cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Hazy light orange in color with a large white head. Great retention and lace. Easy 4 if not more. The nose shows coriander, yeast, piney-floral-citrus hops, and a little brett funk. Its all very subtle, but the complexity is there. Dry, bitter, wit flavor. Light-medium body, good carbonation, oily texture, and a dry, astringent finish. This is very good, but the Bitter Monk is outstanding.
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a a hazy straw color like that of a witbier, and a huge white head of foam. Retention is very good, staying atop the beer the majority of its life. Aroma is earthy, slightly estery, and just barely leathery. The brett is more of a subdued, earthy note right now. I kinda wish I had another bottle of this to try in a year or so. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light to medium body, creamy texture, and bitter finish. Very odd and interesting beer. Thank you for sharing this for free beer week, mikem409. You are very generous.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$13.49 for an undated 750mL at Olive Tree in OB. Pale straw yellow, lightly hazy, with a one finger white head, fizzy but frothy, pretty decent retention. Tropical fruit citrus nose--I actually just bought a bunch of kumquats a few days ago, and I do feel I can smell the sweet rinds, along with the floralish citrus coriander. Some peppery spice showed up as it warmed. Flavor adds some bitterness, not a whole heck of a lot of wheat. Dominating are some floral notes and the fruit. Semi-dry, earthy bitterness peaked at a 5. Burps saltine crackers. Dunno what brett was used, but other than some floral notes Iím not getting anything--the beer must still be pretty young. Light to medium body with low prickly carbonation. Pretty good, though I feel it sounded better than it was. I wanted bolder flavors.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The coriander and peppercorns made this one unique, as I kept saying it reminded me of curry or garam masala. Pale cloudy yellow color. Outside of the spice there was also a grapefruit peel flavor to go with semi-dry crackery malts.
joeneugs (3242) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at City Beer. It pours pale golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is very brett forward with some citrus notes combining nicely with some light oak and vanilla. The flavor is very hoppy and spicy. I taste the peppercorns more than any of the other adjuncts. Pine and citrus with some toasty funk near the finish. More oak in the aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel and light bodied. The brett was utilized near perfectly in this one. Very nice.
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from AJís in Aptos. Pours a pale gold color -- not quite as light as a wit or berliner weisse, but still very pale. Aroma is zesty and bright. Big tropical papaya and grapefruit and pineapple, lemon verbena, no trace of malt. Just as it should be. Flavor is a little light on hops due to the aging, but it still has a solid tropical fruit presence. Reminds me of orange pineapple juice a bit. A bit of musty oak and brett, moderate bitterness and a lingering tickle of black pepper. A very impressive beer.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Date: March 04, 2012
Source: Tasting, Wrecking Bar
Appearance: hazy yellow, fine white head, drippy streaks of lace
Aroma: dry pale malt aroma, lots of musty brett, floral hops
Flavor: musty flavor, lots of brett, plenty of hops, big bitterness, light spicyness, long bitter finish
Date: August 27, 2012
Source: rare beer club
Score: 3.1 to 3.4
Appearance: cloudy yellow, huge frothy white head, sticky lace
Aroma: dry floral aroma, lots of phenolic spicyness, musty brett well integrated with the phenols
Flavor: dry and wild flavor, plenty of brett and phenolic spicyness, dry and bitter, lots of hops, funk grows and grows
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, very pine aroma, tastes like sucking on a pine cone. Still balanced enough to get body out of it. Nice
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle, shared at the Trail Magic release party. Pours hazy greenish yellow with white head. The aroma is very grassy with light brett and some graininess. The flavor is pepper, brett, dark graininess, mint/basil, and a weird herbal quality. This is an extremely complex beer. To the point of being chaotic. Still pretty good, though.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Liquid was a beautiful glowing yellow with some white transparency along the edges while a thick fluffy pillow of head rested on top. My nose is instantly gratified with a bold presence of hops, pine, juniper berries, and other green plant. The taste is spicy and tart with a heavy presence of hops yet not overbearing; however, there is a slight taste of coriander, orange peel and lime leaf that really sends the taste buds into a puckering overdrive of flavors. Interesting fusion concept that could take the brewing scene by storm such as black IPAís did.