The Avignon popes are considered antipopes. But the definition is basically anyone who says they’re the pope, but didn’t manage to seize the Vatican. There’s a lot of antipopes. Turns out it doesn’t have to do so much with a religious stance as a political one. “I should be pope instead of that guy” rather than “the catholic church is evil, and I’d be happy to see the pope tried for his crimes against humanity at the Hague”
As a beer, it’s outstanding.
As an icon, with the scarcity of it, the history and how much of a collector’s item it is, the price is independent of the quality of the contents. Much like a lot of vintage wine.
I paid about that for a bottle of Cantillon a few years back.
Might not be worth it to some, but it brought back some good (and wobbly) memories of visiting the brewery. And I’m a sucker for a good gueuze.
It has really appreciated then, back in 2000 you could find it in whole foods in pdx. Most expensive beer I ever had was a Cantillon from the original brewry (an early 90’s vintage)–$75 which happened to be exactly the same amount as my food per diem for that day (I didn’t eat, I enjoyed one beer ).
I’m not a fan of most BrewDog stuff if I’m honest (I’m looking at YOU ‘Punk’ IPA). A good friend of mine is one of their master brewers, and I gripe at him about it, but they won’t change to suit my tastes. Jerks.