What ridiculously expensive beer should I buy for new years?

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  1. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    So once a year for new years I like to splurge and get a bottle that I would never otherwise justify trying. usually things >$25.

    So, with price no object, what is the best expenxive beer I should try? Im in MN so keep geography in mind. Suggest something new or vote from the list.

    Ive had:
    Oakerney Dark Island reserve
    De Oude Cam (oude gueuze)

    Your thoughts?
  2. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    gueuze seems very New Years to me
  3. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    a SA Utopias, then shotgun that bitch!
  4. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    Xyauyu Etichetta Rame, Argento, or Oro.
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  5. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    I forgot to add some of my other favorites that I need an excuse to buy:

    Nogne Red or Sweet horizion
    Hanssens Experimental Cassis
    Rodenbach 2007 vintage
    anything with Sorachi Ace hops
  6. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,765) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    The Bruery's Fruet or Cuir - if you like bourbon barrel-aged old ales, that is (cost ~$36?) - these were really excellent and decadent. Don't know about their distribution.
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  7. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (416) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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  8. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Shit I brought a bottle of Black Tuesday and bourbon with me last year to share. No one wanted the BT at the end of the night and I finished the bottle thinking a Black Tuesday White Russian was a good idea. I was drunk and had a great time, all was good in the world. Just know whatever you drink may not be drank in such an appropriate manner at the end of the night.

    Go with something you like but usually never spring for or something you have wanted but hesitated. I am not sure about availability so I will give that general suggestion.
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  9. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    5 Calling Birds
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  10. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    Saw a guy on craigslist with a 600$ brick of westy 12, that's pretty ridiculous
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  11. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

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  12. homebrewer88

    homebrewer88 Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Virginia

    I'll be cracking one of my fruet. And will probably have to finish it myself.
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  13. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Man up and drink that delicious brew yo :slight_smile:
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  14. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    No idea what you can get there, but Scaldis Prestige is expensive as f and kinda worth it...
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  15. buddha5050

    buddha5050 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Michigan

    A nice S.A. Utopias maybe a Westy 12 if you were lucky enough to get a brick :grinning:
  16. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    I saw an 80$ gigantic bottle of Double Bastard at the store the other day. That would be an eventful evening. Haha
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  17. buddha5050

    buddha5050 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Michigan

    Now remembering the evening would be a challenge lol!
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  18. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    Do you like sours? If so, 3F Schaerbeeksekeskeksksekeksekeske Kriek.
  19. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,331) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    I go with jmgrub and say some of those pricey but fancy-schmacy farmhouse-y Italian brews. That's what I'd do, certainly.

    Or some big jeroboam, from Allagash or Unibroue. A 3L La Fin du Monde sounds very fitting for New Year's.
  20. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    Ive always wondered about scaldis prestiege...

    Of the expensive ones ive tried Deus has been the "most worth it". Its unlike any other beer ive tried.

    Id love to buy an expensive/rare guezue but they're hard to find. Any recommendations on places to find some in the Twin Cities MN? I hit most the big spots in the west metro and uptown.

    If I was going with a big bottle Id get the 6L bottle of St Benardus 12 for $240 and throw a crazy party themed around monks
  21. Dcv

    Dcv Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2009 Michigan

    A St. Bernardus abt 12 6 liter bottle
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  22. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (968) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    Definitely de cam
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  23. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    On a serious note. I'd rather just grab a couple SS stingos. Not super expensive but amazing and more available than some others mentioned.
  24. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I have one of those beautiful 07 3L bottles of Double Bastard. It may not be $80 worth of beer but it is a badass bottle to keep around. It is the one bottle I will keep.
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  25. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Disciple (305) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    Scaldis Prestige des Nuits - $45 at my local store
  26. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poo-Bah (5,353) Oct 13, 2007 California
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    Finding a store that "price gauges" should be a top priority :wink:
  27. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (360) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Fruet is an excellent choice.

    Scaldis Prestige second.
  28. psychotia

    psychotia Disciple (319) Jun 27, 2009 Minnesota

    Found a shelf full of the Stingo, priced @ $5 and change... then promptly cleared the shelf. Love that beer.
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  29. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    Miller High Life, they say it's like the Champagne of Beers.... Just buy up as much Surly Abrasive as you can; that would be ridiculously expensive at 17-20 bucks a 4-pack.
  30. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Wow. It is 12.99 here in NC. Always.
  31. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Agreed fell for the hype when it was first released reserved two bottles paid around 17 each. Mediocre at best. Next year decided to just get one rang up at 26 $ said no thank you an walked out. I have to laugh about it now but when I first got it, it was just when I started to get into craft full time. Thought I had like the rarest beer out there or something. Now makes me realize it was very common of Sam Adams more limited released beers cool bottle and huge retail markup
  32. haddon

    haddon Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2009 Kentucky

    pickup a few bottles of Thomas Hardy's Vintage. when else you going to bust $40 on a sixer?
  33. calcnerd

    calcnerd Zealot (577) Oct 26, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    You can get the giant bottles of mad elf too. That's a good winter beer. I still have a 2010 giant bottle in the cellar :slight_smile:
  34. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    We're cracking open a 2012 Utopias and finishing what's left of the 2009 Utopias. Then cracking open some Heady Topper and maybe one or two Westys.
  35. Siriusfisherman

    Siriusfisherman Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2011 Colorado

    I always go for Tripels and Saisons for new years, as I am sure many in this community do. I have a bottle of Boulevard Saison-Brett for this year, can't wait!
  36. jzand219

    jzand219 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012

    3 Fonteinen Golden Blend
    3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek
    De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010
    Anything Cantillon if you can find it.
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  37. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    Deus is on sale for under $30 at Stinson Wine, Beer & Spirits.

    I don't know about gueuze, but Lambickx is one of those bottles I always hesitate to drop $25 on. Zipps currently has it for $23 or so (they also have Hanssens Cassis, which I enjoyed this summer).

    Heritage Liquors in Maplewood often has something special -- a special purchase may require a special trip. Ditto Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, which still had a bottle of Odell Woodcut #3 ($25, bottled in 2009) on the shelf about a month ago.
  38. Hatzilla

    Hatzilla Aspirant (279) Jul 25, 2008 California

    Get 1 or 2 Chimay Blue magnums (1.5 L each). They are about $35 a piece, and taste great because they are aleady aged 2 years. More costly, but the built-in aging helps lessen the pain :slight_smile:
  39. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    For me nye is more of a champagne, cognac, vodka kinda night. And its the only day of the year I actually prefer champagne or vodka. Thats just me.

    If I were going beer I might go for belgian (or belgian style) quads and triples.

    more importantly have a good time.
  40. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (396) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    I don't know about spending that amount of money (maybe by spending on shipping for beers not locally available?), but last year I had a nice assortment of saisons from Fantome and The Bruery, and everyone seemed to think they were tastier than and at least as festive as champaign.

    Serendipitously (because I didn't really plan it), the saisons seemed accessible enough for craft beer novices and complex enough for beer afficianados to enjoy alike.
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