Friday, April 12, 2013

THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100

Last time I put together a comprehensive, argument-settling list of my favorite beers was March of 2012, and, well, we've drunk some real brain-melters since then. It's time to update the list! Ladies and gentlemen, here's THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100, the one hundred finest ales & lagers known to man. Forget the Beer Advocate list - bookmark this thing and use it as your shopping list next time you're feeling like you might need a drink to calm you down.

Since I've been making these lists for a while, I decided to cull some of the top beers I'd rated 9/10 or above, but that I hadn't had in four or more years. For instance, I had a lone Russian River "O.V.L. Stout" in 2007, and it had been sitting on this list for six years. Maybe I need to have it again, before I can re-enshrine it into the pantheon? I also shuffled some things around a bit. I have "Hopsickle" and "The Abyss" every year, and they're always amazing - and Rochefort 8 still blows me clean away every time I have it, which should be more often than it is. Anyway, here goes:

1. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT – Trappistes Rochefort 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) 
2. MOYLAN’S Hopsickle (Double IPA)
3. DESCHUTES - The Abyss (Russian Imperial Stout) 
4. THE BRUERY The Wanderer (City Beer Store Anniversary) (American Wild Ale)
5. SOUTHERN TIER – Gemini (Double IPA)
6. BROUWERIJ WESTVLETEREN – Trappist Westvleteren 8 (Dubbel)
7. BRASSERIE DE L'ABBAYE DES ROCS - Triple Imperiale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
8. UNIBROUE La Fin Du Monde (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
9. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT Trappistes Rochefort 6 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)  
10. PERENNIAL/HALF ACRE - Plan B (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
11. THE BRUERY - Mischief (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) 
12. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT – Baby Tree (Quadrupel)
13. BROOKLYN BREWING - Black Ops (Barrel-Aged Stout)
14. TELEGRAPH BREWING –
Gypsy Ale (American Wild Ale)
15. STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES – Debauched (Saison)
16. BROOKLYN BREWING
Sorachi Ace (Saison)
17. STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES - Debutante (Saison)
18. BOOTLEGGER'S BREWERY - Rustic Rye IPA (IPA)
19. SANTA CRUZ ALEWORKS - Cruz Control Red (Amber Ale) 
20. LOST ABBEY Gift Of The Magi (Biere De Garde)
21. LEFT HAND BREWING Milk Stout (on nitro) (Milk Stout)
22. BROUWERIJ DE KEERSMAEKER – Mort Subite Blanche Lambic (Lambic)
23. LOST ABBEY
10 Commandments (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
24. BROWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE –
Monk’s CafĂ© Sour Flemish Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin)
25. SIERRA NEVADA –
30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Stout (Stout)
26. LUCKY LABRADOR - Super Duper Dog (Double IPA)
27. ST. BERNARDUS – Grotten Brown (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
28. FIFTY FIFTY BREWING –
Red Is The New Black (Imperial Red IPA)
29. AVERY BREWING – The Reverend (Quadrupel)
30. MOONLIGHT – Reality Czeck (Czech Pilsner)
31. BROUWERIJ WESTVLETEREN – Trappist Westvleteren 12(Quadrupel)
32. VICTORY BREWING – Wild Devil (Belgian IPA) 
33. RUSSIAN RIVER – Damnation (Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale)
34. URTHEL – Saisonniere (Saison)
35. DE STRUISE -
Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (Quadrupel)
36. ALPINE BREWING -
Nelson (IPA)
37. ALMANAC BEER CO. – Winter Wit (Witbier)
38. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE - Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA (Double IPA)
39. BROOKLYN BREWING –
East India Pale Ale (IPA)
40. SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES - Love's Armor (Sour/Wild Ale)  
41. SIERRA NEVADA - Ovila Quad (Quadrupel)
42. LOGSDON FARMHOUSE ALES - Seizoen Bretta (Wild Ale/Saison)
43. SURLY - Furious (Imperial Red Ale)
44. WESTMALLE -
Dubbel (Dubbel)
45. DE STRUISE/MIKKELLER – Eliott Brew (Double IPA)
46. NEBRASKA BREWING – Hop God – Reserve, Aged in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels (Belgian IPA)
47. JOLLY PUMPKIN - Baudelaire iO (Saison)
48. ODELL BREWING – Saboteur – Brett Barrel Brown Ale (American Wild Ale)
49. MIKKELLER/BREWDOG - Devine Rebel (English Barleywine)
50. CLOWN SHOES/THREE HEADS BREWING - Third-Party Candidate (Imperial Red)
51. DOGFISH HEAD – Burton Baton (Barrel-aged IPA)
52. BROWERIJ BOCKER – Bocker Bellegems Bruin (Flanders Oud Bruin)
53. EMELISSE – Dubbel (Dubbel)
54. GOUDEN CAROLUS – Cuvee Van De Kaizer Blauw (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
55. HAANBRYGGERIET - Dobbel Dram (Double IPA)
56. BROWERIJ CONTRERAS – Valheir Divers (Tripel)
57. DARK HORSE - Tres Blueberry Stout (American Stout)
58. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE -
St. Vincent's Dubbel (Dubbel)
59. THE BRUERY – Autumn Maple (Fruit Beer)
60. BROOKLYN BREWING –
Extra Brune (Flanders Oud Bruin)
61. ALLAGASH – Odyssey (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
62. GOUDEN CAROLUS –
Ambrio (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
63. THE BRUERY –
Saison Rue (Saison)
64. TWO BROTHERS BREWING –
The Bitter End (Pale Ale)
65. BELL’S – Expedition Stout (Imperial Stout)
66. THE ALCHEMIST – Header Topper (Double IPA)

