pat_ernzen (8) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #1 into a tulip. Unlike the second, more common release this is unfiltered and a little lower in ABV. One of only 3,600 bottles and I’m kind of regretting opening this on my own because I’m loving it. Have had Release #2 on tap and, to me, this is on another level. The almost two and a half years of age probably helps. Not good at describing this kind of stuff, but it looks great with a bright white pillowy head, a clear golden color with plenty of floaties. Smells great and tastes even better. If you can get a bottle of the first release without too much trouble, get it.
jc1762 (475) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a teku showing moderately filtered honey gold with sparse foam. Surprisingly little head for a saison but it is barrel aged.
The nose shows a lot of brett and most likely white wine barrels given the Sauvignon Blanc profile in the background (think grapefruit, slight catspee, and tart citric notes).
The palate is full bodied and very gently carbonated. A lot of flavors. Begins with brett funkiness and a very gentle tartness with fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, and pear. The mid palate shows off more of the same white wine flavors described above - tart citric notes and grapefruit. The finish is surprisingly malty - a lot of sweet roasted corn. Upon the linger, the same sweet pear flavors appear on the palate once again. Given the lack of a full head and the high ABV doesn’t really fit the saison style, I must say this has been an extremely pleasant surprise.
ogre71 (234) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #8 9.1%abv a very good golden ale easy to drink smooth. Lightly hopped not bitter, would recommend.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with yellowish-gold hues and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. A bit lighter/paler than expected but otherwise looks very inticing.
Musty aroma with a strong funky brett presence that nicely complimented by earthy farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, ester-y light fruit and boozy sweetness. Smells surprisingly similar to Orval but a little less funky and with a delicate vinous wine barrel character. There’s a touch of damp oak along with sweet vinous fruit, especially grape, cider and pear. Some peppery spice along with bread, wild bugs and pale biscuit-like malt. The nose of this beer is very inviting with a great balance of wine barrel, farmhouse funk and wild yeast.
On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a prominent wine barrel presence that slightly overwhelms the saison flavors. Along with the barrel notes, there’s a delicate brett character that compliments the funky farmhouse yeast. The brett/wild yeast isn’t as strong as the nose suggests which is kind of a disappointment because it was so pleasant in the aroma. The barrel flavors are pleasant with some dry, charred oak and sweet vinous fruit but the saison/farmhouse notes are somewhat buried and the brett character is minimal. Lots of vinous and light fruit sweetness with light grape, apple, pear and banana. There’s a touch of bubblegum and some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is decently masked. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and lacking in complexity. This was a promising collaboration but the barrel notes are too strong for my liking, overpowering the brettanomyces strains and farmhouse funk.
b33r (794) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 2014 9.3% on tap at epic. Bright gold with light head and little lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich bretty, yeasty, sweet, earthy, oak notes- wonderful!
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release #1 thx Sledutah...pours a golden yellow color with a quick dissipating head. Aromas of sour funk with some wood notes. Tastes almost guezelike...
Mark_Eck (1376) - - AUG 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light golden color. Aroma and taste are funk and fruit.
degbert (1521) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Release 6. Pours a clear gold with just a hint of gooseberry green; there is a lot of visible carbonation and the head is white, mixed-grain, mashed-potato fluffy, with sticky lace. Nose is stone fruit, yeast, barnyard, winery floor, old barrels, hard cheese, and acetic acid. On the tongue, it starts off with earth, dirt, mushrooms, and tart gooseberries -- much tastier than it sounds, I promise -- then shifts into washed-rind cheese, white wine vinegar, bitter herbs, and anise/fennel. Finish is long, warm, and acidic. The sourness, far from being dominant, is a complementary component to the gnarly earthy flavors, and it’s a marriage that works quite well.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[7149-20150314] 1pt6floz bottle. Yeasty and cheesy and mild green leaf plastic aroma. Hazy, pale yellow orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Tart cheesy yeast and mild plastic flavour. Medium body is sour. Interesting but a little plasticky. (7/3/6/3/14) 3.3
(Release #4, shared at beerhugger’s tasting)
Overheard: "I’d rather be slapped than gently nudged." - with hops
Urbanhermit (20) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first Brett beer, I opened it way early just to see what a "young" Brett tastes like. This one threw off a lot band-aid in the aroma so that was good to experience. Also the taste came off with the antiseptic and slight rubbery notes I hear young Brett beers are often prone to.
I bought a second bottle and look forward to popping it in a year or so.
Otherwise, I love what this beer wants to become. Mouthfeel is great, color and carbonation are really nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
drsandman (790) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden, minimal white head. Aroma is white grape, heavy oak, elder brett, light tropical fruit, grass, funk. Flavor is med sour, brett, pineapple, slightly acidic, oak. Nice beer.