Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged boittle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma of straw, lemon, barnyard, white wine, pepper, light oak and light coriander. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, lemon, barnyard funk, pepper, white wine, light coriander and light oak with a crisp dry lingering funky citrus finish.
Gmoney (440) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle....Hazy straw colored pour , thin white head, spotty lace . Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of lemon zest and barnyard . Moderately sweet and tart . Grainy , vinous , sour , wood ,spicy and very very dry . Alot going on here , sort of muddled . Not my favorite style to begin with but it is definitely interesting . Medium bodied , prickly carbonation . meh
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Clearish yellow with a thick, foamy, pure white head. Aroma of bretty horse blanket, hay, lemon, wheat and light spices. Flavor is wheat bread malt, musty sour yeast and a light hop bitterness. Light body with active carbonation and a tart, refreshing finish. Overall a really nice beer, very smooth and well balanced fresh and is getting more funky as it ages.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a pale straw with a quickly dissipating white head. Nice bretty aroma with a bit of oak. Light bodied. Starts off with a lot of wood. Decent tartness. Fairly dry and crisp. Oak fades a little but still lingers in the finish. Very drinkable. I thought the oak was a little strong at first, but it grew on me.
changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Bottle from jtclockwork. Pale yellow-gold color with a full white head that slowly settles down to a thin layer. Scattered lacing slides along the glass after each sip. The first whiff reveals strong lemon bretty notes, chardonnay, and some oak. A little citrus, orange spice, and cracker join in after. This is light and refreshing going down; more body than many other Wits Iíve had, but lighter than the aroma had me thinking. Tart lemon, citric acidity, and chardonnay work well with the pale grain sweetness of the beer. The wood is here too but less pronounced. A bit of dry spice hits the finish and completes this nicely. Itís easy to drink this quickly. Cleanses the palate well making me crave another sip. This is interesting, complex, and fairly unique to me. Very nice beer. I look forward to trying more of these Anchorage offerings.
arkurzynski (1292) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy straw gold with immaculate white head with plenty of lacing. Nose is barnyard, chardonnay, mild yeast/spice, and citrus. Flavor is tangy chardonnay, mild wood, sweet wheat malt, citrus, spice. Light on the palate, but flavors intensify as you drink. Semi-dry and tart finish. Very nice.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold with frothy white head. Nose of Brett, lemon citrus, light oak and chardonnay. Taste is the same with lots of Bretty lemons and a dry chardonnay finish. Medium body.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL cork&cage bottle shared by JB, thanks. Pours with a pale body that one cannot see through. It is thick and glowing with a halo lacing. It is all citrus, natural and bretty citrus on the nose. Its very herbal and dry as well. Flavor has a similarly tingly citrus and dry as hell in the summertime. The beer tingles on the cheeks, very lively yet dry. I love the wonderful herbal dryness and citrus character. Thanks JB!
dmac (3538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by EZAnt. Poured a grenish/yellow with a small tight foamy bright white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, apricot, nectarine, brett, chardonnay, oak. Medium body with strong carbonation and a dry lingering finish. Flavor of cream, brett, tropical fruits, and orange cream sickle. Solid and enjoyable.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Batch #1 from May 2011, aged about 4 months in the bottle. A careful pour reveals a hazy, pale golden-straw body strewn with effervescing streams of pin-point bubbles. A moderate head of snow white foam is built on those pooling micro bubbles, slowly subsiding to a thin outer ring with a wispy film at the center. Lacing is comprised of a dense, hard drying, patchy ring that coats nearly the entire glass. Gorgeous looking brew.
The aroma is a melange of complimentary elements. Starting out, there is the clean wheat grain base, lightly sweet, hinting also at creamy oats with a drop of floral honey. Brettanomyces is instantly recognizable, imparting a dusty, earthy bite that matches the subtle peppercorn and coriander spicing nicely. Lemon pith adds a dry acidity, while Berliner Weiss-like lacto notes lend slightly eggy, sulfuric underpinnings. Then there is the Chardonnay barrel influence, which comes in the form of creamy French Vanilla oak and soft kisses of honeysuckle or pear. The nose is well structured, complex, and varied. In terms of style, it is very difficult to pigeonhole....and I like that
The flavor is very similarly structured. Right off the bat, the dusty, slightly tart brett imparts an earthy, woody bite. Coriander and white pepper transition closely behind, intensified by lively, fine carbonation. At the mid point, the creamy, honey-kissed wheat pushes through, bringing with it a slightly more acidic and brite lemon note. Barrel influence seems more woody and less fruit driven, as I donít quite pick up the orchard fruit that the aroma suggests. Likewise, the lactobacillus tendencies present in the nose are a bit more subdued, yet still present on the finish, especially a few seconds after the swallow. Overall, it remains complex, challenging, and tasty.
In the mouth, the beer does not disappoint. There is ample substance from the wheaty malt base, with just enough sugar to give it a respectable body. It exceeds the weight of your average witbier, yet remains well shy of some of the awful "imperial wits" that were so popular in 2009. Carbonation is persistent and cleansing, accentuating the spice elements up front and then wiping the palate clean of the residual sugars on the back end. Each sip begs the next.
Overall, I was quite impressed with Gabeís first solo commercial offering. It defies classification, evoking the spirit of Orval, Calabaza Blanca, and Temptation equally, while simultaneously defining itself as something completely unique. Iím excited to see what is to come as he tries out some styles that I am more drawn to.