began the lineup. Now, I'm a big fan of De Dolle beers (Oerbier Reserva is probably one of my favorite Oud Bruins), but for some reason SN had escaped me entirely up until now.

    So anyway, in the order that we opened these:

    2010 Stille Nacht: This was basically fresh, for all intents and purposes. Ripe with candi sugar and pretty heavy on the mouthfeel. I can see why people are fond of aging these. Great beer and perfect for the type of seasonal weather that the label suggests. Though, having been aware of the yeast change at the turn of the century, I knew that the next bottle would likely be strikingly different....

    1984 Stille Nacht:.....and it was. These two vintages really couldn't have been more different from each other. For starters, the color of this vintage was significantly darker than the 2010. Whereas the 2010 was clearly classifiable as a BSPA, this was unquestionably in BSDA territory. Aroma? This thing smelled old. Not in a terrible way, but mostly in a "wow, there's a lot happening here" (sherry oxidation, dark fruits, leather...the kind of stuff that gets me totally pumped on uber-vintage beers). Taste was fairly lactic with a pretty distinct richness. Certainly not unlike some vintage Rodenbachs. Though, I was pleasantly surprised to find that after letting my pour sit for a good 15-20 minutes there was a noticeable chocolatey quality that peeked out from underneath. This one was infinitely better just a touch above cellar temps. Not entirely sure on the full provenance of this particular bottle, but I do know that it was acquired by a tasting group member in an IP trade back in the motherland within the last year or two.

    2010 Stille Nacht Reserva: I have to admit...I was not fully prepared for how incredibly life-changing this beer was about to be. Immediately, on the first pour, we were remarking on how delicious the liquid itself looked in the glass. Carbonation appeared to be in control and somewhat fluffy. The aroma is off-the-charts. So much wine barrel....it's tough to describe. This brew really does straddle the line between beer and wine. Taste was insaaaaaanely ridiculous....in a good way. Tons of oak dryness (maybe needs to mellow out just a tiny bit) and a tiny bit of fruit (of the pitted variety). Mouthfeel was, for lack of a better word, luscious. I had a difficult time finishing my pour as I did not want this experience to end. I was originally toying with the idea of trading out one of my bottles perhaps for something else that I've wanted to try for a while, but I changed my tune pretty fast. This one falls easily into my Top 5 Belgian beer experiences (not an easy feat).

    2000 Stille Nacht Reserva: Where to even begin with this one. Well, this bottle was generously donated by a friend/fellow BA who was regretfully unable to attend this tasting. Remarkably generous, to say the least....and we officially owe him big. Expectations were pretty high as we were all well aware of this beer's elite "whale" status. Pushing all that aside, we tried to approach this as objectively as possible. The cork came out without much work. Poured nicely....but was also noticeably darker in color compared to the 2010 Reserva. Apparently, the recipe/yeast change doesn't specifically apply in this case, but it there was a clear visual distinction in either case. Not sure why that was the case, but we happily shrugged it off. Aroma? Fell right smack in the middle between the 1984 SN and the 2010 SNR....almost as if it was a hybrid of the two. Had some old notes going on, but body was full and had a lactic quality that I really enjoyed (even more so than the 1984). It didn't have the in-your-face vibrance of the fresh 2010 SNR, but we didn't subtract any points for that. This is a vintage beer, plain and simple. Now, as for its place on the "whale" list? I'm not so sure that it warrants the position that it's been given. Difficult to get? Duh. Fantastic beer? Of course! However, it just didn't have the qualities that I would expect something that's (for one reason or another) arbitrarily thrown in with the likes of Framboos '99 etc. Many great qualities, but clearly lacked that "X" factor that you would expect to find in a beer like this. Infinitely thankful for the opportunity to have tried this gem, though. Big ups, Ernie!!!

    Now, if I had to rate all of these in a lineup? Would probably go something like this:

    1) 2010 SNR
    2) 2000 SNR
    3) 2010 SN
    4) 1984 SN

    The others in the crew may have a slightly different take, however...
     
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    3 rounds, 5 beers per round, each one blind.

    Round 1:

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    Wanted to do all Citra beers, but couldn't find enough regionally.

    Three Floyds Zombie Dust American pale ale
    Westbrook Single Hop: Citra rye pale ale
    Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
    Terrapin So Fresh, So Green, Green (2012 Citra fresh hop) IPA
    Alchemist Heady Topper DIPA

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    All Belgian quadrupels, obviously.

