phillybass (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks and smells like apple cider. Should be served slightly warm. Taste is slightly tart with a metallic sharpness. Quite drinkable and refreshing but not too interesting.
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ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, drunk 9/16/16.
Not sure if this was rebrewed, though I think it was, based on a Zymatore version being released in 2014 (seems very unlikely they would have aged it for 10 years) and bottles being available recently on the shelf around that time (when I picked this up).
Anyways, it still shows signs of life, pouring a beige head atop an auburn-golden body, with good clarity and lots of sediment left behind. Retention is moderate to moderately-low.
Smells very fruity, very bready and rather oxidized, in the nose. Hops have faded for the most part but still suggest light vegetal/green notes, with a touch of pine and citrus. Fruity yeast notes, with strong minerality, provide the bulk of the nose as bready malts, light to moderate caramel and bland oxidation steadily increase as it warms/breathes. No alcohol or flaw.
Similar in the mouth with still some remnants of bitterness, a good minerality and still an enjoyable fruitiness. Hint of citrus but it’s quickly overtaken by the caramel, bread and stale, cardboard-like oxidation. Good attenuation, with a strong maltiness to the texture and moderate amounts of tight carbonation. I guess this was not one to age....
krumbum (991) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells tart a bit smokey a bit wood. Hazy brown with nice lasting layer of white head. Smooth soft tart let’s a dry brown leaf grow underneath slight sweet. Balanced. Feels like a soft blanket on your tongue.
beer-yum (1368) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting but restrained sour aroma with hints of citrus and pine in a red gold pour. Taste profile is similarly restrained with tart to the fore - in a subtle but complex way. Definitely refreshing.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden orange with fluffy head. Aromas of citrus peel and some piney notes. Flavors of light malt and citrus hops. A touch of funk.
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This poured an orange color with a white head. Aroma of dark fruits and oxidation. Flavor similar, dry, Saison like, old.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4oz on tap at Libertys, for $4. Hazy red orange color. Ring of off-white khaki head. Decent but loose ropes of lace. Moderate sour tart taste, light to moderate bitter, light sweet. Nice taste to this. Bartender tells me it’s a biere de garde, but it’s much less spicy and soft than any biere de garde I’ve ever had. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Wood, dark fruit, light spice, oak, mild lemon citric in the aroma. Pretty nice, tasty, balanced, enjoyable stuff to sip on.
Bill Becker (820) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pulled straight from the fridge and it STILL gushed like crazy. Huge unshrinking head of foam in my glass. A small amount of liquid on the bottom...cloudy orange.
Intensely sour bitterness on the nose with a Brett like aroma.
Strong bitter flavour with a fruity and light vinegar tartness, hint of horse blanket. Pouring in the rest of the bottle, I find a mild sweet note or 2.
Mouthfeel suffers some from the over carbonation.
Interesting brew but not one I’d likely visit again.
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a super cloudy amber. Aroma of some funk and tart, some berry notes in there as well. Taste is tart with some fruit. Almost no carbonation.
JStax (5475) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour. Pours a hazed copper with a white head of foam. The aroma is musty, earthy, funky. Taste is floral and just a touch tart. Light body. Moderate carbonation.
monk191 (1777) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average for a cuvee. Pours a beautiful bright orange-red color with a white head. Smells of blackberries, molasses and a bit of tart. Taste is very tart, crisp, with strawberry rhubarb pie and spiciness in the finish. Had on tap at the Trappist.