17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at Publican during CBC Chicago. Pours a hazy glowing bright golden orange with a fine fizzy white head. Strong orange aroma, citrus, candied wheat, and brett aroma. Tastes more like an imperial wit, lots of citrus but just a bit boozy. Medium bodied with a candied like stickiness. Nice and tasty but just too boozy.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at publican, pours hazed amber with white head, nose is spicy, flavors are very oaky, spicy, earthy, and big brett in this one. a little one dimensional but dry, oaky, and bretty so it’s refreshing to drink.
beernbourbon (1491) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pour is dark brown with a light pink hue and almost no head. Aroma is woody, sweet, and fruity with notes of brett poking through. Flavor reveals hints of wine, dark fruits, light spice, and a really notable wood component. Maybe too much wood; it kind of dominates. Overall I like it though.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Publican (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy golden amber pour, murkly with decent whitish head that dies to a thicker film. Aromas are a decent sourness, citrus fruit, pale malts, lacto, a touch of fruity citrus. Initial is lighter bodied, citrus fruit, a light tartness of grapefruit and lemon, coats, with moderate sourness. Moves towards fruity citrus and pale malts, a nice brett funk with a decent body, the funk coats with a nice fruity sourness. Solid, isn’t overwheling or asserts itself, but a nice light sour, drinkable en masse. A decent hopping shows more citrus influence. Finish is lightly sour, fruity, lingers on the palate. A lighter bodied sour ale that is quite drinkable, tasty.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at publican... Medium cloudy caramel brown with a thin frothy tan head... Red fruity apple aroma with wood accents, pretty oaky... Flavors start off oF on a fruity red fruit slab sour apple bent, which converge with spicy wood notes with a lively yet dry finish with a bit of earth at the end.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden orange body with a small white head. Aroma of nuts, earth, horseblanket, and citrus. Flavor of grass, earth, citrus peel, and some herbs with a bitter finish.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Night of the Funk. A dud from Allagash. I liked the experiment here, I guess you can’t always have great success. The aroma is grassy, citrusy, milky. Doesn’t sound like a good combination? It isn’t. The flavor is loaded with chemicals, lots of carbonic acid, and is muddy all around. Something went very wrong with the fermentation here.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ BBF Night of the Funk. Pours a light gold (not as hazy as the My Brother Daryl) with a fluffy white head. Nose is biscuit malt, with a bit of funk and a heavy Belgian yeast note. Flavor is biscuit malt with a bit of light fruit and a heavy Belgian yeast characteristic that conflicts at times with the brett sourness that wants to come out. Finish was surprisingly bitter. Not as good as My Brother, but still solid.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at NotF. Pours a light golden color with a white foamy head. Nose is biscuity with a light funkyness yeast note. Palate is full. Flavors of biscuit and light fruit. Its a much mellower version then my brother daryl.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This coniferous Wild Ale benefits from biscuity cereals and delicate fruity esters for a dry and classy glass of merriment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy pale blond. Is this really paler than "My Brother Daryl" or are my eyes deceiving me?
-This was less aromatic than the clausenii version (My Brother Daryl), but the brettanomyces bruxellensis still shone brightly from aroma to finish.
-The fruitiness was slightly tropical, but not nearly as tropical as the clausenii, of course.
-A little lactobacillus would have been great in the finish, methinks, but as is it is still a wonderful sipper of a strong ale.
On tap at Novare Res.