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BPotts
04/24/08 09:44 PM  
It's that time of the year!
Okay, who's got NHC entries? I've got two in the SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE strong northeast section... a bsd - "saison régal noir" and a standard saison - "saison d'houblon"......who am I up against???
Al B
04/25/08 09:42 AM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I mailed in a Saison before I left for vacation......I guess the judging is soon? I'm still out of it from all the brews I drank (Amsterdam, Liege, Bruges).

The saison was fermented w/ 3711 in primary, spiced with white pepper, lemon grass, and lemon peel. Hopping heavy w/ Boadicea + Newport. Bottled w/ Al's Blend de Saison yeast - :)

Good luck Ben!

Cisco
04/25/08 10:55 AM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Belgian Quad (used 44lbs of dark candy syrup for a 70 gallon batch)aged in a fresh brandy oak barrel.
tankdeer
04/25/08 11:20 AM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
This is my first year entering the NHC. And I entered 5 that I had a few bottles of.

California Common

Oatmeal Stout

Chipotle Amber Ale

Belgian Pale

Belgian Stout

They're all pretty solid beers, but nothing over the top. Kinda listed in order of greatness though. The Belgian Pale took a bronze at Kona a couple months back. With scores in the mid 30's.

This is in the Southwest region (SoCal). I don't know how many entries there are, but I'm sure it's plenty. Judging is this weekend.

BPotts
04/25/08 12:09 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Al, I guess I've got some competition! And yes, the judging is this weekend....the post european trip haze is to be expected..Good luck to you too. How was your trip?? And of course, what were the memorable brews/bars/coffee shops ;)

Cisco...sounds delicious, good luck!

You too Tankdeer.....I'm sure there's a lot of entries in every region this year. I couldn't believe when I went to drop mine off and he said they were expecting 700+ entries... I'm pretty sure the NE is 733, I read a listing by David Houseman who runs the judging in this region calling for more help. Gonna be a whopper of a competition this year...

Al B
04/25/08 01:12 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
We have a chance since Cisco didn't enter a saison ;D.

Cafe Engelbewaarder had Rodenbach foederbier on the handpump (most memorable). Unpasteurized, unblended, unfiltered from the foeder kicks ass.......a softer Grand Cru if you can call it that.

mikehahn
04/25/08 08:51 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Hi, I entered a Saison, 01 Lambic, Framboisen, Scotch Ale, Orval clone, and a very old Imperial Stout. I think that Utah is in the Southwest Regional. Good Luck everybody, mike
john A
04/26/08 01:24 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I entered in the NE reg

am ipa

imp stout

wee heavy

schwarzbier

eng bw

am bw

old ale from swap

dub

trip

pumpkin dub

smoked porter

common cider

I took 2 first places in the 1st round last year with my am bw and smoked bock so I hope I advance again this year.

Cheers

John

john A
04/26/08 01:27 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I forgot my belgian style stout with dark candy syrup in the specialty category
tankdeer
05/06/08 08:16 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Well, got my scoresheets today. Looks like the Chipotle Ale took 3rd and is going to round two! Not too bad for my first year entering the nationals. :-D
BPotts
05/06/08 09:03 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Good job tankdeer!.....BTW thanks for that calculator page for blending, it should come in hand if I end up doing something other than a 50/50 blend.
tankdeer
05/06/08 09:15 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Anytime. That's what the forums are for, right? ;-)
Scott
05/07/08 12:08 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I only entered 2 in the 721 entry "Old West" Region. I was nudged out for 3rd place (got honorable mention - good for nothin') in Specialty for my Rye IPA and did not get anything for my CAP which Jeff Renner tasted last year and said it would have one 1st place in the finals (which he judged) if I had entered it. I thought this year's version was even better so I am interested to get my score sheets on that one.

