Category Archives: 3 – Indifferent (buy if no other choice)

The Ale Apothecary OJ Dan

Brewery: The Ale Apothecary
Country: USA
ABV: 7.62%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Mixed fermentation ale aged in wine barrels

Brewer Description: (from tag and label on bottle) OJ Dan (this experiment got a little juicy). OJ Dan the OG becomes the OJ. (* named in honor of our brewer Jareds’ Pa, 592 bottles produced. * Sauvie Island Hops + Mecca Grade malt + fresh orange juice. * aged in 2nd use Bulleit rye barrels and finished in an oak puncheon. * OR honey + sour wort + our yeast = 100% natural carbonation from bottle fermentation.)

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch bottled on 21st September 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: First pour was a very lightly hazy golden colour (but subsequent pours were a much more cloudy golden orange colour), with a big four finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, orange juice, citrus zest, tropical stone fruit like mango and peach with a touch of oak and funk.
Taste: Orange juice and citrus zest with a touch of rye whiskey, oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Acidic, medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: The aroma was really nice, but taste while not bad, was a bit one dimensional, with orange juice and a splash of rye whiskey. The strong acidity and high carbonation does not make it easy to discern other flavours. I still think it’s worth a try though. I have to say though, that the more and more I drink it, the more it’s growing on me.

Advertisements

Victory Sour Monkey

Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 9.5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This electrifying transformation of our famed Golden Monkey may just blow your mind. Tastefully twisted to offer nuances of sweet fruit and a sharp tang of tartness, this exhilarating combination of flavors makes this brew a Monkey all its own. Respect the Monkey and taste Victory!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1st July 2015… wow, pulled from the cellar just over 3 years old. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy light copper colour with a less than half finger white head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving behind some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, grape, prunes, plum, apple and lemon with maybe some light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, grape, prunes, lemon and apple cider.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Not bad, but there didn’t seem to be much complexity to it. Not getting much funk or wood. It was just straight sour and fruit. I was very surprised that it was 9.5% ABV though, as it did not feel anywhere near that at all.

Mikkeller Jonge Spontanale 4 month

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Lambic aged 4 months.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 21st June 2022. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Funk, oak, green apple, pear and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Sour, green apple, pear, funk, musk, oak and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting, but perhaps still a bit young and underdeveloped.

Mikkeller Spontanseabuckthorn

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn & aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 7th September 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark golden orange colour with a two finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, funky, mango, apricot with a touch of oak, lemon and vinegar.
Taste: Tart, sour, acidic, lemon, sour orange, vinegar and funk with hints of mango and apricot.
Mouthfeel: Acidic (maybe a bit too much), medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I have no idea what sea buckthorn tastes like, but this was quite interesting with tart and sour citrus plus hints of tropical fruit. However, it was also on the verge of being overly sharp with acidity and vinegar, which definitely held it back.

Sori Ensemble Three Mosaic & Citra DDH DIPA

Brewery: Sori Brewing
Country: Estonia
ABV: 8.1%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Ensemble Three, the last part in our Ensemble series, sees the return of Mosaic with a new partner, Citra. This classic American team-up delivers a punch of citrus and tropical fruit. Sit back and enjoy this DDH Double IPA as we prepare you for the next movement of our symphony.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml can, lot #268, with a best before date of 30th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour, with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy orange, orange rind, grapefruit zest, grass with a hint of pineapple and mango.
Taste: Lightly sweet and bitter, dank, orange zest, citrus rind, mango, pineapple and a hint of peach and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and tasty with some good juiciness. I liked it better than Ensemble Two which I thought was too sweet, but this one had a better balance of sweet and bitter.