    Rochefort 10
    Straffe Hendrik
    Westvleteren XII
    Pannepot 2011
    St. Berbardus Abt 12

    Round 3:

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    Founders Breakfast Stout (2010)
    Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Stout (2009)
    Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
    Founders KBS
    Founders Breakfast Stout (2012)

    My friends were appreciative.
     
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    Left to right:

    Heady Topper
    Bourbon County 2009
    Bourbon County 2008
    Juicy
    Luscious (aka Hell and High Water)
    Kabert
    King Henry
    Bourbon County 2007
    Kate the Great
    Coolship Red
    Bourbon County Coffee 2012
    Bourbon County Rare
    Bourbon County Bramble
    Rye'd Da Lightning

    Huge thanks to BeerMeFitz! I haven't even heard of Kabert, so imagine my surprise. Thanks to moefriedman for releasing the King. Thanks to dlello2 for hitting us with the Godzilla of palate cleansers. Last, but certainly never least, thanks to The22Lou for helping us out.
     
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    Co-worker bottle share 11/17/12
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    07 - 12 BCBS vertical. My rating, in order - 09, 11, 08, 12, 07, 10.
     
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    4 of us had a nice afternoon/evening:

    Herfst
    Lente
    BA Plum Klaus
    GBS
    BBGBS
    Syx
    Lolita
    Westvleteren 8
    Vera Mae
    Racer X
    1995 Triple Bock
    FW16
    MOAS
    Rapture
    Bolt Cutter
    Rahr BB Winter Warmer

    For me, Syx was the most disappointing and Rahr's BBWW was the surprise stunner. FW15 is better than 16. Bolt Cutter is exactly what others said about it. BA Plum Klaus was interesting...DDBA's brother beer. MOAS was ok, not great.

    95 Tripel Bock is not good, but not as bad as expected...although it's a Frankenstein: soy sauce, teriyaki, salt, crushed up Milk Bones (don't ask how I know that) is what I got. No booziness. Would make a nice beef marinade.
     
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    Last night with some friends...

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    Growlers of Flower Power & Ten Fidy
     
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    Little tasting 5 of us had last night. (paying for it today). The Bourbon County is a 5 year vert 2008-2012
     
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    Sour tasting from a year ago.[​IMG]
     
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    ^^^Damn!!!!!!!! Wish I was at this one!!!
     
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    7 of us enjoyed my 17th annual Winter Ale Fest all Belgians this year
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    Just a lil somthin to celebrate having 12 days off of work in a row
     
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    Dunt's "End of the World" Tasting last night...good times were had!
     
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    last night in NJ w/ DSlim71, acurtis, axeman9182, notjustgc, Beerpharmer and 311Kevin

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    Damn... you know you're a HF homer when the thing I notice most out of that incredible lineup was the CD vert. So, how did they all stack up? I'm assuming CD2 was left out?
     
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    Looks like bud I dont mean wiser
     
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    2012-12-22 End of the World Tasting

    thank you to mikeymikee for hosting us and to the participants (capra12, mikeymikee, pete27lax, therealwildbill, maddogg, Sidebordz, scott) hell of a night. although the mayans may have been wrong, it sure felt like they were right this morning!

    here's what we ripped through:
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    Taking photos of the damage:
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    Final Lineup
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    New Glarus: Enigma (while we waited for everyone to arrive)
    Hill Farmstead: Susan (people started to arrive)
    Hill Farmstead: Twilight of the Idol (stragglers still showing up)
    Cigar City: Hunahpu 2011 (F You Mayans!!!)
    Russian River: Consecration
    Lost Abbey: Cable Car 2012
    3F: 1959 Oude Geuze (hand bottled from a different tasting not too long ago)
    Sammy Smith: Organic Chocolate Stout
    Pelican: Storm Watcher 2008
    Pelican: Mosther of All Storms 2010
    Pelican: Mosther of All Storms 2012
    Cantillon: Blabaer 2012
    Stone: Double Barrel Aged Bastard 2009
    Stone: Lucky Bastard
    Cantillon: Fou Foune 2008
    Cantillon: Fou Foune 2010
    Southampton: Black Raspberry Lambic
    Kuhnhenn: Santa's Sack Mead
    Olde Hickory: Olde Rabbits Foot 2008
    Foot Hills: Olde Rabbits Foot 2012
    AleSmith: BA Speedway Stout 2006
    AleSmith: BA Speedway Stout 2012
    Charleville: Box of Chocolates
    Upland: Persimmon Lambic
    De Struise: Black Damnation V - Double Black
    Upland: Gilgamesh (not pictured)
    Portsmouth: Kate the Great 2010

    not pictured:
    Dark Horse: BA Plead the 5th 2012 (as people were leaving)
    Hill Farmstead: Anna



    think this covers it: may have missed something?
     