I thought the first round judging had to be completed by 4/25.

tankdeer
05/07/08 12:26 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
<<I thought the first round judging had to be completed by 4/25.>>

That was my understanding as well. But the "official" results posting date per the AHA is this friday

BPotts
05/07/08 12:44 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Did you judge, Scott?
Scott
05/07/08 04:50 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I was the judge coordinator for our region and judged 2 sessions - IPA and German Wheat and Rye.
WitSok
05/07/08 10:16 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
john A, I remember that smoked bock last year. Very nice!

Got back the results today. Passed on one, a specialty beer.

My sugar swap golden strong got dinged for caramel notes in the finish. It used the Belgian soft brown sugar. I agree with the judges, even though it is dry, it does have a sweet caramel note in the finish that would warrant deducts. I like never the less, and plan to continue using the soft brown sugar. Thanks Brian!

The beer I had highest hopes for the was a saison. Scored alright and had good comments, but didn't make the cut. This batch used the Farmhouse ale #3726. I'm still really pleased with this yeast. I have an unopened smack pack that I plan to plate.

mikehahn
05/07/08 11:59 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I also received my score sheets today, I advanced a Scotch ale and an old Framboisen (bottled in 04) I thought that my Saison and old Orval clone would have fared better. Good luck everybody, mike
Joelle
05/09/08 12:45 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Dan and I had a Smoked Schwarzbier advance in the Old West Regional. Good luck in the finals everyone!

Joelle

john A
05/09/08 07:35 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
My belgian style stout with dark candy syrup in the specialty category made it to the 2nd round.
tankdeer
05/12/08 01:19 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
<<My belgian style stout with dark candy syrup in the specialty category made it to the 2nd round.>>

That's funny, my belgian style stout with dark candy syrup bombed. I think I got like a 28. Oh well, I wasn't all that happy with it anyways. Good luck.

Al B
05/12/08 04:18 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I tossed in a 100% brett beer ("Silence of the Lambicus") as an "American sour ale" - Specialty Cat23a. It scored a 39/40 for a final 39. I was surprised it did so well.....but it didn't advanced (OK, I don't have 3 more to send anyway).
BPotts
05/12/08 09:43 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Alas, my two entries did not move on....one was entered in the wrong category anyway, oh well - next year....

Tank - I did a strong dark belgian stout a year ago, which I love (and others have enjoyed as well), and it also got smashed in competition. I think most people have never even tasted a belgian stout, let alone judged one. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how little some judges I know have tasted in general.

John A
05/13/08 06:22 AM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
I got my score sheets yesterday. The one that moved on got a 43. I have judged at a few comps and entered 50 over the years and i have never seen so many one word answers on score sheets. I understand they were swamped with entries in my region but i guess i expected a little more detail from the judges for $9 a pop. It is good to know that my stout is "Dark", the overall impression of my tripple was "Dry" and the overall of my American BW was "Strong" and the flavor "hops". Are a few complete sentences to much to ask for at this level?

tankdeer
05/13/08 11:18 AM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Hey John, congrats on your awesome score and moving on to round two. I gotta say though, there's no excuse for crappy feedback like that. If I were you, I would contact the comp organizer for your area and complain. I was very happy with the feedback I received on my entries, they were all very thorough, which is what one should expect from a high caliber competition like this. Don't let it go unnoticed.
John A
06/22/08 05:34 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Just found out i took a bronze last night in the belgian specialty category.
WitSok
06/22/08 06:18 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
John, did you have the belgian dark strong with candi syrup and roast barley? If so, I did judge yours again this year. I didn't get to do the mini BOS, so I'm not sure.

BTW, I hate those check box score sheets.

John A
06/22/08 09:53 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
That's the one.

tankdeer
06/23/08 12:11 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Congrats John! That's awesome. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything in round 2. Oh well, there's always next year.
WitSok
06/23/08 08:57 PM  
Re: It's that time of the year!
Nice job! That was the best one of the group I judged. Actually it was the best one I judged that day. Very nice.

Congratulations.

 
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