Getyoself Some Sours
My contribution to a holiday beer tasting with some buddies. Mostly sours, nothing too extraordinary, but still solid. Sorry for the shitty/huge picture, it was taken with my blackberry.
From left to right, in case you are not familiar with these broskis:
Avery Rumpkin (Pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels)
Avery Oud Floris (Sour brown ale aged in cab sav, bourbon, rum, and chardonnay barrels)
The Bruery Rueuze (Sour blonde)
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend (Mixture of 1-4 year old lambics)
Russian River Framboise For a Cure (Sour blonde aged in chardonnay barrels with raspberry)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew (Quad aged in red and white wine barrels)
Hanssens Artisanaal Scarenbecca Kriek (Lambic aged with sour cherries)
Good thing I'll be there for this tasting. Some of those beers appear to be from my refrigerator.
Very nice! The only one I've had is the 3F Golden. Crazy beer. I haven't had anything quite like it.
How are Avery's sours?
Avery sours are some of the best around. Their barrel aged series is what got me into sours a few years back. Been spending way too much money on single bottles ever since. Being in Colorado makes it easy to get my hands on Avery's limited edish stuff, which is awesome, but a lot of the belgian goods aren't distributed here (like Rodenbach).
how was the Rueuze? a buddy of mine has that bottle in his collection and he promised to invite me over when he opens it.
Ride Bikes, Drink Craft Beer, Repeat.
I have yet to try the Rueuze, I will report back on sunday when we do the tasting...with pictures of the full collection
Nice list, but you're missing two very fine ones:
Deschutes Brewery - The Dissident
Bend Brewing - Ching Ching (Gold Medal, American Style Sour Ale, World Beer Cup)
Originally Posted by dirt farmer
Indeed, The Dissident is one I have yet to get my hands on. I have heard amazing things, but not sure if I have ever seen it here in Colorado. Feel free to send either of them to me.
Ching Ching is the best under-the-radar Berliner I can think of. And it was dirt cheap when it lasted. Wish I had about 3 cases of that stuff.
Originally Posted by dirt farmer
I <3 sours.
Here is the complete lineup from our tasting yesterday.
From right to left:
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
Mikkeller Monks Brew
Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
Russian River Framboise For a Cure
Alaskan Barley Wine (2010 Pilot Series)
Avery Oud Floris
Fifty Fifty Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 12yr)
Avery Recolte Sauvage
Cantillon Fou' Foune
Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza (2010)
The Bruery Tart of Darkness
Elevation Apis IV
Timmermans Oude Gueuze Lambicus
The Bruery Rueuze
Avery Odio Equum
Crooked Stave L'Brett D'Or
Mikkeller Ultramate 1000
Hanssens Artisanaal Scarenbecca Kriek
Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze Golden Blend
Last edited by Phatpants; 12-24-2012 at 06:38 AM.
Reason: forgot beer list
I had the pleasure of tasting a Lambic brewed by the Alchemist, brewer of the infamous Heady Topper. It was called "petite mutant". Helps to have a connection and get to go to their Christmas party. Not to mention the keg of Heady that was dry hopped with another pound of hops. Mmm mmm.
That sounds awesome, with a name like Heady Topper it must be good.
Originally Posted by willapajames
Excellent stuff! I am really sad that James @ Storm Brewing (super local to me) has no plans of reproducing his amazing and rather famous 12 year aged Lambic that is now sold out everywhere. I had the good fortune of having a few glasses and I've never had anything like it. Sour candy beer!