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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2010 vintage

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Oude Geuze Vintage is 3 Fonteinen’s reserve series geuze.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.65
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged but unlabelled bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom. Bottled on 8th March 2010. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just under two finger puffy white head that had good retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Funk, barnyard, hay, earthy, citrusy lemon, oak with hints of herbal and green apple.
Taste: Tart, funky, hay, lemon, grapefruit rind, wet oak and hints of green apple.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Just wonderful, with great aromas and taste continuing after 8 years in the bottle.

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2016 My Ten Most Memorable Beers

Obviously this post is a bit late… So, 2016 came and went, I mean its already mid-January 2017! Over 2016, I managed to try many many great beers, especially with a long trip to Europe over the summer which included Belgium and Denmark. This list of most memorable beers is not a list of beers that I rated most highly throughout this time, but simply, just as it says, most memorable to me. It includes all the beers that I’ve tried, including at tastings (usually at least 100ml), beer festivals or whatnot, and it does not matter whether I have reviewed them here or not. There is also no limit per brewery or per style, and is just listed in alphabetical order.

  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston | Belgium | Lambic (Gueuze)
  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Cantillon Carignan | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise | Belgium | Lambic (Fruit)
  • De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Port Charlotte (peated) BA | Netherlands | Imperial Stout
  • Hill Farmstead Arthur | USA | Saison
  • Mikkeller Spontantripleblueberry | Denmark | Lambic (Fruit)
  • Põhjala x To Øl Cellar Series Taanilinn Cognac BA | Estonia | Imperial Stout
  • Sante Adairius West Ashley | USA | Wild Ale
  • Tilquin Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² À l’ancienne | Belgium | Lambic (Gueuze)

Interestingly, despite the IPA and Imperial IPA likely easily being my two most drank styles over the year (including a special fresh IPA tasting in Hong Kong that included a whole bunch of Treehouse, Trillium, Alchemist and Monkish beers), none of them made this list that is dominated by eight sour beers and two Imperial Stouts.

I have reviewed all the beers on this list except Hill Farmstead Arthur, which I had at our 2016 Hill Farmstead Christmas party tasting (post to come – ‘I think…’) at Club Qing. But at a tasting that also included Anna, Convivial Suaréz (Grassroots), Dorothy, Earl, Edith, Everett, Fear and Trembling, Florence, Genealogy, and Twilight of the Idols; Arthur ended up being my favourite. Brief TN – sour, tart, funk, lemon, straw and peach.

Anyway, feel free comment on what was your most memorable beers of 2016, and carry on drinking! You can always check out what I am drinking in 2017 on this blog, Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, Untapped and Instagram. Cheers!

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3 Fonteinen Hommage

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Batch #3. 30% Pajottenland raspberries and 5% sour cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A blend of lambic beers brewed at 3 Fonteinen, with an addition of 30% whole fresh raspberries from the fabled Pajottenland and 5% sour cherries. This unfiltered beer will enjoy a spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No artificial colors or flavor enhancers are added. Lambic is brewed only from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.62
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 30th June 2015, and best before 30th June 2025. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A hazy deep ruby red colour with a thin pinkish head that faded fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Strong cherry tartness with jammy fruit sweetness and oak. There are hints of raspberries, lemon zest and light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, raspberry, oak, lemon zest and vinegar with a touch of funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was just great. Surprisingly the cherry was much more prominent than the raspberries and the funkiness was less than expected but, this was still extremely drinkable, tasty and enjoyable. On my must buy list.

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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (in French) Assemblage de jeunes, mi-vieux et vieux lambic, brassés par 3 Fonteinen. Cent pour cent naturel, authentique, spontané et un peu têtu, mais toujours élégant et plein de caractère. La Pure Passion, comme Armand et Gaston l’ont toujours fait.

(English translation) Blend of young, middle-aged and old lambics, brewed by 3 Fonteinen. One hundred percent natural, authentic, spontaneous and a bit stubborn, but always elegant and full of character. The Pure Passion, as Armand and Gaston have always done.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle at Himmergiet, bottled on 7th October 2015 and best before 26th October 2035. Poured into a mini wine glass.
Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: 3F funkiness, sour, tart, barnyard, leather and lemon citrus.
Taste: Sour, tart, apple, farmyard, oak, grape, grapefruit and lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Another amazing gueuze from 3F. Perfect mouthfeel with wonderful matching aromas and taste. Must buy if you can find it!

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3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek van Schaerbeekse Krieken

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 35% refers to the 210 grams per litre of Schaerbeekse cherries added to the 600 litre barrels. I.e. 35% of the 600 litre barrel was Schaerbeekse cherries NOT 35% of the cherries.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Young lambic with 35% Schaerbeekse cherries added. Unfiltered. Spontaneous refermentation in the bottle. No colours or other additives. Lambic is brewed from 60% malt barley, 40% wheat, hops and water.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. There were two conflicting bottling dates. The original label has a bottled on date of 28th April 2010 whereas Moeder Lambic added a 2015 bottling label. Whatever research I could muster up shows that there does appear to be a 2015 bottling on 30th January 2015 out there (first since 2011). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark ruby red colour with a big three finger light pink head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving very sparse lacing.
Aroma: Very nice fruity cherry and strawberry with a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry and strawberry with some very light funk.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and refreshing with great aromas. Unfortunately I have not tried the regular Oude Kriek though, so I cannot compare to that yet.

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