|Beers in hand, pretzel necklaces ready to go|
These are based on my semi-reliable memories since we didn't rate the beers as we tried them, we just crossed them off the list. And many of the beers I was dying to try were gone by the time we got around to them (because we drank light to dark).
Favorite find: Kasteel Donker- a ratebeer.com post described this beer as having chocolate, cherry, licorice and banana notes. It wasn't wrong. Definitely a dessert beer, but delicious.
Favorite Hefeweizen: either Schneider and Sohn or Ayinger. I don't remember much about either except that I really enjoyed them.
Favorite Saison: I liked Tommyknockers. That kind of makes me feel like I missed out on some fancier saisons, but it was good.
Worst Saison: Trinity's 3 Flowers. Tasted like soap. Floral soap, but soap nonetheless. I actually liked the idea of it and they accomplished their goal with aplomb. I just don't think beer should taste like that.
Biggest Beer: (as in, the most going on, strongest, etc) St. Bernadus Abt 12, a Quadruppel; or maybe Unibroue's Trois Pistole, a Belgian strong dark ale
Best Backyard BBQ Beer: Bristol Beehive Honey Wheat or Clown Shoes Clementine Witbier
Biggest Disappointment: Crazy Mountain's Horseshoes & Handgrenades, or maybe not getting to try Chimay or Rochefort
Best Porter: to be fair, we didn't try many, but Odyssey's Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter was as good as its name
Best Stout: Yak and Yeti Chai Milk Stout, also definitely a dessert beer (not to have with dessert, to have for dessert)
Hoppiest Beer: Rickoli's Disturbed Reflection, weighing in at an IBU of 190, infused through fresh hops. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be, but my palate was also shot by that point
|I'm mostly just impressed that I tried this|
Other pretty decent tastes: Ft. Collins Red Banshee, La Chouffe, Green Flash Rayon Vert, Moylans Kilt Lifter, Ommegang Rare VOS, and some ESB that I can't remember, blast! I also broke my rule and had a tiny bit of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar even though I swore I wouldn't have any beers I'd already tried. I resisted Banana Bread Beer, Tank 7, Double Chocolate Stout and Hennepin.
Having the beer list printed out was a definite conversation starter. And I'm amazed at how many people were so intrigued by the pretzel necklaces. It's a beer festival people. And ours were the least impressive by far. Next year, I'm weaving beef sticks into mine.