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Hudson Valley The Territory

Brewery: Hudson Valley Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: IPA – Sour

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) Sour IPA with wheat & oak, milk sugar, rhubarb, lemon & elderberry; hopped w/ Mosaic & Azacca.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 16 fl. oz. can with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Earl Grey tea, rhubarb, with notes of lemon zest.
Taste: Lightly sour, rhubarb, lemonade, lemon zest, Earl Grey tea, with some mixed berry notes.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I enjoyed this a lot as I love this Earl Grey aroma and flavour that somehow appears, and is quite prominent, and it goes well with the rhubarb and lemon.

3 Fonteinen Perzik Geel Red Heaven

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.3%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: Blend°25, Season 18/19

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Perzik wordt bekomen door de maceratie van handgeplukte en handmatig ontpitte perziken op jonge traditionele lambik, gedurende minstens vier maanden, in een verhouding van één kilo perziken per liter. Daarna wordt de fruitlambik verder geassembleerd met jonge lambik en wordt alles gebotteld en zet de vergisting zich verder in de fles. Deze Perzik is een verfijnde fruitlambik met uitbundige aroma’s van steenvruchten. De perziken zijn afkomstig van Ludo Rosseels, één van de laatste, zoniet de laatste Belgische perzikenteler. Natuurlijk fruit, zonder toevoeging van sappen, siropen, of suikers. Ongefilterd en ongepasteuriseerd.

Voor deze specifieke gele perzikenlambik werd de variëteit Red Heaven gebruikt en gedurende 5 maanden gemacereerd op 3 Fonteinen lambik in een eikenhouten vat. De finale fruitintensiteit bedraagt 384 gram perziken per liter gele perzikenlambik.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Peach is obtained by maceration of hand-picked and manually pitted peaches on young traditional lambic, for at least four months, at a ratio of one kilo of peaches per liter. Then the fruit lambic is further assembled with young lambic and everything is bottled and the fermentation continues in the bottle. This Peach is a refined fruit lambic with exuberant aromas of stone fruits. The peaches come from Ludo Rosseels, one of the last, if not the last Belgian peach grower. Natural fruit, without the addition of juices, syrups, or sugars. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

For this particular yellow peach lambic, the Red Heaven variety was used and macerated for 5 months on 3 Fonteinen lambic in an oak barrel. The final fruit intensity is 384 grams of peaches per liter of yellow peach lambic.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°25, season 18/19, bottled on 21st December 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: It was a nice clear golden orange colour, with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Juicy fleshy peach, with notes of lemon zest and oak.
Taste: Tart, sour, peach, lemon, grapefruit, oak, and light funky notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Really enjoyable peachy aroma and flavours with a good citrus spike that brings it all together. Out of blends 24, 25 and 26 from 2019 OBD, this one, blend 25, was my favourite. Just for reference, there was also a blend 27 Perzik Wit Floerkes + Vroege Amsden, which unfortunately I have not tried.

Omnipollo Bianca Blackberry Blueberry Marshmallow Lassi Gose

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 6%
Style: Gose – Fruit
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from website) Bianca Blueberry Maple Pancake Lassi Gose quickly became a favorite for us with its deep color, inevitably potent aroma and long lasting flavor. We furthered those characteristics by adding blackberries to offer a tiny dose of sharpness and lots and lots of marshmallows, milk sugar and rock salt to give it a soft, fluffy base on top of all those berries.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 10th September 2022. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: It was a very nice deep beetroot purple colour with a one finger purple head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Cream soda, blueberry, marshmallow, vanilla.
Taste: Sweet, with a light tart note. Cream soda, blackberry, blueberry, marshmallow, vanilla, forest berry jam.
Mouthfeel: Milkshake smooth, full bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: This is like sweetened cream soda with juiced forest berries mixed in. I like cream soda, and I like forest berries, so clearly this is my thing. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side, but the flavours work so well for me, that I might be able to ignore this. Yum!

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend

Brewery: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.3%
Style: Lambic – Gueuze
Other Notes: Blend°52, Season 16/17

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueze Golden Blend is een assemblage van één-, twee-, drie- en vierjarige traditionele lambikken, verder vergist in de fles en waarvan het deel vierjarige lambik(ken) minstens 25% uitmaakt. Dankzij de oude lambik en de continue evolutie in de fles ontstaat een uitgesproken complex en elegant natuurlijk bier. Lambik en Geuze zijn rijk en levend erfgoed, eigen aan de Zennevallei! Ongefilterd en ongepasteuriseerd.

Deze specifieke Golden Blend heft een proportie van 25% oude lambikken van 4.5 jaar en ouder op het moment van het bottelen. Afkomstig van 5 verschillende vaten en 5 verschillende brouwsels, waarven één van januari 2013 en één van mei 2013.

(translated to English) 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueze Golden Blend is a blend of one-, two-, three- and four-year-old traditional lambic, further fermented in the bottle, of which at least 25% is four-year-old lambic(s). Thanks to the old lambic and the continuous evolution in the bottle, a distinctly complex and elegant natural beer is created. Lambik and Geuze are a rich living heritage, characteristic of the Senne valley! Unfiltered and unpasteurised.

This particular Golden Blend has a proportion of 25% lambic aged 4.5 years and older at the time of bottling. Sourced from 5 different barrels and 5 different brews, including one from January 2013 and one from May 2013.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, blend°52, season 16/17, bottled on 11th October 2017. Served from a 3 Fonteinen lambic basket, and poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Earthy, oak, rhubarb, light funk, musty, damp wood, hay, apricot, green apple, pear, with sherbet like lemon notes.
Taste: Light to moderately sour, oak, lemon peel, unripe apricot, apple skin, with light funk and notes of hay.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Excellent, balanced, complex flavours and really enjoyable to drink.

Equilibrium dHop 2

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) dHop2 is a DIPA that investigates the interplay between our ale strain and an intensive Mosaic and Citra forward hop bill woven four times into its creative process. It pours a very murky tangerine color, releasing notes of orange juice (with pulp) and earthy grass. The taste is highly resinous, dank-citrus, pine juice, with a chewy mouth feel and a firm and pointed bitterness.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 7th April 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange juice, citrus rind, melon, mango, with notes of grass.
Taste: Juicy, sweet and bitter. Sweet, tropical, mango and pineapple to start, followed by citrus, mandarin, citrus rind, and resinous, dank, piney notes, with a lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: An excellent NEDIPA that’s just delicious and goes down so easy. It has a good sweet and bitter balance with the type of juicy combo that I enjoy.