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   The monks who brew the best beer in Belgium (if not the world) needed to renovate their abbey, so they made it available for sale in 21 US states. Once. For one day. At $85 a six-pack. Any Farkers get any?

15 Dec 2012 10:44 AM   |   9826 clicks   |   Philly Burbs
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AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
Let's be serious for a moment. America makes the best beer in the world these days. The Belgian beer is good, but it's mostly coasting on name value only. Much like our own Stone Brewery, actually.

15 Dec 2012 08:30 AM
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edmo    [TotalFark]  
Stella was on sale so....

15 Dec 2012 09:12 AM
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Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
Meh. This was actually one of their off years, imo. Osbert, the lead monk, was out for most of the season on Sabbatical to Malaysia, and his assistants did their best but weren't quite up to the task. Not to mention the exceptionally wet spring that Belgium had this year. That damp affects everything -- the hops, the barley, even the fermentation process itself. Which, ironically, was one of the reasons they really needed to move on this whole roof thing. So I can understand why they did this, but it's a shame that all the people trying this beer for the first time will never really know what they're missing. For all intensive purposes, in fact, their best vintage was back in '09, '08, back before they started getting all this internet attention in the first place. It's been difficult for them to concentrate on really making exceptional beer now that they have so many tourists wanting to "take a gander" at their facilities. It's a shame how things change when they become popular. *sigh* Oh well, there are actually some very excellent competing monasteries in the lower Rhine region, as well as a really up-and-coming facility right on the western border of Uzbekistan. I'm keeping my eye on them, but of course I'm also trying to keep them on the down-low, if you know what I mean. Don't want the same thing to happen there.

15 Dec 2012 09:14 AM
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doglover    [TotalFark]  

Pocket Ninja: For all intensive purposes


groups.ultimate-guitar.com

But agree if it was a good brew this year they wouldn't have needed to branch out to the international market to offload it.

But beer is like a lover anyway. It doesn't matter if you've got the best woman or man in the world. All that matters is that you like the one you've got.

15 Dec 2012 09:24 AM
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dbirchall    [TotalFark]  
I thought Pocket Ninja was just hipster-trolling.

15 Dec 2012 09:46 AM
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Gecko Gingrich    [TotalFark]  

dbirchall: I thought Pocket Ninja was just hipster-trolling.


He was.

/brilliantly

15 Dec 2012 09:48 AM
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dbirchall    [TotalFark]  

Gecko Gingrich: dbirchall: I thought Pocket Ninja was just hipster-trolling.

He was.

/brilliantly


Indeed!

15 Dec 2012 09:58 AM
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AbbeySomeone     
Hey moneybagsmitter, I can buy several boxes of white zin with 85 bucks.

15 Dec 2012 10:06 AM
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bronyaur1    [TotalFark]  
Subby, you should know that Farkers NEVER get any... except from their Candian girlfriends.

15 Dec 2012 10:15 AM
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dbirchall    [TotalFark]  

bronyaur1: Subby, you should know that Farkers NEVER get any... except from their Candian girlfriends.


A $14 bottle of beer might be a good bribe for a (real) Canadian girlfriend.

15 Dec 2012 10:18 AM
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I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros     
I bet it's more fun than a barrel of monks.

15 Dec 2012 10:45 AM
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gopher321    [TotalFark]  

AverageAmericanGuy: Let's be serious for a moment. America makes the best beer in the world these days. The Belgian beer is good, but it's mostly coasting on name value only. Much like our own Stone Brewery, actually.


mojoimage.com

15 Dec 2012 10:46 AM
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elffster     
Just pass the Fin Du Monde and shut up, subby.

15 Dec 2012 10:46 AM
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bmihura     
Send me a sample; I'll decide whether it's the "best".

I'm waiting.

15 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
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KungFuJunkie     
Craigslist and Ebay have bottles listed as high as $700.

15 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
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KungFuJunkie     

elffster: Just pass the Fin Du Monde and shut up, subby.


Heh, I have a bottle in my fridge right now. Another hour and its beer time for me.

