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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C2H5, Apr 21, 2012.
Tasting To End All Tastings ®
You're gonna love CCK. That from the first or second bottling?
Ahhhhhh My Peniiiiiiis
Went to a friendly tasting last night that turned into "LET'S GET WEIRD!"
I love it when that happens...
The backrow are trophies:
They made me redo the pictures.
Add a Cherry Rye to this.
Some highlights of the NYC Tasting last night...
Has anyone accumulated notes on how these were? Best of the day? Disappointments?
CosmicEvan and SpeedwayJim had pages and pages of notes. Although I remember Evan's notebook not being in very good shape about half way through the Lost Abbey Box Set. For me, the Dave, M Loerik and Cable Car Kriek were the top bottles.
Had a last minute tasting put together at my place a few nights ago. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN, ehammond1, JealousChalice and Gborobeer for contributing!
From left to right:
Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008
Fantome La Pietrain Blonde
Troegs Splinter Gold
Troegs Splinter Blue
Duck Duck Gooze
Consecration Batch 002
Caldera Mogli (black wax)
Jackie O's Cherry Wood Ya Honey
Jackie O's Evelyn
Upright Blend Love Sole Composition
Upland Persimmon Lambic
Fantome Extra Sour
Stift Engelszell Gregorius
Not pictured: De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010
I needed video to capture yesterdays Metro Detroit BA tasting aftermath.
yeah, my notebook got sketchy during the lost abbey box set. loose pages, covered in whale blood...and fairly hard to tell what was being written. apparently since i couldn't keep up with the writing towards the end, i started recording what our thoughts were. talk about drunken random ramblings of a bunch of fools...but i digress. here's what i've got from yesterday:
unbelievable thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, AgentZero, dtmets84, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim.
the beers consumed were only topped by the company. cheers!!!
Hair of the Dog - Dave
Russian River - Happy Hops Growler
Cantillon - Loerik
Midnight Sun - M
Cantillon - Don Quijote
De Struise - Dirty HOrse (90/10 Blend)
Sam Adams - Millenium
De Dolle - Stille Nacht 2000
De Dolle - Stille Nacht 2010
Lost Abbey - Cable Car Kreik
Russian River - T20
Russian River - T25
Russian River - Depuration
Goose Island - Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout Growler
Cantillon - Fou Foune
cantillon - 50n 4e
Cantillon - Jean Chris Nomad
Drie Fonteinen - Malvasia Rosso
De Dolle - Speciaal Brouwsel 20
Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle - Eszett Geuze
Lost Abbey - Veritas 003
Drie Fonteinen - Oude Geuze Vintage (2002)
DC Brau - On the Wings of Armageddon
Bell's - BA Batch 9k
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #1 - Runnin’ With The Devil
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #5 - Shout At The Devil
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #7 - The Devil Inside
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #12 - Heaven & Hell
Lost Abbey - Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle
Mama Mia - Pizza Beer
reviews to follow soon (i'll put these at the top of the backlog - although i wouldn't be surprised if jim got his thoughts in already).
- sam adams millenium was my favorite of the entire night.
- dave was surprisingly drinkable and actually tasty.
- M was simply mmmmmm...i've heard that there is a lot of bottle variation and many at the tasting had it prior and said this bottle was one of the better ones. truly an amazing beer.
- of the cantillon stuff, JCN blew me away...UNREAL beer (although loerik also knocked my socks off and DQ was amazing)
- cable car kreik was far and away the best kreik i've ever had
- eszette geuze was pretty incredible as well and destined to be on every want list
- lost abbey box set start to finish was extremely impressive...some of the beers were absolute masterpieces, but there was not a bad apple in the batch
- chicago makes some cool beer beer geeks, really great to put faces behind names and get to share in this crazy experience.
- i did not get lost for 5 hours wandering around NJ and only broke one glass and one bottle on my way home.
But you can't fit a pizza through the front door!
Pizza-ready front door or sweet ass Value City Furniture couch. Pick 1.
