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

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.

Brekeriet Pink Passion

Brewery: Brekeriet
Country: Sweden
ABV: 4.7%
Style: German Berliner Weisse
Other Notes: Pink Passion is part of our collection of beers known as the Sour Patch, fermented with different wild yeast strains and lactic acid bacteria cultures

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A fruity, refreshing and gluten free oat Berliner fermented with passionfruit and hibiscus flowers.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled in June 2018 #170, and with a best before date of 20th June 2023. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy light orange pink colour with a thin half finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Light tart and funk, guava, rhubarb, and passionfruit.
Taste: Tart, light sourness, passionfruit, guava, with hints of red berries and lemon peel, maybe some slight band aid.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking Berliner Weisse with great fruit flavours. However, I didn’t get any floral character despite the addition of hibiscus flowers.

To Øl Goliat Sherry Oak Chips Edition

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial coffee stout matured with sherry oak chips.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 25th October 2021 (I think, as the year was not clear). Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a slightly more than one finger dark beige head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Strong roast, coffee, milk chocolate, alcohol booziness, light caramel and a touch herbal at the end.
Taste: Sweet, boozy alcohol forward, light roast, light coffee, light chocolate, molasses and a hint of herbs.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: The boozy alcohol and sweetness overpowered much of the other flavours, hiding much of the roast, coffee and chocolate that I enjoy.

La Sirène Reserve Saison

Brewery: La Sirène Brewing
Country: Australia
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Avant Garde Collection. 2016 vintage. Barrel-aged vintage Saison – rustic, vinous, wild. Oak 3.5/6, fruity 3.5/6 and funk 4/6

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Reserve Saison is composed of a blend of our classic Saison vintages that have been aged in Burgundian barriques & hogsheads since 2015 and 2016. The Reserve Saison displays generous oak character & balance with ethereal yet rustic notes of the indigenous wild yeast residing within the walls of our brewery. The Reserve Saison is the ultimate expression of our site and house style, imparting a sense of place, time and season to this wild ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, batch no. 230313, bottled on July 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer and left nice curtain lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, brett, lightly vinous, grape, some stone fruit, peach, apricot, lemon peel and a touch of lime soda.
Taste: Sour, light funk, brett, vinous, grape, oak, lemon, lime and a bit pithy.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Nice Saison with lots of citrusy notes on the finish.

To Øl Simple Life

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Saison ale aged in wine oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.65
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 29th January 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy rusty dark orange colour with a big two finger dull orange-y beige head that had good retention and left lots of sticky lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, mango, orange peel, oak and citrus.
Taste: Funky, barnyard, lightly sour, citrus, lemon peel, lime, light sweetness, dried apricots, oak, earthy, citrus zest and spices, some light bitterness on the finish when cool, while there is light sweetness as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I preferred the sweetness that came out of it as it warmed over the bitterness I tasted while it was still cool. It definitely doesn’t feel like 10% at all, as it drinks easily, however I don’t get any of the wine barrel that its supposed to be aged in.