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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed (with help from our great friend Jean of Tired Hands!) on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and inoculated with our house spontaneous culture.

Dunt's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle generously provided by Gonzoillini. Thank you Tony, I’ve been interested in trying this for a very long time. Pours a cloudy brownish orange in color with very little head on the pour. I wanted to note that the bottle foamed out of the neck after opening, so keep an eye when opening. Nose is interesting and I don’t know if I exactly like it. There is honey, white wine, hops, and some band aid characteristics. Not bad, but it’s peculiar. Taste is better, it’s more focused on the white wine and lemon characters. There is some grassiness to it, it is faintly hoppy and somewhat saison-like. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is light to non-existent, gentle acidity, and a short to moderate finish. It’s one of the better Biere de gardes I’ve had, but probably not the best. Still really thankful to try it, thanks again Tony!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4433) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1474) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
Brown reddish colour, oaky, lactic, vinous aroma. High on acidity, subtle and complex. Fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (366) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2015
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (738) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1004) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours a lovely reddish amber with a off white head. Aroma has cherry, funk, oak, slight syrup, lots of fruit and is very dry. Taste is tart, citrus peely, very funky and dry. Slight caramel and honey sweetness to balance.Slightly boozy. Very delicate and elegant barrel character. Fairly full body and average to high carbonation. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (7736) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of big vinous notes, strong oak, tart light fruits, grapes, also tart overripe dark fruits and a touch of caramel giving it Flemish brown qualities. The honey also comes out with lightly floral notes as well as a nice light bretty funk. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate sour. Over medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6960) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks. Funky aroma. Thin creamy off white head. a mixture of sweet and sour in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1729) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma has a nice farmhouse-styled dryness along with some citrus notes, some oak, green grapes, weak elderflower and classic HF yeast strain funk. The taste is tart and fresh with notes of green apples, grapes, oak, white wine, barnyard and with a dry end. Balanced and nice beer.

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