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Flying Dog Extra Special Heller Hound
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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A second fermentation in American Oak using Brettanomyces, a wild yeast, gives this beer a distinct complex and earthy character.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thank to MIBRomero for opening this right after the other brett release from Flying Dog. Whereas the Gonzo offset the infection well, I think this one came off a little differently. Infecting a hellerbock was an interesting experiment but I don’t think it should be tried very often. If you had given me this without a label, I might have thought it was from Russian River.

Aroma / Appearance - Wheat, lemon, bleach and a sour aroma form the first wave of sensory assault. After that comes some caramel and honey all wrapped in a tart package. If your sinuses were not clear before, you should have no problems breathing after smelling this. The body reminded me of dark stained wood with almost no lacing present.

Flavor / Palate - Sharp tart berries infused with chocolate syrup washed across my palate. It reminded me of some of the ’ation’ Russian River beers in the way the normal tastes battled the sourness underneath. This was a one of a kind beer. I don’t know I would want to drink more than one glass but it could be interesting under the right circumstances.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks Chuck for acquiring this rarity. The beer pours to a dark chestnut colored body with a "water-bubble" like head. The aroma smells quite nice with interesting wine components. Smells sort of like a Russian River brew. Tart fruits, oak barrel, nice. Perhaps like Temptation? The flavor is tart with a very nice brettanomyces infusion. Smooth. I like this one a LOT. The palate is smooth, dry, sweet, sour. Very complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Sampled at the Falls Tasting: Clear cognac color, Tart funky aroma with a matching flavor, medium body. Quite pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bretty, barnyard aroma with a touch of malty bock-like caramel. The Heller doesn’t show through very much. Ruby color with almost no head. Sweet malty flavor that is fairly sour and thin. Finish has a touch of brown sugar and malted chocolate. It is just a little too watery in the palate. Almost no carbonation. It’s pretty good, but a bit watery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
From Nick @ flying dog in trade. Pours a brown color w/ some dark ambers in it and not much of a head. Aroma is odd. Definate bret notes some sour fruits and a good oak aroma some light malts and has even a light wine. Palate was fairly light and easy well coated. Flavor is a nice tart fruit w/ a hint of vinager in it lightly sweet.. some malty aromas lots of sweet fruits after the tart part. A bit sweet for my touch but nice and quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Unlabeled bottle at Falling Rock. Called Heller Brett. Muddy brown with some ruby around the edges. Nose is strong wine and sour fruits. Not much of the bock aroma remaining. Taste is strong wine, sour fruits, some vinegar and faint malt. The sweetness is dominated by the wine character tart fruits. Body is under-carbonated with some slickness and astringency. Finishes with more sourness, tart fruits, wine and faint malts. Very sour beer and unfortunately, not much of the bock there at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottle... Mid-GABF ’06 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver... Murky, caramel-colored lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. The Flemish nose is of oak, vinegar, caramel and light smoke with a kiss of sourmash. Tart, acetic flavor with mild caramel sweetness, wood and just a whisper of bitterness. Full-bodied with an abrasive mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sour, bitter, then dry.


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