1. Flying Dog "Garde Dog" Biere de Garde
Flying Dog is a fun brewery. The founders named it Flying Dog, supposedly, after seeing a painting of a flying dog in a Pakistani hotel after a mountaineering expedition. The whole image of the brewery is kind of inspired by the author Hunter S. Thompson, most famous for his Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, which from what I recall is a book about two law-abiding citizens with the highest standards and morals. Anyway, the beer: a seasonal release of the bier de garde style, a French style. The French make beer? Yes, some of them do opt for the sudsy stuff over crushing grapes. This style of beer is intended for spring, but I got inpatient. The verdict? Well, it's refreshing and very drinkable, but it's a bit lacking for my taste. I'd prefer something bolder than this, but I suppose knocking a few of these back in nice weather might be nice.
Overall Rating: B
2. Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze
This Belgian product, from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen is of the gueuze lambic variety. Many beer drinkers are familiar with the Lindeman's line of flavored lambics, but the gueuze is more true to the style - no fruit additives. It's a blend of old and young lambics, aged. If you like sour, funky beers, pick yourself up a gueuze. Personally, I love sour, funky beers so I loved this gueuze, this being only the 2nd or 3rd type of gueuze I've ever had. This one had some nice carbonation, really strong funkiness on the nose and a bomb of sourness. Really dry but ultimately it's extremely smooth at somewhere around 6-7% ABV. Even though it has an extreme taste, I could drink this beer all the time. Great stuff.
Overall Rating: A