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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This culinary delight is a rich farmhouse-style saison brewed with a generous helping of aromatic Turkish bay leaves and a dose of coarsely ground Tellicherry black peppercorns. The wild fermentation is finished off with cultured brettanomyces, which lend a noticeable sour note. As a collaboration between celebrated Louisville chef, Josh Lehman, and the brewers at Against the Grain, this beer highlights the interplay of cooking and brewing in a single glass. Complex, yet refreshing, this beer has a wild, perfumey aroma that prepares the palate for the tangy, yeasty flavor that mingles with spiciness from the spices as well as the phenols produced in fermentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2448) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Clear, carbonated, golden colored pour. Small white head. Little bit of lacing. Lemony bay leaf aroma. Some notes of malt and yeast. Spicy note right up front in the mouth. Lemon and bay. Tart but sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11802) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle, 6.8%. Hazy amber/orange with samll off-white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, spices, brett, little mango, hop, little wheat and a little lemon. Flavour is malt, fruit, brett, spices, yeast, little dry, little lemon, medium sweet, hop, pepper, little grapefruit and medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndreasP (13) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
A very faint scent of Brett meets one from this wild and Brettanomyces fermented brew. More grass than hay in the flavour and a slight sweetness from the malt. The finest tangy flavor is mixed with Brett characteristics and some pepper seasoning. There is also added bay leaves in the brew but I am not quite sure I catch the flavor of the seasoning. Not much bitterness to talk about. The finish is marked by the light acidity which is of citrus character and not vinegar or even worse! At the very end I sensed some metallic bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (1835) - DENMARK - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle shared with MF666. Hazy yellow/orange with a small white head. Pepper and citrus, lots of coriander. Overall the spices dominate and the mouthfeel is a bit watery. Light/medium body, light sweet and acidic. Not much to see here, overdone novelty brew. Refreshing, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (6157) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of brett, funks, bay leafs, fruitiness and malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some caramel, funk, fruitiness and yeast. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, mango, pineapple, brett, black pepper and hint of bay leaves. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long brett, funky, black pepper, mango and pineapple finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14626) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, 75cl. Damn wax. An unclear, orange colored beer with a dense, off-white head. The aroma has lots of bay leaves, with some generic spiced notes and a nice fruityness. Some funky hints too, lemon and barnyard. It’s medium dry and ligtly tart, with flavors of oranges, resins and some spiced, herbal notes. Lasting bretty, spiced and orange finish. Easy drinkable, tasteful and moreish. 141231

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ariel. Pours hazy yellow with a small head, aroma of brett lemon, olives, spices, allspice, flavor of allspice, brett, spicy, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Mostly clear gold with a thin white head. Herbal, faintly minty, musky. Medium, tangy and herbal. Gently musky finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ariel. Cloudy yellow. Pleasant funky aroma with citrus, pepper and some bay leaves. Flavor is dry, funky, slightly sourish, with fruitiness and mild peppery spiciness. Medium-bodied. Nice.

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