Gregis (1279) - 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.
Philym (601) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear golden amber with 4 finger thick pillowy ivory/white head.
Aroma: Brett, leather, leaves, earthy, musty and spicy.
Taste: Medium/high bitterness, low/medium sourness with low sweetness.
Palate: Thick grainy texture, light airy body, prickly carbonation, lingering dry, bitter Brett, musty, grapefruit pith, peppery finish.
Comments: V.good and glass lace.
Awktoberfest (250) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wicked good... Like a saison(saison Brett/love buzz ish) really nice Belgian aroma with hops and smooth citrusy taste... Solid belgo pale/ saison
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Beerhunter111 (3442) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes goldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, malzig süß, leicht würzig. Geschmack leicht hefig, fruchtig malzig, Gewürze, blumig.
zacgillbanks (1750) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a hazy golden beer that pours with a huge foamy head. It has tart earthy and spicy fruity flavours, lemon notes and barnyard sourness on the very dry finish. Excellent!
graham_murphy (212) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I try to get into Belgian IPAs but I’m still struggling. Massive head. Huge bitterness and sweet, dry feel - like honey wine. Big taste with peat in there too. But I miss the citrus, fruit and pine notes of American IPAs. Love the West Coast IPA from these guys. I’ll keep trying.
Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe one of the last 4-packs out there. Have been a long-time fan but have not reviewed.
This one gushed on me. Poured quickly into Oxbow tulip. Enormous frothy head. Long-lasting. Took three pours to empty the bottle. Bit of lacing. Pours a slightly hazy bronze straw color.
Excellent Brett aroma. Easiest to find beer with that distinct Brett. There's some floral and fruity ester notes as well. A bit of sour cherry.
Taste is prominent Brett. Probably the oldest RV I've had based upon that. Less fruit and sweetness on tongue than nose. Some subtle hops more present than usual. Maybe a bit of oak and sour fruit.
Nice mouthfeel. Light medium with great carbonation, just shy of prickly. Very dry, as usual.
One of the best readily available Brett beers. Hopefully the shift from 12 oz to bomber won't change that. At this level of age this is closer to a heavily bretted saison than a BPA but still very good.
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manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
seriously evolving brew smells dry and sweet pours nearly amber with the largest head i have had in a while tastes like super dry cider then warms up a bit and turns into a delicious belgian sweet brew wih a a nice mini hop blast hella good brew
Swamp_Thing (11) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite an Orval clone. For one thing you can pour an Orval without it practically spraying foam out of the top of your pint glass. This is the first pour I’ve had in which a completely homogeneous head (not even a mm of liquid at the bottom) fills a pint glass after about the first ounce of beer. Mondo carbonation, which while it may not be a negative for some, but detracts from my rating a bit. Dry, sour, citrus sweet with excellent balance. Lingering peat and fruit. Love this beer.
tmzl (65) - SLOVENIA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: A lot of carbonation, too much - tends to happen with brett, Huge, rocky, white head with big bubbles at start. There was so much foam that I couldn’t pour the whole bottle at once. And on the second pour the head got even more ridiculously. The head has a very slow retention, mostly stays (thick layer) - well a fucking mountain with a big valley stayed. Had to wait for a while to even start to drink. Leaves behind good amount of random lacing. Color is golden amber with some haze. Looks light, fizzy and quite alive.
Smell: Berry, cherry, forest fruits acidity. Musty, funk. A relatively strong medicinal note with some pine, floral and herbal notes to follow. Light caramel sweetness. Everything makes a sharp, fresh, complex and interesting combo.
Taste: Funk (mostly leathery) steps up a notch and acidity tuned a bit down. Nice light caramel backbone followed with medium pine, grapefruit bitterness which stays for a while. Still some medicinal notes and some metallic ones come with a few sips. Light herbal, floral notes hidden beneath.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels less because of relatively high carbonation. Dry.
Overall: Well, yes, it’s a Belgian ale. Some mix of bitter, light sour and gueuze. Carbonation flew too high on this one, the funk is fun and dynamic, medicinal part kinda off but overall complex and interesting one.
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce to CBS glass. Amazing golden color with an almost neon glow. Opacity plus! Huge brett head even when poured slowly. There is no possible way to pour a whole bottle in a glass! Fruity aroma that wreaks of brett! Buttery, almost oily, mouth with a taste that is strong with fruit ester and yeast roll!