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What's your "Non-Whale" surprise beer this year?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by henryspam, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

    Yes, I know those Midnight Sun M and Cantillon Don Quijote have to be mind-blowingly awesome. But what about those beer that totally blown your mind but didn't cost you an arm, leg, and testicle? Here is mine...

    1, FW 14- rare but not whale, had this in NYC Rattle and Hum for $7 a pop with some old friends. I milked 3-4 pops, left the bar at 2am, passed out in the 7 train, got home at 5am, totally worth it. I still remember the waitress told me how strange that I kept ordering multples of FW 14 since that beer had been on tap for awhile and nobody ever ordered it.

    2, De Struise Rio Reserva- had it on Oakland Trappist. I am a big fan of De Struise Pannepot but I've never heard of Rio Reserva. I literally puked rainbows after a few sips.

    So whats your "non whale" surprise beer this year?
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  2. davey101

    davey101 Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Sebago Barrel Aged Barleywine/thread
  3. jeevo

    jeevo Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    You traded one of your testicles for a beer?
  4. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

    Well i had 3, so i traded one out
  5. davey101

    davey101 Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Sounds like a win-win to me
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  6. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    Green Flash Rayon Vert, can get a 4 pack for almost the same price as a single Orval.
  7. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    2009 Port Older Viscosity. No one cares about it. Every bit as good as BCBS.
    sbuysse, rrryanc, TWStandley and 6 others like this.
  8. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    That does seem rather excessive no? I mean, I've routinely said I'd gladly give up one of my boys if it meant I got to use the other on Mila Kunis, but as much as I love beer I don't think I could go that far.

    As far as beer goes though, I'm still new to this so I don't really know if I could be "surprised" by stuff since I'm working on getting my beer knowledge base up. I was shocked at how much I went from not being able to do hoppy beers to enjoying a decent bit depending on how the hopping was used. I guess I should finally try my Brux to see if I end up enjoying it considering it seems to be a markedly mixed beer on reception.
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  9. supercolter

    supercolter Apr 19, 2006 Wisconsin
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    SERENDIPITY... that is all.
    Hopsiam14, volta, MrHolland10 and 6 others like this.
  10. jmgrub

    jmgrub Nov 20, 2010 California

    Trois Dames L'Amoureuse No. 2, Meantime Naval College Old Porter
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  11. gtermi

    gtermi Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Jester King Boxers Revenge. Best sour I have ever had.. Also the beer that open my eyes to sours
  12. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

    And my third surprise has to be Bruery White Chocolate. I always think their provision series are basically mediocre beer with fancy labels and price tags. But that white chocolate...really tastes like white chocolate...ok bruery you win.
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  13. nrs207

    nrs207 Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    There's too much stuff to name. Considering I just got into craft last September, I had a lot of new stuff this year. If I had to pick, it'd probably be HF Abner or Zombie Dust. I'll throw in KBS and BCBS too.
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  14. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    This year's Remy. The reviews are extremely underwhelming and I went to the release party and got a couple bottles as well as had it on tap. It was sub-par on tap at the release, but a couple weeks ago I cracked a bottle and it turned out to absolutely phenomenal. Never really had a beer before that was literally ten times better in the bottle than on tap, so just goes to show what a few months can do for a brew
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  15. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    My trading buddy sent me some Anti Hero IPA from Revolution brewing company a month or so ago and I loved that beer! So awesome.
  16. libbey

    libbey May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

    Plead the 5th
    crushedvol, NWer, rhartogsq and 5 others like this.
  17. pixieskid

    pixieskid Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    You started a thread about non-whale beers but then list 2 fairly rare/expensive beers...

    FYI Rio Reserva is around 40 euros a bottle, quite limited, and to be perfectly honest not very impressive (I've tried it twice)

    In regards to your question, the last beer that surprised the shit out of me and is by no means a whale is Meantimes Raspberry Wheat. I saw the label and thought, wow that is probably going to be really bad (no offense to Meantime, it's a great brewery). Tasted it and thought damn, that might be the most impressive fruit beer (aside from lambics) I've ever tasted. Up there with New Glarus' fruit beers, if not better.
  18. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

    Oh muh bad...I thought FW 14 was just expensive but not whale.....at least they were on the shelves for awhile in sf bay area...what surprised me the most was when the waitress told me how people would order that beer, drink half of it and order something else. And thanks for your recommendation of Meantimes raspberry wheat, I'd definitely try it before 12/21
  19. pixieskid

    pixieskid Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    The FW anny beers are quite good and limited, but the reason they sit around for a while is because of the pricetag (imo, not everybody wants to drop 18-25 bucks on a bomber).
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  20. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    Apparently they do, cause those things sell out mighty quick up here. I wish I could still get my hands on a XIII, XIV, or XV. I saw a few XIVs up in Oregon a couple months back and didn't hesitate to drop $25 a bottle for two bottles. That stuff is gold
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  21. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    Also Sang Royal. Best sour I've ever had
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  22. Dennoman

    Dennoman Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Plead is a mini-whale in its own right. I call it a dolphin or a pilot whale.

