Category Archives: Brewer

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2015

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 13%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aged in oak barrels, refermented in bottle.

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle, brewed in 2015 and bottled in April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A dark brownish red colour with a two finger tanned head that had pretty good retention and left some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, cherry, vinous, red wine, vinegar and oak with hints of almond/marzipan at times.
Taste: Sweet and sour, tart, vinous, red wine, cherry, fig, vinegar and oak.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice complexity, aroma and taste. Quite surprised that it’s supposed to be 13% ABV as you certainly don’t feel it while drinking.

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Kagua Japanese Citrus Saison

Brewery: Far Yeast Brewing
Country: Japan
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled at De Graal, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Fruity and dry farmhouse ale with refreshing yuzu aroma.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.52
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of April 2019. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy copper amber colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Yuzu, mango, cream soda and a light floral element.
Taste: Reminds me of cream soda combined with citrus, floral and spice. Mostly grass, perfume-y, pepper and yuzu.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was not bad, and I enjoy cream soda. My only negative was the floral element in both the aroma and taste that I’m just not too fond of.

Sierra Nevada x Brauhaus Miltenberger Oktoberfest 2017

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. x Brauhaus Miltenberger
Country: USA
ABV: 6.1%
Style: German Oktoberfest/Märzen
Other Notes: 30 IBUs. Fall seasonal, one time only. Malts – Two-row Pale, Steffi, Pilsner and Munich. Hops – German Magnum, German Select, Tettnanger and Spalter

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We’ve partnered with Brauhaus Miltenberger, one of Germany’s most highly regarded craft brewers, to create an authentic festival beer for your Oktoberfest celebration right here at home. We’re focusing on a depth of complex flavor in this amber lager, using traditional techniques to create layers of rich malt notes that remain light and crisp.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle, packaged on 7th July 2017, poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A nice clear copper colour with a just under two finger white head that had decent retention and left behind nice lacing.
Aroma: Toasted bready malts, black tea, grassy, herbal with a splash of lime.
Taste: Bready malts, cracker, apple, pear and grass with a touch of spice and floral notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good. I enjoyed this version more than the ones from 2015 and 2016.

Lindemans BlossomGueuze

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

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

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled in September 2015. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Elderflower and lychee jelly with hints of oak.
Taste: Sour, oak, herbal, funk, white wine, grape, elderflower and lychee.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Elderflower and lychee… I was curious. When I did a search of “elderflower smells like…” lychee actually popped up automatically for me, so clearly someone did the same search as I did. This was all the more interesting since even though I’ve also tried Mamouche, I still had no idea what elderflower was supposed to smell or taste like. But the result here was good with nice aroma and flavours that weren’t too flowery since they were of the lychee fruit. And on top of that, I thought that this turned out better than Cantillon Mamouche.

De Ranke Cuvée

Brewery: Brouwerij De Ranke
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: On base of old Flemish beer and Lambic

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 70% Belgian Sour Ale with 30% Lambic added.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 28th May 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice clear copper orange colour with a just over one finger light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, oak, white wine, apple, herbal and funky.
Taste: Tart, but only mildly sour, red apple, lime, cork, oak, funk and maybe hay with only a hint of a herbal element and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Acidic, medium to light bodied with good moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice and balanced blend of a sour ale and Lambic. Much better than the Kriek version in my opinion.