jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice look to this pour and a lasing head, plenty of lacing, etc. etc. The failing of this otherwise rustic, pleasant farmhouse style ale is that it tries way to hard to be an authentic version of something that, if it tries to hard to be anything, canít be authentic. God love Avery, but the hazelnut, horsey malts and yeast are lost in a netherland of generic herb and overstrong spicy pepper. I wanted a more relaxed saison feel from this beer and didnít get it. Maybe it needs aging, maybe I do, but I just didnít connect with this effort.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep, very cloudy, almost glowing orange with deep gold and orange highlights (with the slightest hint of pink, like grapefruit) and a medium-sized, pillowy, soft white head that consists of very small and fine bubbles. The aroma is slightly grassy, peppery, and earthy with some notes of figgy esters (could also be the actual black mission figs). There is also an odd sweetness that is at the same time floral, subtly tart, and also cookie/cake like. Perhaps it is from the figs and hibiscus - or the brett - or all of them together... Hard to put my finger on, but interesting and intoxicating. The flavor starts with that same interesting flavor - a combo of earthy, subtle tartness, cookie-like sweetness, and herbal flowers. The malts are very cakey and bready with a nice, delicate sweetness. There are touches of grassiness, leather, and tartness that are no doubt from the brett (quite subdued considering it was fermented 100% with brett according to the label). There are notes of cider, bitter herbs, and peppery phenols (though it could be the white pepper that was used) at mid-palate. The funk subsides a bit towards the finish making way for a fruity, crisp, slightly bitter, floral finish that is a bit cidery. The flavors of wheat begin to become more noticable toward the back, too. The mouthfeel is nice - medium-full body with fine, creamy suds. Overall, a very interesting and unique brew that is also drinkable - but it simply doesnít have the decadence and deliciousness as their past few beers (especially the Fourteen: how my palate yearns for it!)
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad brew at all. Took about half the bottle to really start growing on me. Nice tart rustic flavor. Doesnít feel thin at all, very nice on the palate. I can see why some may not like this beer, but for me it kept getting better with every pull. Not the greatest beer Avery has come up with, but above average when compared to other brews.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma in this one actually smelled pretty good. I got a lot of funky notes in this one and a little pepper. The flavor just had some weird notes to it that threw me off. Flavor did have some vegetal notes to it and a weird funk that made me shudder after some sips. I was really hoping for a lot more out of this one. Maybe this was too big of a step for them all at once. I would like to see more the bottle conditioning and unflitering though which was a nice change.
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 22 oz bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle, Washington bought by Mike. Pour is mostly clear orange golden. Aroma of old vegetables, really a crazy nose. Smells like the trash at a prep station in a kitchen. Not sure what this is, really odd. Taste is thankfully cleaner than the nose, wheaty, grainy, hibiscus floral, all kinds of crazy stuff. This was certainly an experimental brew, didnít really work for me. No Brett character, perhaps that will come in time. I can not really imagine what it would do to this beer, though.
marcus (9235) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This hazy golden ale poured with a decent white head and a fruity aroma. Avery has produced some great beers, but this isnít one of them. There is an unpleasant herbal flavor that overrides and negates the malt, hop and yeast characteristics. I canít really detect the brett notes. Something went wrong with this one.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney, TX.
Poured a hazy gold with fizzy white head. Aroma was very nice, very fruity, rasberries, cranbeeries, and other things I canít identify, I think an acidic quality, could be the barnyard they mentioned...maybe just from the fruit, but I like the funky aroma. Flavor is very nice!!!! When you take a drink, you get the acidic fumes as well....Very nice citric tart, very light sweet malty taste. It is somewhat complex to me, slight alcohol spice. Palate is very nice, seems soft and crisp with medium-high carbonation....I really liked this....If this is whats capable with wild yeast, I will have to try and make this too.....
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice deep cloudy amber gold, with a fair amount of head.
The bottle mentions funk, and I was pretty sure thatís what my nose picked up too... Funk; smelled like straws and hays.
The taste was very interesting. At first the palate is filled with the aforementioned funk, but it quickly mellows out into some pleasantly fruity vibes.
The carbonation level was pretty low, hardly there at all really. It also left the mouth a little dry.
An interesting beer, glad I picked a bottle up.
Serving type: bottle
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A sticky, perfume heavy mess of a Belgian beer, with little of the promised brett character.
Poured from a bottle at the Brickskeller Lupulin Reunulin, it has a lightly hazed amber hued body with a small off-white to white head. Nose of perfume and potpourri spices is overwhelming at first, but turns downright offensive in short time. Notes of black pepper, perfume, soap, overwhelming coriander, and some sort of musk all converge into an aromatic trainwreck. Reminds me of Troegs Scratch 8. Taste is exceedingly sweet, in pure Avery fashion, and the body is regrettably dull, with unnecessary thickness and carbonation higher than needed. Hibiscus, sure, white pepper, I can see that, but brett? Are you kidding? Itís an estery, perfumy, syrupy mess that will make me cringe every time I see the bottle in stores for the next six months.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at the Lupulin Reunulin event at the Brickskellar. Poured from a 22oz bottle with a slightly hazy, amber, rosy gold body with a cloudy, white head. Aroma is spicy with oranges, coriander, some barnyard funk and some tartness. Flavor is fruity, sour, yeasty, with orange peel, rose petals and peaches. Lasting spice on the palate. Unique with a complimentary fruitiness.