FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large wine glass produces a fat-one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, amber-brown color that shows a rich, red stained, brilliantly clear, brown hue when held up to the light. The nose is tart, woody, a bit warming, and has a back-note of apricot. Lightly must, sort of like damp clay, with a softly phenolic funkiness, as well as a grape like note that reminds me a bit of a red wine.
Nicely tart, with a backdrop of firm oak structure and a solid, apricot like fruitiness that adds an intriguing note to the flavor. There is a touch of nuttiness to the finish as well as a touch of toasted, whole grain character. The finish has a spiciness to it, much of which is derived from the acidity; not really acetic, but maybe a touch of that, mostly a lactic bite, but some peppery oak character and perhaps some spiciness from the residual cognac character. The body is fairly light, making this quite quaffable for a beer of this strength, and there is a persistent carbonation that lingers on for a long time. Hints of vanillin, tart raisin notes, a touch of cherry, some lingering fig essence, and a tart, dark prune like character are all noticeable here. The oak adds a lingering woody flavor, some spice, a toast accentuating note, as well as a tannic structure and lingering, light astringency. The cognac adds a refined, fruity (I think the apricot comes from this somehow), lightly biting, interesting complexity to this beer.
This is quite a bit more tasty than I was expecting. This is quite nicely balanced between the sour, funky, barrel, and malt notes. The finish reminds me quite a bit of a restrainedly tannic, full bodied red wine at times, though this is clearly a sour beer. I took a long time to finish my first pour of this beer (more than an hour-and-a-half) , and it really held up well during the process
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Just wow. Got fer my lady for her 27th. Drank at Prosperity. You couldn’t pair two more of my new favorite breweries, and then they pair up, and create this beautiful monster. I mean, this beauty had cognac dripped elements of sour barnyard funk blowing up at you, but politely for fuck’s sake! Oh by the way, this is rating................1600!!!!
BoBoChamp (5448) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, Batch 1, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2014, with Brettanomyces, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sour brew, sour/woody/vinous and slightly fruity/alcoholic, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!
SlackerMads (1609) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle not in Nørrebroparken. Dark chestnut brown with a medium sized diminishing tan head. Wooden, light acetone, dark berries, band aid, fruit stones, dried apricot. Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium sweet and sour. Not too abrasive and opens a lot as it warms up.
omhper (19376) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Mikkeller, Stockholm. Almost clear deep ruby, small head. Vinegary nose with raspberry and pork. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Wood, red berries, oak. Light hay, some plums and milk. Low bitterness. Interesting and tasty.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours murky brown, nose is light roast malts, tart, taste is huge funk, juicy, sweet, bitter.
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light muddy brown, etched thin bubbled ring. Stewed peaches and boozy burnt toffee apple. Itchy yeast vibe, terse sweetness throughout cuts through the sourness. Rich and patient woodyness throughout spreads the bretty dusting. Finishes really raking tart and cherry. Linger is surprisingly clean.
Bottle, Fancy Al Fresco Tasting, Cheers BenHhhhh
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with white head. Very sharp aroma, some vinegar, oak. Taste of funk, oak. Very acidic. Nice
Scopey (6834) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to BenH. It pours deep brown with small white head. The nose is red fruits, tang, caramel, tangy, vinous, red wine, plum skin and mild acidity. The taste is tangy, red wine, wood, mild acidity, plum skin, redcurrant, Granny Smith apple, raspberry and oak with a lingering wood-acidity on the finish. Fruity, tangy and rather scoopable.
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home.... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing... Dark fruits roast... Soft funky... Roast malts... Chewy malts funky fruit.. Big berries