Tag Archives: 2017 vintage

Jester King SPON Blueberry & Pitaya

Brewery: Jester King Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 2017 SPON – Blueberry & Pitaya is a blend of two year old 100% spontaneously fermented beer, refermented with blueberries & pitayas. Jester King SPON is inspired by the Belgian tradition of authentic Lambic and Gueuze. Wort from a turbid mash of well water, Texas malted barley, and Texas raw wheat was boiled with aged hops from our barn, cooled overnight in our coolship, spontaneously fermented in oak barrels for two years, and refermented for months in bottles resting on their side.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, blended on 2nd February 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A ruby red colour with a purple hue, and a two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Strong oak, moderate funk, light vanilla, tart, sour, blueberry.
Taste: Sour, tart, oak, funk, blueberry and grape with some interesting spice at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours. I learnt today that pitaya is actually dragon fruit. But the aroma and flavours of dragon fruit are not really coming through, which really isn’t too much of a surprise as it is quite a subtle fruit. Fruitier aroma than taste, but still very enjoyable on the whole.

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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.

Bokkereyder Pjassel

Brewery: Bokkereyder
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 2 year old lambic with red vineyard peaches.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Koelschip, bottled in December 2017. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Appearance: A very nice ruby red colour with a just over one finger pink head that dissipated quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Peach and strawberry candy with some light bandaid (but in a good way).
Taste: Cherry, strawberry, peach, jammy, candy like, with a light vinous character.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice. Love the wonderful fruity jammy candy flavours.

Bruery Terreux Sour In The Rye with Passionfruit, Orange and Guava

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 7.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sour Rye Ale aged in oak barrels with passionfruit, orange and guava. Juicy – island – nectar.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottled on 30th August 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy copper orange colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly to nothing and left no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, guava, passionfruit, lychee, bandaid with hints of oak, vanilla and citrus zest.
Taste: Sour, tart, orange, passionfruit, guava with touches of oak and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: A very nice and refreshing Wild Ale with good fruit and woody flavours.

American Solera Grisettastone

Brewery: American Solera
Country: USA
ABV: 4%
Style: Belgian Grissette

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A dry-hopped farmhouse ale.

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

Intro: A 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: An extremely light straw golden colour with a big three finger white head that had decent retention while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Brett, barnyard funk, tropical stone fruit, peach, apricot with hints of lemon and hay.
Taste: Brett, funk, wheat, grapefruit rind, hay, grass and a touch of light peach.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice and refreshing Grisette, although I did find that the funk went better with the aroma than the taste.