The White Whale List - 2012

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  1. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    With SpeedwayJim’s blessing, some New York and Chicago BAs began this collaboration to generate a new and improved “White Whale” list. It has since expanded to 21 BAs in an attempt to create a list of the biggest whales in the craft beer world.

    Much like the top 100 on BA, you will not agree with this list. We do not agree with this list. Rather it is an average of a number of BAs opinions in an attempt to get a feel for what beers are “White Whales” according to BA perception.

    The term “White Whale” has become very misused in the BA community. What this list tries to do is to quantify the true whales in the beer world. We hope you enjoy. We hope to make this a yearly thing and update the list around this time next year.

    Without further ado:

    The Top 100 Whales:

    1 Hair of the Dog Dave
    2 Cantillon Soleil de Minuit
    3 Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil
    4 Drie Fonteinen Framboos 1999
    5 Cantillon Loerik
    6 Midnight Sun M Belgian Style Barleywine
    7 Cantillon Don Quijote
    8 De Struise Dirty Horse (100% 1983, 90%/10%, 100% 2005)
    9 Cantillon/Drie Fonteinen Akkarat Exclusives**
    10 Lost Abbey Veritas 005
    11 Lost Abbey Yellow Bus
    12 Cantillon LH12
    13 Cantillon Finland Exclusives*
    14 Drie Fonteinen 50th Anniversary
    15 Cantillon Bourgogne Lambic
    16 Cantillon Pikkulinnun Viskilambic
    17 Sam Adams Millenium
    18 Drie Fonteinen Selectie C
    19 Drie Fonteinen Millennium Gueuze
    20 Cantillon Pinot d'Anuis
    21 Flossmoor Station Wooden Hell
    22 Cantillon Feestbier
    23 Bullfrog Black Cherry Bomb
    24 De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000
    25 Drie Fonteinen J&J Roze
    26 Russian River Beatification PH1
    27 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze 1999
    28 Drie Fonteinen J&J Blauw
    29 Surly Darkness 2007
    30 Bullfrog Beekeeper
    31 Cantillon Brabantiae
    32 Lost Abbey Veritas 004
    33 Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek
    34 Russian River Toronado 20th
    35 Russian River Depuration
    36 Cantillon Blabaer Batch 1-4
    37 Drie Fonteinen Framboos 2011
    38 Cantillon Zwanze 2008
    39 Cantillon 50N4E
    40 Lost Abbey Cable Car 2007
    41 Cantillon Jean Chris Nomad
    42 (tie) Lost Abbey Veritas 001
    42 (tie) Drie Fonteinen Malvasia Rosso/Druiven Gueuze
    42 (tie) Russian River Deviation
    45 Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle Eszett Geuze
    46 Narke Kaagen! Stormaktsporter
    47 Three Floyds Pappy Van Winkle Dark Lord
    48 Three Floyds Dark Lord 2004
    49 Midnight Sun Sloth
    50 Lost Abbey Le Woody Brune
    51 Cantillon Crianza Helena
    52 Cantillon La Demiere Cuvee Du 89
    53 De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20th
    54 Bullfrog Blue Cheer
    55 The Bruery Barrel Aged Partridge in a Pear Tree
    56 Narke Konjaks! Stormaktsporter
    57 Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus
    58 Hair of the Dog Eve
    59 Hill Farmstead Ann
    60 50/50 Eclipse - Pappy Van Winkle
    61 Drie Fonteinen Hommage
    62 Portsmouth Kate the Great 2006
    63 New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary La Folie
    64 Narke Svensk El! Stormaktsporter
    65 East End Gratitude 2005
    66 Mikkeller X 2006
    67 Three Floyds Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord
    68 Southamtpon Berliner Weiss
    69 New Belgium Falling Rock La Folie
    70 Cigar City Apple Brandy Hunahpus
    71 Narke Stormaktsporter
    72 The Bruery Rye/Bourbon/Brandy Papier
    73 Belle Vue Selection Lambic 1999
    74 Cantillon Kersengueuze
    75 Lost Abbey Cable Car 2009
    76 Lost Abbey Veritas 002
    77 Portsmouth Double Oaked Kate the Great
    78 Lost Abbey Cable Car 2008
    79 Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout 2003
    80 Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood Batch 1
    81 Cantillon Blabaer Batch 4+
    82 Mikkeller X 2007 - Barrel Aged
    83 Three Floyds Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord
    84 Lost Abbey Veritas 003
    85 Cantillon Fou Foune Pre-2004
    86 Lost Abbey Veritas 006
    87 Lost Abbey Veritas 007
    88 Cantillon Pre-2000 Gueuze, Kriek, St. Lamvinus, Rose
    89 New Belgium Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary
    90 Cantillon Framboise
    91 Russian River Beatification Batch 1-3
    92 Girardin Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters
    93 Rodenbach Alexander Rodenbach
    94 The Bruery Partridge in a Pear Tree
    95 Nørrebro Bryghus Saison Lambic Pinot Noir
    96 Stone Vertical Epic 020202
    97 Lost Abbey Cable Car 2010
    98 Boston Beer Company Utopias 2002, 2003
    99 Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze
    100 The Bruery Black Tuesday 2009

