Entries by Brian Holter

LABBC 2017 Results!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  A couple of special thank you’s: Thank you to all of our sponsors!  Without you we couldn’t host this event every year. Thank you to Los Angeles Ale Works for hosting us this year!   Volunteers!  You make this competition great every year and this year was no exception.  Thanks to […]

LABBC 2016 Results!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  A couple of special thank you’s: Thank you to all of our sponsors!  Without you we couldn’t host this event every year. Thank you to Neil Saund for hosting us at his house for judging again! Thanks to everyone on the organizing committee for helping us improve on the process […]

Welcome to the 2016 Belgian Brew Challenge!

Welcome to the 2016 Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge (LABBC)! Some quick notes! Competition Format Just to recap, the format for entering and judging beers in this competition is going to be the same as last year. Rather than judging Singles against Dubbel’s, Tripel’s and Dark Strongs, our competition judges each subcategory as if it […]

2015 LABBC Results

Thanks to everyone who volunteered for our first annual Belgian Brew Challenge! Congrats to all of the winners. This website will remain the main point of information regarding LABBC so continue to check back regarding next year’s events. Results – Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge Best Of Show Pl. Brewer(s) Co-Brewer Entry Name Style Club […]

Important Competition Info and Dates

All of our rules are listed out on the rules page, but if you are like me you probably are looking for some specific information about entering into this comp.  This post is for you: Entry deadline: 3/1/2015 at 4:00pm (shop close – extended from 2/28/2015) # of bottles per entry: 2 Cost per entry: $8. […]


Welcome to the 2015 Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge (LABBC)!  This is our inaugural competition which we hope to build into an exciting annual event for our club and the Los Angeles homebrewing community.  The concept for this competition is simple – we wanted to add an annual competition for our club that was smaller […]

35A – Belgian Specialty

Entering Specialty-Type Beers Since additional information must be furnished with every entry in a Specialty-Type Beer category, it is critical that entrants closely examine the Entry Instructions section of each style description. This section describes the information that judges will expect. Don’t assume that judges will be able to recognize your beer without any additional […]

28A – Brett Beer

Overall Impression: Most often drier and fruitier than the base style suggests. Funky notes range from low to high, depending on the age of the beer and strain(s) of Brett used. Funkiness is generally restrained in younger 100% Brett examples, but tends to increase with age. May possess a light acidity, although this does not […]

26D – Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Overall Impression: A dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous. Aroma: Complex, with a rich-sweet malty presence, significant esters and alcohol, and an optional light to moderate spiciness. The malt is rich and strong, and can have a […]

26C – Belgian Tripel

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level. Aroma: Complex bouquet with moderate to significant spiciness, moderate […]