Category Archives: 5 – Excellent (must buy)

Hill Farmstead Table Dorothy Wine Barrel Aged

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Farmstead Table Pale Ale aged in wine barrels

Brewer Description: (from website) Our low-abv Farmstead® table pale ale – crafted from American malted barley, malted wheat, New Zealand and American hops, our distinctive yeast blend, and water from our well – was conditioned in wine barrels and then dry-hopped before packaging and bottle conditioning. Nine months in wine barrels and then dry-hopped with Citra®, Mosaic®, and Simcoe® before packaging and bottle conditioning.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottle conditioned since November 24, 2020. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a very nice one finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical and citrus fruit mix. Mango, peach, lemon zest, calamansi, yuzu, oak, light funky notes, and a touch vinous.
Taste: Lightly sour, citrusy, calamansi, yuzu, lemon zest, oak, yellow stone fruit notes, white wine vinous, a touch funky, and a touch bitter.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really enjoyable and easy to drink with great flavours and complexity. I could just keep drinking this again and again and again.

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3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot XVI.v: Intense Schaarbeekse

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.8%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°23, Season 20/21. Number of bottles – 1306

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This Speling van het Lot features an intense version of Schaarbeekse Kriek. In the summer of 2020, we had a good yield from the harvest with more than 70 local families. We split the maceration over different larger and smaller barrels and tanks. This maceration is the same as the 22nd blend, but we only added a small portion of young lambik prior to bottling. This way, the final fruit intensity clocks at 545 grams of Schaarbeekse sour cherries per litre of finished Intense Schaarbeekse. 100% 3 Fonteinen brewed lambik.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.9

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°23, season 20/21, bottle 658/1306, bottled on 28th January 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very attractive dark ruby red colour with a two finger pinkish head that had good retention and eventually settled to a thin replenishing cap, while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, cherry, marzipan, almond, vanilla, oak, lemon zest, with a touch of funk.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, cherry, marzipan, almond, oak, lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, this really works for me, and reminded me a bit of SVHL II.ii: Robijn Blended & Alive, which I think was my favourite 3F, but this might just take the cake. Really intense cherry and marzipan flavours, which I enjoy, and just balanced and really great to drink.

De Cam Abrikoos Lambic

Brewery: Geuzestekerij De Cam
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: 2021 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Berg-Abrikozen – Orange Ruby en Red uit SüdTirol werden door Dino Sovilla speciaal vers van de boom geplukt en worden geheel (zonder sap) vers toegevoegd aan 1500 liter lambiek en samen vergist tot heerlijke Abrikosenlambiek. Deze hergist spontaan op fles. Het fruit is uit SüdTirol.

(translated to English) Mountain Apricots – Orange Ruby and Red from SüdTirol were specially picked fresh from the tree by Dino Sovilla and are added fresh (without juice) to 1500 liters of lambic and fermented together into delicious Apricot Lambic. This spontaneously re-ferments in the bottle. The fruit is from SüdTirol.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2021 vintage. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour, with a two finger white head that had good retention, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, sweet apricot, apricot jammy, orange zest, funky, oak, dried grass.
Taste: Sweet juicy apricot, orange zest, lemon cordial, oak, with light funky notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Super juicy, refreshing, and just so easy to drink. It’s thirst quenching, and I could just keep drinking this over and over again.

Lervig Rackhouse Blue Plate Special

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 13.5%
Style: Stout – Imperial
Other Notes: Rackhouse. 2020 vintage. Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with vanilla

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This beer is nostalgic. Growing up in 80s America I used to go to the local diners for their “blue plate special”. Pancakes, 2 bacon strips, toast and coffee. Nothing beats that bacon when it mixed with the maple syrup on the plate… This Maple Bourbon barrel aged Breakfast stout reminds me of the great diners of yesterday; may they reemerge in our world again!

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A gold waxed 375ml bottle, 2020 vintage, with a best before date of 29th July 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, and bourbon.
Taste: Light to moderately sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, light roast, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, with a light lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy, full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable sipper, with very good sweet and bitter balance, and great aroma and flavours to top it off.

Baladin Xyauyù Fumé (Islay Whisky)

Brewery: Birra Baladin
Country: Italy
ABV: 14%
Style: Barleywine – English
Other Notes: 2014 vintage, bottle #1762

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) It represents the complex expression of Teo’s mind in the creation of his couch beers. An high fermented beer after a macro oxidation process and 12 month aging in Scottish whisky barrels from Islay, which give a natural and turbid aroma. The color is deep dark brown with copper notes, in the glass is without cream and gas.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.68
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 500ml waxed and corked bottle, 2014 vintage, bottle #1762. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A copper bronze colour, almost syrupy with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Peat, leather, dark fruit, whisky.
Taste: Moderately sweet, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, light peat, and smoky notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, a touch syrupy, and no carbonation.
Overall: An excellent sipper with good balanced sweetness. Admittedly, there was a worry on my part that this would be overly sweet like the Xyauyù Barrel, but no, it was really enjoyable.