2014 Talkbeer.com Committee White Whale List

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Last year, a group of people put together a "White Whale List" to have some fun and get a consensus among that group about what the most sought after beers were at that time. It's been a while since then, so we decided it was time for an update on Talkbeer.com.

This is only for fun. It does not mean that everyone must chase these bottles or that people who have some of them are better than those who don't. This list is just for fun and because we enjoy it. That's it.

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Here are the people who participated in the committee. Thanks to callmemickey for managing the logistics and keeping things moving along.

callmemickey
Dunt
Forgetfu
Fredrik
GrumpyOldTroll
jbuddle
Jeffo
Sean9689
Speedwayjim
Thorpe429
Totoropanda
waltersrj

Also, two members wished to remain anonymous.
 
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Some interesting things on there. Aren't the Akkurrat Fonteinen 50/50 beers just Blauw/Roze with different labels? Surprised to see them listed differently. I'm also sort of shocked that Dirty Horse is so high, I've never really gotten that beer's placement on these lists. T-20 being on the list at all is surprising too, given that prevailing opinion seems to be that it's garbage at this point.
 
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Some interesting things on there. Aren't the Akkurrat Fonteinen 50/50 beers just Blauw/Roze with different labels? Surprised to see them listed differently. I'm also sort of shocked that Dirty Horse is so high, I've never really gotten that beer's placement on these lists. T-20 being on the list at all is surprising too, given that prevailing opinion seems to be that it's garbage at this point.
Totally agree on T-20 and Dirty Horse. ;) We split the 50/50 because the different label makes it more desirable than a "regular" Blauw or roze.
 
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Some interesting things on there. Aren't the Akkurrat Fonteinen 50/50 beers just Blauw/Roze with different labels? Surprised to see them listed differently. I'm also sort of shocked that Dirty Horse is so high, I've never really gotten that beer's placement on these lists. T-20 being on the list at all is surprising too, given that prevailing opinion seems to be that it's garbage at this point.
I know when i was ranking my list, i wrestled with beers like those a bit. The most sought after whales aren't necessarily the tastiest (as demonstrated by Feestbier's existence on the list). We tried to take into account their taste as well as desirability.

For example, I personally think that a 50/50 blend would certainly trade for an Eszett, even if it is blauw/rose rebranded. However, I don't think a Blauw or Rose would trade for an Eszett at the moment. I weighed that into my rankings along with the taste.

IMO, you're right, Dirty Horse is probably a bit high on the list, but it is becoming pretty damn close to extinct at this point, and it would cost a lot for a whale hunter to track down. I've had it 3 times (including both the 1983 and blend versions). It's a unique beer. I've enjoyed it, but it certainly suffers from variation. Draft 83 was much better than bottled 83.
 
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Always look forward to this list; interesting to see what beers make it up. Thanks for putting the list together.

I'm hoping if I hold onto my T-25 long enough I will eventually be able to say I consumed a beer from the White Whale List...
 
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