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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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This beer represents a new venture into the world of beer and mystical experience. Contemporary theories of sound therapy are incorporated into a process which aligns this Belgian-style golden ale to the specific frequency that is expressed in meditation circles by the mantra "OM.” While resting in French oak chardonnay barrels for six months, the barrels and their contents were vibrated using therapeutic tuning forks and Tibetan chanting bowls at a frequency of 136.10 Hz @ 432.10 Hz. Studies have shown that vibration affects the crystalline structure of liquids and that water has the ability to 'memorize' frequency information and hold sound at nearly five times the magnitude of air. From Plato to Pythagoras to Kepler scholars have experimented with ways in which we define the sound of the universe and how it is relative to our own existence. Our process created an optimal environment, also, for the naturally residing microflora in the oak, bringing into the beer subtle expressions of Brettanomyces which complement the beer’s dry but malty palate with flavors and aromas of pineapple and peach fruit. OM expresses a truly harmonious balance of honeyed malt and hop, yeast and flora, and oak character, with a final stated goal of assisting humanity in its quest towards inner bliss, equanimity, and world harmony. Oh, and it’s delicious.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Hazy, golden appearance with an off white head. Tangy, coconut, pineapple, mango, lightly vinous aroma. A touch tart, pineapple, coconut, lemon citrusy flavor. Nothing too complex but it is refreshing and fun to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Clear pour the color of light golden honey. No head and still in the glass. 3. Aroma is an amazing blend of bubblegum and balsamic vinegar. 8. The taste is bitter up front, followed by biscuit malt, and then a Belgian yeast sweetness leaps forward. Delicious. 9. Slippery in the mouth with a lingering biscuit taste. 4. As good as anything at Russian River. 18

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap at Cambridge Brewing. Pours in a wine glass- hazy almost dull yellow/orange with a thinning head- dissipates to nothing. Aroma is very fruity and funky- tons of brett, pedio and lacto- fruity, tropical notes, pineapple, leather and light apple hints with barnyard light horse manure, and good clean white wine and woody tones. Flavor is earthy, fruity more pineapple, and funky white wine, spicy, earthy, light crackery malts, cobwebs, musty, leather, earth and funk with some spice. Mostly clean and not over the top funked out- just really well balanced at this point- I feel like this beer wasn’t even as close to the funk level it is now when I first had this over a year ago.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
A Sim rate (on tap at Cambridge brewery tap): aroma is sweet but very alcoholic. It’s the maple in a bourbon barrel with some smoke thrown in. Flavour of bourbon and maple with sour lemon drops and citric orange fruits. There’s a real kick in the finish. So sweet and sour. I like this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Sweet and syrumpy nose...winey too! Golden and white head. The wine flavors are a bit too pronounced but nice. Notes: Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest ’09

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Had this at the Belgian Beer Fest Boston (Night of the Funk) 2009. Very similar to Allaghash Interlude. A belgian beer with wine qualities derived from aging in French oak barrels.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (951) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
Verre, à la brasserie. Arômes de brettanomycètes, de chêne et de fruits confis. Robe dorée, légèrement trouble et effervescence faible. Très complexe en bouche, les touches de brettanomycètes, les légers tanins de chêne, la présence vineuse et le malt mielleux sont très bien agencés. La bière possède une belle rondeur en bouche, soutenue par l’alcool, et une finale relativement sèche. Rappelle une Buteuse brassin spécial de TDD, où les saveurs de pommes auraient été remplacées par des touches vineuses. Excellent !

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Pouring at the Night of the Funk event in Boston. This one turned out to be one of the starts of the fest, but for me it had nothing to do with the beer. The hype and story around this was phenomenal. Tons of people talking about it both interested, and full of skeptical sarcasm. The story and method for the beer was quite neat. The beer itself was rather forgettable, pouring a just clear yellow, and smelling like oak and vanilla. A little acid, and a little mustard. Not a lot else though.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Tap at Night of the Funk. Pours a pale gold. Aroma has notes of paprika, seaweed, clove and acetone, with a gentle tartness. Soup up front in the mouth with an ugly, buttery, oily finish. Looks like 136.10 Hz didn’t do the trick (gimme a break with that, btw. Waste of time. If that’s what you feel you need to do to create a superior beer experience then you are doing it all wrong. I’m all for experimentation in brewing, but this pseudo-science BS should be saved for Tom Cruise and the church of Scientology).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Sampled at Night of the Funk 2009: Slightly hazy golden with a thick dense white head. Tannic buttery Chardonnay aroma- mild odd phenols are there as well giving off a plasticy note over a green raisin fruity undertone. Creamy body- warming. Some mild vanilla flavor mesh with a buttery white wine vinousness and sweet oak. There’s an herbal note on the back. This is quite interesting, but I can’t say I liked it through and through. (Perhaps it’s because I’m sensitive to the diacetyl of the California Chardonnays).


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