ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brewery, 4/18/15
Vivaciously carbonated pour yields a limitless white head that tops a lightly hazy golden body with still a good amount of clarity. Unfiltered with plentiful sediment left behind in the bottle.
Fantastically citrusy brett in the nose pours forth from the glass, with a good helping of honey and very lightly toasted grains (barrel-derived) to balance. Some lightly floral hops sit on the edges and no alcohol can be found. The aroma seems to work the best here, as the oak dosent get in the way too much, neither really dampening the brett livliness nor adding much astringency. It’s quite woody, dry and tannic but the brett is so lush that it still takes backseat (albeit only by a bit).
The flavor seems a bit more given to the barrel, at least on the finish. Up front, the brett is full of lime, lemon, and light band aid acidity, deliciously lip smacking and fully realized. Malt adds moderate amounts of honey sweetness but is in turn dried out by the wood tannin and toasty (strong, strong sourdough) oak character. Natural carbonation is tight and alluring, helping to add some levity to the beer and keeping it drinkable.
Despite ultimately preferring brett golden ales to be not barrel-aged, I can’t deny the temptation as a brewer to throwing a wild ale in the barrel, so it’s hard to fault them here. That being said, there is a lot of astringency and sourdough-like toastiness that exacerbates the already acidic/dry nature of the brett. The maltiness is, at least, not too attenuated to attempt to balance, but I just find the oak barrel character at odds with what brettanomyces is trying to do. That also being said, the craftsmanship on this beer is undeniable and the brett character they got is near ideal.
Minderbinder (2349) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy blond with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bretts, fruits, strawberries. Taste is of bretts, fruits, some acidity, some bitterness, strawberries. Palate: Medium body. Heavy carbonation. Overall: Raggy bretts. Dry.
czar (5258) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(gusher) pours cloudy pale yellow with a tall frothy and almost creamy white head, good retention and lacing. leathery bretts-plenty, but also fragrant and bitter citrus, lemons mostly, some orchard fruitiness - peaches, apricots, but also tropical fruits, few tannins, grass. foamy carbonation - settles; light body; dry bretty, very lightly tart, astringent and bitter grassy-citrusy finish. not the most complex but a tasty bitter/astringent tropical-citrusy barrel-aged brett blond ale.
punkska101 (1133) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle @ mtl pub A: citrusy, barnyard/leathery app: hazy pale thick white head good lacing. T/p: thin body with moderate long acidic finish. Moderate high carbonation. O: great. Like the funk on this brew. Glad I finally had the chance to try it.
Stoned99 (362) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2015 341ml bottle at brewpub. Aroma: leather, lemon, barnyard a bit. App: hazy straw, huge head (gushing) that didn?t last. Some nice lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, dry light acidity finish. Overall: a really good dry ale. Wish we could buy it at a the corner store.
cargo150 (925) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquide jaune doree opaque avec une explosion de mousse blanche. Aromes de brett, cereales, agrumes. Simple mais excellente!
tom10101 (3614) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (341 ml). Gusher.
Appearance: Hazy golden-orange with a medium easy to revive white head and some lacing.
Aroma: Burst of brettanomyces and herbal notes with fruity (peaches, apricots) notes, belgian yeast and citrus.
Taste: Light tartness. Quite brettanomyces forward with a strong herbal presence, dusty, buttery oak, moderate fruitiness (peaches, apricots) and yeasty presence.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Leathery and herbal aftertaste.
Overall: Dry herbal easy drinking and brettanomyces forward blond belgian ale. Tasty. A welcomed addition to their bottle line-up. Lack a tiny bit of refinement to be on par with Dunham on this style, but they aren’t far.
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautiful deep sunshine bright in color with a beautiful big creamy sandy colored head. Aroma is my favorite part bringing juicy orange candy and Belgian candi sugar so pleasant in the nose. Flavor brings huge Brett profile, with some tart and light tang and wild yeast all over the palate. Not really a sweetness per day and very minimal funk is present, more tart.
Ferris (6902) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Mango and tropical fruit, mandarin and some citric acidity. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Lots of citrus, funky brett, light chalk. Nice.
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy bright amber. Solid lasting soft head. Big Brett nose. Flavour is very Bretty as well. When sampled side by side you can really pick out the DV. The Brett seems to neuter or overpower the beer. Too much Brett or not a complimentary style or that I really like DV as it is.