Attending Belgian Beer Fest, what brews shouldn't I miss?
Local bar in Baltimore has a Belgian Beer fest every year, and I'm in town for it this year.
Here is their list of beers: http://www.maxs.com/belgianlist09.php
I'm not too up on Belgian Brews, are there any on this list that I shouldn't miss?
Chimay Cinq Cents
Chouffe N' Ice 2007
De Dolle Stille Nacht 2007
De Dolle Stille Nacht 2008
De Glazen Toren Canaster
De Glazen Toren Jan De Lichte
De Glazen Toren Ondineke
De Glazen Toren Saison De Epre Mere
De Glazen Toren Special Eindejaar
Fantome De Noel
De Regenboog T' Smisje Calva Reserve
Huyghe Delirium Nocturnum
Huyghe Delirium Noel
Leifmans Oud Bruin
Witkap Pater Dubbel
St Bernardus Christmas
St Feuillien Cuvee De Noel
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
Hanssens Young Lambic (Cask)
Hanssens Old Kriek (Cask)
These are in the Extras list, none are "can't miss", but the following are definitely worth trying:
Ommegang Rare Vos
Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Oud Beersel Framboise
Val Dieu Grand Cru
St Bernardus Pater 6
St Bernardus Prior 8
St Bernardus Abt 12
Yeah Im going as well. Ive been to every one theyve had except for last year's and usually they have some real cool specials that you rarely see on this side of the Atlantic (or that side). So ask the bar tenders whats rare or special and theyll stear you to it. Assuming they still have them. The best ones tend to run out fast and this thing starts on Friday remember. If at all possible, get there as close to opening as you can because it quickly fills up with people and gets really crowded. Not to mention the tend to run through their stock fairly fast as I said. Theres tons of holes by Sunday... And expect to blow a ton of $$$ of course. They come with full Belgian beer prices...
Not knowing how "not too up on Belgian Brews" you are I wouldn't avoid much of anything. Depending on your actual level of ignorance any of them could qualify as a "shouldn't miss". If you've drank mostly non-Belgian beers it is like coming from classical physics into quantum mechanics.
Hahaha, "like coming from classical physics into quantum mechanics." I just meant I wasn't all that familiar with the non-typical varieties, ones that aren't Duvel and Chimay. And if I have a variety other than that, I tend to forget what it was, as the names don't exactly roll off of the tongue. But I almost always really enjoy the Belgian brews I do get to sample.
But yeah "the rare and special ones" is what I was looking for. Just wanted some additional knowledge so I didn't come across as a total newb, or had to rely strictly on the bartenders advice. Not that they don't know their stuff (I know they do), just I want to make sure im not missing out on the good stuff, since I've heard and as said above, they run out early.
Thanks for the tips everyone though. A note, it seems they updated the list on the link I posted above. What im really looking for is, YOU MUST TRY THIS ONE, you may not get too many other opportunities to do so.
I could spend the day drinking the hell out of Poperings Hommel Bier and St. Bernardus Prior 8. With a few samples of Cantillon Iris and Haansens Oud Kreik for palate cleansers inbetween.