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Funk Factory Meerts – Cherry

Brewery: Funk Factory Geuzeria
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Cherry Meerts is our take on the low alcohol style traditionally derived from the second runnings of Lambic. Our modern interpretation begins with Pilsner malt, raw wheat, and Saaz hops which is brewed using a turbid mash, long boil, and low hopping rate, and finally fermented in foeders with our wild yeast. This version was then refermented on tart cherries.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear reddish orange pink colour with a thin white head that disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, candy sweetness, cherry and oak with a very light hint of lemon zest and funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, vinegar, light candy sweetness, light funk, a hint of oak and a sprinkle of salt on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice balanced flavours of sweet and sour cherries, and the vinegary bite was there but not overdone. Funk was on the low side but didn’t take away from how enjoyable it was.

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The Ale Apothecary La Tache – Fresh Hop

Brewery: The Ale Apothecary
Country: USA
ABV: 7.09%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Fresh Hop version. Mixed fermentation ale aged in wine barrels

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) the beer formerly known as La Tache. (* wild & open fermented in the woods of OR. * Mecca Grade Estate Malt + wheat + Goshie Farms hops. * barrel-aged over a year & dry-hopped in oak. * OR honey + sour wort + our yeast = 100% natural carbonation from bottle fermentation.)

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch bottled on 20th November 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, citrusy, lemon zest, orange rind, grass, funk, with hints of peach in the background.
Taste: Sour, tart, sour, yup I said it twice. Lemon juice and lemon with a hint of oak.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Refreshingly sour, and I could imagine it being way too sour for some, but I like it. This fresh hop version seems to have lost some of the tropical peach, apricot and grape flavours I was getting in the original La Tache. The result is pure citrusy lemon which I found to be very refreshing, especially on hot days.

The Ale Apothecary OJ Dan

Brewery: The Ale Apothecary
Country: USA
ABV: 7.62%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Mixed fermentation ale aged in wine barrels

Brewer Description: (from tag and label on bottle) OJ Dan (this experiment got a little juicy). OJ Dan the OG becomes the OJ. (* named in honor of our brewer Jareds’ Pa, 592 bottles produced. * Sauvie Island Hops + Mecca Grade malt + fresh orange juice. * aged in 2nd use Bulleit rye barrels and finished in an oak puncheon. * OR honey + sour wort + our yeast = 100% natural carbonation from bottle fermentation.)

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch bottled on 21st September 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: First pour was a very lightly hazy golden colour (but subsequent pours were a much more cloudy golden orange colour), with a big four finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, orange juice, citrus zest, tropical stone fruit like mango and peach with a touch of oak and funk.
Taste: Orange juice and citrus zest with a touch of rye whiskey, oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Acidic, medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: The aroma was really nice, but taste while not bad, was a bit one dimensional, with orange juice and a splash of rye whiskey. The strong acidity and high carbonation does not make it easy to discern other flavours. I still think it’s worth a try though. I have to say though, that the more and more I drink it, the more it’s growing on me.

Victory Sour Monkey

Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 9.5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This electrifying transformation of our famed Golden Monkey may just blow your mind. Tastefully twisted to offer nuances of sweet fruit and a sharp tang of tartness, this exhilarating combination of flavors makes this brew a Monkey all its own. Respect the Monkey and taste Victory!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1st July 2015… wow, pulled from the cellar just over 3 years old. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy light copper colour with a less than half finger white head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving behind some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, grape, prunes, plum, apple and lemon with maybe some light funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, grape, prunes, lemon and apple cider.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Not bad, but there didn’t seem to be much complexity to it. Not getting much funk or wood. It was just straight sour and fruit. I was very surprised that it was 9.5% ABV though, as it did not feel anywhere near that at all.

Bruery Terreux Orchard Wit

Brewery: The Bruery (Bruery Terreux)
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: Belgian Witbier

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Tart Wheat Beer. Brewed with spices and aged in an oak foeder. Refreshing – crisp – witty.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, bottle on 19th December 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, stone fruits, peach, apricot, grass, wheat, oak and funk.
Taste: Sour and tart, light stone fruit, citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, wheat and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An interesting twist on the classic Witbier with tart and sourness coming through prominently, while still keeping it nicely balanced.