Emperor Norton Memorial Tasting Society January 23rd, 2011
This learned group is dedicated to tasting beers that are difficult to obtain in Central Virginia, or have been cellared into rarity. The majority of these brews will be commercial, but occasionally homebrewed beers will appear if they make sense within, or prove a nice segue between selections.
As usual, coherent notes are not expected to arise from these scholarly sessions.
This January meeting of the year 2011 had the theme of Belgian-style beers. This took us on a cruise through quite a few saisons, tripels, dubbels, and many sour beers. There was even a sour pLambic cider.
Emperor Norton is dead. Long live Emperor Norton.
The January 23, 2011 docket included:
Barlow Brewing Brett Saison
Barlow Brewing Black Orpheus – Black Saison
Upland Strawberry Lambic
Goose Island Fleur
Half Acre Bairn Farmhouse
Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit
Russian River Temptation
Dogfish Head/Three Floyds Poppaskull
Cigar City Guava Grove
Barlow Brewing Lambicide – pLambic Cider
Mother Earth Tripel Over Head
Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious
Cantillon 2006 Grand Cru Bruocsella
Goose Island Pete Jacques
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Southampton Abbot 12
New Holland Blue Monday
New Holland Envious
For me, the big “winners” were, in order, the Cantillon, the Russian River, the Boulevard and the Goose Islands.