    Best of the Rest:

    101 Dogfish Head Festine Lente
    102 50/50 Eclipse - Old Fitzgerald
    103 Midnight Sun Lust
    104 Fantome De Pissenlit Strong
    105 Pelican Perfect Storm 2008
    106 The Bruery Chocolate Rain batch 1
    107 Bullfrog Strawberry Fields
    108 Three Floyds Bourbon BA Dark Lord
    109 Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout
    110 50/50 Iced Eclipse
    111 Allagash Gargamel
    112 Lindeman's Loerik
    113 Troegs Splinter Gold
    114 De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2008
    115 Westvleteren Special 6
    116 Cigar City Bourbon BA Hunahpus
    117 Brasserie de la Senne Crianza
    118 Cigar City Rum Barrel Hunahpu’s
    119 Captain Lawrence Cuvee De Castleton Batch 1
    120 Cigar City Whiskey BA Hunahpus
    121 Cantillon Pre-2002 Lou Pepe Gueuze
    122 Hill Farmstead Mimosa
    123 Three Floyds Dark Lord De Muerte
    124 Cantillon Pre-2002 Lou Pepe Kriek/Framboise
    125 Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor 3
    126 Framboise for the Cure Batch 1 2010
    127 Captain Lawrence Flaming Fury
    128 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy
    129 General Lafayette 275th Anniversary
    130 De Struise Pannepot Wild
    131 Three Floyds Cognac BA Dark Lord
    132 Portsmouth Kate the Great 2007
    133 Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor (Batch 1)
    134 Lost Abbey Veritas 010
    135 Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor (Batch 2) - Oro De Calabaza Reserve
    136 Three Floyds Brandy Barrel Dark Lord
    137 Cantillon Fou Foune 2004-2009
    138 Alesmith BA Speedway Stout 2004
    139 Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale
    140 Three Floyds Dark Lord 2005
    141 Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic
    142 Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
    143 Heavyweight Barrel Aged Old Salty (2005)
    144 Cantillon 2003-2004 Lou Pepe Gueuze
    145 Midnight Sun Bar Fly
    146 Surly Two
    147 Portsmouth Kate the Great 2008
    148 Fish Brewing Merlot Barrel Aged Leviathan (Batch 2, November 2000)
    149 Allagash Vagabond
    150 Three Floyds Cognac de Muerte Dark Lord
    151 Troegs Splinter Blue
    152 Odonata Beer Company Rorie's Ale
    153 Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout 2005
    154 Fish Brewing Merlot Barrel Aged Poseidon (Batch 2, November 2000)
    155 Mikkeller Big Bad
    156 Hill Farmstead Damon
    157 Fantôme Santé 1!
    158 Tilquin Quetsche Lambic
    159 Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma
    160 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2003, 2005
    161 Drie Fonteinene Oude Geuze Vintage
    162 De Struise Double Black
    163 Russian River Toronado 25th
    164 Churchill's Finest 2012
    165 De Struise Special Kay
    166 Cantillon Rose, Kriek (750ml)
    167 Cantillon Gueuze (750ml)
    168 Bell's Black Note
    169 Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve
    170 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)
    173 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Cabernet Barrels)
    171 Fantôme Santé 2!
    172 Fantôme Santé 3!
    173 Fantôme Santé 4!
    174 Sixpoint Bolshoi
    175 Three Floyds Dark Lord 2006
    176 Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels)
    177 Fantôme Santé X!

