HonusWagner (1156) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little malty, a bit fruity, slight amount of brett b funk but not too much. High carb. Solid, not spectacular.
agl108 (719) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle at Monk’s Cafe. Poured ruby tone with minimal head. Yeasty, with plums, dark fruit with minimal carbonation. Lacking sourness I expected. Finished dry.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from Printers Row Wine Shop (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep blackish brown hue, darker near opaque body cascades out with brownish ruby glow into the edges and bottom, some decent glow, frothy brownish head atop stays as a frothy layer. Sticks around ok and laces well enough. Aromas are distinctly tart, sour cherries, vinous and tart with raisins, plum, funky brett and some lactic tang. A touch toasty and roasty, throwing some distinct sour twang, lemony and cherry sourness meet some spirit and rye malt, pungent fruitiness really takes off, red grapes, pulpy seedy raspberry, cherries and citric sourness. Gentle brett, cobwebs, and horseblanket fall behind. Initial is a bit different, more restrained as the bursting fruity sour nose falls behind a bit. Decent body with spritzy brett driven carbonation. Some toastiness, rye and gentle cocoa elements meet fuzzy and dry brett yeasty elements. Touches of raspberry and cherry, more gentle than the nose with jabs of cocoa, biscuits, and toasty malts. Some vinous and dark fruit qualities, more dry as we push towards the finish. A bit biscuity, bready, funky and dry as we hit the finish. Some gentle basement, fuzziness, and dust dry out, gentle tangy fruit and dryness as we roll out. The potent nose and appearance really hit the mark, but the beer itself brings you back to earth, more restrained but fairly balanced and approachable compared to the nose. Nice dry and funky brett elements play well, firmly dry and a bit tart and dusty as we finish, it certainly progresses well albeit not as potent as the nose showed. A really solid wild beer that I honestly wasn’t expecting to like all the much. Probably the most well put together of their recent wild offerings, if a bit heavy handed on brett and dryness into that backend and finish. Perhaps a touch warm on the backend as well.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent wild but not on the level im used to from allagash. Very sweet and malty with some light cocoa, grass, muddled cherries, wet wood, and tobacco. Not nearly tart or funky enough for me. Could probably use some time.
Emeister84 (671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funky, fruity, cherry and berry-like aromas, some toast. Dark brown with red highlights and a lasting fluffy khaki head. Dry, funky, somewhat sour, roasty maltiness and savory in the finish. Light bodied, fluffy, and smooth, with an earthy funky finish.
zickbeer_ye (207) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart meaty berry aromas with some funk. Lasting beige head and thick carbonated dark brown almost black body. Light berry and bitter tartness and some light earthy spice. Crisp carbonated and some tartness on the palate
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick jet black with tan head. Nose is rye malt, tart cherry, funky yeasty. Tastes tart, yeasty, with funky and fruity notes, rye and dark malts, and a complex and funky finish.
djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is brett, yeast, oak, and funk. Medium mouthfeel with light cherry skin, oak, strong brett, and nice lingering dry finish. Very nice.
blklab2007 (1863) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Oct 16 2013. Pour has a brown color with a fizzy tan head that fell right off. Aroma has roasted dark malt, brett, sour dark fruit, and slight oak. Mouth feel is light and the carbonation a little low. Flavor has a roasted malt core, soured dark fruit more than acidity, brett, sour cherry, and a hint of bitter chocolate. This is fairly mild all around with more roast and brett than anything else.
ericdevin (580) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Joe. Pours a medium brown, slight amount of tan head. Aroma vinous, funky, nutty. Body lively and dry, Chardonnay and champagne in finish. Ap 4 aroma 8 taste 7 pal 4 overall 15
Huhzubendah (2239) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!
The beer is dark brown with an everlasting beige head that leaves copious lacing behind. The aroma brings smoke, malt, molasses, leather, dark fruit, funk, oak. Well balanced and flavorful. Dark saison character. Complex and intriguing. A fun beer. This was really solid. I’d definitely have this again.