Westvleteren brick pack quality issues?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by CampusCrew, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. CampusCrew

    CampusCrew Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2008 Florida

    Has anyone else noticed any quality issues with their brick pack? I've had the beer a few times previous and this is not the same beer. Over carbonated and extreme lack of flavor. As bad as I would probably prefere any other BSDA. I only drank one so far but I was pretty disappointed. Please let me know what you think about the brick packs that came out. Thanks
  2. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    I've only had 2 bottles from the brick and both seemed identical to ones I've had in the past. If anything, the brick ones were fresher and a tad bit more assertive in the bready components.
  3. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    It tastes way less rare than Westy bottles that were harder to obtain.
  4. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Does it taste kind of corny? Maybe it's the gold logo.
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  5. SilentUproar

    SilentUproar Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Florida

    I thought the same, not much nose or flavor and overly carbonated.
  6. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,339) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Only have one non us release bottle that is not opened yet, but the one bottle I did open from the brick was over carbonated. I took the top off and it overflowed. It was a calm, gently handled bottle.
  7. scootny

    scootny Poo-Bah (1,591) Dec 31, 2007 New York
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    OK I missed this. What is a brick pack and where is it available?
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  8. Snowrs

    Snowrs Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Indiana
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    It took long enough for this thread to pop up.
  9. brianthelion23

    brianthelion23 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 California

    No two beers can or will be the same. Its a didferent batch
  10. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Definitely tastes less rare.
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  11. RyanMM

    RyanMM Initiate (169) Mar 12, 2009 Michigan
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    ISO: Rare Westy 12s
    FT: Brick Westy 12s.
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,366) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    There was extremely limited availability, so unfortunately you missed it. Back on Dec. 12th, Shelton Bros. released a one-time shipment in the US of gift box sets that included 6 bottles of the 12 and two branded goblets, slangily referred to as a 'brick'. They pretty much sold out by the end of the day.
  13. BobZ

    BobZ Zealot (508) Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Hey! :slight_smile:

    Predicted this one on December 12th!:stuck_out_tongue:


    I'm better than the Mayans! A regular Nostradamus!:grinning:

    Here's my next one: "Tomorrow the sun will rise in the east!" and next year's KBS will not be as KBSy as last years!

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  14. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Where "extremely limited availability" means 15,000 6-packs. The rest is accurate, though.
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  15. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,366) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Well, you did have to be in the right place at the right time , so maybe annoyance and disappointment colored my words. In Shelton's defense, though, I will point out that they certainly did make it well known where you needed to be that day.
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  16. GCurlow

    GCurlow Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2005 Washington

    They're all super fresh. Just needs more age. Flavors seem disjointed and not integrated as try should be at this point.

    Try another in 8-12 months
  17. Cbusssted

    Cbusssted Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2012 Ohio

    That's just what happens when you buy a beer from a store versus trading an arm and a leg for one.
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  18. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    They shouldn't release the beer if it isn't ready to be consumed. You don't see Champagne makers doing this. They release it when it's ready.

    The truth is, W12 isn't all that. When I had some from a euro-brick I bought earlier this year - and thought it average at best, I was of course told "oh the bricks had an issue, they arent the same as the UBER RARE AWESOME VERSION "
  19. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    Did you buy it for more than $85? I heard the monks put a curse on all the bottles stores sold for more than the demanded $85 retail price.
  20. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Last year's 'X' was way better than this year's 'X'.

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  21. kdb150

    kdb150 Zealot (505) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    The theory I'm buying is that the differences between the brick Westys and the ones bought at the abbey are that the abbey ones are cellared before being sold, where as these shipped out young, and may not have been handled as carefully during the lengthy delays in bringing it to market.

    Which means, give it some time. The high ABV and active yeasties ought to ensure a proper Westy experience in a year or even 2. If they are overcarbed, fridge for 2 weeks before opening. Let it sit and warm before drinking.
  22. vande

    vande Champion (834) Jan 26, 2007 Illinois

    I was kinda thinking that maybe the Hopslam won't be as hoppy this year? Shortage?
  23. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    What are your predictions on next years FBS? If we are going to start trading based on futures I'd like to be ahead of the game.
  24. siege06nd

    siege06nd Savant (946) Dec 29, 2009 Virginia
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    My vote for post of the year.

  25. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (525) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Maybe, but wineries do it every year. Most burgundies and bourdeaux are not meant to be consumed the year they hit the market. But, they can be and are great to compare over the years as they mature. Look at Stone's vertical epic series. Drink one fresh each year and then compare to an aged bottle the next year and the year after.
  26. peabody

    peabody Meyvn (1,297) Jul 29, 2006 Kentucky

    Was this a one time thing or will the monks set us up again in 2013?
  27. jkane101

    jkane101 Devotee (491) Sep 22, 2007 New Jersey
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    Same type of post for every beer released. May be time for me to stay off of BA for a while
  28. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Dear BobZ,

    If next years storm rolls through Vermont will Hill Farmstead release bottles outside the brewery to pay for a new roof? And if so will it be as good as everyone says it is?

    ...a westerner can only hope!
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  29. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    Look what happened to Dark Lord. They started making a ton of bottles, it became easy to obtain and it went from one of the top couple rated beers to out of the Top 100. Rarity is a fickle bitch.
  30. pheurton

    pheurton Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2001 Pennsylvania

    Goes to show just how utterly meaningless/useless that list is.
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  31. vande

    vande Champion (834) Jan 26, 2007 Illinois

    ... well, with the ongoing drought, increase in gasoline prices and rumors about the price jump of milk...I'm thinking that the FBS maybe quite hard to find...AND, the abv may be a bit lower in years to come... :wink:
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  32. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    So you're telling me I wasted $1,199? Dammit.
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  33. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Also, more people tasted/reviewed the 2012 batch, which was disgusting.
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  34. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    So similar to the concept of Stone VE? In actuality, the opposite of Stone VE since most tasted better fresher and had no business being aged that long.
  35. merc7186

    merc7186 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 New York

    Is this the beginning of another "I bought (and over paid) for (insert flavor of the month) and didnt like it...Its Infected!!!" thread???

    Also, Nice call BobZ.
  36. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (738) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I opened 2 bottles so far and they were delightful. Ur brain can play tricks on u!!
  37. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    They taste like they always do, and it is more romantic drinking out of its home grown customized glassware. I think the gold etching on the bottles also effected the flavor... In a good way.
  38. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    What do you expect for a beer that is like $3 straight from the source?
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  39. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Not a particularly good comparison in my opinion. Dark Lord is a terrible beer. It may or may not have been good in the past but I drain poured mine if that tells you anything. This is a surprisingly common sentiment and I'm not surprised to see it fall out of the Top 100. I've never seen anyone say the same about Westy 12. People tend to either "just" like it or they love it.


  40. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (525) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    That's just your opinion. Many people enjoyed the aged bottles.
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