bluejacket74 (1183) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is very nice and fruity, it smells like lemon, pear, barnyard funk, peppery spice and some apple. The brew tastes like bready malt, funk, pears, apples, peppery spice and some grassy hops. There’s a little more bitterness in the taste than I expected, but that’s not really a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and dry with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I liked it. $14.99 a bottle.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at International Beverage in Grand Rapids last weekend. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a nice golden-orange color with a bit of chill haze that clears up as it warms. Huge, fluffy off-white head sticks around forever and leaves good lacing on the glass as it falls.
The nose starts out with quite a bit of Brett -- nice notes of earth and a bit of barnyard plus some peppery phenolics. Lightly-toasted malt comes in behind that. The flavor steps back a bit, with the phenols taking over a bit and the Brett earthiness falling a bit behind. Same problem occurs in the mouthfeel. Quite dry in the finish. No problems per se, just not as good as the nose would have suggested. Overall, very high quality and probably my favorite in the collaboration series to date. Should age nicely.
EithCubes (4575) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged. Nose lightly tart and significantly herbal; mineral with a distinctly Belgian yeast. Pale golden pour with a lacing beige head getting up into the Duvel range of frothy stylability. Golden-honey taste, dry and surprisingly bitter with poorly-masked alcohol. Spicy, yeasty main after the malt and leaves that impression for a while. This is young and not Bretty, but the saison yeast is very prominent and paired well with the hops. I’m happy to see this collaboration, the two cities do have some commonalities. Good fresh, but I’d love to try it in a few years.
Pailhead (4366) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, brett, yeast, and faint floral notes. It pours a hazy gold with a small creamy white head that leaves behind spotty lacing. The flavor starts with lemon, yeast, and a touch of apple. The finish has light-moderate brett and floral notes. Light bodied with somewhat lively carbonation.
thornecb (4109) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. Off-white head quickly dissipates leaving spot lacing to hug rim. Brett aromas. Dry with sweet marshmallow and earthy cookie followed by candi before the lasting mildly bitter hop finish.
JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: dark gold, slightly off-white short fizzy head, bit of lacy froth remaining. Aroma: FUNKY brett up front, with more typical yeasty saison notes, along with some peaches and maybe a little grain and peppercorns . Taste: sour, almost lactic tang, with strong funky and leathery tones over dry, spicy yeast and a bit of fruit (mango, peach, green apple). Finish: sharp, aggressively dry, with lingering brett funk remaining prominent. Notes: Clearly complex, clearly exactly what the brewers were going for, and clearly a well-done take on the style. However, I’m also clearly not much of a brett fan. Just too funky/sour/bitter for my taste, although I can definitely appreciate the uniqueness of the beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant aroma. Slightly funky initial finish with a very funky aftertaste. Fruity. Nice head and color.
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GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barnyard and tart fruit aromas. Spicy saison flavors mixed with tart fruit and funk. Creamy on the palate. Overall delicious.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. The aroma has tropical fruit and a little bit of funk with some nice floral notes as well. The flavor has a great balance of fruity sweetness and funky yeast, with citrus, grass, and floral notes. Really good.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy maize orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of orange, mango, pineapple, light horse blanket, and florals. Flavor of orange, herbs, grass, yeast, brett, and florals with a dry, bitter finish. Excellent.