BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 2009 bottle thanks to mar. GUSHER! Pours with a hazy amber red body and a white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with some berries. Taste is sour, acidic, a bit bitter and somewhat sweet as well from the indistinguishable berries. Lively bubbles. Better as it opened.
2013 bottle. Hazy pink. Funky and fruit wine barrel aroma. Flavors are vinous with mild jammy fruit and tannins. Lively carb. As I drink more the acetic character becomes a bit too overwhelming.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jan 2009 Bottle; Sampled November 2009
This pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a two-finger thick, pale beige colored head. It is a murky amber hue that shows a honey-like, somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. The aroma is funky, musty and reminds me of an overly ripe, funky farmhouse cheese, perhaps even some moldy toe-jam character as well as a musky, goat-like, huge Brettanomyces funkification; this last being the most dominant aromatic note. Hints of fruit are just noticeable underneath the Brettanomyces onslaught; berry seed like aromatics, musk berry (almost elderberry like), tannic berry skin aromatics; this doesn’t have a dominant, clean or bright berry character to it, which is usually what I like to find in a fruit beer. The fruit character evokes thoughts of cherries, some rose and perhaps a touch of Brandy more than it makes me think of raspberries. There are some pepper-like aromatics here, some spicy wood character as well as a touch of toasted oak that is noticeable at times.
My first impression of the flavor is that this has a fizzy carbonation that is mixed with a lightly bracing tartness. This is quite sour and has a carbonic bite to it in the finish as well. This is quite dry feeling, with the finish leaving an oak-flavored, slightly astringent, palate drying character that lingers on the tongue. This couples with a slightly phenolic, musty cotton ball note. The fruitiness is quite dry with a slightly tannic fruit-skin character, some grass-like berry-seed flavors and the tartness evokes hints of sour berry flavors. There is a firm oak character that provides structure to this beer; it is perhaps the most noticeable character here, especially after the palate adjusts to the lactic acidity. The oak boosts the body / palate presence and provides flavors of fresh cut wood –planks as well as a sometimes Bourbon like spiciness. The oak and acid combination make me think of a white wine at times, though there is a touch of berry-fruit flavors here too. Overall this has a medium’ish body to it that is not heavy and even somewhat light, but it has a palate presence that can even be creamy in texture at times.
As the beer warms up the berry notes come out more in the nose; even some jam-like notes become noticeable (a sort of cranberry, cherry and blackberry mixed jam of sorts). My second pour is a bit more murky and the aroma even gets more funkified in its wild farmhouse cheesiness. The funk is here in the flavor, though it is not nearly as noticeable as it is in the aroma; musty, somewhat musky flavors and a butyric bite all contribute to the flavor profile.
This is an interesting, funky beer that is quite enjoyable. The oak can be a bit much at times and despite the complexity, it isn’t as well balanced as I would like. This is a very solid offering though, but I definitely prefer Sofie to this beer. The funkiness of the nose is much appreciated by this lover of funky beers though.
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle thanks to pantanap. A bit of small gusher but no issue. Light orange and hazy. Nose is wonderful-a bit fruity, bretty, and some spiciness. Taste is very subtle with some light wild yeast, a bit of fruit, effervescent, dry, with a light body. Very light alcohol presence. Eminently drinkable.
mjmcend (209) - USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is toffee, berries, and some wet straw. Pours reddish with e pink head. Visible yeast. Acidic in the nose as well. Sharply acidic in the taste, it also has a touch more fruitiness and some white vinegar. Dry tart/sour finish with some underlying berry sweetness. Quite good.
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours lightly hazy pinkish copper color with pale pink head. Sour fruit aroma. Tart berry flavor with some citrus and wood. Light to medium body with champagne like carbonation. Thanks Adam.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2009. Foggy pink orange with some brief white haze. Nose is light funk, lemon, floral and yeast. Sharp and tingly, refreshing and tart. Taste is lemon marmalade and honey, faint hints of wine and berries, but mostly sour and citric.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very vibrant red (cherry cough syrup red) with an abundance of fizzy pink head. Aroma has funk in the forefront with lemon, yeast, and plum in the distance. Flavor is primarily funk/horseblanket with a touch of plum and sour cherry. Dry up front with some subtle tartness in the background. Oddly enough, the finish is flat and flavorless when I sip immediately after agitation. Only shake this one to smell, not taste.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First year bottled vintage. Poured a pink amber color with an off-white head. Yeasty tart and fruity in the nose. Some sweetness. Tart flavor. Citrusy and mildly acidic. Dry finish. Tasty. Note to self put one of the more detailed ratings in when you come to it.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared with gallagher. pour is a sunkissed hazy amber with fluffy white bubbly head atop. the aroma is a delicious soft belgian spice with cornacopia of gallant aromatics... wild yeast, berries. taste is epic.. blackberries, tart citrus, sour, some vanilla. carbonation is ultra bubbly, like champagne. awesome! expensive as all hell but worth it!!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous 22oz bottle (this and Sofie are just beautifully designed). Pours a bright, deep ruby color; significant, large-bubbled pinkish head with great retention and lacing that sticks; beautiful pour on this. Nicely acidic, soured aroma showing significant amounts of sharp brett and lactic acid as well as some red-fruit-based tartness: light tannins, cherry skins, pits and pulp and vinous notes; definitely sour, aromatic, and a solid citrus tartness; not a light-hearted sour ale, and pleasantly dry. Medium-to-full body: nicely dry overall, lively carbonation and creamy presence; medium-to-high levels of citrus acidity: this shows a whole lot more brett and lactic character than balsamic / acetic notes; far away from something like Rodenbach or Duchesse; beautifully developed brett character, this is reminiscent of something from Jolly Pumpkin (at least, some of the older bottles of JP): very dry, charismatic brett, and a juicy citrus character; the vinous / red wine barrel notes here are softly integrated: again, light tannins and some touches of oak barrel and light toastiness; this is a lovely sour ale, despite heavy reliance on the brett character (the fruit and barrel notes aren’t immensely giving here). Very tasty, mouthwatering stuff. Medium finish: toastiness, red fruits, light oak, and some lingering tart citrus character.