beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a clear golden. Aroma is sour-tart and musky right off the bat. Then some green apple cider. Definitely sour aroma but nothing like a lambic. There is a lot of candi sweetness behind the sour. Taste starts with tripel sweetness that quickly followed by an earthy-musky tartness. Definitely a sweet beer overtaken by a sour yeast. A bit milky as well.
Growler fill from Shoreline Beverage.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by beastiefan2k - hazy golden beer, with pretty much zero head - whoa, she smells nice - sour, almost leathery lambic-ish aroma, with a lot of cheesy and musky character, and soft oak underneath, as well as subdued tripel sweetness - the funky, barnyardy character is what hits the tongue first, followed by a fairly strong sweetness of tropical fruits and apples, and then a strong acidity - the funk comes back strong as the sweetness subsides a bit, lending a flavor not unlike aged cheese and dried fruit - oak lends a nice vanilla dimension as it warms - it’s quite nice, but the sweetness and the funkiness don’t completely work together.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by beastiefan2k. Deep golden amber beer. Aroma is lovely, rich funky nose, bretty pineapple and tart fruity funkiness. Rich and lightly sweet with a soft spiciness underneath the obvious influence of the roselaire bugs. The sourness is quite subdued, but there is lots of funkiness. Cologne and dried fruit. Musky and horsey with a soft oaky woodiness as well. Lean-bodied, crisp and funky. It’s surprisingly subtle and understated, but absolutely delicious nonetheless.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle fill from growler station at Shoreline Beverage: Slightly hazy golden with a thin bubbly white head. Aroma is oaky, herbal, cheesy (touch of Gouda), mild brett funk, and a Calvados character. Very complex nose. Has a fairly slick texture. The flavor is not sour, but has lots of complexity. Elegant oak presence with an underlying subtle sweet note of vanilla. as some lactic cheesy notes, mild Brie cheese, herbal hints, apple cinnamon/baked apple products comes through as it warms, followed by residual oakiness into the finish. Complex and outstanding.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growlerrr. Pours fairly clear with almost no head. Aroma is deep and complex, buttery oak with full, doughy yeast, bright white wine a gentle tart push. Excellent. The flavor has a very nice tartness going in and finishes with a mild, dry dough and tropical fruits. Solid all around and a fairly easy drinker. The oak is in perfect harmony with the beer here. Super solid.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler tap. Pours a hazy orange color with a sparse and barely-there white head. Aroma is light fruit notes with noticeable malt and funk. Flavor is sour funk up front with fruity and vinious notes toward the end. Alcohol is barely noticeable, very well hidden. Fantastic beer, it really is.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a slightly hazed orange-gold color with a small almost white head. The aroma is complex. Sweet and fruity with notes of pears and honey dew melon. Nice background of white wine, wood and leather. The flavor is also complex but not as much. Nice vinous notes with pear and other fruits. Mild tartness. Light to medium body and a touch of acidity on the tail. The only downside to this beer is the price. Aprox $6 for 10oz and $30 for a growler.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler tap. Luscious aroma of oak, wine (more wine barrel than really wine), light whiskey/other hard alcohol, sour popcorn. Flavor more of the same, the tripel tries to come out more but really remains a canvas for the barrel aging to dance upon. Very rich and full-bodied for a tripel, mildly sweet, mildly sour, all in balance. Warming. Reminded me A LOT of a more refined (read: better) Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious. Impressed.
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 oz. growler from Shoreline Beverage, Huntington NY. Pours a dark yellow with a small ring of white head. Aroma strongly of OAK, white wine, light fruits, whiskey. Flavor is similar to the aroma, pretty sweet, with vanilla, buttery popcorn, lemon, citrus, and of course oak. Gets a bit sour and tart as it warms. Quite tasty and one of the better oak barrel aged beers I’ve had. Very interesting beer, more like a sour than a tripel though. I look forward to trying this again in bottle (if reasonably priced).
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lupulin Reunulin. cloudy gold. sour funk all day in the aroma, rotting fruit, and baby poop. flavor is sour up front, nice clean tight tart finish. the baby poop (although maybe traditional) is what derails this for me.