BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Bottle thanks to ratman. Pours with a medium hazy copper hued body with a large fluffy tan head that is well retentive. Aromas are strongly of raw ginger, massively grassy, spicy, cinnamon, fruity, lemongrass, mildly funky. Flavors are spicy and floral with a quick duration, ginger, dry, earthy, herbal. Assertively bitter. Lightly tart and fruity. Very dry with very lively carbonation.
GABF week 2012 as Bastogne at the brewery. Pours with a hazed amber hued body with a large and retentive off-white head with great lace. Aromas are very, very phenolic, funky, honey, floral,b ready, spicy, nutty, light citrusy, chestnut and citrus rind. Flavors are of honey, floral, leathery, citrusy, grainy, medium phenolics, tangerine and marmalade. Lively carbonation and quite dry.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting more from this one. It is solid but lacked a sparkle and a dominant flavor. Light citrus and some vanilla in the back. Not even much funk to it.
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at FWIBF. Pours a darker orangy/brown with white head. Aroma is brett all the way. Dry mouth on the taste with some malt and coffee. Coffee toffee element here. Odd.
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, fruittiness and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, piupe tobacco and light earthiness with a smooth lingering tobacco finish.
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at The Cheeky Monk. Pours clear ruby with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is cookie and toast malt with dates, cherries and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
arminjewell (9251) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, nicely carbonated. Aroma brought notes of orange peel, grapefruit, some dull malts with a touch of cracker, biscuit, nice bright lemon peel, this smells pretty good actually, the spices and floral notes work well together. Taste is a mix of slight orange peel, grass, hints of cinnamon, clove, touch of earth, grainy notes come through into dull mineral, and cracker notes, slight orange peel, finishing dull, slightly dry, mineral. Taste falls short a bit.
Doofgoblin (487) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty much what I thought it would be. Aroma is floral, sweet, slight funk, a little basement, and faint spice. Taste is floral, yeast, aged brew character, and faint spice. Palate is fizzy with a slight bitterness and medium body.
ajnepple (5053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Ruby colored and hazy with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is tart, floral and fruity with funky yeast, cinnamon and grass. Light to medium body with a crisp dryer feel. Funky fruity refreshing flavor, light spice.
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 bottle. lightly hazed amber body with a medium tan-colored head (foamy, large bubbles, some retention). apple cider yeast-heavy nose of burnt cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with rotting red apples and bananas and cedar barkdust-like red malt/overused noble hops. the brett is pretty much indistinct other than a sweat sock quality, and the hops are floral and citrus-like but they don’t integrate in the nose at all. medium body with creamy mouthfeel and mostly smooth malt (which is something of a surprise from this brewery); browned red apple malt, mostly sweet, with a dried grass noble hop flavor and moderate bitterness (moderate for the style but a little too high for the balance of this beer). tartness of brett combines with sourish red malt and noble hops to create a bit of a mess: bitter, sweet, musty, spiced and unclean. though it is nice to see the barkdust / generic spice mix character is not so apparent in the flavor as the nose, but the cinnamon / nutmeg / xmas apple cider flavor is unappealing. points for the body, much improved malt texture over their previous products. points off for some fermentation defects a mish-mash of flavors with no integration or focus. with brett in the bottle you certainly could see better integration in the future (along with having it dry out, which I think will also help). I tried this as Bastogne at the 2012 GABF and found it more disappointing (2.1-2.4 area), so they’ve seemed to clean up some defects, but the recipe is just poorly thought-out. you should *not* be going for a red apple / caramel character in your beer (really, apple + caramel is the minimum you would expect from a horribly-fermented beer with amber/caramel malt), especially Belgian beer. though Funkwerks has shown themselves competent with their Tropic King and Saison, this $13 drainpour reminds me that they are still 1) throwing darts at the wall, and 2) unable to tell when their beer contains fermentation defects.
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper color. Grapefruit on the aroma eases funky yeast characteristics. Caramel and raisin do the same on the taste. Finishes fairly clean and dry.