Prufrockstar (1905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle, thanks to Reynolds314. Ruddy orange brown pour. Dusty; tart; some oxidation; light caramel. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly? Expectations are odd like that) tart and tannic through the finish. Suggests to me that there was once more sweetness to this, but time has dried it out (or maybe that’s bullshit -- who am I to say what time has done to a beer I’ve never had except for this one bottle generously traded to me). Medium- body, slick texture.
andrewje41 (2715) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Waxed bottle poured. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this gem of a style I know little about. Next thing I know I am enjoying the highest rated beer in the style. Reddish orange pour with a patchy head. Sour fruit aroma. Flavor is sour orange and cranberry juice, lingering berry. How this isn’t a sour, and a bier de garde, is beyond my knowledge, but the beer is fantastic. Sourness rating 7/10. Most excellent.
Wombata (616) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flavor: Moderately tart cherry, light vinegar, yeast and mineral to start. Then roasted grain and a hint of nuttiness in the middle and then light bitter lemon pith.
Comment: Well balanced, understated and well-made.
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool herbal nose some basement dank yeast notes. Tangy also. Hazy orange Amber thin head lace etc. super tangy some orange lemon basement funk chewy character nice mouth feel. Nice beer.
RobertDale (5263) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, wood, and funk. Taste is tart fruit, berries, malt, wood, and funk. Delicious.
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown reddish colour, oaky, lactic, vinous aroma. High on acidity, subtle and complex. Fantastic
ctipping (1160) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Finally reviewing this after having it multiple times. Originally reviewed 10/20/2013. Very dark outside as I drink. Appears to have a nice khaki head. Murky light brownish body. Acidic nose. Malty. Lots of oak. All three aromas blend together seamlessly. Mild tart flavor. Malty. Slight citrus tang. Very oaky. Oak pulls together the flavors in the finish.
Medium body. Well carbonated. Mild sourness.
A beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Simple flavors put together very well.
ClarkVV (5574) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 bottle drunk 7/24/15.
A brilliant, rich amber hued beer showing good clarity and topped by an off-white head that shows strong retention.
Wow. Not to take anything away from the flavors, but I’ll be damned if HF dosent have some of the most aromatically pleasing beers out there. After the disappointing incredibly over-barreled SP Saison du Ble, the wonderfully balanced and integrated barrel character in the nose here, was supremely refreshing. Soft, aged red wine character, minerals, light chalk and very low tannin character all build complexity, as dry toffee and brown bread-like malts creep in from the edges, adding just a touch of sweetness and allowing the wild character to present itself cleanly and clearly. Limes, hickory, cobwebby cellar, mild lactic influences and peppery phenols all dance about on the nose, with the wood both softening and deepening as it warms. I smelled this thing for about 5 minutes before even trying a sip. No alcohol, no flaws.
Flavor does not disappoint in the least. Soft, dry barrel character and soft, sweet malt character balance each other, while tight, ample carbonation further amplifies the softness/creaminess of the palate. Lightly acidic red wine notes, bits of oakiness and some dry mineral/chalk character build up slowly on the palate, as tart, lemon-lime-like brett notes add brightness and a bit of sharp acidity, as well. Lactic acids soften things, adding a pinch of mild yogurt/cheese-like character and it ends with soft malt and wood character trailing off, with pleasant, not-overdone acidity lingering lightly, as well.
Whew. What a beer! Over the course of this amazing weekend, trying all kinds of delicious, highly rated beers, I think this one would only be matched by Ann itself. And to think this beer had only 4 months in the bottle at this point. All signs point to this beer with 1-2 years of age on it being absolutely divine; the light touches of sharp acidity from the yeast/bacteria should soften, as well as allowing for the wine/barrel character to integrate just a little more. As it is, though, I’d be happy to drink this fresh any day of the week. Rating is for this bottle I had, but also the potential I think this beer has for being even better aged. Could very easily trying an older bottle and giving it a 5. Hope that happens!
Huge thanks to Adam C for opening this!
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks, Adam! Soft red/orange body. Cloudy with a small, gray-white head. Aroma is tart with notes of light white vinegar, vanilla, wood, red grape skins, a hint of cheese rind, mild cherry. Tart cherry skin flavor, mild vanilla yogurt, oaky tannin sharpness, grapes, light cobweb funk, small bit of leather, dry woody finish. Lovely.
GlasgowTAD (1309) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque orange with a slight orange head. Aroma is grapefruit, hay, barnyard and slight funk. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, hay and barnyard funk.