15 Dec 2012 10:49 AM
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residentgeek     

Pocket Ninja: Meh. This was actually one of their off years, imo. Osbert, the lead monk, was out for most of the season on Sabbatical to Malaysia, and his assistants did their best but weren't quite up to the task. Not to mention the exceptionally wet spring that Belgium had this year. That damp affects everything -- the hops, the barley, even the fermentation process itself. Which, ironically, was one of the reasons they really needed to move on this whole roof thing. So I can understand why they did this, but it's a shame that all the people trying this beer for the first time will never really know what they're missing. For all intensive purposes, in fact, their best vintage was back in '09, '08, back before they started getting all this internet attention in the first place. It's been difficult for them to concentrate on really making exceptional beer now that they have so many tourists wanting to "take a gander" at their facilities. It's a shame how things change when they become popular. *sigh* Oh well, there are actually some very excellent competing monasteries in the lower Rhine region, as well as a really up-and-coming facility right on the western border of Uzbekistan. I'm keeping my eye on them, but of course I'm also trying to keep them on the down-low, if you know what I mean. Don't want the same thing to happen there.


Thank you for making Fark such a beautiful place. Never change.

15 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
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Lost_at_sea     
Why yes, yes I did get some...

Chilled, and cracked a bottle that night.. It is damn, and I mean, damn good. Not sure if I would say best in the world, but its in my top 5 beers of all time...

15 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
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treecologist     
It was sold out by the time I got to Total Wine in Durham.

/wasn't going to buy it anyway

15 Dec 2012 10:51 AM
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JasonOfOrillia    [TotalFark]  
I got mine last summer in Ireland. I liked it.

15 Dec 2012 10:51 AM
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pxlboy    [TotalFark]  
I have tried to get into the Belgian styles, but I just haven't been able to develop a taste for them. I've tried plenty of beers, but those Belgians...

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be willing to try it. So far, I've had:

Chimay Blue (not bad)
Three Philosophers (too sweet)
And a couple of wit beers, neither of which I liked at all.

15 Dec 2012 10:52 AM
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TFerWannaBe    [TotalFark]  

Lost_at_sea: Why yes, yes I did get some...

Chilled, and cracked a bottle that night.. It is damn, and I mean, damn good. Not sure if I would say best in the world, but its in my top 5 beers of all time...


Out of curiosity, what are your other favorites? I'm a beer-snob-in-training :)

15 Dec 2012 10:53 AM
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Popcorn Johnny     
Westvleteren 12 ages like wine. Throw a bottle in a dark cupboard and forget about it for a couple years, your taste buds will thank you.

15 Dec 2012 10:53 AM
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strangeguitar     
I think they should be learning Kung Fu instead.

15 Dec 2012 10:54 AM
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Quantum Apostrophe     

Pocket Ninja: For all intensive purposes


That's a good touch.

15 Dec 2012 10:54 AM
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pxlboy    [TotalFark]  

Quantum Apostrophe: Pocket Ninja: For all intensive purposes

That's a good touch.


That's why I have him Farkied as "satirist extraordinaire".

15 Dec 2012 10:54 AM
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Real Women Drink Akvavit    [TotalFark]  
You know how much akvavit I could buy for that kind of cash? Lady Hel's blessed bosom, no, I would never spend that much on beer. Besides, my sis always wins the beer fueled burping contests, so 'tis pointless.

15 Dec 2012 10:55 AM
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abhorrent1     
Hardest to get = Best? Got it.

15 Dec 2012 10:55 AM
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Easy Reader     
Lately I've been starting to think that Belgian beer doesn't make it across the pond very well. In Belgium, pouring a glass of Chimay or Westmalle has an aroma not unlike someone bringing a bouquet of flowers into the room. By the time it's here in Alabama, it has sort of a flat chalky quality to it. If only to go back to the Gollem in Amsterdam to have a few glasses of Oerbier again.

/reforming beer snob
//getting a little more into bourbon and mixed drinks

15 Dec 2012 10:55 AM
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BoxOfBees     

KungFuJunkie: Craigslist and Ebay have bottles listed as high as $700.


That's insane... they can normally be had for under $100.

15 Dec 2012 10:56 AM
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gopher321    [TotalFark]  
Tried a bottle of mead from a local brewery here in the GTA - $8 for a fancy stoneware bottle...meh. I'll stick to beer and rum during the holidays.

15 Dec 2012 10:56 AM
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Pointy Tail of Satan     
Better than Colt 45 or Pabst Blue Ribbon? Unpossible.

15 Dec 2012 10:58 AM
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Fallguyx     

treecologist: It was sold out by the time I got to Total Wine in Durham.

/wasn't going to buy it anyway


We have a Total Wine in Durham?

I was unaware. Southpoint area I'm betting.

