Drie Fonteinen Framboos

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One year old lambic brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Payottenland. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops, and water.

For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Geuze blender – as did his father – mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create a classic Belgian beer. Recently, Armand has started brewing his own lambic. The 3 Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Geuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today.

 

Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F “3” script tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

Not much of a pop on the uncork – pours a cloudy brownish maroon body with little head that speak of – little carbonation on the appearance. No lacing or retention.

On the nose is sour raspberry candy, lots and lots of raspberries with a definite lactic tartness, a light mustyness and acetic vinegar as well. Raspberries take center stage. Smells extremely inviting.

On the tongue is an initial burst of sour raspberry, followed by a decent oak presence, fruit skins, citrus, light acetic. Drying tartness sticks on the tongue for half a minute. Carbonation is lacking but that doesn’t take much away from this beer. Medium body.

Much more sour than I was expecting (think raspberry warheads), but PACKED with flavor, which I really like.

Jester King 分 桃 (Fēn Táo)

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“We’re pleased to introduce Jester King 分桃 (pronounced Fēn táo) — a barrel-aged wild beer refermented with peaches from the Texas Hill Country. After slowly fermenting for months in oak barrels with naturally occurring wild yeast and native souring bacteria, 分 桃 was racked to one of our oak tanks or “foudres” filled with several hundred pounds of fresh peaches from Fredericksburg, Texas. We then allowed the beer to slowly referment the peaches to dryness, resulting in a unique beer that reflects our setting in the Texas Hill Country. ”

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, bottled July 2014. Poured from a 16oz genie bottle into a Jester King stemmed oversize wine glass. Enjoyed over 2 hours, allowed to warm to room temperature towards to end (and while writing this review).

Pours a super hazy, stunningbright golden body with a sizeable white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave little lacing or retention. The color is fantastic.

Aromas are heavy stone fruits, tons of peach here. Super ripe fruit notes, fermented fruits dominates as well as sharp lactic tartness, funk. Aromas are potent and pungent.

On the tongue is lightly tart, ripe, pulpy stone fruits, not so sour, peppery funk, light oak, dry citrus on the follow through and a yeasty fermented fruit flavor on the finish that sticks on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is easy, light, refreshing, less carbonated than expected.

This beer has aged beautifully, I think the sourness mellowed out and the fruit took center stage here.

Side Project Noir du Fermier

 

 

 

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Noir du Fermier is a dark farmhouse ale in which the robust, yet dry malt bill is balanced with the brightness, depth and rustic character of the wild Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus found on our family’s Missouri farm. This farmhouse ale was fermented in and aged in red wine and bourbon barrels for several months before being naturally conditioned in the bottle.

 

Final Rating: 4.32/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a deep brown body with a light brown fizzy two finger head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a small layer of retention and minimal lacing.

Aromas are tart and lactic, red wine and oak come in too, black cherry, molasses and light sweet caramel, maybe some vinegar in there too.

Taste is pretty sour upfront, citrus and lactic acid, a tad roasty with molasses, dark fruit and dried cherries. Finish is dry, tart, with funk and oak in the background. Mouthfeel is light-ish and crisp, dry, medium carbonation.

Overall quite enjoyable, reminds me of a flemish red.

Tree House Double Shot – Columbia El Novado

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This double shot variant is brewed with Columbia El Novado coffee. One of the many variants of this epic and classic coffee Tree House Imperial Stout!

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Treehouse tulip glass. Thanks Big Julius for hooking me up with this one!

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a pretty substantial light brown head that’s a little fizzy but reduces at a moderate rate, leaving spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

On the nose is freshly roasted coffee, milk chocolate, espresso ,cocoa. Coffee dominates, really nice, I can tell this is going to be pretty roasty and coffee forward.

On the tongue are deliciously balanced coffee notes – like freshly ground coffee was just infused into this beer. Lightly sweet but perfectly balanced. The follow through is rich and silky, giving way to a roasty, dark chocolate note that is characteristic of a great coffee stout. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body, rich, and easy to drink with medium carbonation.

I always love trying Double Shot variants, and this is no exception. An excellently crafted beer.

The Bruery PB & Thursday

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Check the forecast, down a cup of coffee, grab your backpack and pack something special to enjoy later on. Might we suggest this bottle? It is Thursday, after all. PB & Thursday – a peanutty variant of Black Tuesday. It won’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but it will impart layers of peanut butter character and bourbon-laced fudge notes to our storied imperial stout.

 

Final Rating: 3.75/5
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 edition. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a surprisingly lighter-brown body on the pour, but once in the glass it’s pretty opaque black. Not as thick and viscous as other stouts, presumably due to the high ABV. Quite fizzy on the pour, leaves no lacing or retention.

Aromas are strong and boozy, lots of whiskey, chocolate, caramel, sweet toffee, maybe a light peanut butter aroma in the background.

On the tongue.. it starts off quite sweet giving way to chocolate syrup, sweet, sugary caramel, light coffee, maybe a tad bit of peanuts on the follow through, finishing roasty with maybe some coffee notes.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would expect, as the appearance hinted towards, it’s pretty carbonated for a 19.8% stout. I feel like there’s more whiskey than beer in here.

Interesting.. I’ve like all the black tuesday variants, and I’m not going to say I dislike this one, but it’s a bit unbalanced and not as advertised. Would have liked a lot more peanut butter and less whiskey.