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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

bottled
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RATINGS: 48   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4094) - 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 (8024) - 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 (495) - 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 (8006) - 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 (2509) - 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 (8833) - 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 (1323) - 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)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6964) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog... Bottle, shared by Dresden. Pale yellow with a thick white head. Sour citrus (lemon, white grapefruit) marries nicely with bretty funk, some grassy notes. Finishes quite dry. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2301) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
750ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, Quebec. Golden yellow in colour with a large long lasting white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is woody, slightly sour, some brett, lemons and grapes. The flavour is lightly tart, has some pepper spice, lots of grapes and wood, yeasty. Bretty finish, long and rather complex. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (478) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
750ml bottle. Gusher. Hazy golden yellow with a shaving cream-like head. Flavors are tropical fruits, apricot, peach, lemon, leather, oak tannins, pine resin and grass with dusty and winey notes. Generous bitterness. Light to medium body, bright carbonation, slick texture. Dry and grassy finish.


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