Drie Fonteinen Hommage – A Lambic with Cherries and Raspberries

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A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

Final Rating: 4.64/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500th review. 2013 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F crystal tumbler. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany-cherry body with a big, slightly fizzy, fluffy light pink head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a quarter inch of retention and very little lacing.

Aromas are out of this world.. berries take the front seat here, big cherry notes punch you in the nose, a medley of raspberries and fermented berries, cranberry, a distinct musty funk, souring yeastyness, and subtle oak in the background.

It has a super tart start on the tongue, followed by a pronounced but not overbearing medley of dry, juicy, berries, cherry and cranberry being predominant but raspberry notes are present (not sure why this is the case, or maybe I’m mistaking the raspberries for other berries. Either way it’s delicious). Some medicinal cherry and vinegar. On the follow through is musty basement, borderline sour fruit, lactic, oak, finished by a tongue drying tartness that sticks around for a minute or so.

Carbonation is medium and ideal for this style, medium-light body, making it nice and refreshing.

Overall a fantastic beer, well worth the wait and worthy of my 500th review.

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: The Benchmark for Saisons and a the Perfect Summer Brew

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When it comes to refreshing summer beers, you really can’t beat a good Farmhouse Saison – it’s subtle complexities combined with a tart, crisp and refreshing body make for a nice compliment to a lazy summer day.

Hill Farmstead is known for their world-class Farmhouse ales, utilizing their delicious strains of wild yeast and bacteria to create some of the best in the world. Arthur is a perfect example of this. Here’s my full review:

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery in November.

Pours a super hazy, pale yellow body with a big gushing frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing a decent, uneven white retention that sits for a while. Some sediment.

Aroma is super inviting with big fruity and tart aromas, namely tart citrus, lemon, and green apple mixed with banana-clove, peppery spices, farmhouse funk.

Taste is equally as complex, upfront is tart citrus but not overpoweringly sour, saison yeastyness & barnhouse funk, estery banana, a creamy caramel, with a spicy, peppery, and slightly bitter finish. Super complex. Excellently balanced. Easy to drink with a medium body and medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall a world class Saison, super complex, balanced, and tasty. I expect nothing less from Hill Farmstead.

Stone “Charred” Xocoveza Stout

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This is Stone’s Xocoveza Imperial Stout with cocoa, coffee, and spices, aged in Bourbon Barrels

Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Stone Tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a dark brown body that’s translucent on the pour and black in the glass with brown / amber highlights. Small off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing and zero retention.

Aromas come through in full force after sitting for ~30 minutes to warm up, and at this point are big, bold, pungent, and inviting. Aromas of mocha, dark roast coffee beans, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brownies. This smells AMAZING!

The tongue matches the nose, with more chocolate, bourbon-vanilla, and cinnamon coming through, fudge brownies, with a cinnamon-toffee follow through and a super roasty finish. Out of this world, the flavors here are bold and work well together. Mouthfeel could be thicker, but does not detract or mute the flavors that come through. Medium carbonation.

What can I say.. I was not going to buy into the hype until I tried it and it delivered. Complex, balanced, unique, and oh-so-flavorful.

Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale

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Layers of hops-derived aromas and flavors of citrus zest and tropical fruit rest on a pleasing malt backbone in our Fort Point Pale Ale. Dangerously drinkable with a dry finish and soft mouthfeel from wheat. Our year round hoppy pale ale culminates in a restrained bitterness and dry finish.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery 2 days ago, bottled 28Jul15 which was 5 days ago.

Pours a very hazy deep amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly to leave a little lacing and a a good amount of retention.

On the nose is big citrus, fruity tropical aromas, mango, pineapple, really an explosion of tropical fruits. Very nice on the nose.

The taste really follows the nose, I’ve never quite tasted a beer with this degree of tropical character.. big pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, a splash of citrus, oranges, finishes with a light malt backbone and a slight bitter zing on the tongue.. citrus rind on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent, very easy drinker, medium carbonation and medium body.

Very impressive.. the hop profile is outstanding and fruity. I’ve never tasted an IPA/pale ale/DIPA with this much tropical character. Would recommend.