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Best single beer, not best brewery

MOREKASHA Aug 20, 2009 07:01 PM

I wanted to start a nice long discussion about why we love a certain beer. No hate, just love. As I've mentioned many times before, if I had only 1 beer to drink it would be the "Original", original/Urquell, Plzen. Why? When fresh, the bouqet is better then the perfume of your first love, and the body is just right. The mind is also sweet,sharp and quick. Enough curves in the right places, not too top or bottom heavy. It's drinkable year 'round. Sadly, it's not the same anymore and like "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" it lead to many cloying, awful copycats/knockoff's, pale imitators (the Eagles, Firefall)....

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  1. The Professor RE: MOREKASHA Aug 20, 2009 07:36 PM

    Traquair House Ale, from Scotland.
    Luscious, malty, strong, warming, and...dang it...expensive as hell.
    Runner up for favorite would probably be Bigfoot...many of the same descriptives with the addition of a nice wallop of hop bitterness. And thankfully, NOT as expensive as hell.

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      chuckl RE: MOREKASHA Aug 21, 2009 12:22 AM

      I don't presume to know the "best" anything, and beer is much too subjective for there to be any meaningful consensus. Having said that, I love Pliny the Elder. For me, it's the right amount of hops but balanced, refreshing, and full of flavor all along the palate. I find it comforting and at the same time challenging. It's my lodestone for DIPAs.

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        juantanamera RE: MOREKASHA Aug 22, 2009 12:21 AM

        Orval was the first thing that came to mind. The flavors, to me, are elusive, shifting, and intriguing. Sometimes the hop bitterness seems forward, other times citrus, sometimes a kind of funk that's hard to place. There's a certain amount of creaminess in the texture. A little pepper sometimes, sometimes a bit of tartness. It's like a saison, but not exactly. It's not exactly anything, except Orval. I wish I could give a better description, but it's a beer that just doesn't sit still in my mind. Great stuff.

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          Jim Dorsch RE: juantanamera Aug 22, 2009 03:57 AM

          You get some of that leathery, horse blanket in Orval from the brettanomyces. Wonderful stuff.

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            Insidious Rex RE: juantanamera Aug 24, 2009 10:27 AM

            >I wish I could give a better description

            That was a fantastic description actually. Made me want one.

          2. Tripeler RE: MOREKASHA Aug 22, 2009 01:56 AM

            Fred from Hair of the Dog
            ...but for drinking only in the winter.

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              MOREKASHA RE: Tripeler Aug 23, 2009 09:00 PM

              For winter only, Bells' 3rd coast Old Ale. Delicious and not a style we see very often

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                Jim Dorsch RE: MOREKASHA Aug 24, 2009 12:40 AM

                Expedition Stout for me ...

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                  DrewEck RE: Jim Dorsch Aug 24, 2009 11:33 AM

                  For Winter I'd have to have Ramstein Ice Bock. It's their Winter Wheat, frozen and supercharged up to 13.5% ABV. It's delicious, as is the regular Winter Wheat.

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                    MOREKASHA RE: DrewEck Aug 24, 2009 12:37 PM

                    Do they bottle that? I haven't seen their products in a while, at least not in NYC? I guess, I'll have to cross the bridge. Got beer, will travel....

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                      DrewEck RE: MOREKASHA Aug 25, 2009 08:58 AM

                      The Winter Wheat is bottled. The Ice Bock is only available in growlers. I think Ramstein is available at Whole Foods in Manhattan.

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                        MOREKASHA RE: DrewEck Aug 25, 2009 10:24 AM

                        I'll give it a go. Thanx

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                          tofuburrito RE: MOREKASHA Aug 26, 2009 04:45 PM

                          I would choose Avant Garde from Lost Abbey. I find the flavor profile keeps me interested, it has a some punch at 7% and maintains a refreshing quality.
                          Unlike some of my other favorites, I don't think I would get tired of it if it was the one beer I could drink.

            2. Chinon00 RE: MOREKASHA Sep 4, 2009 10:32 AM

              Coniston Bluebird Bitter (4.2% ABV) - Really complex taste w/ delicate hoppiness in the finish and a bit tart. Ocean salinity surrounds the tongue in the middle along with gentle maltiness. A bit of sweetness upfront tastes a bit of honey. Finish is long.

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