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BeerAdvocate’s Top Beers on Planet Earth!

Well, someone’s gone and done it!  BeerAdvocate has rated the top 100 beers on the planet.  How did they do it?  Well it’s all explained here, but should they have done it might be a better question.

One thing I have come to learn about brewers is they are all passionate.  They put their heart and soul into the creation of their brew.  Is it really right to judge them?  Even more so is it right to judge them based on some sort of mathematical formula?  Does the fact that it is empirically based make it more valid?  I say no.  Beer is completely subjective.  What I think sucks, other people adore, and vice versa.

So why then do we do this?  What is to be gained from making lists and checking them twice?  Well we are inexplicably drawn to them.  I guess we want to see if we fit in, or it somehow validates our thoughts.  Let the feeding frenzy and arguments begin!

Enjoy!

Top Beers on Planet Earth
Score / WR Reviews
1 write a review Trappist Westvleteren 12
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.20% ABV
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
A+ / 4.63 919
2 write a review Pliny The Younger
American Double / Imperial IPA / 11.00% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A+ / 4.63 490
3 write a review Vanilla Bean Aged Dark Lord
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
A+ / 4.57 109
4 write a review Canadian Breakfast Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.40% ABV
Founders Brewing Company
A+ / 4.56 228
5 write a review The Abyss
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV
Deschutes Brewery
A+ / 4.55 869
6 write a review Pliny The Elder
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A+ / 4.54 1553
7 write a review Portsmouth Kate The Great
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV
Portsmouth Brewery
A+ / 4.53 303
8 write a review Cantillon Blåbær Lambik
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
Brasserie Cantillon
A+ / 4.53 95
9 write a review Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.20% ABV
Founders Brewing Company
A+ / 4.51 1259
10 write a review Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
Goose Island
A+ / 4.51 238
11 write a review Trappist Westvleteren 8
Dubbel / 8.00% ABV
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
A / 4.48 553
12 write a review Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV
Cigar City Brewing
A+ / 4.48 188
13 write a review Oak Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
A+ / 4.47 118
14 write a review Supplication
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.46 572
15 write a review Kaggen! Stormaktsporter
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
A+ / 4.46 49
16 write a review Trappistes Rochefort 10
Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.30% ABV
Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy)
A / 4.45 1603
17 write a review Dark Lord Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 15.00% ABV
Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
A / 4.45 736
18 write a review AleSmith Speedway Stout – Barrel Aged
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
AleSmith Brewing Company
A / 4.44 147
19 write a review Citra DIPA
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
Kern River Brewing Company
A+ / 4.44 55
20 write a review Black Tuesday
American Double / Imperial Stout / 19.50% ABV
The Bruery
A / 4.43 196
21 write a review The Perfect Storm
English Barleywine / 13.50% ABV
Pelican Pub & Brewery
A / 4.43 124
22 write a review AleSmith Speedway Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV
AleSmith Brewing Company
A / 4.42 829
23 write a review Masala Mama India Pale Ale
American IPA / 5.90% ABV
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
A / 4.42 522
24 write a review Founders Breakfast Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 8.30% ABV
Founders Brewing Company
A / 4.42 1561
25 write a review Bell’s HopSlam Ale
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
A / 4.42 1737
26 write a review Sculpin India Pale Ale
American IPA / 7.00% ABV
Ballast Point Brewing Company
A / 4.42 719
27 write a review Darkness
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.30% ABV
Surly Brewing Company
A / 4.42 411
28 write a review St. Bernardus Abt 12
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.50% ABV
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
A / 4.41 1753
29 write a review Parabola
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
A / 4.41 136
30 write a review Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.50% ABV
Stone Brewing Co.
A / 4.4 1862
31 write a review Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe)
American Double / Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
A / 4.4 1081
32 write a review Duck Duck Gooze
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
The Lost Abbey
A / 4.4 111
33 write a review Dreadnaught IPA
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
A / 4.39 1087
34 write a review Bell’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend (aka Black Note)
American Double / Imperial Stout
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
A / 4.39 77
35 write a review Temptation
American Wild Ale / 7.25% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.38 538
36 write a review Czar Jack Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.30% ABV
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
A / 4.38 60
37 write a review Cable Car
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV
The Lost Abbey
A / 4.38 92
38 write a review The Angel’s Share Grand Cru
American Strong Ale / 12.00% ABV
The Lost Abbey
A+ / 4.38 51
39 write a review Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Hefeweizen / 5.40% ABV
Brauerei Weihenstephan
A / 4.37 1514
40 write a review Live Oak HefeWeizen
Hefeweizen / 4.10% ABV
Live Oak Brewing Company
A / 4.37 244
41 write a review Consecration
American Wild Ale / 10.00% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.37 476
42 write a review Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
Doppelbock / 7.10% ABV
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
A / 4.36 233
43 write a review Stormaktsporter
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV
Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
A+ / 4.36 20
44 write a review Firestone 13 – Anniversary Ale
American Strong Ale / 12.00% ABV
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
A / 4.36 141
45 write a review Splinter Gold
American Wild Ale / 12.00% ABV
Tröegs Brewing Company
A+ / 4.36 32
46 write a review Bourbon County Brand Stout
American Double / Imperial Stout / 13.00% ABV
Goose Island
