|Big lines just for dropping off entries.|
I submitted Senne Valley Saison into category 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale because it was spiced with coriander seed and dosed with Brettanomyces near the end of fermentation. The beer came out clear and light orange, with a delicate carbonation and a smooth even taste. It's dry and hints at tartness that doesn't really come through. It also smells very nice, being somewhat reminiscent of Orval.
The atmosphere at the competition was fraternal to the utmost with pretty much everyone in attendance excited to be there. When the first round results were announced, with only 30 odd beers (one for each BJCP category) moving on to the Best of Show round, all of the remaining entrants in attendance started opening their other beer (the one brought in case a first round category win happened and a second bottle was needed). It sort of (de)generated into a big party. Jeff from Bikes, Beer & Adventures earned a second place in the Sour Beer category and was kind enough to let me sample his winning Flanders and drop some knowledge about blending. He also shared a bottle of his Oud Bruin that I thought was really interesting. I also got to try beers from other participants as well.
|Category 16 judging in progress.|
Unfortunately, Senne Valley Saison didn't place in the competition. I'm looking forward to getting the judges scores in the mail even though I'm told they used a short form version of the BJCP scoresheet that doesn't really allow for detailed comments. Maybe I'll have better luck next year.