The Rarest Beer You Ever Tried

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  1. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Meyvn (1,111) Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin

    2013 Port barrel aged Dark Lord. 726 bottles.
  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,795) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Oh man, nothing too serious for me.

    Fruet or Lost Abbey Coffee Talk maybe?
  3. Hefewiseman

    Hefewiseman Disciple (399) Sep 6, 2011 Florida

    Off the top of my head- BVDL, DB Hunahpu, BA Abraxas, Assassin, and Fou Foune. Whalez indeed, but I admit I'm not quite on the level of 3F Blauw, Loerik, or CCK... I only trade beers- not vital body parts or firstborns.
  4. Grant35

    Grant35 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 California

    Cable Car Kriek. During San Diego Beer Week 2012, I was sitting next to two guys who had 2010 Cable Car and 2011 Cable Car Kriek while we were waiting for CC12 to go on. I offered to buy their pours for a taster of each. What a frickin vert. F Me Running.
  5. BergBeer

    BergBeer Champion (885) Aug 21, 2013 Hawaii

    Not much of a whale hunter so Mayan Judgement day by lost abbey? It was only brewed once. Pretty tasty.
  6. Troville1990

    Troville1990 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Illinois

    Either Founders CBS or Goose Island Proprietor's. Not really sure which is rarer. Both were amazing.
  7. Aaron_Eicher

    Aaron_Eicher Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    Probably the Heart of Darkness out of Murray's Brewery in NSW Australia. I had it while studying abroad and even though it is a seasonal brew, I was only able to find it in a few places.
  8. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (600) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Yes it was. A single brew where all but a few bottles went on an arctic expedition. It was never on general sale.
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  9. Circles413

    Circles413 Initiate (137) Feb 4, 2014 Illinois

    I've heard a lot of people say that it isn't worth the hype. Do you agree?
  10. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (4,014) Oct 19, 2010 California
    Society Trader

    Probably M or Loerik. I don't know, the Cantillon Reed Gueuze Muscat and Pinot Noir are pretty rare, as is the original Portsmouth Kabert or possibly Yellow Bus. Who can keep track these days?
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  11. beerloverofbham

    beerloverofbham Initiate (139) Feb 18, 2013 Washington

    Utopias....or maybe BrewDog's Port Dundas cask-aged...
  12. philsunset

    philsunset Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2013 Michigan

    Probably for me it was Kuhnhenn Forbidden IPA. A brewed once only deal. I don't know how rare it was.
  13. coldy

    coldy Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Delaware

    Yes. To be fair, I am not sure how any beer could live up to that amount of hype. That being said, it's one of those things that is worth trying at least once, if you have a reasonable opportunity.

    BJRHOMEBREW Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Ohio

    I would have to say Wooden Hell although there are a few that come close.
  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Hunters xxxxxx, brewed for Michael Jacksons 60th birthday. It was brewed by Rob Mullen (now at Grand Teton) at the Trap Rock Brewery Restaurant in NJ. Server to Jackson at the Rathskeller in DC.
  16. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    Appropriately aged Thom. Hardy is absolutely sublime. That is pinnacle of an aged beer. Nothing else comes close.
  17. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    I just DP'd all of them. You made me nervous, concerned of theft.
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  18. Samichlaus82

    Samichlaus82 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Germany

    Barclay's Russian Imperial Stout 1935 Jubilee Bottling
    Barclay's Russian Imperial Stout 1953 Coronation Bottling
    Truman's No. 1 Burton Barley Wine Coronation Bottling 1953
    Rodenbach Alexander 1986 first year
    Hürlimann Samichlaus Bier 1980 first bottling
    Eldridge Popes Thomas Hardy's Ale 1968
    Allsopp's Arctic Ale 1875
    Rochefort 10 1950s
    Chimay Speciale 1956
    Cantillon Don Quijote 2008
    De Dolle Stille Nacht 2000

    All were sampled during my doctorate education at Weihenstephaner 2005-09
  19. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    Holy crap! You had a 1968 Hardy's??
  20. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,819) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

  21. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    I've mentioned this many times, but it will always have to be the Kaze No Tani beer only available at Cafe Mugiwaraboushi at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mikata, Japan. This beer isn't even listed on Beer Advocate.