A / 4.35 1223
47 write a review Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
Eisbock / 13.50% ABV
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
A / 4.35 314
48 write a review Tröegs Nugget Nectar
American Amber / Red Ale / 7.50% ABV
Tröegs Brewing Company
A / 4.35 1495
49 write a review Heady Topper
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
A+ / 4.35 27
50 write a review Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.00% ABV
Great Lakes Brewing Company
A / 4.35 165
51 write a review Furious
American IPA / 6.20% ABV
Surly Brewing Company
A / 4.35 824
52 write a review Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Laird’s Apple Brandy Barrel
American Double / Imperial Stout / 11.50% ABV
Cigar City Brewing
A+ / 4.35 38
53 write a review Cantillon Saint Lamvinus
Lambic – Fruit / 6.00% ABV
Brasserie Cantillon
A / 4.34 257
54 write a review Pannepot – Old Fisherman’s Ale
Quadrupel (Quad) / 10.00% ABV
De Struise Brouwers
A / 4.34 469
55 write a review Melange No. 3
American Strong Ale / 17.00% ABV
The Bruery
A / 4.34 55
56 write a review Founders Black Biscuit
Old Ale / 10.50% ABV
Founders Brewing Company
A / 4.34 67
57 write a review Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Doppelbock / 6.70% ABV
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
A / 4.33 1675
58 write a review Wisconsin Belgian Red
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 5.10% ABV
New Glarus Brewing Company
A / 4.33 598
59 write a review AleSmith IPA
American IPA / 7.25% ABV
AleSmith Brewing Company
A / 4.33 749
60 write a review Samuel Adams Utopias
American Strong Ale / 27.00% ABV
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
A / 4.33 250
61 write a review Brute
American Wild Ale / 6.50% ABV
Ithaca Beer Company
A / 4.33 209
62 write a review Abrasive Ale
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
Surly Brewing Company
A / 4.33 241
63 write a review Registration Ale
American IPA / 7.50% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.33 43
64 write a review Raspberry Tart
Fruit / Vegetable Beer / 4.00% ABV
New Glarus Brewing Company
A / 4.32 507
65 write a review Exponential Hoppiness
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.50% ABV
Alpine Beer Company
A / 4.32 201
66 write a review Sanctification
American Wild Ale / 6.47% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.32 169
67 write a review Boy King Double IPA
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.50% ABV
COAST Brewing Company
A / 4.32 74
68 write a review Duvel
Belgian Strong Pale Ale / 8.50% ABV
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
A / 4.31 1998
69 write a review Cantillon Lou Pepe – Kriek
Lambic – Fruit / 5.00% ABV
Brasserie Cantillon
A / 4.31 136
70 write a review Fantôme Saison
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.00% ABV
Brasserie Fantôme
A / 4.31 537
71 write a review YuleSmith (Summer)
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.80% ABV
AleSmith Brewing Company
A / 4.31 728
72 write a review Arctic Devil Barley Wine
English Barleywine / 13.20% ABV
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
A / 4.31 154
73 write a review Beatification
American Wild Ale / 5.50% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.31 287
74 write a review Coffee Stout
American Stout / 8.20% ABV
Central Waters Brewing Company
A / 4.31 196
75 write a review Abacus
American Barleywine / 12.00% ABV
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
A / 4.31 58
76 write a review Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
American Barleywine / 11.50% ABV
Central Waters Brewing Company
A / 4.31 175
77 write a review Ivan The Terrible
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV
Big Sky Brewing Company
A / 4.31 85
78 write a review Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
American Double / Imperial Stout / 10.90% ABV
Mikkeller
A / 4.31 295
79 write a review La Fin Du Monde
Tripel / 9.00% ABV
Unibroue
A / 4.3 1989
80 write a review Schneider Aventinus
Weizenbock / 8.20% ABV
Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
A / 4.3 1576
81 write a review Double Bastard Ale
American Strong Ale / 10.50% ABV
Stone Brewing Co.
A / 4.3 1427
82 write a review Blind Pig IPA
American IPA / 6.10% ABV
Russian River Brewing Company
A / 4.3 760
83 write a review Ølfabrikken Porter
Baltic Porter / 7.50% ABV
Ølfabrikken
A / 4.3 292
84 write a review Saison – Brett
Saison / Farmhouse Ale / 8.50% ABV
Boulevard Brewing Co.
A / 4.3 283
85 write a review Matt
American Strong Ale / 11.50% ABV
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
A / 4.3 70
86 write a review The Oracle
American Double / Imperial IPA / 10.40% ABV
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
A / 4.3 192
87 write a review Trappistes Rochefort 8
Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 9.20% ABV
Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy)
A / 4.29 1200
88 write a review Hop Rod Rye
American IPA / 8.00% ABV
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
A / 4.29 1491
89 write a review Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label (unfiltered)
Gueuze / 5.00% ABV
Brouwerij Girardin
A / 4.29 342
90 write a review Pure Hoppiness
American Double / Imperial IPA / 8.00% ABV
Alpine Beer Company
A / 4.29 366
91 write a review Racer X
American Double / Imperial IPA / 9.00% ABV
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
A / 4.29 255
92 write a review Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock
Doppelbock / 8.00% ABV
Thomas Hooker Ales & Lagers
A / 4.29 431
93 write a review Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
Lambic – Fruit / 6.00% ABV
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
A / 4.29 105
94 write a review Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 9.50% ABV
Great Divide Brewing Company
A / 4.29 1096
95 write a review Berserker Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.40% ABV
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
A / 4.29 75
96 write a review Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze (Vintage)
Gueuze / 6.00% ABV
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
A+ / 4.29 27
97 write a review Nelson
American IPA / 7.10% ABV
Alpine Beer Company
A / 4.29 213
98 write a review The Angel’s Share – Bourbon Barrel-Aged
American Strong Ale / 12.00% ABV
The Lost Abbey
A / 4.29 336
99 write a review Mango Mama
American IPA / 6.00% ABV
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
A / 4.29 45
100 write a review Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
American Porter / 10.00% ABV
Ballast Point Brewing Company
A / 4.29 269
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12 Comments on “BeerAdvocate’s Top Beers on Planet Earth!”

