Jblauvs (1345) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky golden pour,
aroma is sour peach/lemon zest, plenty of nectar, but also some light woodiness as well. Super drinkable, I went up for many pours, great zippy tartness with subtle nectar fruit notes and a flutter of woody lacto. Bright, drinkable, and delicious. Very Nice
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at NotF. Golden pour with a small white head. Lemony funk, citrus, juicy nectar fruit, and lactic acid with a medium body and dry finish.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011
In short: A funky and sour blonde ale with a white wine character. Very good.
How: Tap at BCTC 2010. Multiple samples
The look: Cloudy yellow blonde body topped by beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is very funky/bretty but also very vinous (white wine). Taste is very fruity with white grapes being the dominant fruit backed by creamy bananas and tropical fruits. Funk level is pretty high and sourness level is medium. Low acidity for the style. Tart and a bit tannic but not overly astringent. This drank surprisingly well for such a high abv beer. My notes say it is session-sour-ale, I had no idea the of %abv until now. I didn’t like it as much as some of my friends but that’s normal, anything reminiscent of white wine loses points with me. Still, for a beer with a white-wine character I thought it was very good, almost excellent. But what I really don’t understand is how parents can look at a newborn and say “Look at this beautiful little angel, he is a gift sent from heaven. Let’s name him Lawrence"
malrubius (1855) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First official BCTC beer I tried. Golden with head and lace. Slightly tart lemon pastry aroma. Apricot lemon pastry with mild yeasty lemon dry tart finish. Very good. Almost not quite assertive enough, but I was already a little...y’know...at the time.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Barcade Allagash event - light yellow haze, sour and fruity, seet and sticky. toasted malts, grapey tart berries and peaches. lactic fruits and tingly mouthfeel. excellent
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Barcade (keg seemed a bit better than the one at BCTC). Had about 3-4 glasses until the keg kicked. One of the best beers and more enjoyable I have had all year I think. Pours a hazed yet bright yellow with low carbonation and no head and no lace. Aroma is funky- brett, lacto, pedio, everything in one but it worked well- lemon zest, fruits, tons of white grapey character similar to when batch 1 castleton was when fresh, peach notes, light mango, and just tons of good refined mineral and funk with good bacteria bite. Flavor is circus peanut, orange soda, lemon zest, grapeskin, funky grape, oak, toast, circus peanut, mineral and fruity chardonnay hints, light tannin and light on the astringency which allow sharp funk and acids to come through especially in the end. Very easy drinking. 9.5% - are you kidding me? I thought this was 6%? No wonder I blacked out.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. Soft slightly spicy sourness. Subtle, a touch of acetone. Smooth, lightly tart. Slow gentle bitterness. Tangy and full of lemon.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at a Barcade event. I really got there just in time as the tap was kicked within the hour of my arrival. (Thanks for the heads up Joe, I would have hated to miss this.) Pours a cloudy light orange from what I could tell in the poor lighting conditions. Aroma is mildly apple with some citrus and yeast. Flavor is sour apple and lemon with yeast. As it warms I noticed that it seemed to get yeastier with some more orange. The 9.5 ABV is, impressively enough, completely hidden among the sour citrus flavors. The description above states that they used brett and oak. The brett almost surely contributes to the sourness and the oak is probably what mellows out the alcohol sting which otherwise SHOULD show up.
If you, the person reading this, finds this on tap somewhere, by all means get some. You are sure to enjoy it and it will surely vanish pretty fast.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Barcade. Moderately sour aroma, with notes of lemon, watermelon rinds. Very full bodied, a bit too much so, tart, wheat, lemon. Mild. Nice.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC, draft. Minimal white head atop murky straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, lactic sour, some lemon, funk. Taste is moderately sweet, lemon, sour, acetic, light funk. Undercarbonated medium body, fairly acidic.