Bellwoods White Picket Fence Batch 3

– aka Bellwoods White Picket Fence Foeder Blended Saison OR White Picket Fence Peach? (ratebeer)

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 6.1%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Batch 3, Blended Foeder Saison. (although the bottle says that this is batch 3, there is not much else to go on, and it seems there are some contradicting information online, and to be honest, I cannot really tell if this is the regular White Picket Fence, or a variant with peach added to it. As there isn’t really anything to indicate ‘peach’ on the bottle, for Ratebeer, I went with the White Picket Fence Foeder Blended Saison)

Brewer Description: (from website) A symbol synonymous with Bellwoods Brewery; our White Picket Fence has undergone a complete overhaul and its re-envisioned form much better reflects the direction of our brewery. This foeder fermented saison is the result of a unique blending regimen, before being gently dry-hopped and bottle conditioned. Labour intensive in process, but rewarding in result. What it smells and tastes like: A complex, layered beer with perfect champagne-like carbonation to carry the lemon meringue aromatics, bright hop character, and rich brett notes. Refined and balanced acidity with lots of complimentary citrus.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 500ml bottle, Batch 3. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a big four finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, lightly tart, funky, brett, peach, apricot, mango, citrusy, lemon peel and lemon.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, brett, light leather, fruity, peach, apricot, mango, lemon peel, lemon, oak and a hint of pepper.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable with a good balance between the sour, tartness and funk. Fruitiness was also strong, with a nice mix of tropical stone fruit and citrus. I could easily drink more of this.

Bellwoods Farmageddon California Zinfandel Grapes

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2019 vintage, Barrel aged Wild Ale with California Zinfandel Grapes

Brewer Description: (from website) Farmageddon is our wild farmhouse ale that we’ve been brewing, blending, and aging for almost as many years as we’ve been open. The blending process allows us to maintain a common thread across batches, the aging adds nuanced layers, while the brett and bacteria work hard to create small idiosyncrasies in each release. It’s a refined, effervescent, and delicious beer worthy of special occasions and idle weeknights.

We transferred the beer onto whole Zinfandel grapes from California, letting it age for just over a month before undergoing an extensive bottle conditioning period.

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

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2019 vintage. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish purple colour with a big three finger pinkish white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, grape, cherry, lemon and hints of funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, grape, vinous, oak, red wine barrels, cherry and a touch of lemon and pepperiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice and enjoyable vinous notes with good fruit and barrel character.

Bellwoods Farmageddon Niagara Montmorency & Morello Cherries

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 6.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2019 vintage, barrel aged wild ale with Niagara montmorency & morello cherries

Brewer Description: (from website) Farmageddon is our wild farmhouse ale that we’ve been brewing, blending, and aging for almost as many years as we’ve been open. The blending process allows us to maintain a common thread across batches, the aging adds nuanced layers, while the brett and bacteria work hard to create small idiosyncrasies in each release. It’s a refined, effervescent, and delicious beer worthy of special occasions and idle weeknights.

Our 2019 edition of Cherry Farmageddon is oak aged then conditioned on 2 types of sour cherry varietals — Montmorency and Morello — before being primed and bottle conditioned for maximum spritz factor.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2019 vintage, poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy ruby red pinkish colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, cherries, mixed berries, oak, with hints of lemon and spices.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma, sour, tart, light funk, cherries, mixed berries, oak, lemon juice, with hints of spice and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and enjoyable with a good fruity cherry mix. Carbonation may have been slightly over prickly for my liking, but I would still keep drinking this.

Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Vienna and Carahell. Hops – Mosaic, Ekuanot, Citra, Simcoe, Galaxy, Idaho 7 and Cryo Mosaic. Yeast – London III

Brewer Description: (from can) Hazy IPA. Experience – tropical fruit, mango, lychee.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.21
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A fresh 330ml can, canned only about a week ago, with a best before date of 26th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A murky dark orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Lots of stone fruit, ripe mango, with hints of citrus peel and pith.
Taste: Tropical and stone fruit, mango, citrus pith, with a light but enjoyable hop burn.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another enjoyable Hong Kong brewed IPA, and once again, from Carbon Brews. Juicy tropicalness balanced with some light pithy bitterness. Just very easy to drink.

Stone Arrogant Southern Charred

– aka Arrogant Double Bastard Ale – Whiskey Barrel (ratebeer)

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Arrogant Consortia)
Country: USA
ABV: 12.7%
Style: American Strong Ale
Other Notes: Double Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Small Batch Series

Brewer Description: (from bottle) When Double Bastard Ale spends months sequestered in Kentucky bourbon barrels, a most unique reverse-transmogrification takes place. A once-burly behemoth emerges as a stunningly graceful beast, with its bold, bullish roots lingering just under the surface. This Southernized paragon of liquid glory exudes sophistication, exalted character and uncompromising independence courtesy of American oak. Only the worthiest of imbibers are invited to experience a fleeting yet unforgettable encounter with this rare breed. This is what awaits for those with the eye, heart and inner fortitude to step up to Southern Charred.

Cellar notes – This oak bomb bursts on the palate with a well-rounded mixture of deep caramel, molasses, hops and char plus hints of brown sugar, with bourbony influence amplifying the beer’s maltiness. These interwoven flavours crescendo in an intense, lingering finish, yet for such a high-gravity beer, it is one helluva smooth operator. Quiet. Confident. Arrogant.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Poured a cold haze rusty orange brown colour but eventually settled to a clear copper colour with a very thin orangey beige head that disappeared quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, ginger, candied grapefruit, and some light piney notes.
Taste: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, light bitterness, grapefruit peel, piney, resinous, citrus pith, and maybe hints of raisins.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: I loved the aroma and there was a good balance in the flavours between sweet and bitter that make it such a good sipper.

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