The Best Beer in the World
"Tootsie Rolls; a definite Tootsie Roll note to this," someone else said. OK, fair enough. "Sun-Maid raisins -- old ones, a little box that you've forgotten for six months." "Grape drink!" someone else explained. Not Welch's grape soda, mind you, generic grape drink.
This wasn't to say that people were ragging on the beer; the general consensus was that the stuff was delicious. But the immediate rush to run downmarket with the adjectives struck me as something that sets hardcore beer people apart from their wine counterparts. Given the opportunity to sample some of the best beer in the world, the crowd turned the experience into a collective joke, a raucous jam session, a tongue-in-cheek sport directed at the almost holy beverage we were lucky enough to sample.
It's hard to say whether I'd describe Westvleteren 12 as the best beer I've ever had. But it's definitely in the top five, as much for the experience as the actual flavor.
Another other nominations for the Best Beer in the World?