I'm NOT a regular beer drinker, depends on my mood, food, etc.
I don't know the difference between hoppy and malty (if there is a difference) or a pale ale vs an IPA or any of that, though I'd like to learn.
What I do tend to like are darker, richer maybe towards sweeter beers; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is a favorite, I like a vanilla or oatmeal or chocolate stout or porter. Not a big fan of super carbonated or grassy types.
In an effort to start my education I purchased a Duvel and a Caroulet (??i think) Tripel. Didn't care for the basic Duvel, just tasted thin to me. The Tripel was better, though it still tasted very fresh maybe? I apologize for the limited vocabulary.
Can you guys recommend a few names for me to start tasting? I'm in Chicago and would happily (actually love to) find someplace to do flights and get some breadth rather than buying the big bottles only to discover I don't like them. Non-judgmental pourers would help.