Garage Project Oh What a Lovely Day Let’s Go Out and Pick Some… Elder

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Foraged flowers, spontaneous ferment no.3

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The latest release in our Wild Workshop Wildflower series. The concept is simple. Freshly foraged wild flowers are plunged into a light golden base wort of pilsner, raw wheat and rye creating a spontaneous fermentation using only the wild yeast present on flowers. The beer is then allowed to age and develop in oak barrels. Fermented with wild foraged Elderflowers and conditioned in the barrel with Elderberry, the result of this brewery outing is a delightfully tart sparkling beer with a distinctly pink berry hue.

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

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 18th October 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, apricot, peach, oak, and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funk, apricot, peach, oak, with touches of lemon and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice easy drinking Wild Ale. Elderflower and elderberry were added but it was largely stone fruit forward, so I assume this comes from elderberry. On the other hand, the floral aspect from elderflower was just not there, or simply overpowered when compared to other elderflower beers.

Brekeriet Raudhetta

Brewery: Brekeriet
Country: Sweden
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Belgian Flanders Red Ale
Other Notes: Brekeriet Raudhetta is a part of our collection known as the Specials, made as experimental batches in limited edition

Brewer Description: (from bottle) An elegant and complex red sour ale spontaneously fermented in ten different oak barrels for several months.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled in February 2017, with a best before date of 9th February 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark amber, reddish brown colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, red fruit, berries, funk, vinegar and hints of oak.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, red fruit, mixed berries, light sweetness, oak, light funk, and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking red sour ale. Fruity flavours were a little light, but still enjoyable.

Oud Beersel Oude Vieux Faro

Brewery: Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Faro)
Other Notes: 3.1L bag-in-box

Brewer Description: (from box) Lambic with candy sugar refermented. Not sweet.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.65
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 3.1L bag-in-box with a best before date of 15th November 2019, poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy brown orangey colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, sour, funky, oak, with some dark fruit like aromas, maybe plum and grapes.
Taste: Sour, funky, oak, acidic, vinegar, lemon, with light notes of mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with no carbonation.
Overall: This was very different to any other Faro that I’ve tried in that it’s not sweet at all, but still quite nice especially with the mixed berry notes. The aroma was great, but the lack of carbonation was not really my thing. Still an interesting Faro though.

Mikkeller George vs. Brian Calvados Barrel Aged

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 15%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Calvados. A Mikkeller beer not to be missed.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 28th May 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, alcohol, dark fruit, prunes, plum.
Taste: Light roasty dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, slight boozy, sweet, molasses, dark dried fruit, prunes, dried berries, and maybe a hint of apples.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An excellent sipper with largely well hidden alcohol. I think I even preferred this slightly more than the Tequila barrel version as its not as sweet.

Mikkeller George vs. Brian Tequila Barrel Aged

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 15%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Tequila. A Mikkeller beer not to be missed.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd May 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, earthy, chocolate, coffee, oak, alcohol, with light herbal and tequila sweetness.
Taste: Roasty, sweet, boozy, chocolate, coffee, oak, tequila, light herbal and hints of bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, alcohol warming, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper with good barrel notes and alcohol well hidden even though it is 15% ABV.

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