Well it's been a little while since I had a Duchess or a Grand Cru, so maybe I am remembering those more sour than they are. I've only had one geuze and I remember it being sour enough that I couldn't really enjoy it.
the problem with both of the last two books is that while there are a lot of nice details and some cool storylines (Arya) and some storylines that seem like they are headed somewhere interesting (Sam's story, whatever is happening in the prologue of A Feast for Crows), but there are no huge epic game changing climactic moments. Especially coming after ASoS, the second half of which is just one "holy shit" moment after another.
Brooklyn Brewing Wild Streak. The name is really misleading, as this isn't a wild ale or a sour at all. Really just strikes me as an average belgian style strong ale, which raises the question of why it's so damn expensive. Brooklyn Brewing has never once impressed me but they seem to be everywhere, so every once in a while I try something of theirs.
No flowers this year (although I might plant a few marigolds today if the rain lets up) but I'm got peppers (bell, serrano and jalapeno), tomatoes, lettuce, arugula, spinach, squash, basil, cilantro, and oregano coming up. It's been kind of cool this spring so far but plenty of rain so it's looking good.
Also the juniper tree I planted last year and had been looking a bit worrisome since fall is growing and looking nice and green.