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Dunham Assemblage no.1

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Brewed by Brasserie Dunham
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dunham, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Assemblage de Propolis et Pale Ale Américaine vieillie en fût de Zinfandel avec brettanomyces.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle from Halles St-Jean shared with wife. Aroma: barnyard from brett, red fruits, spices. App: hazy pale small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, high carbonation with light to medium sour finish. Overall: tastes better then it smells. We do get used to the aroma though. Really enjoyed the sour finish. A good sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Gusher! Pours a cloudy golden-orange with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Nice aroma, bretty, floral and herbal along with some hops and citrus fruit. Flavour, also nice, is yeasty, fruity and herbal along with some spice, hops, light funkiness and a long dry, moderately bitter finish. Average bodied. Very good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11600) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle @ The Festival 2014. Somewhat cloudy pale orange pour with a large white head. Some tart citrus and white grape on the nose. Slightly floral and lemony. A bit of cracker and yeast as well. The flavor has a nice mild acidity to it. Floral and zesty. Nice orange and lemon peel. Somewhat bready, actually. Mild oak, white wine, grapes, and some yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4174) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of Brett, some light wine barrels, floral hops, pale and light caramel malts, and some light fruit notes. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Boastful brettanomyces and hoppy pine needles coalesce over flowers and citrusy edges in this complex Barrel-Aged Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A foam cumulus settles within the misty blond with particles.
-The mouthfeel is frothy, dry and effervescent.
-The nose is as bright as it is complex.
-The finish could be softer to increase drinkability. For a 5.5% brew, the 750ml takes a while to get drunk.
-Colder serving temps help the citrusy flavors come out, diminishing the impression of bitterness.
-Yet another wildly successful Dunham barrel-aged blend. No surprises but tons of fun!

Bottles.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (562) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
(On tap during Zwanze Day/Funk Night @ barVolo, Sept 20, 2014) Pours a nearly clear gold with a huge pillowy lasting white head. Aroma very complex, fruity citrus flesh, mango, pineapple, red wine, Brett funk, pale wheat malt. Lovely. Palate has pale ale character at first, citrus rind and pulp with leafy hops. Grain character shows up in the middle, almost creamy but still fruity with barrel and Brett characters solely in support. Finish pretty dry, lightly woody, smoky Brett, some grain and lingering moderate hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with high but effervescent carb. I thought this was fantastic, still really hop forward with a fair bit of Brett, American farmhouse/wild style, the two base beers, barrel and bugs working in harmony to great effect. This could be a regular drinker for me if availability and price allowed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 2014-11-06. Hazy pastel orange body with a foamy white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, funky bretty pale malt. Sweet lemon. Hint of wood. 7+ Flavour is moderately funky throughout, lemon notes, it is fairly bitter. There is a lightly vinous quality to it and wood undertones. 7+ Average bodied palate, soft eff carbonation. Significantly better than previous sample! Tasty. 7/4/7/3/15+ - 3.6 Bottle shared by Blankboy.

Overheard: "... Aged in a rain barrel...."

2014-09-21. Lightly hazy bright orange body with a small white head and lace. 3+ Aroma is a bit odd... Lightly fruity and funky with a grainy pale malt base. Flavour of sweet pale malt, grainy pale malt is a bit rough. Fruity undertones linger. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Did not care for it. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 On tap at Volo, Toronto

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2575) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
On tap at Volo. Pours a nearly clear golden orange with good-sized, lacey white head. Aroma is effervescent white winey fruit, flowers, wood and cracker. Flavour is lively, light-skinned fruit, vinous character, flowers, barrel and some crackery malt. Softer carbonation. Nice one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Funky cloudy yellow with head. On tap at barvolo. Funky saison though a bit overhyped.a bit farmhouse.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1349) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Une blonde voilée de couleur paille.ayant une belle mousse immaculée qui fait un beau travail sur la parois. Un nez simple, sans être simplet, de brettanomyces avec des arômes de fruits et de fleurs sauvages, qui donnent un aspect rustique. En bouche, une belle acidité souriante et une amertume de résine de pin ouvre grand la porte, pour que le boisé, les levures sauvages, le citron et le raisins verts puissent se faire goûter sans discrimination. L’arrière-goût est entre l’acidité et l’amertume. (1209-300814)


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