Tag Archives: oak barrel aged

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.

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Jester King Omniscience & Proselytism

Brewery: Jester King Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 5.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Barrel-aged beer refermented with strawberries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Strawberries from Fredericksburg, Texas were added to mature, barrel-aged sour beer and refermented to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% bottle-conditioned. The name Omniscience & Proselytism does not refer to any claims of inducing omniscience.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle, Blend 5, bottled in May 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden orange colour (from a careful pour) with a one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, strawberry, oak, with some light funk and a splash of lemon.
Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, vanilla cream, oak, with a touch of lemon and funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I love strawberries, but strawberries in beer hasn’t really worked for me at all. This is the one exception so far though as the strawberries come through nicely and provide a nice balance with the sourness and light funk.

Firestone Walker UnderCurrants

Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Wild Ale fermented with black currants. Barrel ratio: 95% French Oak

Brewer Description: (from bottle) In 2018 we challenged ourselves to using an array of fruit new to our palates and practices. When offered a high quality, freshly picked Black Currant sample, we couldn’t resist. We present to you a metamorphosis for your senses. Using 12-36 month aged Agrestic Ale as a base, to which we add 1.5lbs/gal Black Currants, the beer undergoes the final maturation in our French Oak “Fruiders” for an additional four months. A convergence of supple tannin and deep purple pigments, gooseberry jam, a mouth-watering acidity and earthy leather elicit notes of a beer having vinous roots. A new variant to one of the Barrelworks pioneers is born. Santé!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch No. 001, bottled on 28th February 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A dark reddish purple colour with a two finger pinkish head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Black currant, plum, cherry, grape, with a hint of oak and funk.
Taste: Very lightly sour and tart, black currant, blackberry, Ribena, red currant, with hints of oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice black currant aroma and flavours that comes with a very stunning appearance. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

Kings Nadine

Brewery: Kings Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from Instagram post) Lambic style wild ale aged in oak barrels for almost two years conditioned on peaches.

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

Intro: A 375ml waxed bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw colour with a slightly more than one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart, oak, vanilla, peach, apricot and a light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, sour gummy peach ring candy, peach and hints of oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable and relaxing drink. Nice balance of fruity peach, oak and sourness.

Kings Cereza

Brewery: Kings Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from website menu) Barrel aged sour, that was aged for two years in oak barrels before refermenting on two type of cherries for 6 months. Then it was allowed to bottle condition several months.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.52
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 375ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy copper amber colour with a two finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky, cherry, oak with a hint of band aid.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, oak, lemon juice, lemon rind, cherry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was fine, but taste was a bit weird for me with too much funk which masked the cherries a bit.