ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Lightly hazed, dull, darkened yellow body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Sweetish, funky, tart nose of thin hints of malts alongside wafting phenolic aromas, discarded fruit husks, leafy herbs, sour lemons, earthy hops, and some funky, stale sweat Brett notes. As it warms, some curious touches of white pepper and even mustard powder emerge.
Taste: Delicate maltiness with some slight pilsner qualities and a few carefully administered drops of simple syrup. Then, all at once, itís strongly phenolic, but itís softened by some fruity tastes of ripe peaches, muscadine jelly, and melon. The flavor is punctuated by sporadic pops of tartness. Subtle Brett funkiness. Seemingly spicy, earthy hops provide a modest amount of hop bitterness. Eventually, a taste of sour lemon juice cut with still mineral water enters the picture. Light acidity. A hint of peppery alcohol and fresh florals and then itís off to the dry, phenolic, vaguely fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft-textured mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Reasonably complex and more than interesting enough to hold my attention throughout the full eleven ounces served to me. Each sip presents something a little bit different and duly requires a second sip, a third sip, etc. Recommended if youíre a fan of the sour ales and arenít turned off by the price tag.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, brett, and faint floral notes. It pours a cloudy dull golden-orange with a moderate white head. The flavor starts with apple, yeast, and candi sugar. The finish has light-moderate floral notes and light brett. Light-medium bodied with lively, but soft, carbonation.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at GLB ,golden pour,with a big tight white head.good lacing.aroma of pineapple and other citrus fruits as well as Brett.Flavor is a touch sour ,citrus ,spicy and the Brett. medium bodied ,good bittering , finish is dry and a little tart.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750 ml bottle (Jan. í09) from the brewery) Pours hazy blonde-amber with two fingers of pillowy off-white head that recede to a thin, lasting cap. Aroma of sourish citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a bit airy but still with some heft. Nicely defined, weepy, persistent rings of lacing. Flavor of sourish citrus with lots of Brett. As it warms it gets a bit spicey/peppery towards the finish and the yeast taste becomes a little cheesier. A bit like a saison or even a tripel except for the Brett.
SDalkoholic (2214) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured with a thick topping of foam while the liquid is a pilsner like golden blonde color. There is a lot to say about the aroma since a wide variety of different elements come into play such as fresh ground pepper, coriander, tangerine, orange or lemon peel shavings as well as an zesty Irish springs soap scent. The flavor is soapy as well with a strong zest of soap and citrus peels ranging from orange to lime or even grapefruit. Truly interesting how these combinations of yeasts collide together and morph this Belgian ale into a Belgian on steroids yet there isnít very high alcohol content to back it up.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold with a small white head. Funky Brett nose with a dash of Belgian funk, too. Flavor is lightly fruity with a dash of citrus on top of sweet malt. Light and easy to drink. Not bad.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a sparkling golden with a huge pillowy head. Aroma is huge on the brett, with tropical fruits like mango. Really bretty in the mouth. I immediately harken back to the "Des Deux Bruers" beer which was an Allagash collaberation. This is much better and more refined, and it doesnít reek of cat piss. A very attractive offering though Iím kind of turned off by the price.
hopscotch (10003) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BottleÖ Pours hazy and yellow with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is citric, fruity and sour with lots of funk, lemon and a hint of sharp cheese. Medium to full-bodied with light-hearted carbonation. Moderately bitter, modestly acidic and lightly sweet. Finishes lightly tart with lingering bitterness.
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall I was not let down by this beer. From the downplay itís received due to itís little brother Gargamel, I expected much less. However, I found it to be a very pleasant beer. Sugary sweetness in the aroma. Looks like a fine ass import lager (long live the tiger). Tastes of slight brettishness with a very refreshing finish of fruity hops and blueberries. I gotta stick up for this one rather than hate it in Gargamelís shadow.
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden ale with a thick creamy white. A sweetish malt aroma with corky Brett notes, berry notes, very pleasant. In mouth, a sweetish beer with berry notes, light Brett, a bit of honey, lightly oily mouthfeel, very nice. On tap at Map Room, Chicago, May 16 2009.