FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very careful pour yields a initially four finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head, that slowly rises an additional two-fingers above the rim of my glass that I had to quickly eat some foam before it overflows my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a murky, pale amber hue, when held up to the light the beer shows a lightly hazy, bright gold hue. The beers smells of citrusy hops, an earthy, musty, slightly musky, slightly phenolic Brettanomyces funkiness. There is a slight pale malt character here that gets more pronounces as the beer warms up; nicely cracker like, a wholesome crushed pale malt character, and some savory straw like notes. The hop character contributes notes of tangerine zest, floral peach mixed with lychee, and just a really nice, expressive, rounded tropical fruit character; in totality the hop character really shines quite nicely and enticingly here in the aroma.
The beer is effervescent, light, a bit prickly, and quite light bodied; the presence of this beer on the palate just disappears after each sip, it has no real heft to it, I wouldn’t quite call it watery, but it is quite light. There is a nice bite to this beer that is a combination of hop bitterness, some Brett cured plastic phenolics, the carbonic acid, and a hint of spiciness. Layers of hoppy citrus character (tangelo zest, a hint of lychee, aromatic Meyer lemon, and a peppery citrus note), musty-phenolics, dried grassy malt, hints of tart funkiness, and an almost savory malt character.
While the beer is a bit on the light side, if the flavors were a bit more balanced and characterful this would not be a problem; as it is though this beer seems to not linger enough to be as noticeable as it should. In the end this is a good beer, but it could have been quite a bit better. The aroma on this beer is really quite nice; really well balanced between the yeast / brett character and the expressive hop character. The flavor falls flat, in comparison, mostly because it is so light bodied and over attenuated. Still this is an easily drinkable beer in the end, and I am definitely enjoying it.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 10/10/2012. Caution: this bottle was a fairly active gusher. This wild/sour ale pours a very hazy light yellow gold color from a 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, bretty and sweet, with some funk and must. A medium bodied wild/sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, pineapple and citrus. The hops are earthy and spicy. Very lively carbonation. Some horse blanket, some must, some leather, and some yeasty esters. A lots of dry and funk. Crisp, clean and refreshing. A nice bretty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry, clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly tart and dry.
pushkinwow (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle - huge gusher so watch out. Hazy pale orange with a giant white and lacy head that fills the glass and eventually settles. Light brett, orange, bit of saison spice, grass, mango, bit of dough. Mild carbonation and moderate to mild body, bit of funk, somewhat sweet, becomes slightly dry with more citrus, bit of funk.
theisti (3497) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Joy n Denver, Colorado. Bottle 1087 of 2100. The pour is hazed yellow golden with a one inch fizzy white head, foamy, falls with pretty lacing. The aroma is light citrus, dry leather brett, and clove yeast. The taste is the dry Brett leather up front, citrus, additional fruit sweetness and a return to the dry Brett in the finish. The palate is light to medium, high level of active carbonation, and a super dry finish. Nice one, tons of Brett character.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright golden brew, slight white head. Nose of citrus, brett, and earth - lots of citrus flavor, especially lemon.
blutt59 (6245) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, cloudy orange color with good white foam, aroma is nice funky citrus, flavor is a bit less with some citrus lemon and tangerine, light brett and bookish notes
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of brett and leather notes, as well as some orange citrus notes and some wheat. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of the funky brett and leather notes, which really dry out the beer. I also get some orange and lemon notes which go well with the brett. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Ratman197 (11360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of bread, horseblanket, citrus, light pineapple and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of bread, straw, horseblanket and light citrus with a smooth dry lingering funky finish.
thirdeye11 (5816) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy orange, thick lasting white bubbled head. Nose of pineapple, funk, Brett, earth, orange, cinnamon, smells awesome. Taste of umami, pineapple, funk, cheesy, Brett. A bit weird but smells amazing.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 745 of 2100 thanks to a trade with ratman. Extreme effervescence. Huge white head that builds over a hazy pale straw hue with noticeably violent carbonation. Aromas are funky, earthy, floral and brett. Some light chlorophenolics. Leathery, damp leaves, pineapple, earthy, bay leave and tarragon. Phenols are medium, medium low malt (bready). Lightly green and herbal. A slight touch of an umami note. Flavors are dry, medium to low bitter, funky phenolics, brett, tarragon. Light plastic note in the mid palate. Bready, grainy, possibly some wheat. Mildly pineapple and star fruit esters. Dry balance
Extremely lively carbonation, dry, nice and light elegant saison body. Surprisingly not nearly as complex as some of their simpler saisons. Enjoyable but not my favorite from this extremely good brewery.