BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow and orange in colo. Very bubbly with a thin tight head. The aromas were bursting of orange peel, corriander, cinnamon, and lemon. Light bodied, quite sour and tart, clean finish. A nice example of a flemish sour ale.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy golden yellow with an egg white head. Aroma has notes of honey, alcohol and spices. Flavor is dry, yeasty and lightly bitter.
argo0 (11166) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Spoon Whacker) Medium, creamy off-white head atop cloudy apple juice body. Aroma is quite inviting -- medium sweet, yeasty, herbal, some sour/barnyard, light pepper. Taste is medium sweet, yeast, biscuit, some sourness, pepper -- seems dulled down compared with the aroma. Moderately carbonated, some acidity, creamy medium body, alcohol well hidden. Nice beer, but I love the potential of the aroma more than the flavor it foretells. Still, there is enough here that I would be interested in trying some of the other variations.
motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - connoisseur session in the vaults of hi international in seattle. curious aroma - cobwebs, lemon trees, orange pip. some sweetness with weird woody tomato mineral character and then some citric sourness. not too bad
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Thereís a pig nun on the label, i suppose thats the pig nun: pours an orange tainted yellow with lacey but thin off-white insulation...aroma filled with apples and yeast and a smidgen of squashy spice..gritty, grainy, and yeasty flavors show notes of overripe bananas...carbination is hidden behind a creamy body..the yeast stands out the most..I get spiratic introductions to funkiness that disappear before Im able to appreciate them.
Earlier Rating: 11/20/2003 Total Score: 4.3
poured a brilliant hazy 5-alive color, like a cloudy sunshine...kinda cool looking..reminds me of beatrix...the head on this beast was on the thin side but still solid from one side of the glass to the other...with the sides rising up the glass at least a cm or two...so..kinda of crownish in a way..ah..the aroma..tame on my sample...but i was still able to discern its greatness..the brettanomyces definitely shines through...with notes of dry champagne, a 2nd place horse's saddle, pineapple, sugar coated mildewy books, tangerine windex, and fermented pineapple juice..sourness grows..and actually, the subtleness subsides and the aromas seem to join together and revolt upon the senses..revolting in a good sense here...good sour barn flavors with a big banana yeasty backbone..funky in an effervescent, lively..almost livestocky way...fruity with notes of pineapple and white grapes...i think if the main yeast, besides the brett was a tad less forceful, and let the brett characterstics stick out more than the bananaish belgian styled yeast..that this might be one of my top 5 beers..but i think the trippelish yeasty tones make it less than it should be....That being said..for some random beer i found on the shelf and picked up solely on the fact that it had the word brettanomcyes on the label...This was a fucking find and a half!
Metalhead (620) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pig Nun served at 50+ F.Slighty hazy golden color with lively carbonation.
Aroma of white grapes,mild tart apples and some grain. Mouthfeel is pretty fiz,UUURRRP,uh fizzy. Grain,mild citrus with a dryish edge and not much more to it.IMO,a middle shelf Flemish sour/golden tripel cross breed that probably needs time to sit. around $10 a 750ml cork top. Glad I got this one out of the way but still have Spoon Whacker deal with,UUUURRRP!
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2004 Total Score: 4.6
Wow,WTF is this?! Iím a sucker for any Belgian ale in the 330ml size in the $3 range. Had I known the godly status of this I would had tapped the credit card and bought them out.
Weird strong berry,sour,gueze nose.
Frothy cloudlike head,very light hazy straw color. Wonderful yeasty,fruity,slightly sour,complex AND this bottle is probably only a few mos old as it is a very new addition at my fave store. BEST triple ever,IMO. Chimay,Unibroue,Westmalle,kiss their ass!
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm. It doesnít seem like any Flemish Sour Ale Iíve ever tried (or liked). Kind of a vegetably, lemony note in there, with a number of flavors that neither coalesce into anything, nor finish off properly. Not having that one again.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Take a step outside into the late morning spring sun blazing like a new star giving you the first tangible thoughts of summer. Now put a clear plastic bag over your head and look at the sun; youíre looking through this beer.
Some beers put you over the barrel. Tangy tangerine, firm bosc pear, dried citrus rinds, and little tugs in the direction of fruit pits and kernals, tart apple, crabbapple jelly, and gooseberry puree swimming in wildflower pollen and grain chaff.
But do you want the whole profile of this beer?
Open the cellar door and step down the stairs slowly watching the dust rise after each footfall in the evaporating sunlight. At the bottom smell the must, and inhale the cool bog air from the condensation on the walls. Remember that postcard from Belgium of the old brewery next to the river? Youíre in the subterranean cavern of beer mecca; youíre in a dream of the beer holy land, Youíre in the barrel chamber. Look at those barrels! Theyíre crusted over with dust and dampness, dust and dampness repeated a hundred times a day for years. There must be twenty years of microbial fallout on those staves. Some of it dead, and some of it alive with the magic that makes Belgian beer sing like the sirens: Captivating. One of the barrels is leaking and beer is trickling down the side into a little pool on the floor. Hereís a straw. Thatís this beer.
This beer is all of the above, and everything dirty in bedroom. I love it.
P.S. The sediment is like being horsewhipped by a PIGNUN in your beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pig Nun Bottle. Lightly hazy dark straw color with a moderate slightly rocky off white head. Tutti Fruitti gum aromas with hints of wild yeast and other phenols. Dry yeast start with a kick of alcohol to follow. So light in malt backbone that the alcohol seems to carry all the way to the finish. Quite medicinal in areas. A imperial triple to steal the latest in vernacular. Some lime flavors late. Malt flavors do sneak in every once and a while and are very pale and pleasant. Another brew Belgian that seems to have some Dutch influences.
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2004 Total Score: 3.3
Hazy light golden color with a large rocky off white head. Funky yeast and esters emanate, medicinal bananas come to mind. Some other odd spice and light fruits in the nose. Really strong golden ale with a touch of barnyard. This one seems all over the place. Some great aromas nixed by some odd, fault type smells; Some interesting and intriguing tastes followed by some boring/funky flavors.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy orange coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of honey, alcohol, apricots, malt and coriander seed. Medium to Light-bodied; Spicey flavour up front with yeast and alcohol also very noticeable. Aftertaste still has plenty of spice and alcohol-also showing some curacao. Overall, strong-but still shows a good quality beer. It was nice to rate this rarer bottle! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 12-December-2004.