All the beers
Bière De Mars
One of the limited release beers on hand was Brewery Ommegang's first foray into triples. The six bottles at the tasting were the only ones available in southwest Ohio so it was great to have the opportunity to try it. A very nice triple with a warm fusel finish. Fairly hoppy with some nice malt notes. Quite light on the esters which is a shame as I would have preferred a little more banana note in this beer. Overall it was quite tasty. I don't suspect I'll get another one unless it moves into full production but I would drink it again if the price was right.
A the Zuur. Another limited release with only one case making it to this part of Ohio. This is quite possibly the best commercial sour beer I've ever had. Brewery Ommegang continues it's tradition of making unique but unquestionably Belgian beers. This one is a blend of a sour Flemish brown ale and a kriek style sour ale. The acidity is bright and pleasant but without overwhelming. The cherry sits in the background where it belongs, lending a nice fruit flavor without contributing any sweetness like you would see in a lambic which had cherry syrup added. The malt takes the edge off the sour and the hop is barely noticeable. This is a sour beer for the uninitiated and the sour beer fanatic alike. One of the waitresses serving at the event tried all the beers even though she pointed out that she does not like beer. She loved the Zuur. Everyone should get some of this if they can. I believe the brewery is currently sold out but some of you in NY might find this at your local store and you should definitely buy a bottle or two. I hope this gets re-released or becomes part of their regular offerings.
A great time with great beer and great people. It was a small enough even where I got to spend quite a bit of time talking to the brewery rep and the local distributor. Thanks for hosting a great event!