kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, purchased at Pangaea in Sacramento. Pours a murky, dark orange-brown color; fine-bubbled light-tan head with solid retention and lacing. Lots of red berries, vanilla, light citrus notes, and a mild brettiness; lightly funky and fruity and creamy. Medium body; medium-high carbonation; light red wine notes, creamy texture, a modestly developed brett character that’s more lime and crackery than overt tartness; nice heavily berry character with very light tannins, almonds, a touch coarse but damn tasty. Medium finish: bretty, crackery, some lasting berry notes.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (Batch #1, August 2011). Pours with a hazy, deepish gold body with a large and lasting, fluffy off-white head. Great lace. Aromas amazingly good! Right off the bat: fresh tangerine/grapefruit juice. Good acidity, a little funk, red wine, tropical fruit hop notes, CITRA! Smells a little bit like Le Terroir with the hop and funk note. Sweet, perfume, floral, estery. Light bready malt. Very fragrant, pineapple. Amazing! Flavors are funky as well, juicy, oak, barrel, red wine, fruit, floral, a bit grassy. A touch grainy, bready and straw like. Surprisingly bitter (both hop and tannin). Nice tropical fruit, grassy hop notes, some pepper, rich yet delicate, lots of nice tropical brett C esters. Lingering, slightly acidic stonefruit. Blown away, this is OUTSTANDING! Lively, playful carbonation, lingering funk, nice tannin, lightly warming, creamy bubbles. Balanced and complex.
This might be one of my new favorite breweries.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour amber with a light reddish/orange hue and a good sized off-white pillowy head. The aroma has lots of peach, tartness, peppery spice, floral powderiness, hints of pinot noir and earthy saison yeast. Very pleasant aroma. Medium / light crisp body that’s a bit rough with lightly sharp carbonation. Starts with much more of the pinot noir barrel aging right off the bat. All of the aroma traits are there with a earthy/woody abrasiveness that works great for the beer. The finish is very dry and flowery with lots of barrel notes and a lasting crisp peppercorn flavor sticking to the tongue. Another great beer from Anchorage. They are two for two now & can’t wait to see what’s next.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at The BeerMongers... Poured golden with a white-ish head. Pinot wine-like oak and Brett on the nose. Spices really shined in the initial flavors with the peppercorns being most notable. Some vinous wine-like characters and musky Brett yeast and esters. A little bit of bitter rind and citrus characters too.