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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by LesDewitt4beer, Mar 9, 2021.
3F Geuze j&j Blauw
LA Isabelle Proximus.
it’s my fantasy right?
21st Amendment Hop Crisis
South County Intervals Vic Secret
SN Glissade was good...
and Sam Adams Noble Pils
Berghoff Hazelnut Winter Fest Ale
Half Acre Over Ale
Stone Double Bastard
Pretty things Jack D'Or
OG Alpine Nelson
Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine
Tree House Good Morning
NB Ranger (not the Voodoo Ranger)
SA Nobil Pils
Sierra Nevada ESB
I liked Alexander quite a bit, but not as much as the Grand Cru or vintages - for the same reason (my ratings may say otherwise, but reviews are a product of time and place).
Cherry Duchesse I thought lost a lot of the vinegary bite of the OG, but Chocolate Cherry Duchesse, shockingly, I really loved. It wasn't overpowering with chocolate, and was just richer and smoother.
Bold suggestion with Habanero Sculpin ... but I agree! That's a pepper beer so hot it's tough to get through an entire bottle, but damned if it's not truth in advertising. Most pepper beers have almost no heat at all; this one went 180 degrees the other way.
Add a shout out to Yards ESA (extra special ale). Still on keg. Not in bottle
My experience as well. Almost instant drain pour and "gifting" to friends.
I thought it was on the mild side.
I actually did an NBW review of the Duchesse Cherry in July of 2020, so it's handy to have that impression available:
So it's been a while since I've even had the opportunity to revamp my thoughts on the original; I usually just get the Rodenbach instead. But since you're mentioning more of a vinegary bite it may be time for me to do a direct comparison and see where it stands now. I'll have to pick up a bottle the next time I'm getting the Grand Cru and give them a blind test. I'll post back when I do.
Regular Rodenbach (red, I suppose) is such a tremendous letdown for me, especially compared to Grand Cru or the vintages. As I understand it, it's aged in stainless steel instead of the classic oak foeders - if that's true, it explains the difference.
It's been a while since I've sat down with a classic Duchesse du Bourgogne, but the sweet-and-sour is what I remember as the predominant characteristic, whereas Rodenbach strikes me as more delicate and complex. But I love all (or at least most) of them, and for the most part, it's splitting hairs.
Really? Or is that sarcasm? I've always found it tremendously hot, especially for a beer.
Mexican Cake has almost no bite anymore; you can't really tell there are any peppers in Prairie Bomb!. Whenever I get a pepper beer nowadays with, you know, heat, I'm very appreciative, but I don't know that I've ever had a pepper beer as hot as Habanero Sculpin (disclaimer: I've had neither Crime nor Punishment).
Yes! I could tell they were going for the sweet/sour thing but it just didn't hit me the right way.
I don't get the Rodenbach Red too much myself, but it's really supposed to be a more casual beer anyway for when you're in that kind of mood. The Grand Cru is a blend of oak aged and fresh, and the Vintage is all oak aged. That's my understanding anyway. They all seem to have their place, but for my money the Grand Cru is the best value of the lot (iow, I don't think the Vintage is 2X as good ).
My two discontinued beers are hard to come up with, mainly because my top two candidates - Wookie Jack and Founders Imperial Stout - have seen re-issues lately. I'd still like to see them widely and readily available, but they're not quite dead yet, it seems.
Similarly, Double Jack seems to have made a return.
So that leaves me pondering beers such as Bourbon County Vanilla Rye - which is more of a variation than a truly discontinued brew - or longing for old recipes of still extant, but now different, beers - like Hoptimum, or OG Ruination. It's not that I want the new versions to disappear - I like them, too! - I just want the old ones back.
Smog City Brewing Weather Machine hazy....only brewed for 2 months and the only beer I think I have ever given a "5" overall to.
Does anyone remember bud's Red Wolf? from the 90's? A cheap fairly passable lager. I'd like to taste it again to see if It wasn't a dream...
Also Goose Island's Christmas Ale. I used to go around town and buy up as much as I could during the season. They make a Christmas IPA now, but it just not the same...
Personally I love hot peppers and beer together and NOT beers that taste like candy. I most definitely go the other way! I recall getting random heat from Hab Sculpin. Every bottle had different heat. Some very light and others quite hot and a few were desert-trippin' hot and took 90 min to drink one bottle. I like that. PLUS it was all coming from the backbone of that beautiful regular Sculpin ale. I really want to try and see more beers on the hot side.
Green Flash Rayon Vert
Green Flash Rayon Vert
I saved this bottle cuz the brew was incredible! 9.5%abv and 100+IBU. I do not remember where I bought it
When you have had Ghostface Killah, everything else seems mild though...some of the local brewers are pushing forward with the heat. Wyoming beer drinkers seem to love the more strongly peppered beers.
*Adds to Wants list*
Erlanger by Schlitz. I bought a six pack on the way to a local lake during Spring Break with my girlfriend who is now my wife of 38 years, and I still remember how good that beer tasted. The second would be any of the 30th Anniversary beers put out by Sierra Nevada.
These are the two that stand out off the top of my head:
Second the Woah Nelly (and other Woahs). I don’t understand why they won’t brew that beer (or series) again. Makes no sense. They make 200 slightly different IPAs a year but they won’t even brew it again once a year (or ever again it seems).
Magnify Woah Nelly series
Stone Escondidian Black ale
Oh man I loved Yakima. Not to mention St. Victorious and St. Boisterous (but I already picked my two).
So many fondly remembered beers of yore in this thread. Lots of victory stuff and I concur (particularly old horizontal and Yakima glory).
apologies I’m forgetting the handle of the BA who already mentioned these - if I could get four packs of 12oz bottles of BCBCS and BCBW I would be buying and drinking them all the damn time.
Smuttynose Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout!
I’ll never understand why they aren’t made anymore.
I would like to add Bamburana. Such an amazing beer with a great price point. I wish it wasn't a one-off
Great Divide St Bridget's Porter & Magic Hat Roxy Rolles. Wanna know if they're near as good as I thought in 2009.
Founders Imperial Stout
...more Founders Imperial Stout.
Two from Pipeworks immediately spring to mind:
Down Unda and Zommelier
Gold Eagle Liquors, Libertyville, IL.
Just saw it on the Binny's website too.
Not sure where you are in the Land o' Lincoln, but it's still around.
I plumbed the depths of the 'retired' offerings from the bigger breweries that got me into craft, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Southern Tier, Sixpoint and Saranac topped the list. That merger between Sixpoint, ST, and Victory killed a lot from their respective portfolios, and I'm still upset about Sierra Nevada getting rid of seasonal variety packs, so:
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye - Excellent fall IPA
Southern Tier 2xSteam - a bonkers double california common
Southwest Joliet Plainfield area kinda far for me but thanks