Tuesday, February 18, 2014

THE BEER SAMIZDAT 100, 2006-2013

I kept a tally of my favorite beers for quite some time on the two beer blogs I've helmed to date - Hedonist Beer Jive and this one. I started rank-ordering the best ones back in 2006, and kept updating the list every six months or so, just to get my own story and shopping list straight. "The Hedonist Jive 75", "The Beer Samizdat 100", that sort of thing. Always hoped that my lists would cause lots of grumbling and consternation in the blogosphere, but it really never happened. 

So many of these beers are dead to me now. They'll never be found nor consumed again. Others were imbibed by a man much younger than my present self; sometimes by a man who was more mildly inebriated than today's older, wiser man. Would today's man appreciate them with the same level of enthusiasm as yesterday's? It is hard to tell, my friends, very hard to tell. So with this list published on this blog back in April 2013, I hereby retire "The Beer Samizdat 100" and declare that we shall start anew! Every beer, consumed from this point forward, shall merit consideration on a new list, one that begins in 2014.

It will be interesting (to me) to see how it shakes out. In the meantime, if you want to take a gander at the 100 best beers of 2006-2013, here you go:

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)