Lowenbrau (1622) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from 2D2Dspuma. Dec 2013.
In short: a wild malty belgian ale.
Pours hazy amber with some off white head. Some head retention and lacework. Vinous, sour, caramel and grassy aromas. Medium body, high carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is malty, tartness well integrated, sweet caramel, alcohol well integrated. Enjoyable, but getting tired of bretts everywhere. They tend to hide anything else and become palate saturating.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, no date but I got this one in 2012. I’ve had this a number of times now and it’s gone from awesome to pretty good to very good. I’d never turn it down.
Cloudy bronze in appearance with a creamy white head.
Smells of plum, grape and tangerine. Alcohol is apparent but it’s still dangerously drinkable. Lots of juicy-type fruit flavour like citrus. It’s quite dry and effervescent which helps its drinkability.
weark (165) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof / hazy amber color, frothy off-white head / aroma is vinous, cider, very fruity, citrusy, raisin, woody, bret, hints of malt, very complex / Aroma is vinous, woody, malty, pine, fruity, citrusy / Medium body, medium-high bitterness, fizzy carbonation, sour & dry, long bitter dry & sour fruity finish / really interesting but very complex beer, I’m a little bit blocked by the sourness
Osprey87 (1081) - London via, WALES - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle BB Oct 2022. A vibrant dark orange colour, hazy, sparkling, big thick white head with nice lacing. Smell - bretty, lemon, peach, intensely sweet cider, some floral notes in the background. Very good. Body is medium, slightly foamy, spritzy carbonation, slightly tacky finish. Taste - semi-sweet tangerine, caramel, a little earthy, dry minerally finish leading to a cider vinegar linger. Rounded yet refreshing. Tasty, surprisingly quaffable...good stuff. Very expensive though.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours a hazy golden-to-amber color that reminds me of apple juice. There is a little bit of foamy white head that settles down to about a 1/4 finger layer after a few minutes. It laces the glass well and has a fair amount of carbonation present.
It smells fruity and funky, with a dominate aroma of pears and apples present. That is mixed with some lemon zest, a clear brett presence, and some notion that this was aged in sauvignon blanc barrels, for sure.
The taste is complex, to say the least. I get a lot of citrus (grapefruit and lemon especially), some funk, a touch of wood as though the barrel itself is asserting itself, and a sharp acidic bite in the middle of the palate.
It finishes fairly clean and leaves a bit of that sharp tang on the tongue, along with the memory of pears and apples.
The drinkability is fairly high, with the effervescence lending some help there. The funk lowers it out of the highly drinkable range, but it isn’t enough of a serious detractor to lower it beyond a 4.
My main beef here is that it is really expensive for what you’re getting, coming in at almost $1/oz, which is a bit too high in my opinion. It’s certainly an interesting celebration beer, but I would probably steer someone looking for this type of beer toward a different Belgian strong.
niklasdietz (18) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great IPA. Aroma is among the most persuasive I have had. Just couldn't keep my nose out of it. Full of pears, apples and late-summer fruits. Mouthfeel is crisp and with a short and delicate bitterness. Pours a light hazy orange in tap...on this account with no head worth mentioning.
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved this one appropriately enough for New Year’s Day. The beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium thick foamy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with notes of oak, malt and yeast. Medium to full body with flavors of vine fruits and berries, oak and funky yeast. The finish is as advertised, with a dry Champagne-like aftertaste and a touch of hops. Enjoyable beer all around and a good way to start 2014.
Yorker (955) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are white wine, a little brett, grapefruit, citrus, and some wood - with a slightly dry finish.
callmemickey (2076) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange body, large white head, soapy lacing. Tropical fruits, citrus, white wine grapes, oak, must, and wet hay. Vibrant, medium bodied, lively carbonation, assertive acidity and tartness. Quite enjoyable.
ACD (563) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle, around a year old. Hazy orange, nice lasting clean white head. Amazing nose: lots of mellow tropical fruity funk, red berries, lightly tart lemon, orange fruit chews, and sweet nectarines. Taste is equally astonishing: drinks like a funky dry white wine. Loads of great peach, orange, lightly tart lemon, white melon, slightly dusty yeastiness. So dry. Great balance. Lingering mango and sweet melon alongside a slight musty citric bite. Wonderful brew. Had this with smoked salmon - incredible.