Thursday, March 8, 2012

THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100

A few times a year I like to get on my high horse and update my list of the 100 finest beers known to man – and to me. Because I’ve had a few serious knockouts in the time since I last published THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100 in August 2011, I figured we were due for an update, given that you’ve probably already tried the 100 I recommend last time and need a few suggestions to broader your palate, as it were.

Some of the newer arrivals this time you may have read about on this site. There was STILLWATER’s incredible saison DEBAUCHED, which I’m still crying about since it came and went so quickly and is now lost to the sands of time. There’s ALMANAC BEER CO.’s 2012 seasonal “WINTER WIT”, which is still out there on the shelves now. There’s BOCKER BELLEGEMS BRUIN. There’s a whole bunch more. Some stuff got bumped from the list in favor of newcomers, and others moved up, down or off if I had it a second or third time since this past August. PRETTY THINGS’ “Baby Tree”, for instance, vaulted up a quartile because I’m now “calling” that one a 10/10.

Hope this is of some use to you in settling arguments with yr beer dork pals!

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. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT – Baby Tree (Quadrupel)
12. BROOKLYN BREWING - Black Ops (Barrel-Aged Stout)
13. TELEGRAPH BREWING –
Gypsy Ale (American Wild Ale)
14. STILLWATER ARTISINAL ALES – Debauched (Saison)
15. BROOKLYN BREWING
Sorachi Ace (Saison)
16. LOST ABBEY Gift Of The Magi (Biere De Garde)
17. LEFT HAND BREWING Milk Stout (on nitro) (Milk Stout)
18. BROUWERIJ DE KEERSMAEKER – Mort Subite Blanche Lambic (Lambic)
19. LOST ABBEY
10 Commandments (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
20. BROWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE –
Monk’s Café Sour Flemish Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin)
21. SIERRA NEVADA –
30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Stout (Stout)
22. LUCKY LABRADOR - Super Duper Dog (Double IPA)
23. RUSSIAN RIVER – Damnation (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale)
24. ST. BERNARDUS – Grotten Brown (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
25. FIFTY FIFTY BREWING –
Red Is The New Black (Imperial Red IPA)
26. AVERY BREWING – The Reverend (Quadrupel)
27. MOONLIGHT – Reality Czeck (Czech Pilsner)
28. VICTORY BREWING – Wild Devil (Belgian IPA)
29. STONE BREWING –
IPA (IPA)
30. URTHEL –
Saisonniere (Saison)
31. HACKER-PSCHORR – Dunkel Weiss (Dunkel Weizen)
32. DE STRUISE -
Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (Quadrupel)
33. ALPINE BREWING -
Nelson (IPA)
34. ALMANAC BEER CO. – Winter Wit (Witbier)
35. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE - Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA (Double IPA)
36. BROOKLYN BREWING –
East India Pale Ale (IPA)
37. SURLY - Furious (Imperial Red Ale)
38. WESTMALLE -
Dubbel (Dubbel)
39. DE STRUISE/MIKKELLER – Eliott Brew (Double IPA)
40. NEBRASKA BREWING – Hop God – Reserve, Aged in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels (Belgian IPA)
41. ODELL BREWING – Saboteur – Brett Barrel Brown Ale (American Wild Ale)
42. MIKKELLER/BREWDOG - Devine Rebel (English Barleywine)
43. DOGFISH HEAD – Burton Baton (Barrel-aged IPA)
44. BROWERIJ BOCKER – Bocker Bellegems Bruin (Flanders Oud Bruin)
45. EMELISSE – Dubbel (Dubbel)
46. GOUDEN CAROLUS – Cuvee Van De Kaizer Blauw (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
47. BROWERIJ CONTRERAS – Valheir Divers (Tripel)
48. DARK HORSE - Tres Blueberry Stout (American Stout)
49. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE -
St. Vincent's Dubbel (Dubbel)
50. THE BRUERY – Autumn Maple (Fruit Beer)
51. BROOKLYN BREWING –
Extra Brune (Flanders Oud Bruin)
52. ALLAGASH – Odyssey (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
53. GOUDEN CAROLUS –
Ambrio (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
54. THE BRUERY –
Saison Rue (Saison)
55. TWO BROTHERS BREWING –
The Bitter End (Pale Ale)
56. BROUWERIJ WESTVLETEREN – Trappist Westvleteren 12(Quadrupel)
57. DENNISON’S –
Weizen (Hefeweizen)
58. BELL’S – Expedition Stout (Imperial Stout)
59. THE ALCHEMIST – Header Topper (Double IPA)

