KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.
The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness.
The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation.
Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is everything it should be. Tart, fruity and funky. Nice, smooth finish. Very nice.
reggiedunlop (3581) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear gold/lt amber with a large white head...nice bright color...good lacing. Aroma has faint funk and tart lemon, wildflowers, and pear. Flavor has light leathery funk, spicy/earthy hop notes, and barnyard notes. Mouthfeel is full and very silky with a leathery/barnyard finish.
scooter520 (185) - - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance: clear golden, effervescent, sudsy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: distinct Brett aroma but not heavy (just a little of that barnyard smell), lemon, banana, grass and hay. Taste: floral, lemon, banana, coriander, grassiness, Brett notes but again not strong. Mouthfeel: thin to medium with heavy carbonation. Overall: expected more but it's still a nice entry to the style and very refreshing with that wild ale character.
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pushkinwow (2432) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from WInooski Beverage. Amber with a white head that fades. Very light brett/funk, lemon, grains, very mild, yeast and orange peal. High carbonation, mild body, somewhat sweet, becomes dry with some chardonnay notes, bit of oak at the end.
bytemesis (5556) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear light amber with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is brett, lemon, malt, some fruitiness (pear?). Flavor is the same, lightly tart and sweet at the same time. Quite light bodied. Will be interesting to see how the bottle in my cellar matures.
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp amber and golden coloured body with a trillion bubbles rising from the bottom and a thick, perfect three centimetre tall just off-white head - nice looking for sure. Aroma of sour grapes, yeast, wheat, hay, grass and a bunch of coriander seed. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence, as expected with a good hay and grassy character and a mild bready note that shows off the yeast strain fairly well. Aftertaste is one-dimensional with the wheat and yeast really coming through and less so of a sour or even slightly fruit/sweet flavour - just wheat, grass, hay and yeast. Overall, a nice beer to try and a well executed beer, but with the options available and the price - probably a one-time beer for me. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 21-July-2012 for US$15.99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-September-2012.
MrBeerFanatic (924) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a highly carbed light cloudy yellow with orange hues producing a fizzy yet foamy head. Aromas of light candy malt, cork, light barrel, sour apples, slight hint of funk, and some yeastyness. Flavors of wet grass, little lemon, wheat, and light sour pear. Not very sour, slightly sweet, tart, and has a crisp bite. More drinkable than would be expected as can almost decieve because it seems like the abv would be close to 6%. This sour has more of a balance theme going on where there is more of a sweetness from the sugars that take out the sour/tart notes prominent to sours. Its almost like I drank it to early, as with age it could reach its best potential noted with famous sours. The belgian yeast really take things for a twist in more of a good way.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Golden amber body with a massive fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a thin edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention. Crazy amount of rising carbonation, like champagne level.
S - Lemons, pears, wet grass and hay, a touch of spice. Smell is very Belgian pale ale like...hey, like that Orval beer! The brettanomyces is noticeable in some light muskiness and funk, but at only three months old its just beginning to evolve.
T - Pear juice and hay with a light musk. Finish is almost syrupy with some lingering sweetness. Not too much on the brett front, this beer is still very approachable with some nice and simple BPA notes.
M - The finish on this beer is super dry and abrupt. 8.3% abv? Not noticeable. Has that great silky "bottle conditioned" mouth feel with tons of effervescent carbonation.
O - In its current state, its a rather average Belgian pale ale not worth the $18 I paid for it. But brettanomyces is a funny creature and I’m sure at the one year mark it will be drinking with the best of ’em.
italianjohn (2679) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange pour thin white head, very lively and bubbly .... aroma of pear, lemon, brett and some grassy hops .... taste is of pears, tart brett, lightly spicy, light lemon, fruity belgian yeast and light grassy hops .... light on flavor aroma is stronger .... very drinkable and the abv is hidden insanely well ... simple and tasty