b3shine (4186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster (shared by GAbell). Looks alright; a murky brown with foamy beige head. Smells yeasty, malty, and mildly bretty. Tastes much tarter than it smells. Solid on the palate. Good, not great.
Huhzubendah (2228) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.
The beer is cola brown with a thin, fizzy head. I don’t pick out walnuts, per se. Aromas of earth, musty funk, vinous notes, oak. Some cherry notes with a lovely sour quality. Piquant and delicious. Fairly light in body, though bold in flavor. Assertive without being aggressive. Quite tasty.
JBPortland (402) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 375ml bottle opens with a tiny gush of foam, pours deep rich brown with red tint and a finger of head. Nose is dusty wood funk and musty tart subtle berry. Taste is tart earthy cola, nuts, funky oak, some dark berry notes. Finish is dry tart and at times creamy, vanilla notes, woody funk, bits of toasted walnut. A very balanced sour. Very nice.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy deep-copper ale with no head. The olfactory highlights include notes of funky wood, leather, caramel and fruity cherries. Medium-bodied and raspy with restrained carbonation. The flavor is moderately sour and fruity with a mild, malty, caramel sweetness that cuts into the acidity - but fortunately, not too deeply. Finishes bready and tart. Kudos to landhoney for suplying this world class bottle of beer!
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Pant-y Raid NYE Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish hue, gentle haziness clears up to some gentle orange carmelized glow on the edges. A small frothy offwhite head atop dies down, laces small as a soapy ring. Aromas are tart, brown malt meets some cherry, red wine and oak. A bit of cocoa, toffee and earthy brown malt. Some toast, walnuts and earth, lactic presence kicks up, a bit tart, cherry, some vinous qualities. Initial is lighter end of the fold, some soap, cobwebs, and farmhouse yeast. Gentle apple, pear and yogurt. Some gentle brown malts, tartness and cobwebs as we hit the middle. Some gentle tartness. Some cobwebs, earth, a bit of earthiness, a bit of toast, some earth. Backend is tart, a bit warm and earthy. Some more yogurt, dry funkiness and gentle earthy. Gentle earth, biscuit and tartness as we trail out. A bit vague, the HIll Farmstead farmhouse yeast chartacter is truly the redeeming character here, but overall the beer is a bit vague but quite palateable. Gentle earth, red fruit and dark fruit on the backend, almost a touch medicinal at times. Solid stuff. Not a world beater though.
mathieuc (923) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Pier-Luc, thanks a lot! Pours a dark brown with a really low beige head that leaves some surprising lacing. Aroma is nicely tart without any burn (the usual harsh acetic acid some sour red/browns exhibit). Some nice roasted nuts pierce through that layer to bring some complexity. Taste is again really balanced between some nice and classy acetic acid and burnt malt. Some vanilla flavors but mostly nuts. Body is light, carbonation low. Vinous. Really elegant!
MJGG (913) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteilles de 375 ml. Arômes très originaux de fruits secs, de noix et de terre. Belle présence de brettanomyces. Robe brune et relativement limpide, effervescence assez active et légère dentelle moka. En bouche, la bière se montre très originale avec des arômes sauvages de champignons, de forêt et de noix. Base de céréales grillées légèrement sucrée et acidité lactique d’intensité moyenne. Cette bière était bonne lorsque fraîche, mais 6 mois de vieillissement ont vraiment amélioré la cohésion de l’ensemble. Très original.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a nearly clear mahogany-amber-brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of walnuts, sawdust, toasted malts, brown sugar, oak, and a gueuze-like yeast. The flavor is basically the same- dry, toasty, tart, and clean. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Pretty unique and really nice.
Marheb (1631) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes vineuses tanniques, très bretteux, noyau de cerise. Une couche de complexité s’impose entre le malt et les fruits rouges et à chaque gorgée, le grenoble se pointe. Finale fruitée, biscuitée avec une acidité abordable.
jcnielsen (1638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing this bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Walnut, nutty, malty aromas. Nutty, sour, walnut, chestnut flavors. Kind of weird, not my favorite.