MY EYES!!! That is the most EPIC tasting I have ever...that is the most beautiful...I can't believe.. That made my day just looking at it, I can't imagine how it must be for you to have been there! Amazing!! Thank You for the pics! I am looking forward to reading the reviews!
Pics of this tasting should be in BeerAdvocate magazine!
I think a lot of us agreed that Sam Adams Millennium was the best beer of the night (my reviews reflect that).
Dave was surprisingly drinkable. It was one of those feelings where 2 oz. was more than enough but after I had finished it, I wanted more (because it tasted good, not because it was Dave).
Loerik is the best Gueuze I've ever had.
Cable Car Kriek was the best Wild Ale I've ever had.
M was as good as ever. A tad oxidized but still as solid as I remember from over 2 years ago.
SNR2000 was far superior to SNR2010 IMO. The latter was near undrinkable for me.
Pretty much agree to all that...I also thought Cable Car Kriek was better then Dirty Horse (both Krieks) this time around. Also, the box set was really excellent from 1-13...no real bad beers in the entire set with tracks 3, 5, 7, and 10 being the best.
Thanks for sharing...awesome photos!
My friend Jason was very generous this past Saturday! He is going to go travel around Europe for a year so he decided to share a ton of great ones with everyone!
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I don't know how the heck you remembered all of them. All I recall was that the double Framboise, Double Red poppy one was amazing as well as that stout that had huge coconut and coffee notes.
I can honestly say that Dirty Horse, which I've lucked into having 4 times now, has really fallen off, at least the 90/10 blend (and I'm assuming the 100% 1983 as well). I'm guessing the 100% 2005 is easily drinking the best, and still a damn fine beer.
It was my first Dirty Horse and I was very underwhelmed. The CC Kriek really blew it out of the water, eh?
SA Millenium was the highlight for me but it was close. CC Kriek, Don Q, and Loerik are such spectacular beers. The LA Box Set was also a tasting in and of itself, and a seriously well done one at that.
Dave was really fantastic. It developed some very interesting things as it sat out and opened up. I remember smelling some mint and grass after a few hours which somehow worked? Sitting there with a glass of Dave, M, and SA Millenium at the same time was pretty special
Definitely was a great time! We'll have to get together again sometime soon.
so the SNR 2010 was undrinkable?
It was very smokey and had an odd, peat-y tart character. I'm sure some will like it. It just really wasn't my cup of tea.
Yeah, wouldn't say undrinkable...just...different. I've had the SNR 2000 a few times and it's always been my favorite when compared to the 2005 and 2008. The 2010 had some smoke notes to it...very odd...it was okay just not outstanding.
Yeah, I rather enjoyed it because of those qualities.
Here's our tasting from Saturday night.
Cable Car Kriek DQ and SA Millennium were my top three for the day.
Having Dave and M in my snifter for 4+ hours just made it more awesome.
Blowing through the LA Box set with the pizza beer chaser mixed in really ended an epic day
undrinkable is pretty harsh, but those 2 were some lowlights of the day...that being said, it was really due to present company. when we were drinking them, i remember us talking about how at any other tasting those probably would have been highlights.
I also provide fireball entertainment at my beer tastings...
Damn. I would have traded you 3 King Henry's for a hand bottled 12oz of your first morning after piss.
So where does one go from here? The only thing you guys didn't have was a 99 boos, and a cloudberry Lambic. Other than that, I guess you guys are done?
Cracked these all open a few days ago after years of waiting patiently. I was really impressed by the overall quality, especially of the older iterations. The 02.02.02 in particular - which I was dreading after reading the recent reviews - was in very good shape. It was mellow and clean with a pleasant coconut finish. I also enjoyed the 03.03.03, the 04.04.04, the 09.09.09, and the 11.11.11 quite a lot myself. One of my buddies brought a red-wine barrel 11.11.11 along to try side by side with the regular version, and it was a really interesting comparison. All in all it was a great tasting and everyone in attendance was pleasantly surprised at how well the beers had held up. I attribute it to a mixture of blind luck and careful storage in a genuine root cellar.
that's funny since we joked about trading away some "grand cru"
Akkurat in July.
Did this last spring and was a lot of fun.