emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a soft hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy off white head. Nose is very nice, lots of funky and horsey notes with a light acetic character and a subtle vinous feel. Lightly peppery and tropical. Dry and peppery mouthfeel. Notes of lemongrass and citrus rind with some tannic bite. Lightly oaky.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light amber with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some brett funk, a lot of grape and red wine, black pepper, and some apple. The initial taste is sweet with apple and apricot, then some red wine and barrel comes through with a peppery note, some brett, and some yeastiness. The finish is moderately dry. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. An enjoyable saison. I would have preferred it to be slightly drier overall. It doesn’t quite reach the height of their Bitter Monk, but still a good beer.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy peach color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of peppery, earthy and fruity notes with a bit of breadiness. The taste is bread, pineapple, buttery notes and spicy hops. Full bodied. Nice.
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle-@Tampa weekly shared by SHIG-pours a foamy white head with cloudy gold color. Aroma is brett, orange/spice, light malt. Taste is brett-yeasty, orange/spice hops, light malt. Drying finish.
ketchepillar (1092) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Lemon rind. Nicely dry. Green apple. Some wet dog and socks.
baraciisch (1915) - USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow orange in color... Aroma of Pinot noir and sour wild yeast... Flavor is coriander, spices and citrus notes of Pinot noir grapes with a finish of wild yeast sourness... Delicious
eaglefan538 (2897) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy full straw almost golden to orange color. The head was at least on full inch, continuous lacing. The aroma was coriander and oranges and yeast and other spices. The flavor followed and included wonderful tannins and oak and rich pinot notes. I’m a sucker for pinot, in many ways, but anchorage did a nice job with this one, and it did great for our highly intoxicating Thanksgiving assortment of alcohol. Body medium to full. Go, Flacco!
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml to the face, white wine glass. Pours a murky sandstone colour with a frothy beige head that retains well and shows good cling as the head fades. The nose is rustic, dusty and full of oak character. The grape notes to me come across almost more like a pinot grigio than a chardonnay, but whatever, still bright, pungent and enticing. Oh man this is tasty! On the palate, oak and peppery notes stay in the forefront while on the back end, a lingering of vanilla and wine notes suggestive of Gurwitz Terminer. I could imagine this beer being equally tasty in a different, less earthy and funky way without the B. brux, and possibly more quaffable, but it’s great as is. Passion fruit and complex citrus notes emerge with greater presence as it warms. All the intermingling flavours and aromas are delicately balanced, yet the overall network of zesty citrus, peppercorn, funk, oak and saison yeast filth is one of tremendous intensity. The finish is slightly astringent, though this is characteristic of the blend of stains employed and only adds to the dryness of the finish, making the beer effectively more quenching and sessionable (if only I could afford this as an everyday session ale *sigh*). The mouthfeel is velvety, even moreso as it warms, with lively carbonation and a long duration. If only all things to come from Alaska were this awesome.
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky glowing orange/amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is dry spices, brett, melon (perhaps peach), and a touch of oak. Taste is dry and clean with mixed spices, brett, pepper, and dry oak with a lingering bitterness. The body and mouthfeel on this beer is spot on. Excellent beer and certainly one I need to grab a second bottle of for some time in the cellar.
thornecb (4453) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazed amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to skim surface. Summer fruit and earthy funk aromas. Crisp with sweet caramel upfront turning to tropical fruit before the lasting brett finish.