Lindemans GingerGueuze

Brewery: Brouwerij Lindemans
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Breaking the mould among existing beer styles, Lindemans developed the Botanical Lambics, a collection of old gueuzes with a twist. Third in the series, GingerGueuze is based on a blend of 12 months with 2 to 3 year old lambic fermented in oak and fresh ginger. Refermented in the bottle, GingerGueuze has a golden colour and combines the sourness of lambic with the subtle flavours of fresh ginger. Ideal as an aperitif, it is also perfect for food pairings.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled in December 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a big three finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of sticky lacing.
Aroma: Ginger, lemon, floral, herbal, earthy, oak, funk, wet damp barnyard.
Taste: Cleaner than the aroma as in the ginger and lemon zest take centre stage, a bit ginger ale like, while there is light oak, herbal and funkiness going on in the background, but nowhere near as much as the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An interesting twist as I felt that the ginger did go quite well with Gueuze and in fact it reminded me a bit of ginger ale. Refreshing and tasty.

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Kasteel Cuvée du Chateau

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Country: Belgium
ABV: 11%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel

Brewer Description: (from website) The taste of Cuvée du Château is comparable to that of an aged Kasteel Donker, reminiscent of port. This ‘premier cru classé’ was developed in the style of a quadrupel. In this type of strong, dark brown beer that veers between sweet and bitter, malt has the upper hand. The Cuvée du Chateau has the characteristics of a madeirised beer, with initial hints of roast and caramelised malt, followed by delicate hop bitters in the finish. A fully-fledged gastronomic beer.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.71
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of June 2019. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a thin less than half finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweetish dark fruit, raisin, prunes, plum, caramel malt, toffee, malt with hints of nutmeg and clove.
Taste: Sweet, raisin, prunes, doughy, bready with hints of wood and a boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice, but really on the verge of being a bit too sweet for me.

Birra del Borgo Vecchia Ducale

Brewery: Birra del Borgo
Country: Italy
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin

Brewer Description: (from website) Inspired by the Oud Bruin, we left our Ducale rest in barrel for over a year and then we bottled it with extra young beer. The result is a sweet and bitter beer, with wine hints and an astringent finish.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of February 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a bronze ruby hue and pretty much no head or lacing.
Aroma: Tart-ish, balsamic vinegar, cherry, prunes, vinous and lightly woody.
Taste: Oak, woody, sour, balsamic, cherry, vinous with hints of light toffee and astringency.
Mouthfeel: Acetic harshness, light to medium bodied with extremely low carbonation.
Overall: This was on and off for me. At times it seemed ok, but perhaps it was the combination of acetic harshness and the lack of carbonation that ultimately led me to lean on the lower end. Just didn’t work for me when compared to the classic Oud Bruin’s.

American Solera The Ground Is Shaking!

Brewery: American Solera
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour Brown Ale aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, with surprisingly no vintage year printed on the label. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark brown amber colour with about a half finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Vinous red wine, fruity cherry, mixed berries with a light touch of balsamic vinegar and maybe oak.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, mixed berries, sharp acidic citrus zest, vinegar, light oak, with vinous wine notes at the end.
Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A solid and enjoyable Oud Bruin with good aroma and flavours.

Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewery: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint Remy Rochefort
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: Red cap

Brewer Description: (from the Trappist website) This beer begins with a density of 16.5º Plato is 7.5% ABV. It’s fine aroma provides a delicate taste for the palate! “Rochefort 6” is the oldest Rochefort Trappist beer and was brewed empirically until the end of the Second World War. Until 1958, this was the only Rochefort beer that was bottled in both 33 cc bottles and 75 cc bottles. It has a strong malt taste and is slightly bitter.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 8th August 2018. Poured into a mini Rochefort goblet glass.
Appearance: A light-ish orange brown colour with a one finger beige coloured head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit plum, prunes and raisins with a hint of caramel.
Taste: Like the aroma, there’s lots of dark fruit raisins, prunes and plum with hints of honey, caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice but not as complex as the other beers in their small but wonderful lineup.

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