60. RUSSIAN RIVER – Blind Pig (IPA)
61. SMUTTYNOSE -
Gravitation (Quadrupel)
62. 5 SEASONS BREWING –
Venus (Witbier)
63. RUSSIAN RIVER – Rejection (Belgian Black Ale)
64. THREE FLOYDS -
Alpha King (American Pale Ale)
65. UNIBROUE – Maudite (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
66. DE PROEF –
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale (Flanders Red Ale)
67. LOST ABBEY –
Avant Garde (Biere De Garde)
68. SOUTHERN TIER -
Heavy Weizen (Imperial Hefeweizen)
69. ST. BERNARDUS -
Prior 8 (Dubbel)
70. TELEGRAPH BREWING –
California Ale (Saison)
71. RUSSIAN RIVER -
O.V.L. Stout (American Stout)
72. BROOKLYN BREWING –
Local 1 (Belgian-Style Golden Ale)
73. BROWERIJ DE DOLLE –
Oerbier (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
74. BRASSERIE DUPONT -
Saison Dupont (Saison)
75. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT –
Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Quadrupel)
76. RUSSIAN RIVER – Damnation, Batch 23 (Belgian-Style Golden Ale)
77. GREEN FLASH – Summer Saison (Saison)
78. MIKKELLER – Barrel-Aged Chipotle Porter (Porter)
79. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT –
Field Mouse’s Farewell (Saison)
80. THE BRUERY –
Loakal Red (Imperial Red Ale)
81. RUSSIAN RIVER – Redemption (Belgian-Style Pale Ale)
82. HANDBRYGGERIET – Norwegian Wood (Smoked/Spiced Ale)
83. SOUTHERN TIER -
Hoppe (Double IPA)
84. LAGUNITAS –
Imperial Red (American Strong Ale)
85. 5 SEASONS BREWING - Dark White (Dark witbier)
86. TELEGRAPH BREWING –
Golden Wheat (Wheat Beer)
87. THE BRUERY -
Orchard White (Witbier)
88. BIRRIFICIO LE BALADIN -
Nora (Herbed/Spiced beer)
89. DE PROEF – Kerstmutske (Christmas Ale)
90. ST. BERNARDUS –
ABT 12 (Quadrupel)
91. SILVER CITY BREWERY –
Fat (Scotch Ale)
92. TWO BROTHERS BREWING -
Hop Juice (Double IPA)
93. BRASSERIE DUPONT –
Foret (Saison)
94. NORTH COAST –
La Merle (Saison)
95. RUSSIAN RIVER –
Damnation, Batch 23 (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale)
96. RUSSIAN RIVER –
Temptation (American Wild Ale)
97. LOST ABBEY -
The Angel's Share (American Strong Ale)
98. MASIA AGULLONS - Runa Ale (Brown Ale)
99. DE PROEF –
Witte Noir (Imperial Amber Wheat)
100. THE BRUERY/CIGAR CITY – Maron Acidife (Flanders Oude Bruin)

3 comments:

Mark said...

I've only had 32 or so of these, darnit. But it's a nice shopping list, if I can get my hands on some of it...

Dave said...

I need to do this one day

Anonymous said...

You have Damnation batch 23 on your list 2X. :) and where is pliny the elder? Good list! hmmmmm

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