Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into a towering, loose, fluffy, off-white head that takes its time receding into a hazy amber-orange body. The nose is a blend of dry Brettiness and light, fruity yeast notes (pear and apple). Also present is a distinct vinyl note that is a surprisingly pleasant addition to the medley. Once the head dissipates, however, the vinyl note nearly disappears and the aroma becomes more integrated with a touch of spice added to the mix. The palate is light to medium-bodied with soft, fine carbonation and a drying, somewhat tart and moderately funky/sour (good funk) finish. The flavor is less fruity than the nose, with the Brett dominating the flavor profile: horse blanket funk and a mild white pepper note take front stage over a pale malt back that just hints at the apple and pear notes found in the aroma. Quite drying and funky with additional phantom notes of leather and peach pit dancing in and out of focus. This is the kind of beer that could simultaneously scare craft beer newbies away from "Belgian-Style" Pale Ales and make Brett fans hear "Ode to Joy" in their heads. I lie somewhere between those two groups. I enjoy the nuances that it possesses but I would have preferred it have dialed-in closer to where the nose is at this point. This is definitely an interesting beer, and if Brett is your thing, this is a good candidate to cellar and crack one every 3-6 months to see how it evolves.
Vignale (2112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with big foaming head. Lots of brett on the nose with typical wood and stable notes. Not as tart as expected pr as I wood have wish, but a little to medium bitterness and dry finish makes it really drinkable anyway. A bit of herbs, but not the bitter ones, stable and wood. Good!
pete4999 (1078) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as pictured. Poured a hazy gold with decent little islands. Smelled spicy, peppery, definitely like you’d expect. Very dry finish overall.
tkrjukoff (4091) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl, Ölbutikken. Pours clear deep amber with a huge fluffy beige head leaving lace. Aroma is malty sweetish stable horse blanket piny grapefruits and fruity. Flavor is malty sweetish and pungent in beginning very much more fruits grapefruits and spicy peppery bitterness in the middle sustaining all the way to the end where the bitterness just increases. Finishes with a longlived bitter pungent and peppery aftertaste.
edgallow (2209) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is alcohol and malt. Taste is alcohol and malt.
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Skinnyviking (7159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. High fluffy white and long lasting head. Hazy orange amber body. Astonishingly sweet fruity green apples aroma. Dry fruity flavor with a peppery note. Low carbonation. Long dry and bitter aftertyaste. Alcohol well hidden.
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a big rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is bready malts with spicy earthy yeasty notes and a touch of brett as it warms.
The flavor is subdued - watery earthy malts and a little fruit with spicy floral hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with lots of sharp carbonation.
Overall, I haven’t really liked the Belgian IPAs, and this is not a great rendition of one (watery, subdued). I didn’t pick up much brett - a little came out as it warmed.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent Orval clone. Intense perfume and orange nose. Balance of sweetness and spice on the palate. Only knocking it down a few points because it’s a clone. But brilliant 6 pack
joergen (21120) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at yespr.
Hazy orange coloured with a huge white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of citrus, caramel, hops and brett.
Sweet and fruity flavour of hops, brett, citrus and grass.
Dry hoppy finish.
callmemickey (2888) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Deep copper/amber body, large fluffy off-white head, good sheet-like lacing. Bretty, to say the least. Wet hay, must, light citrus, wheat, and pale malts dominate both the flavor and the nose. Medium bodied, easy to drink with a nice effervescent carbonation. A very interesting beer that does suggest Orval -- although not exactly a clone. Should be interesting to see how this progresses with time in the cellar.