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Garage Project Omne Trium Perfectum – Guava, Coconut, Makrut Lime

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 5.8%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Three, it’s the magic number. OTP – a special series of sours, each batch combining a trio of unusual ingredients based on the perfect principle of three elements. This batch we’ve combined a hand-picked selection of 12-18 month oak-aged mixed fermentation beer with guava, coconut, and makrut lime to create a blend bursting with juicy, sour, tropical flavours. Omne Trium Perfectum, no more no less – for some reason things just work better in threes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.39
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy yellow orange colour with a half finger white head that disappeared immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, guava dominates, with notes of pineapple, lime and coconut.
Taste: Tart, sour, guava, lime, with hints of coconut.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable and balanced sour, with lots of tropical fruit flavours.

Fantôme de Tous les D’iâpes

Brewery: Brasserie Fantôme
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Saison

Brewer Description: (from bottle in French) Tous avec les diables!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle with a best before end 2020 date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that gradually dissipated to a thick ring around the glass and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy orange, orange candy, carrot cake, herbal tea, gingerbread, and spices.
Taste: Sweet, orange zest, marmalade, tangy, biscuit malt, gingerbread, herbal tea, and spice.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Interesting aroma and flavours. Maybe sweeter than I prefer, but still drinkable.

Lost Abbey Carnevale

Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Brett Saison

Brewer Description: (from bottle) For centuries Venetians lightened the dark of winter with an elaborate upending of social order. In donning a disguise for Carnevale, for one night a pauper could become a prince, a learned man a fool, a proper lady a passionate lover… and no one would be wiser. This beer is our tribute to that grand celebration of the unexpected. A saison-style blonde ale with American hops and… well, that’s all you really need to know. Now put on your mask, raise your glass, and toast to the magic of a winter’s night mystery. Lo Carnevale!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.83
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A corked and caged 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, vintage 2018. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had decent retention but eventually settled to a thin layer, while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Pear, apple, bubble gum, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, with floral and spice notes.
Taste: Sweet-ish, Belgian yeast, brett, bubble gum, pear, grapefruit, notes of spice and a touch boozy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Sweeter and more boozy than I normally prefer, but still very drinkable.

Three Floyds Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin

Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: Unsure as not on bottle (6.4% on RB and UT, 6.7% on BA)
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: American Sour Ale aged in wine barrels with blueberries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) In order to survive in the 14th century one needed to be a force to be reckoned with. In Brittany, Spain and France this knight proved his mettle in battle after battle. This tart blueberry ale was brewed in one of our 3000 gallon foeders in his honour.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.45
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. blue-ish grey waxed bottle, with no clear bottled on or best before date (although I expect this to have been cellared 5 to 6 years maybe). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange brown colour with a two fingered off white cream head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a thin continually replenishing layer, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, blueberry skin, blueberry, mixed berries, cherry, plum, acetone, oak, with notes of citrus zest.
Taste: Light to moderate sweet and sour, tart, blueberry, cherry, blackcurrant, Ribena, plum, oak, lemon zest, with a sweet jammy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable aroma and flavours that just worked for me. It was aged 5 or 6 years in my cellar, and actually, I can’t help but feel that it was better than I used to remember.

Black Project Gnomon

Brewery: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Country: USA
ABV: Unsure as not on bottle (5% on BA and UT, 6.2% on RB)
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Spontaneous Raw Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Gnomon is a blend of two sister beers, the first is similar to one of our traditional Lambic-inspired recipes, but we replaced the unmalted wheat with malted purple barley from our friends at Troubadour Maltings who acquired a special type of ancient, husk-less barley that has a deep purple color. We also didn’t boil the wort, making it a Raw Ale. It was inoculated via coolship and then fermented and aged the beer in Chardonnay barrels. The second part is also a spontaneous Raw Ale made with 100% malted purple barley. The beer was then fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels. The beers were blended and given a light dry hop prior to being bottled. The end result exhibits a unique, hearty grain character, which is backed by restrained bitterness and a moderate citrusy acidity.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml corked and capped bottled, bottled on 12th February 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sour, fruity, underripe mango, peach, wood, with hints of nail polish.
Taste: Light sour, fruity, apricot, oak, funk, and grapes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The light fruitiness was more tropical than expected and was enjoyable.