FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottling, Sampled May 2006
As I pour this beer I get an intense, bright, fruity aromatic note that most reminds me of strawberries. The beer appearance is an orangish, red-gold color, fairly hazy and topped by a frothy tan colored head. The up front fruitiness, while still in the nose, is drowned out by the austere, funky Brett notes in the main nose of this beer. Notes of berries intermingle with notes of earth and damp wood, as well as a note of sour acidity that is almost, though not quite, reminiscent of lemons. The intense fruitiness is really the striking thing, at least to me, about the aroma the typical funky Brett notes are of course here, but that intense, sweet berry fruit character is quite a pleasant balance to the funkiness.
The taste is initially pretty darn tart. I was not expecting this level of sour, though it is quite mild for most intentionally soured beers, but not necessarily ones that advertise the use of Brettanomyces. Again that berry note is here in the taste, it starts up in the middle of a quaff and lingers on through to the finish. Notes of green grapes and tart apples join the fresh berry notes to round out the fruit flavors that I find in the flavors. I wonder if the berry notes are from the aging in the wine barrels, but it seems so vibrant that I am just not convinced that it is from the wine barrel aging. The beer is fairly light, especially when one considers the alcohol content, and is easily quaffed, yet tends to linger and lightly stick to the palate. Of course there is a solid Brett character here as well, though it is not as prominent in the flavor as it was in the nose. Notes of musty cobwebs linger on almost ephemerally in the mouth as sharp almost urea-like notes cut through, but can not quite vanquish them entirely.
What an enjoyable brew this is. The balance of this beer is enlightening; fresh vibrant fruit notes intermingle with the funky wild yeast notes and provide an entirety to this tipple that the individual components could not hope to achieve.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I brought this bottle to Dickinsonbeer’s Pre-TAP gathering. Murky orange translucent color, cant see through the beer. The aroma - SOUR. I mean thats what it is. The flavor a lot more subdued. Effervescent. Good aftertaste, no bitterness. Smooth, medium body.
On tap at Blind Tiger, I think this batch was a bit too young. It had a young sourness that was still too wrapped up in a kind of biscuit herbalness. It comes of as half-sour kind of thing. But with time I think this will turn into a better sour brew, seems bottle may be a better medium for this beer.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Solid beer. Poured a dark amber color with not much head, and didn’t lace. The aroma was amazing citrus fruits, oak, grapes. Flavor was solid as well cherries vanilla oak little funk in the aftertaste. Very complex and very well done."
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a wine glass a burnt orange that leaves a white lace on top of the glass. There is a slight cascade in the body from carbonation. The smell is horse blanket, very vinos, with some fruit essence. The taste is sweet a slight hop citrus profile but dominated by a wine (tannin) quality. Finishing fruity, with a grape, sweet fruit balance. I paired this beer with a grilled steak and artichokes. The savory flavors in the steak really went well with the fruit, tannin, qualities in the beer.
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy copper with an off-white head, aroma of spices, citrus,fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is fruit, smooth, carbonated, oak flavor, bitter finish.
CapFlu (4350) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Courtesy of the brewery and Caitlin. Many thanks! Pours a frothy, white, quick-dissipating head and a very clearbrownish-amber body. Regular carbonation bubbles of large size. Nose of a framboise gueuze, cherry notes and red wine acidic. Flavours are wild and all over - wild yeastiness, Belgian lambic, raisins, sour green grapes, vinegar and a dry, dry finish. Mild alcoholic burn at the end to conclude this interlude. Very, very interesting... and very, very tasty.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peppery brett character over green apples, peaches, vanilla, oranges and spring flowers in the nose. Lightly hazy orange-copper coloured body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to a ring with scant lacing. Juicy citrus character is sweet up front before being joined by strong vanilla and leafy notes leading throught to a tart finish. Musky, peppery brett character is notable especially in the aftertaste along with lingering grainy malt notes. Occasional hints of alcoholic fortitude along the way. Very dry medium body with somewhat low carbonation and fair alcohol warming. A bit sticky. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Julio’s Liquors, MA, Feb-06).
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Just reading my notes and remembering the beer makes me happy. Slightly hazy orange gold pour. Nice citrus and sweet malt aroma, with a good amount of other light fruits and some yeast. Similar flavors with some vinous tart notes and some light funky earthy yeasty notes that weren’t there in the aroma. Tart dry finish, a tad acidic. This was a very good beer.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into my De Rocs glass from cork finished bottle. Musky, horse blanket of a nose. Some candied malt quickly overshadowed by red fruit and vanilla. The vinous character proceeds with champagne-like carbonation and a smooth malty finish that jumps up at the end with earthy hops and sourness.
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized tan head, fizzy, drops out quickly but does leave behind a fair amount of lace clinging on for dear life. Hazy orange brew with a sweet glow. Nose is citrusy, light peaches, wood, lightly vinous with a grainy maltiness. Body is medium, carbonation is prickly with a creamy follow up. Fruity flavors of peaches, hint of apple and melon, grape,esque. Lightly tart, faint brett, lightly musty and woody notes rounding it out. Dry, fruity finish. Kool!