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3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VI.i: Witte Perzik Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Peach lambik with 4.5 months of maceration in a wooden barrel. The white peaches originate from Ludo Rosseels, the last grower of native peaches in Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen “Speling van het Lot” (Twist of Fate) is a series of small batch experimental brews, barrel maturations, fruit macerations and/or blends. Witte Perzik (Raw & Uncut) is the result of a barrel maceration of de-stoned white peaches on young lambic for about 4.5 months. In July 2017 we met with the last grower of native peaches in Belgium. Since the seventies, the number of stone fruit growers in the region of Hageland (in between the city of Leuven and the province of Limburg) plummeted due to the cheaper transport from the south of Europe. With a few hectares of fields left, Ludo Rosseels specialises in white and yellow peach varieties, apricots, prunes and vineyard peaches. Give this peach lambic the time to open up and to let it evolve in the glass. Taste, savour and experience with the best of friends, old and new.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.47
My ratebeer.com rating:

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°1, season 17/18, bottled on 27th November 2017 with a best before date of 26th October 2037. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Peach, peach skin, light leather and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, fresh peaches, peach skin, light mineral and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful peach aromas and flavours. I can just keep on drinking this.

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Bokkereyder Zomersaison

Brewery: Bokkereyder
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Fantôme saison w/ 1 & 2 yr old lambic aged on freshly emptied fruit lambic barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Koelschip, bottled in December 2017. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: A light pinkish red colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Fantôme, funk, tart, oak with light strawberry and raspberry.
Taste: Barnyard, Fantôme, light funk, light tartness with very light fruit and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice with the Fantôme base having a strong showing, while there is only light fruitiness.

New Belgium La Folie

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin
Other Notes: 2016 vintage. Lips of Faith Series. Sour Brown Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Seriously sour, this Flanders-style reddish brown ale was aged 1-3 years in French oak barrels for mouthpuckering perfection.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 vintage, bottled on 19th December 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two fingered creamy tanned head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart cherry, vinous, wine with hints of plum, raisin, oak and vinegar.
Taste: Tart, sour, cherry, plum, vinous and oak with hints of green apple. A good lasting sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice and great tasting Oud Bruin.

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with raspberries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale. Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extra-vaganza of flavor. Life’s too short to wait for dessert. Enjoy!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy deep dark grape red colour with a nice big three finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sticky lacing.
Aroma: Tart, jammy, raspberry, mixed berry jello.
Taste: Sweet, tart, raspberry jam, raspberry jello with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Great aromas, but tastes probably too sweet for me. The raspberry jammy and jello flavours were nice, but because of the over sweetness, this turned into just a sipper for me.

Bruery Terreux Gypsy Tart

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 8.7%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin
Other Notes: 2015 vintage. 15 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Flemish-style Brown Ale. Malty – balanced – tart.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, bottled on 22nd September 2015. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a copper amber hue and a big four fingered beige head that had decent retention while leaving behind some lacing.
Aroma: Tart-ish, cherry, plum, mixed berries with some light vinegar and dark malt.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon, lightly sweet plum, red grape, oak with light vinous and vinegar notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and tasty Oud Bruin.