  1. Rob Crozier
    August 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I take these lists with a grain of salt. I do read the BA reviews after I’ve tasted a beer and sometimes I don’t get what people are raving about. Take a beer like Dale’s Pale Ale – a classic beer with quality that you can see and taste…not even on the list. I like that a list was compiled but, as you point out, its all subjective; someone could have given Dale’s an “F” which brought down the score – is that fair? Who cares! I like what I like and keep an open mind to new things and judge for myself whether I like it or it goes on my own “Top 100 List”.

    • Don
      August 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      That is true Rob. I think what I like best about lists is not that they tell me what to think, but they might point me in a direction I might otherwise not go in. It is a tool that one can use, but it is only a guideline not hard and fast.

  2. August 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Ah! Thank you for posting this list! As an Oregonian, pretty stoked to see Deschutes place so high.

    • Don
      August 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

      Deschutes is a great brewery and makes some outstanding beers. What I like most about them is they would rather not put a beer on the market than put a bad beer out. That is why there will be no Black Butte XXII. Problems with infected yeast.

  3. August 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Ah the TOP LISTS are hear again. I definitely feel there is space for the beer sites to release such results, but like best beer bars, or best beers some common sense should prevail. Do we only look at beers rated between Jan 1-Aug 1 ? or to running tallies of beer results? if so maybe those under 100 scores should be put into another category. (40-100) (100-300) (over 500) for example. It would give it more credence in my mind.

    But these lists always provide the content for interesting Blog Articles.. 🙂

    • Don
      August 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      That they do! I think these list’s utility is marginal. It is more like watching an auto race for the accidents. No one will admit it, but that is why they watch.

  4. Evan
    August 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    My problem with beer ratings sites is that a beer pretty much has to be extreme, or at least big in some way to rate high. I think that some of the world’s best beers are the well brewed sessionable beers, but you don’t find those on any top lists when it comes to these review sites.

    • Don
      August 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

      Also Evan a beer has to be widely distributed too. Or at least in great demand. You aren’t going to find any Idaho or most Washington beers here, because not enough east coast people bother to rate them in the first place.

      • Evan
        August 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

        Not even just that, but even beers on an international level. Take something like Paulaner Original Munich: One of the greatest lagers (if not the greatest) produced on a large scale, and it’s downright slammed on these sites because people want it to be “BIG” or hit them in the face with some big bold flavor. But that’s not what this style is about. It’s supposed to be clean, light bodied, slightly hop forward, and not have anything that really hits you in the face as crazy. But holy crap is it a well brewed, amazing session lager.

        • Don
          August 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

          This is a lot like the discussion I had with Nate from Thank Heaven for Beer. He was saying it is much harder to brew a fine pilsner than a high intensity Stout because there is nothing for any off flavor to hide behind in a pilsner. But you are correct they are not as highly regarded as the big beers.

  5. August 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Boo! I don’t care what THEY think, I care about what I think!

    • Don
      August 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

      Simmer down there POT, this KETTLE can do a list post too.

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