Saturday, December 08, 2007

A few opening weekend Saturnalia thoughts.

The opening weekend of Saturnalia has revealed that:

People like our Naughty Claus. This year's recipe (which is incorrect in the program) includes vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon and fresh ginger, significantly differing from last year in the absence of sweet orange peel. It led the sales for the weekend, with one keg drained in a 24-hour period.

La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux was the surprise choice of the Belgians. It looks too dark to me to be a Tripel, as described at the web site, and it has a bit of tartness that tastes great even if it's a mistake. I chalk it down to the funky Orval yeast.

Our cask-conditioned firkin of Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza is predictably brilliant, though not as spicy as I'd imagined. As time goes by, sour beers are vying with smoked beers to be my favorites.

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