Wednesday, August 17, 2011

THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100

Continuing a tradition started at my former beer blog Hedonist Beer Jive, and adding in the best of all the numerous beers reviewed over the past 18 months on my other (still very active) blog The Hedonist Jive, I’d like to present to you THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100. It’s a ranked-and-ordered compendium of the one hundred greatest beers ever created – or at least to pass my lips. Every beer listed here has been reviewed somewhere between a 9/10, 9.5/10 and over one third at a 10/10 on the three blogs I’ve kept that have reviewed beer. I’d like to think it compares favorably with Beer Advocate’s Top 100 list – but of course I’d say that.

I’ll keep this updated every six months or so with new discoveries and whatnot. For now, let this be your beer bucket list - and let me know if you’d maybe have ordered things a little differently.

1. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT – Trappistes Rochefort 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
2. BRASSERIE DE L'ABBAYE DES ROCS - 
Triple Imperiale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
3. SOUTHERN TIER – 
Gemini (Double IPA)
4. DESCHUTES -
 The Abyss (Russian Imperial Stout)
5. THE BRUERY – The Wanderer (City Beer Store Anniversary) (American Wild Ale)
6. UNIBROUE – La Fin Du Monde (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
7. BROUWERIJ WESTVLETEREN – 
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (Dubbel)
8. THE BRUERY - Mischief (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
9. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT – 
Trappistes Rochefort 6 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) 
10. MOYLAN’S – Hopsickle (Double IPA)
11. BROOKLYN BREWING - Black Ops (Barrel-Aged Stout)
12. TELEGRAPH BREWING – 
Gypsy Ale (American Wild Ale)
13. BROOKLYN BREWING – 
Sorachi Ace (Saison)
14. LOST ABBEY – Gift Of The Magi (Biere De Garde)
15. LEFT HAND BREWING – Milk Stout (on nitro) (Milk Stout)
16. BROUWERIJ DE KEERSMAEKER – Mort Subite Blanche Lambic (Lambic)
17. LOST ABBEY – 
10 Commandments (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
18. BROWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE – 
Monk’s CafĂ© Sour Flemish Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin)
19. SIERRA NEVADA – 
30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Stout (Stout)
20. LUCKY LABRADOR - Super Duper Dog (Double IPA)
21. RUSSIAN RIVER – Damnation (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale)
22. ST. BERNARDUS – Grotten Brown (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
23. FIFTY FIFTY BREWING –
Red Is The New Black (Imperial Red IPA)
24. AVERY BREWING – The Reverend (Quadrupel)
25. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT – 
Baby Tree (Quadrupel)
26. MOONLIGHT – Reality Czeck (Czech Pilsner)
27. VICTORY BREWING – 
Wild Devil (Belgian IPA)
28. STONE BREWING – 
IPA (IPA)
29. URTHEL – 
Saisonniere (Saison)
30. HACKER-PSCHORR – Dunkel Weiss (Dunkel Weizen)
31. DE STRUISE - 
Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (Quadrupel)
32. ALPINE BREWING - 
Nelson (IPA) 
33. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE - Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA (Double IPA)
34. BROOKLYN BREWING –
East India Pale Ale (IPA) 
35. SURLY - Furious (Imperial Red Ale)
36. WESTMALLE -
Dubbel (Dubbel) 
37. DE STRUISE/MIKKELLER – Eliott Brew (Double IPA) 
38. NEBRASKA BREWING – Hop God – Reserve, Aged in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels (Belgian IPA)
