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Verzet Whole Lotta Bluebs

Brewery: Brouwerij ‘t Verzet
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Flanders Oud Bruin
Other Notes: Oud Bruin with Wild Maine Blueberries. Oud Bluebs. Ale brewed for Novare Res Bier Café’s 10th Anniversary

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This beer is a collaboration with Novare Res, a revolutionary and one of the most imPortland beer bars of the New World. On a hectic, snowy day we gathered in our barrel room to carefully select the blend for the collaboration. We added dried blueberries from Maine and let them ferment in the chosen barrels for 2 months. The result is a red-brown, purplish sour beer with a very fruity taste and woody nose. Be our guest and enjoy the Maine offerings from Verzet and Novare Res.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, Bluebs ’18, with a best before date of 14th February xxxx (the rest was smudged off). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark brown colour with a reddish orange hue and a one finger off white head that disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, barrel, tart and mixed dark berries.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, oak, blueberry skin, blueberries, mixed berries, with light funk and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and enjoyable. The aroma while not bad, came through a little weak at times, especially the fruit. No such problems with the taste, which was a good balance of sour and blueberries.

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Cantillon Iris

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Fresh hops, no wheat

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The Iris beer, a spontaneous fermentation beer made with pure malt, is really unique. It matures for two years in oak-wood casks and undergoes a natural second fermentation in the bottle afterwards. The fresh hops gives the beer a bitter flavour. This characteristic, combined with the absence of wheat, constitute the main difference between the Iris and the other Cantillon beers, that are made with Lambic. Keep and serve at a temperature of 12°-15°. To be drunk preferably within the 10 years after the bottling date.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on 9th January 2018. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer, while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky barnyard, oak, apricot, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind.
Taste: Sour, lightly bitter, a hint of sweetness, funk, oak, apricot, peach, grapefruit zest, lemon and leather with a hint of floral and herbal.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable and great to drink. Even better when aged properly for a few years.

Brochus Edelsaison

Brewery: Brouwerij Brochus
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.7%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Bottle 1522 of 2893. Malts – 14% Unmalted wheat, 43% Pilsner malt & 43% Munich malt. Hops – 100% Saaz

Brewer Description: (from website) The name of the beer (Noble saison) is derived from the exclusive use of Czech noble hops. Traditionally Saaz is used as an aroma hop. This beer also employs Saaz for its delicate bitterness. The interaction with the saisonyeast is sublime. Munich adds to the body of the beer and its color. A dash of unmalted wheat delivers freshness and slight turbidity.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 28th November 2016, with a best before date of 28th November 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Exploded out of the bottle as soon as the cap moved, with rather uncontrollable gushing as quite a bit went on to the table cloth. It was a lightly hazy golden copper colour with a three finger white head that had decent retention while leaving behind some lacing.
Aroma: Clove, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, wood with hints of pepper spice.
Taste: Belgian yeast, light clove, banana, honey, bubblegum, grass and light pepper spice.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: It’s basically got everything I expect from a saison other than the explosion of beer which left much of it on the table.

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera Solera

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Unblended)
Other Notes: Lambic blend aged on Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez sherry casks

Brewer Description: (from bottle) With the first version of Zenne y Frontera, 9 Oloroso barrels and 3 PX barrels were filled with young lambic. After one year of oak maturation, the characteristics of the finest of sherries and the 40 year old casks integrated with the 3 Fonteinen lambic. Only half of the volume of all casks was blended and bottled and the barrels were filled again with young lambic – our interpretation of the “solera” method. For this second edition, again only half of all barrels was blended and bottled. After another 17 months of bottle maturation, the average age of this naturally refined traditional lambic beer is more than 45 months. This batch is limited to 3000 bottles.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.8
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch 2, bottled on 26th March 2016 and a best before date of 26th October 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen funnel and decanter, decanted for 60 to 90 minutes and poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden orange colour with a minimal white head and sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Earthy funk, barnyard, hay, oak, nutty, sherry, peach and lemon.
Taste: Complex flavours. Funky, earthy, barnyard, sour, lemon, grape, apricot, sherry and oak with a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Wow, such complexity and goodness from a beer. Amazing and well balanced. Now I really want to try this side by side with the sherries and even batch 1, if at all possible.

Cantillon Cinsault

Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country: Belgium
ABV: Unknown (n/a)
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Cinsault grapes, 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: Not much information I can find, but as far as I can gather, Fruit Lambic made with Cinsault grapes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle at the brewery, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon taster glass.
Appearance: A clear ruby purple red colour, with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, red wine, grape and strawberries.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart, lots of red wine qualities, grape, strawberry and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: As close to red wine as I’ve ever tried in a beer. Good aromas and flavour.