    *Cantillon Finland Exclusives
    -Cantillon Groseille
    -Cantillon Groseille a Maquereau
    -Cantillon Tyrnilambic Baie d' Argousier
    -Cantillon Olutravintola Pikkulintu

    **Cantillon/Drie Fonteinen Akkarat Exclusives
    -Cantillon Reed Gueuze Muscat
    -Cantillon Reed Gueuze Pinot Noir
    -Cantillon Goldackerl Gueze
    -Cantillon Gueuze Velomoteur
    -Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Unblended
    -Drie Fonteinen Akkurat's Oude Geuze 50/50
    -Drie Fonteinen Akkurat's Gold Gueuze 50/50

    The list, with average ranking:
  2. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    The committee members were all done by nomination. Anyone who was nominated was free to nominate others. Not all those who were nominated chose to participate. The committee will be expanded in the future.

    2012 Committee:

  3. Domeshot14

    Domeshot14 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2011 California

  4. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Initiate (0) May 29, 2005 Ohio

    No mikesgroove?

    Also, VE020202? Seriously? I disagree with this list!
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  5. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Your invite got lost in the mail. Seriously. Major oversite. I'm firing the committee chairman.
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  6. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Initiate (0) May 29, 2005 Ohio

    Yes, well. OK then.
  7. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois

    Yes, fire the chairman. Leaving off Turd is inexcusable. I nominate AgentZero to chair the committee next year :slight_smile:

    In all seriousness, great work, Mike!
  8. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    I looked at the list...... only one I've had was #100

    Certainly not the only one I care to try, but there are many I don't have the desire to try.

    Good list though.... certainly all "unobtainable" to me!
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  9. slander

    slander Site Editor (2,103) Nov 5, 2001 New York

    68 Southamtpon Berliner Weiss

    3 year old 2% beer...
  10. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,363) Feb 1, 2012 Florida

    Aapwesome job! I thought I had some good beers in my cellar, but I don't think I have one from your list.

    Once again, great job.
  11. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois

    I've had 63 of the top 100. Some deserve to be in the top 100 (or even top 10) beers of all time on taste. Others are not even remotely close. With that said, it was still quite fun to put together.
  12. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Vertical Epic 02.02.02 - 10 year old Witbier. Whales aren't only whales by taste or how well they hold up.

    That said, I had Southampton Berliner Weiss fairly recently. Very nice.
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  13. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois

    This. I personally had 02.02.02 at the very bottom as I don't think anyone will want it now that the series is over. Southampton Berliner, on the other hand, is an amazing beer and, judging by recent reviews, holding up incredibly well.
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  14. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Initiate (0) May 29, 2005 Ohio

    I've had 52/100, but that counts Blabaer batch 4 twice!

