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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Grand Cru

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5% (Untappd and BeerAdvocate), Unknown (RateBeer and lambic.info) [not sure who is correct]
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Merlot grapes

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Cantillon Saint Lamvinus Grand Cru is an experimental bottling done by the brewery consisting of two barrels of three year old lambic with Merlot grapes added, blended with one barrel of one year old lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle at the brewery, 2019 cork. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy reddish purple colour with a thin pinkish head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Red grape, cherry, oak and red wine.
Taste: Red grape, red wine, oak with vinous notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours with good vinous notes. However, I prefer the regular Saint Lamvinus over this Grand Cru version.

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3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot VIII.ii: Schaarbeekse on a Toast (Medium) – Blended & Alive

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: This Schaarbeekse On A Toast has macerated for 265 days (over 8.5 months) on a fresh 1,000 liter medium toasted French oak barrel, in a proportion of 1 kilo of Schaarbeekse cherries per liter of lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic was blended with young lambic for a continued fermentation in the bottle. The total fruit intensity is 39.70%, i.e. 397 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Schaarbeekse Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 1279

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. This 8th version features the maceration of Schaarbeekse cherries on charred/toasted barrels. The noblest of sour cherries have been sourced in the gardens of and hand-picked by more than 50 families around Brussels. This Schaarbeekse On A Toast has macerated for 265 days (over 8.5 months) on a fresh 1,000 liter medium toasted French oak barrel, in a proportion of 1 kilo of Schaarbeekse cherries per liter of lambic. After the maceration, the fruit lambic was blended with young lambic for a continued fermentation in the bottle. The total fruit intensity is 39.70%, i.e. 397 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Schaarbeekse Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°47, season 17/18, bottled on 4th April 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A clear ruby red colour with a one finger pink head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherry, oak and light vanilla.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, oak, light funk, vanilla and almond, maybe even hints of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very nice aroma with balanced flavours.

3 Fonteinen Speling van het Lot IX.iii: Aardbeiiteraties: Bio Aardbei + Kriek op hout – Raw & Uncut

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.9%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: For this fruit lambic we macerated strawberries (30%) and cherries (70%) separately on two different oak barrels for a couple of few weeks. The fruit lambics were then blended and put on a 400 liter oak barrel for another 6 months of ageing and bottled afterwards. The fruit intensity is 500 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Bio Aardbei + Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic. Number of bottles – 582

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. This 9th version features a range of strawberry maceration iterations aiming at balancing the intense fruitiness of strawberries with the subtleties of traditional lambic while minimising the unpleasant phenolic characteristics of the small pits. For this fruit lambic we macerated strawberries (30%) and cherries (70%) separately on two different oak barrels for a couple of few weeks. The fruit lambics were then blended and put on a 400 liter oak barrel for another 6 months of ageing and bottled afterwards. The fruit intensity is 500 grams of fruit per liter of bottled Bio Aardbei + Kriek. 100% 3 Fonteinen lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle at 3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, blend n°86, season 17/18, bottled on 18th October 2018, with a best before date of 26th October 2038. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy pinkish red orange colour with a thin off white head that had spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, strawberry, raspberry, cherry and slightly jammy.
Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. A little sharp, but not overly so.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Looks and smells great. Taste was perhaps a little sharp, but overall still very enjoyable.

3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgium Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Bottled by Armand Debelder of Geuzestekerij 3 Fonteinen, Beersel and Willem van Herreweghen of Geuzestekerij De Cam, Gooik

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (in Dutch – I think) In grote eiken tonnen van méér dan honderd jaar, rijpt jarenlang lambiek. Speciaal voor U werd de beste lambiek uitgezocht, gemengd en gebotteld. Door hergisting op fles onstond Millennium, de superieure geuze!

Geuze Millennium is gebotteld in het najaar van 1998. Deze geuze bevat enkel tarwe, mout en hop. Niet gepasteuriseerd en spontaan hergist op fles.

(translated as best as I could) Lambic matures for years in large oak barrels of more than a hundred years. The best lambic has been selected, mixed and bottled especially for you. Millennium, the superior geuze, came into being through fermentation in the bottle!

Geuze Millennium was bottled in the autumn of 1998. This geuze contains only wheat, malt and hops. Unpasteurized and spontaneously re-fermented in the bottle.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.72
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle at 1420, 1998 vintage, with a best before date of 2010. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: After a careful pour, it was a mostly clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention, while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Slight musty dusty notes, hay, funky, citrusy lemon and oak.
Taste: Complex goodness. Lightly sour, funk, barnyard, musty, hay, citrusy lemon, green apple, apple skin and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wow, just so lucky and happy I got to try this while there are still bottles around. To be honest, I wouldn’t know if it is past its prime yet, but what I drank was very balanced and had wonderful complexity and was just an absolute joy to drink. Must try if you can still find and afford it.

Methode Goat Barrique Akevitt

Brewery: Methode Goat
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 1, 2 & 3 year old lambic aged in aquavit barrel exclusively made for Barr.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml bottle at Restaurant Barr, 2017 vintage, bottled in February 2018. Poured into a stemmed white wine glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some nice sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, apple, apple skin, citrus peel, hay and aquavit? (maybe).
Taste: Lightly sour, funk, barnyard, oak, orange peel, honey and apple peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aquavit is not something I’ve tried before, but this beer has shown that lambic in aquavit barrels does work. Lots of nice funky barnyard notes are balanced with oak, apple and citrus peel.