monkeychugg55 (1019) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper-orange with a huge, chunky white head. Bit of rubber, citrus, brett, and spice on the nose. Flavor starts out with light caramel and biscuit malt, then becomes bretty with some citrusy hops. Finished dry and refreshing. A lot like Orval, but with fruitier hops and not as perfect. Decent if you’re looking for a reasonably priced Belgian ale with brett.
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #46 for 2012
12oz bottle cold from a snifter glass. Aroma bread, sweet, dusty. 1 inch head on top of a hazy honey colored beer with spotty lacing. Taste was of initially dry with mild citrus with a slight bitter hop finish. Palate, medium carbonation.
blankboy (7150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a massive lasting frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, Brett, pepper, biscuity malt and finally, a good amount of floral hops -- it’s quite lovely. Flavour’s just as nice, with funky Belgian yeast, Brett, pepper, floral hops, some sweet fruit and biscuity malt. Dry, spicy, bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied. A great example of the style and one of the best I’ve had.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
35,5 cl. bottle. Unknown bottling/BB date. Rated 31.5.2012.
Slightly dusty amber with large, persistent head. Funky, dry, orangey, spicy, mildly tart, balanced and highly drinkable.
scolbath (2) - - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Citrus, spruce, banana, clove, butterscotch - yum! My bottle was a bit foamy or over carbonated but still good.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is quite hoppy at first, quickly taken over by the brett. Some spicy notes. Promising. Flavour is medium hop bitterness, herbal and slightly fruity, some nice tart and sour notes. Quite dry. It isn’t orval, but it’s pretty damn good.
Camons (9827) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller bar. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, pepper, fruity hops. Taste is malt, yeast, pepper, spicy, fruity hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, light alcoholic finish. 120512
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 (3212) - 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 (1415) - 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.