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  22. belvedere86

    belvedere86 Aspirant (254) Apr 1, 2013 Belgium

    Had this one some months ago and imo it's mediocre at best. westmalle or karmeliet are way better. Ofcourse the fact that's it's only available @degarre makes it a nice experience to beertourists.
  23. Thrashsquatch

    Thrashsquatch Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2013 Virginia

    Ballantine's Burton Ale from 1946 at a bottleshare. Not sure I would pay the price tag that the guy who brought it paid (I think he said somewhere in the $300 range for a 12oz bottle). I'd say it wasn't even that fantastic tasting but the experience was the fantastic part. Nothing like drinking history.
  24. phisigben

    phisigben Initiate (191) Jan 8, 2009 Kentucky

    I got a pour of Wooden Hell last year at DLD
  25. brikelly

    brikelly Initiate (160) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts

    Cantillon - 50n 4e, Fou Foune, LP Framboise 2005, LP Kriek 2006, LP Gueuze 2005, Zwanzes
    De Struise - Kabert 2011
    Hill Farmstead - Juicy
    Drie Fonteinen - Armand Zomer

    Not really .rar whalezbro but....whatevs.

    KVNBGRY Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Florida

    CCB Capricho Oscuro Batch 5?
  27. DrinkAnchorSteam

    DrinkAnchorSteam Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Probably Philadelphia Brewing Co Pharmhouse Arrest or Philibuster. They were draft only (and in Philibuster's case firkin) and brewed once. Pharmhouse doesn't even have a BA listing.

    If we're talking something that was mass produced and old then an Anchor OSA from 1986.
  28. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    Hair of the Dog Dave is the rarest.
    Cantillon Brabantiae is certainly not the rarest but is the oldest I've had (circa 1989).
  29. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (2,011) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Mine are probably Cable Car, Peconic, Deviation and K13.
  30. bigk84

    bigk84 Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2011 Michigan

    probably Kuhnhenn 5th Dementia.
  31. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,137) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    Why don't you start a new entry for it? Studio Ghibli is great!
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  32. leezy

    leezy Initiate (56) Sep 13, 2009 Minnesota

    1997 Cantillon Kriek Lambic
  33. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,425) Oct 24, 2010 California

    Zwanze, man. Zwanze.

    (2012, to be precise. Rhubarb. Shit was golden.)
  34. Bradthoc

    Bradthoc Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Nevada

    Westvleteren 12, or Bruery's Black Tuesday
  35. HopBomb515

    HopBomb515 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 New Jersey

    Westy 12 and maybe Flying Fish "Forever Unloved" Sandy
  36. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to take notes about it, or a glass to pour it in. I tried to take the label, but the glue was too tough. I do plan on going back to the Ghibli museum one day so I'll be sure to rate their beer.
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  37. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Devotee (429) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    Various festival one-off collaboration thingies. Which, one brewer privately, was something that didn't quite work, at least for their regulator lineup. (Shhhh!)
  38. pinyin

    pinyin Disciple (368) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    Strong Ale Works Bitter.
  39. pathman

    pathman Meyvn (1,204) May 25, 2011 Ohio
    Society Trader

    DFH Barrel Aged World Wide Stout --- consumed during a DFH event at Fat Head's Pittsburgh, in 2012 I believe. At that time the DFH rep claimed it was the only firkin in existence. A real shame--it was ridiculously delicious and so easy to drink. The barrel really did wonders to the base beer.
  40. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois


    I hate thinking about seriously rare bottles like this, and of course small brewpubs and tap-only one-offs. I might never see the above beer again, and it's one of the best barleywines I've ever had :slight_frown:
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