Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of daknole - bottled Feb 10, 2009.
Muddy amber pour with a sparse off-white head. Big woody aroma up front with cherry, pitted fruit, and some funk. Lots more dark fruit in the flavor with a nice malt backbone. Glad I got the chance to try this one.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brabant is a American Wild Ale. Wild Ales are starting to become very big in the craft beer industry. Some say itís the new IPA in terms of popularity. I donít see it getting there just yet but you do see a lot of breweries starting to make Wild Ales. Some of the best come from Russian River and The Lost Abbey.
Brabants color looks like a cola. Itís dark brown. Two finger head is poured. The head is full of craters and had good retention. The smell is big and complex. First up is a vinegar aroma you pick up in a lot of Flanders Red Ales. Fighting for the top spot is a leather aroma and wood. There is also a good amount of a barnyard funk and sourness that stings the nostrils. A very nice and big aroma.
Up front in the taste is definitely the leather type of taste mixed in with the wood. As it fades away the other tastes come in. Sour cherries, funk, and a very tannic taste. Definitely one of the most complex and unique flavors Iíve had from any beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Sourness sticks on your tongue and the smokiness from the barrels lingers in your mouth
thome50 (1140) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a dark tan head that is present with an aggressive pour. Aroma is of heavy grape with loads of funk, cork, vanilla and tobacco.Taste is again, wine forward. More of a funky/brett wine than anything else. Mild sour notes, vanilla, bourbon and some horseblanket elements. Overall, this is one of the most complex beers Iíve experienced in this style. Dark sours are interesting but not my everyday thing.
probstblueribbon (3162) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle shared by Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a tulip glass. Bottled FEB 10 2009. 24SE11.
App.: Deep brown with a light mocha veil.
Aroma: Strong, rich, malty, tangy and funky, Sauvignon Blanc notes, some wild character with Lambic notes (a little rubber, barnyard, etc.), bitter green herbs, some sour fruit, wood notes, white pepper, minerals, lemons, nice.
Palate: Medium body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Dark dried fruits, rich sweet malt notes, the tang, funk and wild are turned way down here, surprising, seems like a very tangy porter, some peppery spiciness, maybe it is subliminal advertising, but there are some wine notes in the finish; off-dry with some bitterness, gentle tang and a deep sour cherry and molasses finish.
Very interesting and complex. The tartness is not missed!
ryanfolty (1949) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: December 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: BVery Description: Opaque dark brown pour with no head or lacing, grape and brett in aroma, taste like a whit wine wth a sour dry finish, light to medium bodied.
BVery (7271) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown pour with a fairly minimal head. Awesome sour nose with brett, grape, and wood. Medium palate. Taste has the same elements as the nose, but the nose is a little more pleasing. Good stuff.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, brett, tart/sour cherries and wood. Great sour flavor with notes of brett, cherries, wood and roasted malts. Sour finish. Very good.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from portableparty...Thanks! Pour is a clear dark black, with quickly diminishing cola head that leaves only a skim and a ring, with ok lacing. Aroma is tart, with a bit of dark malt character, some cherries, grape skins, wood. Nice. Taste is a bit muddled, with a slight bit of roasty malt on the front, moving to light tartness, some nice astringent grape skins. Brett funk finish, with a slightly plastic character. Some boozy heat too, which is slightly surprising. Overall, I liked this beer. I think it might have been better a bit younger, but would the brett have been present then?
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Dark black pour, a little ring of carbonation and a slightly sour red wine aroma. Light, effervescent, lively body, flavors of funky red wine, red grape peels and slightly boozy on the finish. Decent beer, worth a try if you can still find a bottle.
portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Pretty stoked to see this on the shelf at my local store! Pours dark brown with a soapy kahki head that dissipates to a whispy film and tight collar. Aroma is pure funk and wet wine corks with hints of sourness and white grapes that have spoiled. Taste is really funky, but pleasent at the same time, I get wood, wine, corks, and rotten grapes with a sour bitterness throughout. The sourness is definitly on the back end of this compared to other sours, but the funk is strong. Palate is medium and slick with a subtle fizz and ends dry. Really glad I got to try this one, definitly worth trying!