    (#36 Cantillon Blabaer Batch 1-4, #81 Cantillon Blabaer Batch 4+)
  15. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Please don't fine errors in my work. I've already fixed so many...
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  16. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (584) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Great list overall, only one I slightly disagree with (yes totally nitpicking here), is Jolly Pumpkin Persguidor 3 being 125, I think it should be much higher, damn hard to find.
  17. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    There was a significant amount of variation in the rankings. Some will definitely agree with you.
  18. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (526) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana

    I trust nearly all of the people on that committee (I don't know a few, and I don't trust Frank because he doesn't know his French-Asian porn stars). Fairly accurate list from a group of actual whale drinkers/hunters. Thanks to all of you for getting drunk and putting that together.
  19. jonnyb79

    jonnyb79 Initiate (100) Sep 29, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Lots of love for Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport. I had the pleasure of eating there and getting some growlers filled last month. Really liked their Edgar IPA and Portergeist was tasty too.
  20. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois

    All of these beers are from when Terry was the brewer there, but good to hear things are still well there. I used to go up and get two kegs at a time way back when. Aside from the rare wilds, Terry made some fantastic stouts and hoppy brews.
  21. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I'm gonna throw up.
  22. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    I found it to be rather eye opening. I had expected that the majority's rankings would be roughly the same. I found this to not be the case at all.
  23. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    What's the point?
  24. NiceFly

    NiceFly Aspirant (231) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    You would think a site editor would not repeat a misspelled word.

    Anyway, not very many beers I recognize on there. Not sure what all the fuss is about.

    I will just suffer through my homebrewed barleywine.:rolling_eyes:
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  25. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poo-Bah (3,302) Nov 29, 2006 California

    It's an attempt to quantify the desirability of beers a portion of traders are interested in. The most sought after. I found the results interesting. I'm not sure there's a practical use for the list, if that's what you mean.
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  26. JAXSON

    JAXSON Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It's just for fun, obviously, but I think particularly newer users can learn about some older, more obscure bottles this way. Also perceptions can vary a lot over the years and it's not a bad idea to document these things.
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  27. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Initiate (0) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

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  28. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (257) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    I can honestly say i've not had a single one from the top 100.

    I can proudly say that i dont give a shit.
  29. forgetfu

    forgetfu Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2007 Colorado

    This was one of the interesting things that i think came out of it. People were pretty consistent near the top of the list, but toward the middle, rarity met desirability. Most beers toward the middle were rated highly by some who saw it as hard to land, and low by many people who didn't see that as an attractive whale. The deviations at this point were significant. Makes sense...many of the beers in the middle are hard to land but not sought after by everyone. So ones that ended up a bit higher in the middle were just sought after by a few more people.
  30. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    It was fun to do, it was something to do. The list only has as much meaning as you assign to it. From your comment, I would guess none. I'm cool with that.
  31. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Initiate (0) May 29, 2005 Ohio

    Some of them are really quite good. Blauw and 50N4E have blown me away every time I've had them, and I highly recommend them!

    Some others on this list I couldn't care less about. VE020202, DL in any form, Dave, Wooden Hell, etc etc etc
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  32. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,392) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado

    This is the coolest story of 2012 bro. Good job bro.
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  33. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Thanks! I didn't even think this was the coolest story of 12/23/12.
  34. BucketBoy

    BucketBoy Initiate (0) May 6, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Nicely done, gentlemen!

    Glad to see the new updates. Looking forward to the trend continuing in years to come and watching how wale status/desirability of various wales naturally shifts (either from aging out like V020202 or perhaps new vintages emerging, perhaps like Soleil?).
  35. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    Damn, there are 0 gots for all the Finland exclusives.
  36. floraday

    floraday Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2009 California

    Old Rasputin X or Old Stock Brandy? Just some love for North Coast?

    Thanks for your hard work!
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  37. redblacks75

    redblacks75 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2010 Iowa

    Holy Smokes! With 109 and 166 being my only two I have had, apparently I have some work to do. Curse living in Iowa.
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  38. AgentZero

    AgentZero Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Worthy additions to the voting pool. Will add them to the list for the next go around.
  39. paintball363

    paintball363 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 Illinois

    Was hoping Uplands Kiwi Lambic would be here on the list. O well. I will enjoy it anyways
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  40. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,740) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    I never really care too much about quality with a lot of these, since a decent amount are over the hill anyway, but Old Raspy X has to be awful right now considering XI and XII SUCK right now and frankly aren't worth drinking.
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