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  • 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.
  • Stella was on sale so....
  • 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.
  • Pocket Ninja: For all intensive purposes


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


    He was.

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

    He was.

    /brilliantly


    Indeed!
  • Hey moneybagsmitter, I can buy several boxes of white zin with 85 bucks.
  • Subby, you should know that Farkers NEVER get any... except from their Candian girlfriends.
  • 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.
  • I bet it's more fun than a barrel of monks.
  • 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.


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  • Just pass the Fin Du Monde and shut up, subby.
  • Send me a sample; I'll decide whether it's the "best".

    I'm waiting.
  • Craigslist and Ebay have bottles listed as high as $700.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • It was sold out by the time I got to Total Wine in Durham.

    /wasn't going to buy it anyway
  • I got mine last summer in Ireland. I liked it.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • I think they should be learning Kung Fu instead.
  • Pocket Ninja: For all intensive purposes


    That's a good touch.
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