Schell's Nobel Star Collection

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by pourmeadrink, Nov 20, 2013.

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  1. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Zealot (539) Jun 25, 2013 Minnesota
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    Anyone seen any regular SotN lately?
     
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  2. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    They had it at Stinson but that was a few weeks ago now. Not sure if it's a quick mover though.
     
  3. InfraRen

    InfraRen Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2013 Minnesota

    I've decided that I'm in the Christmas spirit, and that I have too many new goodies at home I already need to drink so I'll be passing on the Star of the North #1 "stash" I discovered the other day. As of two days ago there were 2-3 bottles at Byerly's in Chanhassen. If you're in EP/Chaska/Chan area, go get 'em!
     
  4. InfraRen

    InfraRen Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2013 Minnesota

    ^Anyone grab these?
     
  5. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    I just got my first bottle of Framboise du Nord. Can't wait to try this one tonight.
     
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  6. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (592) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    The next Noble Star offering was bottled this month. It's called North Country Brunette and is a Berlin-Style Marzen Wheat Ale aged in wood barrels.

    I know they let these beer bottle condition for a while. Anybody know when this will be out?
     
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  7. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Zealot (539) Jun 25, 2013 Minnesota
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    That sounds excellent. Stoked for this one too.
     
  8. Pug

    Pug Disciple (381) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    How long do these bottles stay good for? I don't mean aging for the sake of aging, but I bought a bottle of Framboise last month at the BX and I'll be drinking it Saturday night and I'm hoping it'll still taste okay (compared to the dusty bottle of Fallen Apple I found that wasn't quite so good anymore) - but if I luck out on stumbling across the Star of the North - would it hold up?
     
  9. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (218) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    I had a Star of the North and a Framboise recently, both delicious as ever.
     
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  10. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,784) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Had a SotN yesterday. Pretty damn good. Do not think it has evolved much. Certainly has not deteriorated. Have another bottle that I will drink sometime this summer.
     
  11. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (197) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Assuming you aren't planning on holding onto these beers for decades to come, I'd be willing to bet that when you get the urge to open your bottle it will still be good-very good.
     
  12. Pug

    Pug Disciple (381) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Great! Thanks, folks. The one I have should get cracked tonight, but I'm still hoping I can stumble across Star of the North.
     
  13. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,784) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Saw 3 bottles of SotN at Team Liquor in Shorewood today. Buy at your own risk only because of how they are displayed on the top shelf in the middle of the store.
     
  14. plumcrazyfx

    plumcrazyfx Devotee (487) Aug 26, 2010 Minnesota
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    Great beer but I can't imagine a Berliner being a great candidate to age. Maybe the raspberries will fade but I don't know why you'de want that. These releases along with the Pils 30th Anny - Schells is killing lately.
     
  15. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Doesn't Schell use their original (well, post-Repeal era)140 bbl. cypress fermentation tanks, rather than barrels, for these beers?
     
  16. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (473) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

  17. dragonaut

    dragonaut Disciple (393) May 29, 2005 Iowa
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    Berliner Weiss is known for maintaing its character rather than actually developing when aged. That said, they hold up really well over time. But the fruit character of Framboise du Nord will surely fade over time.
     
  18. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Indeed!
    "Four generations later, current President Ted Marti and his son Jace, also German-trained brewers, revived a very rare cypress fermentation tank, purchased by third generation President Alfred in 1936 and located in a cellar built by Otto, for their newest Berlin-style wheat beer series: the Noble Star Collection... They used an authentic mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria from Berlin for fermentation and aged it in one of their original cypress wood lagering tanks from 1936."
     
  19. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Disciple (377) Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Just popped a Star of the North last night. Still damn good!
     
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  20. shadetree67

    shadetree67 Disciple (379) Sep 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    Has it changed at all for the better or worse? Wondering if I should grab a few more bottles
     
  21. Pug

    Pug Disciple (381) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Framboise Du Nord was damn tasty Saturday night.
     
  22. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Disciple (377) Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I dont think it changed at all actually. It was still crisp and flavorful!
     
  23. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (561) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    SotN and FDN hit the trifecta of what I look for in a MN based beer.
    *Still available
    *Still taste fantastic
    *Excellent extras for trades

    The only drawback for me is that FDN could be a little more wallet friendly.
     
  24. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (293) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    FDN seems to have faded the berries just a bit. I like that as I thought it was too raspberry heavy when opened. still have one SotN left, saving for a nice sit on the patio day
     
  25. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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  26. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

  27. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,288) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Finally opened Framboise Du Nord, what a beauty! Not overly tart and a delicious raspberry flavor.
     
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  28. Nivek43

    Nivek43 Aspirant (205) Mar 22, 2012 Minnesota
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    Framboise du Nord won a bronze model in the German-Style Sour Ale at the World Beer Cup 2014!
     
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  29. nograz

    nograz Disciple (315) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    Is SotN still out there... sitting on a shelf, lonely, waiting to be purchased?
     
  30. cl3

    cl3 Aspirant (272) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin
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    I saw a bunch sitting on the shelf at Island Wines and More in Cumberland, WI. If you are up for a road trip, that is.
     
  31. nograz

    nograz Disciple (315) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    Thanks. Maybe can ask the in laws if I can't find it around the cities. They live in Grantsburg, but I know my farther-in-law passes through there often enough.
     
  32. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    I believe there is still a case or two at Haskell's Minnetonka.
     
  33. nograz

    nograz Disciple (315) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    Do we have a release week for the North Country Brünette? I believe I saw that it was bottled in the first few days of April and they said they would let it bottle condition for a few weeks. Figured that would put us about this week or next week.
     
  34. siouxbrew

    siouxbrew Initiate (141) Nov 22, 2007 Iowa
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    North Country Brunette has hit South Dakota. The (unconfirmed) word I heard was that the Sioux Falls distributor received only 5 cases - and they cover a very large geographic area of SoDak.
     
  35. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    I picked up a bottle today in Sioux Falls.
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  36. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

  37. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2011 Texas
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    Go on...
     
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  38. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    I love the fact SD gets this before Roch...
     
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  39. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (473) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Never try to understand beer distribution :confused:

    We had Hoptimum before parts of California :eek:
     
  40. shadetree67

    shadetree67 Disciple (379) Sep 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    Went to four firkins tonight to try the Brunette. It is very good and flavor profile reminded me a bit of La Folie. Probably my favorite from the series thus far.

    Jace (head brewer from Schells was there) and he mentioned they are working on reconditioning their other cypress tanks for use. Currently they have 2 tanks and have 8 more that are being restored. He'd like to eventually have the noble star beers available year-round. Next up is a berliner aged on cherries.

    I'm excited
     
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