De Garde Nectarine Premiere

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Nectarine Premier is a wild farmhouse ale aged in oak wine barrels with nectarines.

Final Rating: 4.81/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a oversized wine glass. Thank you Ryan for sharing this!

Pours a sunshine golden hazy body, this is literally glowing. Small white head. Beautiful beer. God damn that is thick on the last pour. Oh my god, straight fruit purée.

On the nose.. straight stone fruit, pulp to the nasal, like someone just crushed a bunch of nectarines and peaches and the aromas are wafting in my general direction.

On the tongue is straigh stone fruit pulp, sour peaches, orange juice and nectarine pulp goodness. Thick and juicy. God damn this is amazing.

One of the best sours I’ve ever tasted. This was perfect on every account.

 

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Side Project Saison Du Ble

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Saison du Blé is our Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Saison. Batch 1 was fermented in stainless and then aged in oak for 3 months with our rustic house blend.

Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed Side Project wine glass. Acquired in trade.

Pours a nicely hazy golden straw body with a pretty decent size white head that reduces very slowly to leave a ring of retention and nice lacing.

Aromas are nice and funky, musty, white wine and lactic acid, yeasty and lightly fruity. Smells very nice.

Taste is superbly balanced tartness, light stone fruit and white wine, hay, lacto funkyness, oak barrel, dry champagne-like finish. Very easy to drink, crisp and quenching light body.

I was really impressed with this Saison – extreme balance and drinkability with a good amount of flavor.

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Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries, Coffee and Vanilla beans added. Brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds.

Final Rating: 4.47/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery reserve snifter. Thanks Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a deep brown translucent body with a decent sized brown head that reduces to a layer of foam.

Aromas of coffee , freshly ground coffee grounds, cherry and chocolate, heavy vanilla bourbon.

Taste is chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, milk chocolate, lightly tart cherries, finishing roasty and lightly bitter. Medium heavy mouthfeel, can’t tell this is 13.5%. Low carbonation.

I get every flavor as advertised here. Awesome beer.

Lost Abbey Ad Idem

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San Marcos, CA – After a year of conceiving, brewing, and blending, an idea shared between like minds at The Lost Abbey and Wicked Weed Brewing will finally see the light of day. Ad Idem, a French oak-aged golden sour ale with peaches and Brett will be available for purchase online February 24th starting at 12pm PST.

A project originally imagined in November of 2014, the first steps to achieving the shared vision were initiated in February 2015 as The Lost Abbey crew made their way to snowy Asheville, NC to brew the first half of the final beer. Two beers were brewed with the intent of blending; a Brettanomyces blonde ale and a sour blonde ale aged in neutral wine barrels on whole, local peaches.

Final Rating: 4.53/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a clear-ish sunshine yellow body at first but is pretty hazy on the last pour as the sediment is disturbed.

Aromas of peach and a definite tartness, oak and grain in the back seat.

On the tongue is a light-to-medium tartness balanced by subtle but ever present sour peach notes, not super dry with a tad bit of sweetness. Follow through is quenching and crisp, finished by a light stone fruit flavor. Very refreshing on the tongue with medium-
High carbonation and an easy crispness that begs for another sip.

Overall an extremely balanced sour peach ale. Went perfectly with this hot summer day.

Deschutes Mirror Mirror Barleywine

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The Reserve Series romance all began with our first release of this limited-edition brew. Mirror Mirror, born of a double batch of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, is an inspired barley wine ale layered with intriguing nuances. Explore this latest incarnation and enjoy its delicious complexity in every sip.

Final Rating: 4.5/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, acquired in a trade 2 years ago, been sitting in my fridge since then. 22oz bomber into a Deschutes tulip.

Muddy brown body, two finger white head that reduces moderately to leave spotty lacing and a small layer of retention.

Aromas of vanilla and smoked malt, caramel and toffee, sweet dark fruits, lightly vinous.

On the tongue is sweet malt, caramel, cocoa and leather upfront, followed by char and coffee, finishing sweet and sticky, butterscotch and vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation.

A real treat, this beer has aged nicely. Not a super syrupy thick barleywine, but nice complex flavors.

Bottle Logic Fundamental Summation

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“Player Two has joined the game! Our collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing combines the best elements of their epic BBA Imperial Coffee Vanilla Stout, Summation, and the unique brewing and beaning techniques we use to create our Fundamental Observation. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee supercharges the rich layers of Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans.”

Final Rating: 4.7/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bottle Logic tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a thick, inky black body with a one finger mocha colored head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam.

I allowed this to warm to room temperature before reviewing, as this is when the most flavors came out and it was at its best. I’d recommend doing the same!

On the nose is straight marshmallow vanilla bourbon, with chocolate and light coffee lingering in the background. So much marshmallow!!

On the tongue is sweet vanilla-chocolate upfront, followed by thick, rich marshmallow-cream, rocky road brownies. Finishes with more sweet vanilla, and a light amount of coffee and roast. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety with low carbonation.

