Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a thin ring of mocha bubbles clinging to the glass. The nose is of sweet and sour grape notes along with some barrel woodiness. Medium bodied and vinous with a drying tannic finish. The flavor is almost like a fruity red wine pitched with brett. This is a unique and very tasty beer.
harrymel (1540) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Feb 10, 2009
694 cases produced. One time only.
A: Pours a very dark brown of low translucency excepting the far edges which give a hint of cherry hues. Less than a finger of transient peanut foam leaving a spotty surface of the same with a confluent collar. Spotty and rare lacing. Brett is here.
S: As I lean into the glass I’m immediately met with a tart scent detailed with oak, yeast, sour cherries, and some hints of cider vinegar. Smells similar to a Flanders or Oud Bruin. When I pull the nose into my olfactory quickly, some chemical scents come thru: think rubber glue.
T: Sharp and dry up front. There’s plenty of farmhouse flavor in here. Lots of soill, hay, grasses, leather and wood. Plenty bitter as well; wasn’t anticipating that. Also anticipated some residual sugars in here but alas, nada. Finish is of minerals and additional organic elements. There’s a spiciness I get from Califonia Zinfandel’s and in the finish of some Malbec’s - maybe some late tannic quality.
M: I’m having a harder time dictating the body on this one: the weight is relatively viscous and visceral, but the carbonation seems quite lively for a higher body. The finish is quite dry and warming - ABV is evident but I think this was intended and is not offsetting.
O: This is an interesting beer. I don’t think the bacterial additions to this beer increased the quality of the beer much. I am not familiar with Avery’s series of Bal aged beers, as such I can’t speak to their consistency, but if this was their first attempt, I think they’re off to a solid start to making some quality stuff a few years down the road (a long and bumpy road). Will not seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted several times over the past few years from 12oz bottles. Pours dark brown with a red hue and an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is brett, red wine, caramel, and bread. The flavor is full of very earthy and funky brett, quite vinous, and caramel and dark bread malt. The body is full and tannic with light carbonation and a long funky and vinous finish. As this beer has aged, the funky and vinous notes have become more and more prevalent. This beer was my favorite around the beginning of 2011.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, minimal off white head.
Smell is bretty, lacto, funk, and a bit of roast.
Taste is smokey and stouty with a bit of sour.
Pretty strong and heavy
Marheb (2824) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Superbe robe noire avec des reflets rubis. Le nez est funky avec une charge de fruits foncés, prunes, raisins bleu, figues, mélasse et un côté mentholé presque chlorophylle. En bouche c’est moyen avec une bonne effervescence, des notes de caramel et de moka s’ajoutent au reste des saveurs. Belle créature.
Westmeister (1994) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
All of the first 10 from the series were shared by craftbeerdesign. Pours dark mahogany, thin tan head. Mild tart cherries, mixed berries, chalk, oak, white wine, vinegar. Tame from the sour/tart standpoint, but large barrel character. Solid, but down the list of the best out of the first 10.
pushkinwow (2195) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, wish I could remember from who though. Dark brown with a rich creamy light brown head. Brett, malt, alcohol, definite white wine although I’d say more chardonnay, oak, hint of cherries. High carbonation (think it might be better lowered a notch), moderate body, light sour and quite malty, chardonnay, falls a little flat on the palate though and the finish has some tartness but disappoints. Wonder if this is just a little too old but still happy to have tried it.
superspak (3164) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2009. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, leather, red wine, hay, funk, light vinegar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of the wild yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of sour cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, toast, light roasted malt, hay, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness after the finish; with lingering notes of light tart fruits, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, funk, toast, hay, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors and barrel notes; some moderate astringency with light oxidation; and lightly cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a crisp, lightly acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid wild ale. Some nice aromas with solid flavor complexity and balance; and fairly smooth to sip on. A moderately enjoyable offering; had no problem finishing it.
Steasy66 (1038) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes of bourbon and wood, some brett funk and white wine character but overall bad.
Huhzubendah (2809) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
The last time I popped one of these with Matt, I promptly knocked my glass over and fed the beer to my living room carpet.
The beer appears a profoundly deep, dark shade of walnut brown. The beer has a sizable, thick, beige head that exhibits lasting retention and generates ample lacing upon the glass. The aroma is primarily of alcohol and wine barrels, with a slightly funky scent. The beer is funky, but not terribly sour, per se. The barrel character comes through with fervor, and the beer is very tannic in nature. The feel is medium to full bodied, quite a bit thicker than is customary for a sour / wild ale. Alcohol is evident in the olfactory senses and present throughout tasting. A good choice for a sipper, this is best shared and consumed in small quantities.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2011