hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Lightly hazed yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The funky, earthy aroma lends notes of apple, wood and lactic acidic. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The tart, fruity flavor puts forward apricot, wood, lactic acid, apple and gentle hop bitterness. Finishes lightly crisp, minerally and a touch tangy.
jrob21 (2188) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one has been hiding in the back for some time but not for any other reason than it got buried behind a couple of things. Cloudy light yellow color. Aroma is a tad citrusy with some earthiness to it and wild yeast. Flavor is medium bodied with a nice wheat malt backbone and a spice and banana tang. There is a bit of funkiness hiding in the background. At first I thought it was the palate bruiser I had before this but after reading a couple of these reviews it looks like this is more funky than I was expecting. There is some detritus here so be careful if you don’t need any extra vitamin B.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx – thanks Marc! Pours a hazy light gold with a one fnger stark white head that faded into a thin layer almost immediately. The nose is light citrus, mild vinegar and faint funk. The taste is light funk, aspirin, light vinegar and lemon peel. Medium, lightly prickly mouthfeel. Decent Biere de Mars – refreshing summer brew - thanks again Marc.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold pour. Big thick fluffy head and spotty lace. Suspended yeast proteins all over. Earthiness, apple, and yeast on the nose. Floral notes, yeast, and light hops. Slightly dry finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Pale orange body, and the vigorous pour leaves a sizable head and a buncha floaties. The nose is initially soft fruits like pear and apple, with some mild spice. But it soon reveals some delicious funk, something that’s more than a little present in the flavors. Nothing especially barnyard-y, but more like DeProef’s yeast strain in this nicely mild beer. Rustic and dry, with only moderate sweetness, and that’s just fine with me. Pretty good beer, docked just a tick because of the steep price.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a very attractive stand of off-white head. The aroma is quite floral with some earth and tangerine notes, a mellow brett edge, some light honey sweetness, a hint of sea salt, and distant grassy hops. The flavor is quite fruity at first. Tangerine, mango, lemon, apple, a hint of banana, and even a bit of cherry stand out in front. A bit of honeyish malt lies below that. Following the fruitiness come several floral notes-- lavender, hibiscus, rose. Then comes the real treat. An earthy, slightly tart, but not at all overwhelming brettanomyces taste takes the forefront as the sip approaches its finish. Nice, dry hay and leather notes take over by the time I swallow. The aftertaste is earth, tangerine peels, and super dry white wine. I’m especially impressed with the balance in this one. The bretty character is exactly enough to cut the fruitiness without masking it. Great beer, I wish I had more of it.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Vferg, thanks dudy. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Dry earthy notes of brett, wood, floral notes, grain and some citrus but more like a weizen in terms of the fruit character. Finishes with spicy apple bitterness. Good brew, reminds me of ithaca brute.
bhensonb (9862) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine Specialist. Hazy golden color with a decently fluffy white head. Aromas of light orange over mild barnyard. Medium body with mild carbonation. Seems mostly Brett for flavor. Small hints of citrus, wood, yeast, but they are subordinate. It’s a very smooth ale. Develops fruity notes. Finishes both astringent and dry. Barring the above it’s almost fruit juicy. Good ale.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, musty) with notes of bubble gum and medicine (yeah Brett!). Light bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another slow gusher, but again it does not seem to be excessively carbonated. A careful pour nets me a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a light honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, full gold color when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is quite nice; it is a mix of hoppy herbal notes ( lemon grass, orange zest, blossoming wild flowers), interesting pale malt aromatics (honey-like malt and cracker like grain) and a backdrop of soft funkiness that reminds me of musty - slight moldy cellars, a touch of barnyard musk and some cured leather phenolics towards the end. The deeper I breath in of the aroma the more focused the Brettanomyces funk gets. The aroma is just fantastic and all that I had hoped for in this beer.
Dry and effervescent the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. The carbonation provides both a peppery carbonic bite as well as a touch of carbonic acidity. This has a solid hop bitterness to it as well as a solid herbal hop component and a lemon grass notes; this last would likely be accentuated more if the beer wasn’t so dry, but I like the beer dry. Grassy notes of hay mix with more herbal notes that remind me a bit of aromatic, spicy weeds (arugula, milk weed and nettle come to mind). The finish dries out even more because of a musky, phenolic Brettanomyces presence that seems to lurk in waiting and blooms after the beer has left the mouth (though it never becomes anything more than subtle). This beer is eminently quaffable, it is so light, so effervescent, so quenching; the light body just works perfectly with the flavors found in this beer. There is not a hint of oxidation to this brew, unlike the Ambrée that I had last night.
The second pour of this brew (which ends up quite hazy by the way) has me noticing the fantastic aroma again; it really is an amazing mix of hops, pale malt and soft Brett. Quite a bit more notes of aromatic orange zest start to come out in the flavor as this beer warms up. Also it becomes a bit more apparent that there is a light tartness to this beer, it is nothing over the top, but provides a nice note to this beer and it helps to accentuate the refreshing quality of this beer. This beer is way too easy to drink, I could quaff liters of this on a warm day as my 750ml bottle of this disappears quite a bit quicker than I was expecting / hoping.