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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmsulliv (200) - - JAN 19, 2014
Booming brett aroma with oak. Copper gold brilliantly clear. Amazing brett flavor really dominates the body which is nice and full bodied. A wow beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle #269. Enjoyed in a Hill Farmstead Glass.

A - Dark golden orange. No lacing. Minimal head.

S - Wow. Smells nice. Lots of citrus, some funky yeast and some vanilla.

T - Up front with honey taste. Almost a mead up front taste. Mild bitterness but not too much. Floral notes, roses and hibiscus. Some sweetened candi sugars. Finish is this dry champagne like belgian yeast.

M - 20% carbonation. Light body. Grape-skin finish.

O - This was a very special beer. It has an exceptional taste. Truly a phenomenal world-class beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Completely flat, no head. Too bad, would be amazing but with a flat body it’s just flavored water. Will definitely rerate when I try again, asking around this was an islocated incident After opening another bottle, oh my god....... I’m speechless

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Biere de Norma is my first Biere de Garde and a strange creature in terms of flavor. Norma is redolent of rotting fruit, sour yeast, vinous grape, and tart apple. Its fizzy body and reddish hue will make you think of sparkling wine rather than beer. Taste leaves nothing to question, though. Lots of funk and earthiness here. The oak adds a somewhat musty, bittersweet character to this brew. The sour aroma and funky flavor get some getting used to, but this is a one-of-a-kind brew with class to spare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Burned orange pour, a light fluffy head. Wonderful yeasty qualities jump out of the glass, some rich fresh oaky notes, a bit of unripe stone fruit, bready malts. Flavor is so light on the tongue, I get the oak, some great lively yeast. So flavorful. So wonderful. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (741) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
750ml red waxxed bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage, 1200 bottles. Shared moments after returning to CT from the Norma release on an outside patio in the cold. Can’t beat it! Quick notes I jotted down. A - Pours a cloudy dark red body. Messy off-white foam. S - My first thought was of a Flemmish bruin. Has a lactic twang with some cherries, vinegar, apricot and plenty of oak. Some musky saison notes with a touch of caramel. T - Tart cherries and vinegar, caramel malts, funky earthy notes, fresh apricot, and some light oak and vanilla. Really complex and tasty. The finish was unreal though. The beer was incredibly tart and then it just vanishes away. Medium bodied with nice carb. O - The first half of the glass left me a bit underwhelmed. The more I thought about the beer the more I liked it though. Its incredibly complex and unique. Super tart with a perfectly clean finish. It drinks way too easily. Certainly worth the effort to get a bottle in person.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3785) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Bottle at tasting in VT and with Joe, acquired at the release. Pours hazy ruby with whiteish head, medium in size. Aroma of red berries, black currants, jam, citrus, potpourri, red grapes, and oak. Flavor is tropical hibiscus, wood, rind zest, grape skins, cherry and yeasty funk. Medium carbonation with a perfect palate from the oak. Really complex and layered brew from HF. Unbelievable. Sweet caramel and oak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
curepute (140) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from a year ago. Deep hazy orange with a sightly off white head. Nose of oak with different levels of beautiful funk. Taste: amazing. Malty funky sourness with a hint tartness near the end. Finishes with a mild boozy buttery oak taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012 Bottle 195, 750ml capped with red wax. Lively foamy carbonation upon opening the bottle- poured it fast to avoid wasting the sweet nectar. A deep cloudy orange body yields a robust lasting fluffy white head. Amazing funk and lactic acidity in the nose rounds out with notes of bretty cheesecloth and nectar fruits. The flavor is amazingly vibrant and super dry. Earthen brett, quenching lactic acid, champagne, and stone fruit pulp abound. Medium body with caressing fluffy carbonation, a quenching palate, and a bone dry finish. An incredible experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle #196, red wax top. Murky gumwood colored pour with a large, vivacious head. Nose holds absolutely gorgeous cheesecloth, oaky tannins, brie with big washed rind, plum, apricot, orange zest, and white pepper. The flavor is even more vibrant and stunning, with beautiful mango, pineapple, tart yeasty funk, lactic sourness, a bit of kiwi and starfruit; just an outrageous fruit profile that blends so amazingly well with the lactic sour presence. Neither is overwhelming. The palate is really outrageous, completely quenching and limitlessly quaffable. Wow. Once again from Shaun Hill.

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