Friday, May 20, 2011

The Session #51 and ½: The Great Online Beer & Cheese-Off, Part Deux

This tweener version of the Session (see results of Session 51) allows for more cheese and more beer. Always good together. My plan was to focus on the one cheese I could actually find, Humboldt Fog, and then grab as many beers from the list as possible. Or at least what was affordable. Oh, and invite a couple of friends over to assist us in the tastings, as some of these beers only come in big bottles. Oh, the humanity.

What we’re drinking:
Schneider-Weisse Adventinus (from Brookston Beer Bulletin)
Duchesse de Bourgogne (from Wine and Beer of Washington State)
Saison Dupont (from The Brew Lounge )
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere (that was us)
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (from 99 Pours)
21st Amendment Monk’s Blood (from Ramblings of a Beer Runner)

Since I didn’t take notes, the top 3 cheeses from each of us will have to suffice:

1. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
2. Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
3. Saison Dupont

1. Saison Dupont
2. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
3. Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere

1. Saison Dupont
2. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
3. Schneider-Weisse Adventinus

1. Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
2. Saison Dupont
3. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Tabulating our rankings in a reverse-point manner (3 for 1st, etc.) makes Saison Dupont our overall winner (9 points), followed by Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (8 points), Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere (6 points), and Schneider-Weisse Adventinus Weizenbock (1 point). The Duchesse did surprisingly poor, although I would say it was the bottle we had more than anything else—very very sweet and almost no sourness or complexity. Dupont was the best match for the entire cheese—it mixed well the crumbly inner cheese, the funky outer cheese, and the sharper rind. Dee-licious!

Thanks, Jay, for the great idea. A fun time was had by all, even if we don’t have the notes to prove it...

Cheese it!


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