JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2014 edition on draught at King’s Head, pours semi clear golden orange with 2 finger head. Nose is musty juicy citrus, orange candy, soft yeasty fruit, not a whole lot of bretty funk going on. Taste is round bodied yeasty fruit, cracker, wheat, orange peel, tangerine. Finish is dry with fruity yeast, citrus, and grain, but still very minimal brett presence.
conway (2171) - - JUN 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear dark gold with a thin white head. Aroma is floral with light brett notes. Taste follows and adds some caramel and bubblegum. Light mouthfeel without much carb. Solid.
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy gold with a frothy off white head. fruit spice and citrus funk taste.
krumbum (752) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color. With a light tart fruity smell. Taste starts of Tart then turns slight grain and then back to tart. Leaves a lasting fizz on the tongue. Wet lemon then a sour tart bite.
Goodgrief (1907) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Light gold pour, little head. Aroma and flavor was really spicy. A little overboard on the spices, honestly. Pear fruit flavor, dry on the tongue. Not terrible but probably not worth the price either.
deekyn (1428) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours hazy apricot with no head. S - metallic and astingent up front. Fruity esters (passion fruit, bananas and peaches) Doughy and yeasty as well. Notes of bretts and Belgian yeasts. Wet grass and straw. Honestly pretty muddled. M - light medium body with a bit more heft at the end. Dry and dusty mf. T - doughy and yeasty with ambiguous fruity Easters (banana/peach/apple/pineapple ??) up front. Simple sugary malts, grasses, clover and doughy malts to end. Bretty bandaids throughout. O - pretty good, but a bit muddled. 3.4
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ GBBF. The pour’s light amber with a small head. Slightly soupy. Not an attractive pour. The nose is of strong earthy Belgian yeast. Some honeyed pear. The taste is mildly bretty. Peach, grape skin. Red apples. Medium body, soft carbonation.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1 bottles and draught (2009) and as recently as Dec 2013 (draught at Publick House).
Mountainous head is white, frothy and very well-retained. No barrel tannins or heavy acids/fruit bi-products to knock this one down. Beer has a moderate haziness to it, though it is certainly not cloudy. Soft, amber body has a slight deeper bronze hue to it.
Spicy brett in the nose is crisp, clear and moderately strong. No alcohol vapors/fusels and a strong malt backbone of thick honey and even a bit of doughy, sweet bread. Orange and tart lime brett notes burst forth but eventually yield to the house yeast character (banana-peach esters) with light vanilla notes and more malt on the finish.
Tart up front, with a noticeable strong, chewy body that has ample maltiness. Not that it’s too sweet or anything, just certainly not as light and crisp as, say, Orval. A touch of caramel and plenty of honey, leading to plentiful esters and white pepper phenols on the end. Glacier hops, to me, are like the worst of both worlds (those being European and American hops) in that they have more acidity than European varieties, but the flavor waffles between ctirus and floral notes. Not that they are adding much bitterness here, being only used for dry-hopping, but I don’t think the flavor belongs in a somewhat delicate Belgian ale. Why not just use the EKG’s or tettnangs for dry-hopping?? No alcohol or flaws noted, very assertive carbonation.
I like the idea here, and though I have not had one, I would imagine an aged bottle to be more dry and a little less full-bodied. As is, it’s not quite as refreshing as it could be. Too chewy/thick in texture, with the fresh Glacier hoppiness and phenolic dryness contrasting heavily with the lovely brett acids. Still, I’d rather drink this than about 99% of beers out there and it’s quite well-done for what it is.
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at STL Hops 6th Anniversary Party - Simply wonderful beer from Allagash here. Pours hazy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma has Belgian fruitiness, bugginness, pale malt and a bit of spice. It has a medium smooth body with gentle carbonation. The taste is like the aroma, but is dry and has some spices and a nice rustic taste. The finish earthiness reminds of crushed fall leaves. Great.
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent Beer. very satisfying taste , wonderful aroma and great balance. I would highly recommend.