15 Dec 2012 10:58 AM
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BokerBill     

Pocket Ninja: intensive purposes


dbirchall: Gecko Gingrich: dbirchall: I thought Pocket Ninja was just hipster-trolling.

He was.

/brilliantly

Indeed!


Also grammar trolling
"intents and purposes"

/okay, I bit

15 Dec 2012 10:59 AM
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Popcorn Johnny     

BoxOfBees: That's insane... they can normally be had for under $100.


You can get a bottle for 40 bucks on belgianshop.com. That's where I bought my first bottle years ago.

15 Dec 2012 10:59 AM
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Scott_Free     
Got a six pack given to me for Christmas Haven't tried one yet..

15 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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abhorrent1     

Popcorn Johnny: You can get a bottle for 40 bucks Apache 2 Test Page on belgianshop.com


15 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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residentgeek     

pxlboy: I have tried to get into the Belgian styles, but I just haven't been able to develop a taste for them. I've tried plenty of beers, but those Belgians...

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be willing to try it. So far, I've had:

Chimay Blue (not bad)
Three Philosophers (too sweet)
And a couple of wit beers, neither of which I liked at all.


Weyerbacher's Merry Monks should set you right.

15 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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cirby     
elffster:
Just pass the Fin Du Monde and shut up, subby.

Heh. The first time I saw that one, I'd had a long day at work, and bartender suggested it as a "nice, light beer." It was - crispy and easy to drink.

So I knocked down three of them in about twenty minutes. Oops.

/why are my knees so wobbly all of a sudden?

15 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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rocketpants    [TotalFark]  
Will my dick fit in the bottle?

Then no.

15 Dec 2012 11:02 AM
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residentgeek     
I seriously wonder how Satan Gold stacks up against XII. It stands in the top slot for the best beer I have ever drunk.

15 Dec 2012 11:02 AM
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Evil Mackerel     
Hhmmm, half keg of Spaten Optimator or two six packs of monk beer ........

15 Dec 2012 11:03 AM
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pxlboy    [TotalFark]  

residentgeek: pxlboy: I have tried to get into the Belgian styles, but I just haven't been able to develop a taste for them. I've tried plenty of beers, but those Belgians...

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be willing to try it. So far, I've had:

Chimay Blue (not bad)
Three Philosophers (too sweet)
And a couple of wit beers, neither of which I liked at all.

Weyerbacher's Merry Monks should set you right.


Much obliged. I will give it a go.

15 Dec 2012 11:03 AM
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abhorrent1     

rocketpants: Will my dick fit in the bottle?

Then no.


Mickeys wide mouth for you then?

15 Dec 2012 11:03 AM
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pippi longstocking     
Beer is what hobos and morons drink. Fact: People can not tell the difference between beer and piss.

15 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
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impaler    [TotalFark]  

Easy Reader: Lately I've been starting to think that Belgian beer doesn't make it across the pond very well. In Belgium, pouring a glass of Chimay or Westmalle has an aroma not unlike someone bringing a bouquet of flowers into the room. By the time it's here in Alabama, it has sort of a flat chalky quality to it. If only to go back to the Gollem in Amsterdam to have a few glasses of Oerbier again.


I was going to say, "this may be the best beer in the world when tasted at the abbey... Bottled and shipped, not so much."

15 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
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abhorrent1     

pippi longstocking: Beer is what hobos and morons drink. Fact: People can not tell the difference between beer and piss.


-100/10

15 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
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Zeno-25     

pxlboy: I have tried to get into the Belgian styles, but I just haven't been able to develop a taste for them. I've tried plenty of beers, but those Belgians...

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be willing to try it. So far, I've had:

Chimay Blue (not bad)
Three Philosophers (too sweet)
And a couple of wit beers, neither of which I liked at all.


Delirium Tremens
Duvel
Orval Trappist
Westmalle Tripel

15 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
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ManRay     
I like some Belgian brews, dislike others. Wit beer is good, lambics are hit and miss with me.

The best beer I have had in years is only sold at the micro brewery that makes it in Colorado. It's fantastic, but part of it's allure is it's scarcity since I only get to CO once or twice a year. Maybe this stuff benefits from that effect too?

15 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
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MoparPower     

Real Women Drink Akvavit: You know how much akvavit I could buy for that kind of cash? Lady Hel's blessed bosom, no, I would never spend that much on beer. Besides, my sis always wins the beer fueled burping contests, so 'tis pointless.


O.P. Anderson Single Barrel? Half a liter. Not worth it.

15 Dec 2012 11:07 AM
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