Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Why didnít I, from the full, beloved face
as I raised it to my lips, why didnít I drink
world, so near that I could almost taste it?
Ah, I drank. Insatiably I drank.
But I was filled up also, with too much
world, and, drinking, I myself ran over.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. Stephen Mitchell
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750ml bottle opened on May 7, 2011.
Sweet passionfruit, fresh orange juice, pineapple (brett), and a [mineral, earthy] bitterness.
A single, fragrant flower grows at the node of each passionfruit: fresh-cut flowers - grassy and floral - grow out of the tropical and stone fruitiness mid-palate. Thereís a pithy bitterness throughout the palate that is most noticeable on the finish, but it blends seamlessly into the other elements of the beer, and the fruitiness becomes more and more expressive the further I get into the bottle.
As with most good things, E. is, more than anything, ponderable.
The only further compliment I can give is this: E. will, if only for a few hours, strip you of your worldliness.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pumpkin orange with a fluffy light tan head. Bretty fruity aroma, olive bread, juniper. Flavor is Orval plus sharper floral notes, nice dry bretty finish.
deekyn (853) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- pours a hazy golden orange with an off white head with egg shell white edges that blooms to several fingers. Decent lacing. S- strong fruity brett with lemon zest, lime, fresh straw bales, musty barnyard, zinc, pepper, tarragon, kalamata olives, dawn soap and some lighter pine malts. M- light resin/tacky body with a light to medium dry and acidic palate. T- earth, lemon, orange and mineral water to start. Malts. Tarragon and spruce trees underneath the entry. Mid-palate is relatively mild with lime, bandaid, more citrus notes, musty cellar, funk and wet grasses. Ending is efficient, bitter and fruity with good brett, hops, pepper and more mineral water.
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share 2012. Pour is golden straw with a huge bubbling head. Aroma is of honey, citrus, and light funk. Flavor is great with notes of oranges, grapefruit, apricot, brett, and hay. Finish is dry, and well balanced.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Puzzl for this one. Massive gusher upon opening. Pours with a massive white head and the yeast is really kicked up. Some really intense dry Brett aroma and character along with a bit of bone and soft tropical fruit character. A bit of light lemon peel and a bit of soft lingering flinty character. Very, very tasty brew.
RichTheVillan (1629) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from International trade; cloudy orange pour with massive lively off white head, funky barnyard aroma, herbal tangy taste, some astringency, has a bitter back taste, light citrus.
SilverHaze (14) - SPAIN - AUG 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeasty, spicy, clove aroma, molasses. Good complexity. Sweetish flavor, good spice, fairly dry, with a good malt complexity. Spice and yeast forward no doubt, a rather nice beer.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/15/2011: Hill Farmstead Brewery E. Rustic Farmhouse Pale Ale... Aroma: Pine forest filled with ferns; undertone of decay; Jay at Dutchís describes the smell as a "fresh bag of wheat in a stinky barn." Appearance: Cloudy golden amber color with a lofty, rocky white head with wonderful lacing, this is a beautiful-looking beer! Flavor: Wow, totally indescribable beer! Hereís what I can kind of pick out: spruce, pine, wheat, funk, alfalfa, cranberry, compost?, twigs, and more...; EXTREMELY complex; Jay, "the Brett is almost underneath the earthiness which is incredible." Palate: Medium-body, well-carbonated. Overall: Damn fine brew. Iím not sure what to say since itís impossible to describe the true aroma and flavor... Itís a well-crafted brew and is unlike any beer I have ever tasted!
fl. oz. bottle (6.2% ALC/VOL) shared by . Thanks ! Rating #118 for this beer.
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Trade from AdamJackson. Thanks. Gusher. Pours cloudy dark orange with a white foam. Fresh fruity hops, mild brett, yeast, funk and flowers. Delicate and balanced. Smooth and dry. Just Amazing - actually its hard to describe. Waauw.. Fuck.
radarsock (631) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally adding this. Jesus... Shared with Jblauvs at his flat in Amesbury with which he supplied. Many thanks! To tulip, it pours a sandy orange: eruptive ghost white head two to three fingers in length. Aromas of lemons, candied ginger, citrus, limeade, straw, tin, seaweed, and cherry tomatoes, sunflowers, and farmhouse yeast. Tastes pleasantly of wheat malt, cucumber, funk, sunflower seeds, and farmhouse yeast. Saltwater, hops, and Pinot blanc grapes by swallow. Nicely done!
djd07 (2536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown thanks to Chad. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium frothy off white head that lasts awhile. The aroma is bandaids and wet blanket. Medium mouthfeel with a dry malt and spice with light tartness in the finish. Complex and very good Belgian.