j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by a remarkably generous guy at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. This was definitely one of those right place at the right time sort of thing and Iím delighted that I got to try this. Pours a murky light brown (and my pour was from near the top, so itís not like I was getting dregs). This was by far the best smelling beer of the day. Bretty, sweet summer strawberries, straw, wood. Absolutely gorgeous aroma (and yes, once I reluctantly finished my pour I sat around sniffing the glass for a few minutes). Thin to medium bodied. Very soft, and lighter than I had expected given the aromas. Light strawberry and vanilla, and a touch of sweetness. Very refined. Certainly lives up to the hype.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Kramer. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of funk, peaches, tarte, dry. Tastes sweet and pineappley. Definitely on the green side and way too sweet.
JAXSON (513) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Bottle. Pours a clear orange-gold, peachy hue, with a soapy white head. Lots of really tiny bubbles. Nose of brett, some sour citrus, and white wine. Not the most explosive nose but nice. Bursts of sharp flavors in the mouth. A really pronounced brett element that has a kind of bready feel to it. ChuckDís review correctly states that a kind of diactyl twang is there at first, but vanishes once it breathes some. Wow, this one is really exceptional. Lots of ripe fruit like mangoes, some kind of melon, starfruit. Any sour-head would dig this. Robust and full in the mouth. A really dry white wine element throughout, which I think is pat of the slight dischord in flavors. This could be an awesome one to age.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rare gem shared by Diego at his tasting. Thanks man! Pours a gold color with a fluffy white head. Aroma has some dry tart acidic notes. Quite a bit of funky notes and I agree with CapnJazz that there are white wine notes. Flavor is not nearly as sour or acidic as I expected. I got some fruity flavors and some yeast and oaky flavors too. Very dry on the finish. Good, but I donít feel its top in its class.
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks Zach! Cork was a bitch to get off. Poured a fizzy clear, glowing gold with a thin white head. HUGE brett aroma with tons of wild things going on. White wine somewhere in there? Beautiful aroma. Flavor is at first strongly sharp and acidic, kind of like Isabelle Proximus, and has a bit of a strange quality to it. But like the first reveiw says it really evolves into something great...a beautiful, soft, bone dry effervessance, the right amount of fruity sugars, and a really cool lemon kick. This is my favorite so far from Bullfrog, and is one of the best sours Iíve tried yet. Thanks again Zach!
soto (5) - USA - JUL 4, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really an interesting beer. When i read the prior review about acetate I wondered what I would find but low and behold..I totally agree with the rated and wonder what that initlal tape smell is all about.
W0nderful light yellow orange color.
Tart. Pours with a light head and then quickly disapates. Very smooth, dry definite melon flavor
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 750mL Bottle. Noses in a really strong funky tartness. Aroma has some edges of interesting Brett and pedio. Pours a rather clear pale golden, with a pure white thin foam. Brightly lactic acidic. A deep, almost pasta-like grain character. Spelt flour. Some toasted wheat in the finish. Honeyish. Yeasty. Soft too. Right opened, a ethyl acetate, tape-like weirdness. But it breathed quickly and edged out into a soft, wheaty melon sugar. Canteloupe sugar. Excellent. Really dry and smooth in the finish. More malt and sugar complexity than Iíve had in any american sour ale. Impressive. Opens up in complexity, blossoming as it breaths and expanding incredibly.