3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Neat looking murky/milky light yellow color, with a small white head. Highly effervescent. Very fruity sour lemon nose, about as honest as a lemon citrus aroma could be, it’s interesting. Some white wine or white grapes, some oaky notes as well, reminds me of scents I found in Depuration. Stenchy, sweaty lemon brett and grapefruit flavors, heavy citrus sourness. I almost want to say that it’s salty as well. Lightly puckery citric acid sourness. Overall very, very good, and refreshing to find something unique and good at the same time.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 750 ml bottle, RBSG Minneapolis Grand Tasting, June 23 2007. Pale banana-yellow, opaque, with no real head or lacing....sour, fruity, funky aroma, lots of leafy-weedy weirdness, sour apples and lemons, light grapiness, strong yeast qualities....stupendous.....body is fairly sour, mineralic, with apple-cherry character dominating, yeast notes less prominent....mouthfeel is very light and airy, carbonation moderate, but when it warms it gets a bit sticky and syrupy....this is very good, but for me not up there in the clouds or heavens, just solid and well-crafted.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle…RBSG 07 … This beer rocks!… Murky lemon juice-colored ale with a fizzy, white head. The aroma provides freshly squeezed lemon juice, cat piss, herbal notes and a ton of acid. The flavor is extremely sour with just enough residual sugar to provide the slightest semblance of balance. If not for that understated kiss of sweetness, my left eye would have involuntarily squinted during each lovely, mega-pungent sip. Medium to full-bodied and abrasive with prickly carbonation. Finishes sour, then dry. World class beer!
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Shared by Dickinsonbeer & Eyedrinkale, from a 750 ml bottle pours a hazy golden pale yellow brew with a higholy fizzy white head that quickly dissolves to no head. Aroma of yeast, sour citrus, a touch of aged oak, and a touch of apricots. Taste is tart with fruit character of sour apples, lemon zest and powdered yeast. Finish is high acidic, watery and more carbonation. Slight aged oak with fruit aftertaste.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 1. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy light to medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime juice and zest, sour apple, minerals, oak, hint of sour cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Very nice stuff. It reminds me of Vinnie’s sour beers somewhat, though like Depuration this one doesn’t have much by way of appearance or mouthfeel.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1. Beer is murky, light yellow with a small, white, frothy, quickly and totally diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, cracker; Hoppy with moderate lemon/lemon zest;
Moderately/heavily yeasty with notes of wild barn yard, horse blanket, light basement; Moderate oak, moderate dry, white grape vinous. Unique, funky and bright. <P>The flavor is heavily acidic/tart, lightly bitter, lightly sweet with a long, moderate/heavily acidic/tart/sour, trace bitter and warm finish. Puckery.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
vyvvy (3606) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1111. Many thanks extended to dmac621 for sending this gem my way. Pours hazy cloudy golden with a quickly leaving white sudsy head. The aroma is sour with nectarines, pineapple, hints of oak, smooth spices, wild yeast, white & concord grapes and pepper - absolutely wonderful. Medium / light body with sharp, yet gentle, carbonation. The taste is very unique. It starts with a woody chardonnay character, sharp spices, lemony acidity, funky tartness and wild yeast, I’m guessing Brett. The finish has a husky sourness that’s very gueuze-like. A unique and beautiful beer that is a cross between a dry white wine, quality gueuze and a Flemish sour. A massive thumbs up to this world class beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Hazed gold, creamy white head. Nose bursts forth with notes of fresh juicy pineapple, funky sour lemon meringue, oak, and just the faintest hint of white grapiness. Flavor is tart and a touch sour from start to finish with milky pineapple, lemon, and oak . Medium bodied, soft carbonation, puckering citirc finish. Fantastic stuff in my book. The Captain continues to impress me...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 New rating, Jan 13, 2008: Had a bottle last night (after having the beer first in June, I think), next to to other muscat grape beers, blind to which was which (a newer Vigneronne and a DFH Midas Touch). The Castleton was a virtual volcano, seethingly, weirdly luminescent; just a thick bubbling, organic and volatile example of a beer.
The sheer amount of bugs in this beer is incredible - it ups Mo’ Betta Bretta by several notches in the stringy, pineapple Brett department. The huge grape/peach fruitiness is still there (in my opinion, contrary to recent reports of its demise) with earthy, funky Chardonnay notes, and the beer is just jam packed with ingredients. Grapefruit finish as many have noted, but I just don’t get the complaints of unidimensional sourness.
Mostly, though, the beer is just a different animal altogether. There are not many beers like it that I have encountered in the past six years, if any, really. I guess I can see a complaint that it is too "engineered" or something like that, a big science experiment, but I feel the exact opposite, that you don’t know what it is going to show you. Phenomenal beer. I wondered last night what the GABF judges who were faced with this beer were thinking...
Original rating, 4.5, July 4th: In the I’m Not Worthy pack from willblake. Let me just say I see what the fuss is about, and the only thing this beer needs to be absolutely perfect is time. Glowing golden, unbelievably intense in the orangey gold. Why, oh why, wasn’t there a bunch of bottles made of this? Right now, this young, all the flavor components are separable - you have a ton of fruit, coming out here as ripe peaches and apricot (I wouldn’t have guessed muscat grape if blind), intense but unidentifiable spice (perhaps a bit of the spiciness of grains of paradise) and serious brett stank - and I mean stank. Barnyard stank. You drink it and it comes together in your mouth. It is a bit sweet and fruitier than I supposed but yet totally natural, and not fatiguing. If this beer could settle in the cellar for a year and get all melded together it would be among the finest beers I have ever had. Aroma curls your nostrils with the fresh hay, spice and peach, and diaper. Again, wow, and huge thanks to Jon.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle from an awesome ratebeerian. Thanks! Pour is cloudy orangish yellow with no head. Bottle was a gusher, though and there is plenty of carbonation on the palate. Nose is musky apples, grapes, lemon. Flavor is very sour, with some sparkling grape and apple juice notes, lemon juice and wild yeast. Mouthfeel is acidic, spritzy and sharp.Very nice, but not as well held together as say cantillon gueuze. An enjoyable beer experience.