67. RUSSIAN RIVER – Blind Pig (IPA)
68. SMUTTYNOSE -
Gravitation (Quadrupel)
69. 5 SEASONS BREWING –
Venus (Witbier)
70. THREE FLOYDS - Alpha King (American Pale Ale)
71. UNIBROUE – Maudite (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
72. DE PROEF –
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale (Flanders Red Ale)
73. SOUTHERN TIER - Heavy Weizen (Imperial Hefeweizen)
74. ST. BERNARDUS -
Prior 8 (Dubbel)
75. TELEGRAPH BREWING –
California Ale (Saison)76. BROOKLYN BREWING – Local 1 (Belgian-Style Golden Ale)
77. BROWERIJ DE DOLLE –
Oerbier (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
78. BRASSERIE DUPONT -
Saison Dupont (Saison)
79. BRASSERIE DE ROCHEFORT –
Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Quadrupel)
80. RUSSIAN RIVER – Damnation, Batch 23 (Belgian-Style Golden Ale)
81. FIFTY FIFTY - Eclipse (Aged in 20-Year Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels) (Imperial Stout)
82. GREEN FLASH – Summer Saison (Saison)
83. MIKKELLER – Barrel-Aged Chipotle Porter (Porter)
84. PRETTY THINGS BEER & ALE PROJECT –
Field Mouse’s Farewell (Saison)
85. THE BRUERY –
Loakal Red (Imperial Red Ale)
86. RUSSIAN RIVER – Redemption (Belgian-Style Pale Ale)
87. HANDBRYGGERIET – Norwegian Wood (Smoked/Spiced Ale)
88. SOUTHERN TIER -
Hoppe (Double IPA)
89. LAGUNITAS –
Imperial Red (American Strong Ale)
90. 5 SEASONS BREWING - Dark White (Dark Witbier)
91. SPEAKEASY BREWING - Betrayal (Imperial Red)

92. THE BRUERY - Orchard White (Witbier)
93. BIRRIFICIO LE BALADIN -
Nora (Herbed/Spiced beer)
94. ST. BERNARDUS – ABT 12 (Quadrupel)
95. SURLY BREWING – Abrasive Ale
(Double IPA)
96. TWO BROTHERS BREWING -
Hop Juice (Double IPA)97. RUSSIAN RIVER – Temptation (American Wild Ale)
98. GOLDEN ROAD - Hefeweizen (Hefeweizen)
99. DE PROEF –
Witte Noir (Imperial Amber Wheat)
100. GREEN FLASH – Hop Head Red (Imperial Red Ale)

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