39. ODELL BREWING – Saboteur – Brett Barrel Brown Ale (American Wild Ale)
40. MIKKELLER/BREWDOG - Devine Rebel (English Barleywine)
41. DOGFISH HEAD – Burton Baton (Barrel-aged IPA)
42. EMELISSE – Dubbel (Dubbel)
43. BROWERIJ CONTRERAS – Valheir Divers (Tripel)
44. DARK HORSE - Tres Blueberry Stout (American Stout)
45. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE - 
St. Vincent's Dubbel (Dubbel)
46. BROOKLYN BREWING – 
Extra Brune (Flanders Oud Bruin)
47. GOUDEN CAROLUS – 
Ambrio (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
48. THE BRUERY – 
Saison Rue (Saison)
49. TWO BROTHERS BREWING – 
The Bitter End (Pale Ale)
50. BROUWERIJ WESTVLETEREN – Trappist Westvleteren 12(Quadrupel)
51. DENNISON’S – 
Weizen (Hefeweizen)
52. BELL’S – Expedition Stout (Imperial Stout)
53. RUSSIAN RIVER – 
Blind Pig (IPA)
54. SMUTTYNOSE - 
Gravitation (Quadrupel)
55. 5 SEASONS BREWING – 
Venus (Witbier)
56. MARIN BREWING - 
Tripel Dipsea (Tripel)
57. MOYLAN’S – 
IPA (IPA)
58. RUSSIAN RIVER – 
Rejection (Belgian Black Ale)
59. THREE FLOYDS 
Alpha King (American Pale Ale) 
60. UNIBROUE – Maudite (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
61. DE PROEF – 
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale (Flanders Red Ale)
62. LOST ABBEY – 
Avant Garde (Biere De Garde)
63. SOUTHERN TIER - 
Heavy Weizen (Imperial Hefeweizen)
64. ST. BERNARDUS - 
Prior 8 (Dubbel)
65. TELEGRAPH BREWING – 
California Ale (Saison)
66. RUSSIAN RIVER - 
O.V.L. Stout (American Stout)
67. BROOKLYN BREWING – 
Local 1 (Belgian-Style Golden Ale)
68. BROWERIJ DE DOLLE – 
Oerbier (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
69. BRASSERIE DUPONT - 
Saison Dupont (Saison)
70. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT – 
Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Quadrupel)
71. GREEN FLASH – Summer Saison (Saison)
72. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT – 
Field Mouse’s Farewell (Saison)
73. THE BRUERY – 
Loakal Red (Imperial Red Ale)
74. RUSSIAN RIVER – Redemption (Belgian-Style Pale Ale)
75. SIERRA NEVADA – 
Celebration Ale (IPA)
76. HANDBRYGGERIET – 
Norwegian Wood (Smoked/Spiced Ale)
77. SOUTHERN TIER - 
Hoppe (Double IPA)
78. LAGUNITAS – 
Imperial Red (American Strong Ale)
79. 5 SEASONS BREWING - Dark White (Dark witbier)
80. TELEGRAPH BREWING – 
Golden Wheat (Wheat Beer)
81. THE BRUERY - 
Orchard White (Witbier)
82. BIRRIFICIO LE BALADIN -
Nora  (Herbed/Spiced beer)
83. DE PROEF – Kerstmutske (Christmas Ale)
84. ST. BERNARDUS – 
ABT 12 (Quadrupel)
85. SILVER CITY BREWERY – 
Fat (Scotch Ale)
86. TWO BROTHERS BREWING - 
Hop Juice (Double IPA)
87. BRASSERIE DUPONT – 
Foret (Saison)
88. NORTH COAST – 
La Merle (Saison)
89. RUSSIAN RIVER – 
Damnation, Batch 23 (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale) 
90. RUSSIAN RIVER – 
Temptation (American Wild Ale)
91. LOST ABBEY - 
The Angel's Share (American Strong Ale)
92. SIERRA NEVADA/DOGFISH HEAD - 
Life & Limb (American Strong Ale)
93. SOUTHERN TIER - 
Oak-Aged Unearthly (Double IPA)
94. MASIA AGULLONS - 
Runa Ale (Brown Ale)
95. DE PROEF – 
Witte Noir (Imperial Amber Wheat)
96. THE BRUERY/CIGAR CITY – Maron Acidife (Flanders Oude Bruin)
97. ELYSIAN/GREEN FLASH - The Red Queen (Saison)
98. NEW BELGIUM – 
Le Fleur Misseur (Belgian-Style Pale ale)
99. FIRESTONE WALKER – 
10 (Barleywine)
100. LOST ABBEY – 
The Red Poppy (American Wild Ale)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great list - will refer to it often! Just tried Lost Abbey red barn again - love that guy!