marcus (8606) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by haggerty. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. There is a sour dark malt flavor with lots of brett and a winey finish.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed 3/5/11. Picked up this bottle awhile ago at City Beverage. Have had it cellared since. Bottled on 2/10/09. Just a little over 2 years old. Poured into a tulip glass.
This pours much darker that I expected. I donít have much experience with Wild Ales, and even less with Barrel-Aged WAs, but this looks like a Porter. Super dark black with a thick 2-finger tan head. Decent retention; some lace sticks around. The nose is really fruity with notes of mashed apples, pears, faint strawberry. No funk noted. Still, I like it.
The mouth still retains quite a full feel. Carbonation doesnít seem to have dissipated over time. I didnít sample this one fresh, but I would imagine that the fruity tartness was more pronounced. This carries some fruity qualities, but no tartness. Again, some mushy apple, sweet pear, light cocoa and some mild oak notes from the barrel. It says this was a Zinfandel-barrel. This may have added the slight dryness I notice at the finish. All-in-all, I liked this beer, but I just expected a bit more from it. I may have sat on it too long, but alas. Not earth-shattering, but still a good beer that I would never turn down.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, bottled Feb. 10, 2009. Nice light brown head, very dark red color, some lace. Clear if you shine a light at it, opaque otherwise. Really nice, smooth texture. Light carbonation. Really nice aged-grape aroma, very rich and robust. Light sour taste (not overpowering), some sweet, just a little alcohol warmth. I really like this, it definitely gets better as it sits. Funky but rich aroma. Only a slight bite to it. I think 3 years sitting in the bottle has done this brew good.
mcberko (11947) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle at Brouwerís Cafe, pours a dark, dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of brett, sour funk and red wine. Flavour of sour fruits, chocolate notes, rum and red wine barrels, as well as brett. Full-bodied with a malty, sour finish. Good, but overrated.
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 (1265) - 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 (3579) - 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 (2325) - 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 (9172) - Plymouth, 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.