andyhwcinc (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Andersonville Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL; enjoyed during a going away party for a friend who’se moving to Sweden in the coming weeks. Appearance a rich amber/gold with a thin white head. Aroma of strong clove, a bit of bitterness from hops and spice, smells unique. Taste equal parts spice and bitter, tasted really good. There was a rich complexity to it, really balanced well with other beers that were served at the party. Would happily try again.
RSRIZZO (1933) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 40°. Color is a bright gold with just a slight haze. Carbonation is very good with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is a bit funky giving off an old leather and barnyard scent then a bit of yeast. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor is heavy on the Brett, sour horse blanket and rye, then bitterness. After taste is more sour with lingering barn yard. Overall I don’t like it, Brett dominates blocking out everything else. Very disappointed these guys usually make well balanced brews.
scarletfire65 (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A careful pour produces a mostly clear amber beer with a huge fluffy bone colored head. Pungent and complex aroma - a real Brett bomb! Funk, sweat, horseblanket, dust, lemon, sour, leather, earthy, grass, cheese. High lively carbonation, dry and well attenuated, feels lean on the palate. The flavor is a bouquet of funk, spice, mushrooms, and noble hops, with a super long and bone dry Bretty finish. Excellent all around.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/12oz - Pours a hazy dark amber in color with a thick foamy head that settles to a medium cover over the beer... some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeasty with some citrus, lots of funky Brett and a good amount of herbal/floral hops. Flavor is quite funky with just a hint of barnyard... lots of Belgian yeast and a medium amount of floral hops and hop bitterness. Nice lingering finish of yeast, floral hops and bitterness and truly funky Brett... Nice!!
Rustyham (1835) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong aroma of parmesan cheese and potpourri. Color is a cloudy gold with a huge full fluffy head. Flavor is a little spicy, lots of floral yeast, funky Brett, some earthy and slightly citrus hops.
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn if this isn’t baby orval! Funky, bretty, dry, yeasty, light hoppy notes on the nose. Flavor is bretty, light funk, barnyard, nice hop integration. Very curious to see if this ages well...I suspect it will.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium-sized white head. Aroma and flavor strike a great balance between funky brett, a touch of sour, some earthy and piney hops, a subtly rich maltiness. Dry finish. Sparkling mouthfeel. Great American version of a classic Belgian pale ale.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1st pour ----- Start of bottle. Fresh clean pour but no sediment or yeast cakes. Golden orange pour. Transparent. Looks rich but clean. Nose of lemon pepper. Some barn yard and funk on here. Not overwhelming, but that Belgian style presence is felt. Hops are here too but not the stuff of new world IPAs. More pilsner... noble hops. Other spices here too. Some medicinal qualities. Decent but not my favorite. Would prefer a little more bready and creamy yeastiness to mellow out the sharper pepper and hop flavors.
2nd pour- ------- Next pour is with down to the end of the bottle. Sediment on bottom and yeast cakes included. Much preferred this way. The stuff at the bottom manages to add flavor and mellow the other harsher characteristics at the same time. Very nice now. Much better balance. Still not my favorite but hell yeah I’d drink it again.
onceblind (6746) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy rustic copper with a billowy white head. Loads of lace. Aroma is funky and interesting....Brett yeast definitely present, with a rosemary-like herbal hoppiness along with it. Flavor is crisp, dry, brett-y, malty, and hoppy...wow-wee. You start with a bit of pale belgian malt, mixed with a crisp light brett yeastiness, then there’s this very light apple tone, all with a very balancing bitterness thats slightly herbal and fun. Some peppery lemongrass as well. Doughy biscuit malts at the finish. I feel like there’s something different in every sip. Neat.