Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet barley malt base with some distinctive notes of light sake. Taste is also dominated by a barley wine type taste of sweet malt with some distinctive notes of rice and sake, which I must admit are quite pleasant. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another winner beer from a great brewery.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a orange hue with a nice light head. Aromas of a gueuze, apricots, light hops. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light creaminess. Definitely some brett/funk action but not overpowering. Maybe subdued due to the oak aging, which isn’t over powering either. Flavors are amazing. For a 7% brew, the flavors are strong, while the alcohol hides. Flavors of apricots, plums, a hint of sake, creamy lambic, and cider. WOW!!!!
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a orangish colorwith big long lasting head. Funky gueuze like aroma. Brett? Taste is oaky, tart some sourness. Some citus aspects here also. Not sure what the sake would have added but this is funky. Opened up even more as it warmed up. Nice beer
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
enjoyed at the second Stumelagram tasting ... a weird fruity bretty aroma ... quite sour bite, with a strong bitterness ... combined with a strange steel drum sweetness .... good lacing ... crazy stuff ... enjoyable and a bit insane ... a good brew to share with a couple of people, a whole bottle could be to much..
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a murky caramel colored beer under a fizzy white head. cedar, oak, caramel, tangerine citrus, ginger, nutmeg. flavor is peachy and hoppy with tobacco and hints of wood. a very unique beer with a great aroma. this is awesome stuff.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hamiltons. Dark garnet red with a slight white head. Red wine and oak aroma. A dark roasty red wine tobacco sake and oak taste.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Aroma is bretts - farmhouse bretts. Flavor is bitter and sour, with more emphasis on the bitter. Pours brown with brownish head. Not sure if this is a Belgian Ale - more like a Farmhouse Saison. Has a nice, fruity finish - something almost like plums or apricots. SECOND ANALYSIS: Something brings this down - I think I may have too young of a bottle. Nothing but nutmeg in this one - no brett, no bitter, just nutmeg.
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dirty brown color, head dissolves quickly, psicy sweet and sour nose, flavor is funky like a saison, flnishes more fruity like plums , astringent
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was recommended by a real nice fellow whose name I can’t remember. He worked at a place called Dutch’s in Hyde Park, an amazing little outdoor booth that had a huge selection of rare beers. I was in for a treat. As soon as I got home, I poured this beautiful little Japanese gem into a goblet, which produced an extremely foamy mountainous head that filled nearly 3/4 of the glass. This sat atop a hazyish copper, burnt sienna, malty looking body. The smell is out of this world, completely unique from any other beer I’ve experienced. There is an instant aroma of violets, roses and chamomile. Fresh and earthy, I closed my eyes, and was instantly transported to a sunny, peaceful Japanese garden; swimming with the aromas of cherry blossoms and shady magnolia trees. My mouth is filled at first with a soft, juicy taste of dragonfruit, ripe, dark cherries, and a slightly medicinal and very herbal sharpness. This is followed by a tannic, pungent oakiness, and the nutty, semi-sweet but drying taste of a warm, delicate sake. There is a rich, pleasant maltiness, and no noticeable hops. The finish is long, winey, and rich, and the sake really makes it’s big appearance in the aftertaste, leaving hints of magnolia flowers, rice, and warm alcohol on the palate. As the XH warms, it begins to take on a sourish funkiness very remniscent of a fruit lambic. Amazing. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind beer, and a sensual, charming experience that satisfied every sense thoroughly.