MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewery. Slightly transparent nut brown with a thin beige head. Balanced nose of dunkel notes with caramel malt, fruit, and hints of chocolate in the back coming together with light lemon and an edge of yeast. Flavor is a little green, some of the caramel malt fading in the face of heavy lemon and yeast. There’s some nice levity to the body, but I’d prefer more weight to help the Dunkel in the flavor.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very deep, dark chestnut brown which is almost completely opaque with only the slightest dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a thin cap with decent retention. Not much lacing.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee notes with a prominent funky brett presence.
Sweet, dry funky brett up front that provides a nice sour puckering feel without being too acidic. Very sharp and dry. This flavor is very prominent and overshadows the other flavors. If I tasted this blind I would never know it was wheat based. The bready yeast, caramel malt and toffee notes are very subtle and as mentioned above are completely overpowered by the dry funky brett. Very dry finish that is slightly puckering.
This was an interesting concept but turned out to be very one dimensional.