Wow.. this a straight vanilla marshmallow bomb with perfect mouthfeel. My favorite BL to date.

De Garde The Peach

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A golden wild ale aged in Cognac barrels. After extended aging, this was transferred into oak tank and refermented with Oregon Peaches.

Final Rating: 4.71/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into De Garde snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a one finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave slight lacing, little retention.

Aromas are sour and fruit, lots of peach and lactic tartness, stone fruits, oak and sour warheads.

On the tongue is straight sour warhead sour peach, stone fruit bomb, lightly funky yeast, farmhouse.

Mouthfeel is easy, smooth and refreshing. Overall a fantastic beer, one of the best sours i’ve ever had.

Hill Farmstead Works of Love: Tired Hands

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“Our friend Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands joined us last June at the brewery to brew two beers. The first was Karma Emulsion, and the second was a special Farmstead® ale with aromatic spicebush. Fermented and conditioned in our oak foudres, this was bottled in July of 2016 and allowed to evolve into a beautiful expression of our long friendship and shared vision.”

Final Rating: 4.45/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead Bulb glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Appearance: The first pour to the last pour differ drastically with this beer.. I’ve never seen a beer transform from crystal clear, straw yellow with zero head to a hazy golden with a small head. There must have been a ton of sediment in this bottle, and it must have settled quite well. Poured undisturbed, this could pass for bud light! The following review will be based on the hazy pour of this beer.

Aromas are tart and full of farmhouse funk, oak, hay, acetic, citrus, champagne and green apple.

On the tongue are funky, tart, fruity, yeasty notes with a subtle piney, spicy flavor in the background, which I’d assume is from the spicebush. Medium-light body, pretty dry with medium-low carbonation.

Overall a unique, interesting, but tasty, complex, and refreshing beer. Glad I got a couple bottles.

Lost Abbey Cable Car

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I’ve been wanting to tick this for a while now. A rare Lost Abbey wild ale with an interesting description:

You’ve made it to 547 Haight Street. This destination is more San Francisco than Rice A Roni, Chinatown, and Lombard Street combined. Welcome to Broadway for brewers everywhere. Everyone who is anyone has poured their kegs here. For the last 20 years, this place has launched careers, confirmed legacies, and since 1987 the only name you need to know is David Keene. Take a seat. Tip Strong. Nod appreciatively and don’t ask stupid questions. Welcome to Big Daddy’s House known to most simply as “The T-Room.” Here the bartenders are fluent in English, German, Flemish, French, Waloon and Czech. But they’re most known for their American Lip Service. Watch it. The lady with the jet black hair behind the bar eats idiots for lunch. At 547 Haight Street, you won’t find any Cable Cars except for this one. But if you’re standing outside the Dutch Doors of the World Famous Toranado, you surely found the most interesting place in all San Francisco. Its’ about RESPECT. Dave you continue to have ours. Here’s to 20 more years of punishing livers everywhere. Cheers Gina, Jim, Tomme, Vince and the Brewers of Port Brewing

 

2013 vintage poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Aromas are oak and spices, citrus, fruity wild yeast, and overripe fruits.

On the tongue is citrus and lactic, funky, wine, oak, followed by dry tannins, oak aftertaste, green apple. Mildly dry aftertaste. High carbonation with a nice easy drinking body.

A great beer indeed, one of the most balanced wild’s I’ve ever tasted. Worth breaking out the big guns to trade for it.

 

DeGarde The Broken Truck Batch 3

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“Shortly after we started distributing, we had our cursed old brewery truck break down while carrying a load of kegs to our distributor. Our distributor was about to close for the weekend, and we had no way to get them there in time, and nowhere to store them in good condition during the opressively hot weather. As is our habit during times of stress, we sought a cold beer at the newly opened taproom and growler station around the corner, Tin Bucket. After chatting with the owner, he expressed his disappointment at not being able to get our beer. To cut it short, he and his partner bought the entire truckload, saving not just the beer, but quite literally our business.

This beer is for them. We worked with them to blend this from three different years of our lambic inspired barrels. We chose a blend with a beautiful and expressive Brett character that has only blossomed during its extended conditioning. Our favorite beer to date.”

Final Rating: 4.59/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a De Garde snifter. Thanks Ryan for sharing this bottle!

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a twin finger white head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.

On the nose, lots of woody oak, comes through with a funky saison yeast aroma.. grassy, citrus and lactic, spices, funk, yeasty, grassy, and an almost cedar-like smell.

On the tongue is a nicely balanced tartness with tons of oaky saison notes, funky barnyard, spices, green apple, and a cedary taste come through, white wine, champagne-like but not too dry. Medium-high carbonation and easy drinking, medium-light body.

This was totally worth the hype and I’m glad I got to try it. A superbly balanced and flavorful wild.