mar (5137) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky yellow pour with some white froth. slight tart aroma on the nose with some spices and earth. very light on the palate with a smooth sourness and fruit.
emacgee (4552) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man, this one caught me by surprise. Was not expecting the level of bossness that I encountered here. Had a weird cap/no carbonation on opening. Nevermind all that, awesome nose. Bretty and lemony. Notes of lemongrass, white pepper, hay, hibiscus, and citrus zest. Lightly acidic and acetic in the flavor. Lots of lemon rind and a prominent floral character. Very nice. Light body and low carbonation. Huzzah, best biere de garde/mars ever
FlacoAlto (4125) - 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.
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.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy gold, thin white ring, no lacing. Lots of Brett, light rind and earth, bit of hops Brett is nice but a bit overdone.
CanIHave4Beers (3887) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy blonde color with a medium head and a fizziness akin to champagne. The aroma is some light lemon and light barnyard funk with some fresh hay. Rustic! The flavor is bready and bone dry with notes of lemon zest and a very good hop bitterness. Not the most complex thing in the world but it’s perfectly crafted and exactly to my taste!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, cloudy, funky, yeast-bit heavy cheddar orange with a fresh aroma of zesty floral lemon peel and a hint of orange grown near a cedar tree. Very light and pleasing nose; reminds me of a fresh meadow just as the sun is rising and the dew is slowly drying. Flavor is a watery floral hops with a stringent vein of lemony grass clippings. Cedar bits and a light dusting of fruity and bready yeast round out the tastes. Nice, zesty and tingly mouthfeel. A pleasant beer; one to be sipped and savored.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 750ml bottle. The pour yields a hazy, golden amber colored body with a small, foamy, off-white head. A soapy wash leaves few dry spots of lacing behind. The aroma shows a clean, lightly sweet grain bill with hints of light orchard fruit, bitter flowers, fresh grass, and minerals. There’s an overtone of young brett that imparts a bit of welcomed farmhouse mustiness. Flavors follow suit, sweet up front from the grainy malt, transitioning to a semi-dry, peppery, grassy hop finish. The brett is very mild, offering just a hint of wild farmhouse character. Medium bodied, the palate sports a fine, lively carbonation that cuts through the initial sweetness and delivers the dry finish. Solid, sessionable brew that borders on wild ale. Some additional age might funk it up a bit more.
jrob21 (3304) - 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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a hazy, bright golden color with some light-colored particulates; lively, bright white head with good retention and medium bubbled lacing. Very pleasant, dry, crisp aroma: toasty apples, crackers, and some basic maltiness; nicely dry and soft. Medium, effervescent mouthfeel: dry and toasty malts (crackers, lightest toastiness), lightly sweet honey and yellow fruits; soft, toasty, especially drinkable Biere de Garde; really nicely put together and balanced. Lengthy finish: soft, toasty dryness, breadiness, light yeast and a touch of yellow fruits.