Monday, January 19, 2009

My recommendations

I have rated beers using a seven-glass rating system, with 7 glasses being the highest.

7 glasses (Top 10ish list: My current favorite beers)

10 (Trappistes Rochefort) * 120 Minute IPA * Bigfoot * Bon ChienDuvel * "Finest Kind" IPA * Gueuze (Cantillon) * Harvest Ale * Harvest Ale aged in Calvados Casks * Oude Kriek (Hanssens) * Saison Deluxe * SantificationSt. Lamvinus * Vigneronee

6 glasses (Highly Recommended: Beers I really like and think are great examples of the style)

Aventinus * Aventinus Weizen Eisbock * Baltic Porter (Smuttynose) * Biere de Garde (Southhampton) * Biere de Mars (Ommegang)Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge * Double Bastard * Dogfish Heat 90 Minute IPA * Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux * Fullers Vintage Ale * Gueuze 1882 Black Label * Heady TopperHennepin * Imperial Stout (Founders) * Karmeliet * La Chouffe * Hardywood Bourbon Cru *  Mariage Parfait * Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale * Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout / Oerbier ReservaOld Rasputin * Old Ruffian * Orval * Oude Geuze (Drie Fonteine) *Prior 8 *  Russian River Supplication * Saison (Dupont) * Speedway StoutSquare root 225St. Bernardus Abt 12 * Temptation * TEN FIDY * Third Coast Old Ale * Trappistes Rochefort 8 *  / Triple ReserveWitbier (St. Bernardus)  Yeti Imperial Stout

5 glasses (Recommended without qualification: Something that tempts me to buy it whenever I see it)

Ara Bier * Baltic Thunder * Big D.I.P.A * Black Chocolate Stout * Brown Sugga' (cask) * Chocolate Stout (Rogue) * Delirium NocturumDouble Jack * Dulle Teve * ESB (Sierra Nevada) * Full Nelson * Gulden Draak * Grand Reserve (Blue) * Heavy Seas Loose Canon * Hefeweissbier (Weihenstephaner) * Hop Crisis * Imperial Russian Stout (Stone) * Keller Pils * La Fin Du Monde * Les Deux Brasseurs * Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René Maharaja * Maerfant Damse * Maudite * Monster Ale * North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial StoutOatmeal Stout (Samuel Smith)Oerbier * Oktoberfest (Brooklyn) * Original White Ale * Oude Gueuze (Hanssens) * Peche Mortel * Porter (Duck-Rabbit) * Porter (Founders) * Porter (Sinebrychoff) * Prima Pils * Pride and Joy * Racer 5 * Raging Bitch * Robust PorterSaison - Brett * Shakespeare Stout * Siberian Night * Stille Nacht * Stout (Sierra Nevada) * Three Philosophers * Tripel (Chimay) * Tripel (St. Bernardus) * Tripel (Westmalle) * Trois Pistoles / Undercover Investigator Shut-Down Ale White Oak

4 glasses (Recommended with reservations: Something that I may seek to buy occasionally)

2 x IPA * 6 (Trappistes Rochefort) * 13th Anniversary (Stone) * 60 Minute IPA * 1809 * Abbey Ale (Ommegang) * ACME California IPA * Anniversary Ale - Sixeen (Avery) * Arrogant Bastard * Batch 9000 (Bells) * Bavarian Style Hefeweizen * Blue Mountain Artisanal Ale * Breakfast Stout / Calva Reserva / Cappuccino Stout / Dale's Pale Ale / Dubbel (Allagash) / Expedition Stout / Foreign Extra Stout / Framboise / Golden Cap / Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub (Paulaner) * Hibernation Ale * Hop-It * Imperial IPA (Green Flash) * In Heat Wheat * IPA (Lagunitas) * IPA (St. George) * Ichtegem's Grand Cru * (The) Love * Millennium * Mothership Wit * Oarsman * Oberon * Octoberfest (Bells) * Oktober Fest-Märzen (Ayinger) / Old Horizontal * Old Jubulation * Old Viscosity / Ommegeddon / Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada) / Petrus Aged Pale Ale / Pinhead / Prima Melior / Rare Vos / Red Seal Ale / Red's Rye PA * Rockfish Wheat * Ruination * Saison (Fantôme) * Saison Rue * Saisonnière * Salvator * Smuttynose Winter AleSouthern Hemisphere Harvest Ale * Titan IPA * Tripel Perfection * Twisted Thistle IPA * Unearthly / Vitus / Whiskey-Barrel Aged Gonzo / White (Allagash)

3 glasses (Good: A beer that I enjoy but is not good enough to seek out)

2009 Vintage Ale (Trader Joe's) / Ale (Bass)Bell's Special Double Cream Stout / Black and Tan (Yuengling) / Blonde (Leffe) / Blue Star Wheat Ale / CelebrationCenter of the Universe PocahoptasDark Starr Stout * Gonzo * Gordon / Gronie / Gumballhead / Hefeweizen (Widmer) / Hottenroth Berliner Weisse / IPA (Southern Tier) * Joseph Brau Dunkelweizen * Jumo Lager / Kellerweis * Kentucky Breakfast Stout * Levitation Ale * N'Ice Chouffe * Noble Pils * Nugget Nectar */ Old #38 Stout / Old Leghumper / Oude Geuze VieillePhantasmic East Coast IPA * Polestar Pilsner * Rose de Gambrinus / Scarlette Lady / Snake Dog IPA / Sparkling Ale (Bells)Stockyard Oatmeal Stout / Summerfest / Torpedo Extra IPA / Tripel (Koningshoeven) / Twelve / Vinyl / Weisse (Schneidner)

2 glasses (Average: Something that I am happy to drink again)

80 Acre * 312 Urban Wheat Ale * 2010 Vintage Ale * Blue Ribbon / Boston Lager / Fresh Farmhouse Ale / Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout / Joseph Brau Oktoberfest / Nastro Azzurro (Peroni) / Negra ModeloCaledonian Newcastle Winter IPA / Northern Lights / Octoberfest (Samuel Adams) / Pilsner Urquell / Pure Brewed Lager / Summer Ale / Sunray Wheat Ale / Traditional Lager (Yuengling) / Two Hearted Ale / Winter Solstice

1 glass (Poor: I'll drink freebies if nothing else is available)

Brown Ale (Legend) / Budweiser / Golden Ale (Legend) / Hardywood Baltic Porter with Bacon and MapleKriek (Oud Beersel) / Oak Barrel Stout / Premium Pils / World Wide Stout

0 glasses (No Thanks: I prefer water)

(The) Gift, Octoberfest (Legend)

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