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    This is what happens when regular trading partners meet up..



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    Sadly I was too drtunk to operate a camera, but here's the lineup from last night's edition of our weekly tasting.

    R&D Golden Ale
    Coffee Eclipse
    Shot in the Dark
    Beachwood Tovarish
    Iron Springs The Fuck
    Moonlight Misspent Youth
    Five Squared
    Alpine Keene Idea
    Crooked stave oculus dexter
    7th sun intergalactic pale ale
    7th sun extreme saison
    HF Juicy
    NG Barrel Kriek
    Crooked Stave Sentience
    Saison du Swamp Swamphead
    Midnight Sun Moscow
    Ithica Lebleu
    Ithica Brute
    Cantillon Cuvee de Saint Gilloise
    De Cam Kriek 09
    7th Sun Starlight
    Surette Saison Reserva
    New Belgium Black Folie
    Logsden Peche and Brette
    Upright Fantasia
    7th Sun Hand Shandy
    Alesmith BA Wee Heavy
    Fifty Fifty Iced BART
    Nepenthe Lotus-Eater
    Fantome Extra Sour
    Alpine BA Odin's Raven
    Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout
    Pegs Pink Street Berliner Weissr
    Cisco Brewers Island Reserve
    Double Oaked Kate the Great
    Westy 12
     
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    Yes.

    You missed telling us all about the highlights and mini reviews!!!!!!!!!
     
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    so many highlights, but most of all just so much fun. some things that stick out in my mind as super awesome were:

    Lost Abbey: Cable Car 2012, 2008/2010/2012 Mother of All Storms/Storm Watcher side-by-side, Cantillon: Blabaer 2012, 2008 & 2010 Fou Foune, Southampton: Black Raspberry Lambic, 2008 & 2012 Olde Rabbits Foot, 2006 &2012 BA Speedway Stouts, the Uplands...and Double Black and Kate were cool but was pretty spent by then.

    it was pretty cool that the world didn't really end since i was in no shape to do any driving to try and hide from the apocalypse.
     
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    Did anyone else shit themselves seeing this?
     
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    08 Abyss
    CBS
    Dogfather
    Big Hugs
    Tart of Darkness
    Event Horizon
    50/50 Elija Craig 18
    Darkness
    Rauch Geek
    11' Hunphu
    Lindley Park
    BA Speedway
    Black Tuesday
    Abduction
    BA Sexual Chocolate
    Dark Lord
    Expedition
    Cherry Rye
    Berserker

    One hell of a night!
     
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    i did a little bit when i was there...but wait...stay tuned...it gets better, just give me a month.
     
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    I'm assuming this happened during the MMA portion of the event? :p Strategic mastermind if I've ever seen one...
     
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    wow, i literally just spit beer (brown sugga) across the room. i had totally forgotten about that part of the evening until you mentioned that. you gotta admit, sh*tting on a guys head in MMA would be great strategy!
     
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    Awesome reviews here I love Del Dolle(mostly Oerbier and Bos Keun) need to revisit Still Nacht it seems.
     
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    Last night with my cousins.

    2011 La Folie - Unique and amazing sour warhead assault.
    Harvest Dance - Best by 6/12, so a bit past, but 100% fine. Easy drinking and quite mellow.
    Ithaca Alphalpha batch E!019 - About 2.5 years since bottling, as far as I can tell. Tasted like a rabbit cage, but not in a bad way - very grassy and got a good amount of honey in the nose and taste.
    Bitter Monk - Smelled and tasted like a funky urine soaked bum, in that good/interesting way.
    Victory at Sea - World class indeed.
    Rye'd Da Lightning - Happy/lucky to have had this, sad to know I will never have it again.
     
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    Yeah, last night was pretty fun. A nice start to the long Holiday weekend. Didn't have '02, but we got over it. Not a bad one in the batch.

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