drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazed deep golden amber with huge foamy white head. Aroma is Brett brux, horsey with earthy cherry pits, too bad thereís a little anti-septic undertone in here. Perhaps at different stages the Brett comes off smelling a little better. Flavors have a nice soft horsey barnyard character, cherry pits and vanilla come in there too along with a grassy and peppercorn bitterness. Firm mouth feel. Probably the closest thing to orval Iíve had and shockingly it came from green flash. Iím gonna sit my other two bottles and see if the Brett can clean this up and dry it out a bit more. Iím surprised this was released so bretty. I could see this getting better in 6 months.
tmoreau (1919) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co., poured to a snifter with fair clarity at first, then a subsequent pour revealed more of a hazed, golden color, lasting, billowy, white head foam, and wavey cling to the lacing. The aroma was fruit & citrus, funky, grandmaís attic yeast scent, light candi sweetness, and pomanderish floral hints as gardenia. The same notes were evident in the flavor, especially the brett. Lingering, earthy hop bitterness was also present, as was lively carbonation, a medium body, and a pleasant, finishing dryness to go along with the bitterness. A unique and interesting brew, appreciated the suggestion, but only a moderate fan who will probably try again to witness the evolution process.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is sort of an Americanized take on Orval. It is a hoppy, wild Belgian brew--though this one has more of a citric character than the fine Trappist ale I just compared it too. Itís a cloudy orange w/ an enormous sloppy head. Nose is citric and fruity w/ just a touch of Band-Aid, which is not entirely unpleasant. Palate is very much in the American court. Itís medium bodied w/ mild carbonation. This is just a touch sweet w/ a firm, APA-like bitterness in the finish. I think w/ a little more finesse w/ the wild yeasts used, specifically getting some more pineapple fruitiness rather than Band-Aid out of them would be a big plus here. As it is, it is good but not great.
thornecb (3978) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly hazy deep amber into a Sam glass. Off-white micro head with excellent retention craters as it recedes leaving spot lacing. Brett and resin aromas. Sweet band-aid and aspirin upfront turning to dry marshmallow in the lasting resin finish.
notalush (4460) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An Orval-like beer from Green Flash? Yes, please - cloudy orange pour - thick, frothy head, with fairly decent retention - lovely nose crackery malt, zesty, peppery hops, spicy phenols and tropical notes (pineapple, mango) from the Brett - soft carbonation - full in the mouth - flavor is dry, flinty, moderately bitter - some mineral notes - peppery hops blend perfectly with strongly spicy phenols - a moderate wildness/horse blanket note through the middle - dusty/cobweb touches on the tail end - tropical hints - finish is super dry, long in duration, with lingering funkiness and peppery flavors - very tasty - kudos the Green Flash for putting this in relatively affordable four packs rather than super-expensive 750s, which seem to be the new standard for anything with Brett in it.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from wlv... after opening, the pour yields a somewhat hazy copper penny pours, effervescent bubbles float from the bottom to the top, while a fluffy frothly white head rests on top and linger on for a bit... aroma of dusty brett and grass, a somewhat subded belgian yeast presence that offers up hints of spice and tangerine an apricot fruitiness, ones that mesh well with the pineapple bretty notes that usually seem to jump out at me... the comparisons to orval are solidly valid. a grassy yet fruity belgian yeast commits first leaving a tinge of spice and pithy bitterness through the middle and finish. the brett imparts a slightly medicinal funk and earthiness that works well with the aforementioned. the body is adequate borderlining on medium while the carbonation ends up being a touch too prickly and lively but far from taking away from the true essence of the brew. nice and dry at the very end which provides a nice finish to the experience this one is easy to enjoy, and i for one, did quite a bit. with a fridge full of hopslam, zombie dust, and now this, iím not sure which i will grab next.
Indra (2532) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Nose of fresh Belgian yeast, fruity, spicy, doughy and a bit farmy, some honeyish, bready malt character and almost minty green hops in the background amidst the funk, along with notable clove, citrus and pepper. Hazy amber-golden color, this can be a nice clear pour if you so choose, or pretty cloudy with a dusting of sediment, I sampled both ways over the 4-pack and like the sediment poured a bit more. Head is moderately foamy and lasting, with fairly epic lacing. Flavor profile is very lightly tart, citric and spicy to start, seeing just a touch of sweetness and pale malt flavor, then really showing a huge amount of Belgian yeast character, with clovey spice, esters, phenols and very light Brett horseblanket, finishing lightly bitter, fruity and fairly dry. Light and active on the palate, nearly refreshing, particularly for 7% abv., body is medium. Highly enjoyable and tasty, I will certainly be looking for more of this. Luckily for me, itís quite easy to find around here all of a sudden.
LinusStick (2701) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! A nice Belgian style ale. I wasnít expecting much on this one so this falls into the category of "pleasant surprise". Aroma was alright. That Belgian yeast is full and not much else is getting through. Pour was a light hazy gold and a one finger off white head. Taste was delicious. Probably one of the best American made Belgian style ales Iíve had yet. Seriously. Apricot, melon and bubblegum in the front with a sweet candi sugar backbone. Nice dry aftertaste with good carbonation. This oneís a winner
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious brew that I wish I had the bucks to buy a lot more of. The body is golden amber with a tall sustained white head. The aroma has a dusty brett scent over some light tropical fruit and some grainy, bready malt. The body is light and spritzy and feels peppery on the tongue. The flavor has a bretty funkiness, bready malt, fruit, and an earthy citric bitterness. It finishes dry with a peppery bitterness. Nice.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredibly well carbonated, a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head, that only slowly subsides and leaves a substantial, structural mesa as it does so. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows some haze and a bright orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus zest and phenolic, Brettanomyces signature funk, both of which are backed by a solid, supporting grain / malt character. More specifically notes of Curacoa orange zest, touches of tangelo, with an ample, slightly plastic like, musty, not quite sharp, funkiness and a grain character that reminds me of crackers with just a hint of caramel malt. The citrus laden, American hop character is quite nice here and definitely works quite well with the Brett character.
Aggressively carbonated and quite effervescent, my first sip has a biting bitterness and a sort of tartness that is accentuated by the citrusy hop character. The beer has a fairly light body, with almost no viscous heft, though it doesnít come off as being watery. The citrus hop character provides flavors of tangelo zest, touches of ruby-red-grapefruit and even a citrus like pine needle character. The finish is quite dry with a pale cracker like grain character as well as a touch of nutty, toasted malt character; the dryness is also accentuated by a phenolic, sort of funky, slightly musty and even slightly musky Brettanomyces character that is also found in the finish. The bitterness from the hops combines with the phenolic, sort of plastic like character to provide even more sharpness to this beer.
One canít help but compare this to Orval type beers, this is far, far better than the latest incarnations of Matilda (the last really good batch I had was 2005), and even gives Orval a run for its money (though I wouldnít put this on that level quite yet). I canít wait to see how these age, but I wonder that the Brettanomyces character is already so pronounced; this canít be that old yet, and the Brett is extremely noticeable already, young Orval is barely kissed by the Brett, so I will be curious to see how these age. My one worry is that the plastic character from the Brett will get a bit out of control as the beer ages. Visually this beer is about perfect, from memory it seems a touch darker than Orval, but I could be wrong, and the extensive, long lasting head is quite impressive. This beer sets itself apart from Orval in its use of expressive, fruity and citrus laden American hops; as a sucker for many an American hop, I canít help but love this beer more for that.