    One of the most humble beers to get me drooling up a storm was Petrus Aged Pale. It was available in supermarkets here for a while, and it was stunning. Head and shoulders above anything else in their range though.

    Also: BrewDog Punk IPA. The perfect hoppy balance pretty much whipes the floor with anything else in their range, except for the Dog A and Tokyo Rising Sun imperial stouts, which were gorgeous in their own right but way too expensive.
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  23. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    40 Euros a bottle for Rio Reserva !!! Where on earth from ???
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  24. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Had some great surprises from beers that had a bit of a buzz but were highly regarded by reviewers, so not really surprises. But the biggest surprise was from a brand new local nano brewery called Sloop, and the beer was a Peach Berliner Weisse named The Sauer Peach. Absolutely blew me away. Rushing Duck also comes to mind with their Coffee Porter Planet Bean. Deep roasty balanced bright malt and delicious clean coffee flavor.
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  25. Thads324

    Thads324 Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    Can't believe I'm saying this but magic hat heart of darkness. That brewery has been stank for a while, but hopefully the return of a really good beer will make them bring back the others that were good. It's certainly not rare but just saying...
    Maine beer Zoe was an excellent beer I'd never had before.
    johzac, Momar42, TWStandley and 5 others like this.
  26. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Also about 17 bucks a bottle...
    dlello2, fujindemon74 and Rekrule like this.
  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I'm kinda new so lot's of things blew me away this year. Keeping to the theme of awesomeness / cost ratio I'm going with:

    Flower Power
    Schlafly A-IPA
    Schlafly T-IPA
    Odell Myrcenary
  28. ElderPuma

    ElderPuma Jul 27, 2012

    Tyranena's Devil Made Me Do It.....A fantastic coffee porter that gives FBS a run for its money.
  29. ferillo

    ferillo Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
    Fest Crew Subscriber Beer Trader

    Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising for me.
    Luk13, WmFields41, DrewCapzz and 12 others like this.
  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
    Beer Trader

    W-w-w-wait a minute here. Either you're paying a fucking awesome price for Rayon Vert, or a fucking terrible price for Orval. Maybe Orval x2 = 4-pack of Rayon Vert; that'd make more sense.

    Regardless, Rayon Vert's totally nutballs awesome.
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  31. robinsmv

    robinsmv Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    Cascade sang noir
  32. tronto

    tronto Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    Against The Grain -- Bo & Luke. That was an amazing beer.
  33. doopiedoopiedoo

    doopiedoopiedoo Oct 2, 2010 Netherlands

    Hopzilla and Knuckle Sandwich were the big IPAs for me this year.
    The Emelisse Sorachi Ace for a great hoppy stout
    The Hof ten Dormaal, Emelisse and de Molen beers aged in Ardbeg barrels. Love the peat.
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  34. manutdfan

    manutdfan May 25, 2012 Florida

    Moat Water, beer of the year for me!
    krl2112, ShaBizzle and robinsmv like this.
  35. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Some nice surprises this year:

    -Perennial Fantastic Voyage (better than 3 Hour Tour)
    -Revolution Bean Gene (quite possibly the best coffee beer I have ever drank)
    -Wakefield Miami Madness (one of the best beers of the year)
    -New Glarus R&D Sour Ale (the most authentic interpretation of a traditional belgian lambic made in the US)
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  36. RobCorriveau

    RobCorriveau Dec 15, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Jolly Pumpkin Saison IO - I'm not sure if this is new, but this is the first I have had it.
    Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising for sure.
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  37. xxcarpxx

    xxcarpxx Jan 13, 2011 Alabama

    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break....to me, it's the best non-BA stout made....and the best beer to hit Alabama..
    je1129, ABisonEgo, ehammond1 and 6 others like this.
  38. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    DFH - Palo Santo Marron
    Weyerbacher - Insanity
    Mikkeller - Beer Geek breakfast
    Alpine - Expo
    Jimmys and airmike like this.
  39. PetieP

    PetieP Apr 27, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    We've got plenty of that around here in the Scranton/WB area. Only their 6er mix pack. And I wholeheartedly agree. Absolutely delish.
  40. joeebbs

    joeebbs Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Bitburger Pils on draft. Delicious.
    fuzzylogic, Vonstein15 and tronto like this.
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