Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pour was a most excellent medium golden with a well-retained white head... persistent rising bubbles gave a cool effect. This just shows that a delicate, low-gravity brew can be so phenominally executed. Nose was ever-so-soft, with freshly-squeezed lemon, musty old barn, wheat, and a great spice blend. Soft again with the water and carbonation on the palate. First flavor impression with a mildly sour and funky blend of lemongrass and brett. Mild cobwebs, earth, and spices followed. Light in body, with tremendous flavor transition from the initial sour and funky notes through the smooth malty middle to the spicy and citrusy finish. Amazingly refreshing! Testament to the brewerís art!
CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Styles for this one...this is part one of my three day walk to 200...going to drink one jewel per night (until I get to 200 and then Iím going to drink a bunch). Opens with a nice phht and a bit of overflow. Pours a beautiful pale honey and has a sizeable white head (really large bubbles). Aroma is yeasty and a bit funky...an earthy sour tang...a bit of sweet fresh fruit...some lagery pilsner notes too. Taste is very new to me...I donít quite get the dishwater talk that a few raters have brought up...I think it is delicious. Iíll start with what I can identify first...some actual bittering hops and their accompanying grass + citrus (which I donít usually pick up on too much with belgian styles)...some very spicey and peppery malt flavors. Now about the other things...there is some definite funky yeast, ester, and alcohol tastes that I donít have the vocab to describe (they make my tongue feel extra dry)...in addition there are some solid spice and fruit flavors that I canít really finger...but the story is that it is great. Overall...adding my relatively novice palate and the complexity of this beer...all I can say is that this brewís craziness is amazingly well balanced and works for me. In addition, the mouthfeel is light, lightly carbonated,and very dry... incredibly drinkable stuff for how complex it is. Iím starting to wish I was closer to JP to check out there other brews...luckily I have some on hand thanks to some folks up there.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
What the hell am I drinking here? First off, I was very much predisposed to like this one. I like the brewer...I like their experimental spirit...I like their other beers...I like Belgian beers...I love Saisons...I heard great things about this beer before the festival...I was excited to try it at the Night of the Living Ales! What the hell am I drinking here? All four LoSBD members sampled this independently at the festival...All four rated it independently...and all four used the term DISHWATER independently...several times! Aroma of dishwater and yeast. One was offputting, the other I hoped would be redeeming. No! light pale malt with some weak-ass strange spicing, dishrag residue, and soapscum. Light alcohol fume, light banana note, light dishrag finish. (Please note: Iíve rated MANY Belgian beers, of all styles. Iíve rated MANY American beers in the Belgian style. Iíve rated other Saisons and loved them all. ) Was this cask off? If so, why do I see other glowing reviews from people I know sampled this off the same cask? Is this a case of the Emperorís New Clothes? I am completely non-plussed and confused by this seeming disconnect.
The only thing I can tell you is: There is an old Spanish saying that goes: "If three people call you an ass, put on a saddle!"
I will rerate, based on a bottle that Cornfield will share with me in the near future.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Yellow and cloudy, with some floaters. I was a little put off by the aroma at first, a really funky yeasty deal. As I worked my way through the beer I started to appreciate it. Flavor followed the aroma with some citrus and spice notes. Great mildly bitter finish that lingered for quite some time. Very interesting to drink.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have to concur with my The LoSBD colleague, frankenkitty, and go against the grain here. What I had at NotLA II was a disappointment, a hazy goldish body with scum for a head. The aroma was indeed like dishwater scented with yeast. The taste was of a very light malt, alcohol (surprising, considering the low abv), banana, and a slight tartness. I was glad to be finished.
Note: Iíve since picked up a bottle of this and will rerate should it be necessary.
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TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 Yellow gold. Thick and lathery white foam laces heavily after each sip. Vibrant aniseed, banana, passion fruit, aspirin, black pepper, doughy malt, and yeast aromatics. Perfectly dank and barny. Rosewater-soft body. Expansive pillow of finely dissolved carbonation. Light as a feather and just glides off the tongue. Flavors begin very well-rounded with a quenching splash of lemony tartness. Daintily soft Pilsner malt sweetness caresses the understated medicinal brett sharpness, but its vividness quickly succumbs to the ensuing airiness. The center is overly airy, albeit devoid of flaw and immaculately clean, and lacks depth, but the malt possesses just enough huskiness to sustain things. Vivacious yeast character packs a plethora of bandage phenols and tightly spicy esters while grassy hop bitterness tickles the back of the palate and stimulates the appetite. Yeast lightly films the palate before finishing bitterly grassy, yet fluffily dry with a soft peach tang dusted lightly with coriander. The yeast does its job quite well, but in order for this to reach the heights of Thiriez XXtra (which is what I find this is to be most similar too), there needs to be some juicier hops (Styrian Goldings, please) to compensate for the fairly empty center. And although the malt is exquisite, itís too underutilized. Has potential to be a standout.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer from my first beer festival, was a great way to start. Cloudy dark yellow body, with white head. Sweet yeasty aormas. Has a tart fruity flavour of apple and slightly yeasty. Has a slight bitterness on the finish that wasnt overpower which I enjoyed. I bought a few bottles of this to take home!!!
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Time to venture against the grain here. This beer brought to mind an old Cheech & Chong joke regarding "dog shit", except that here we find a beer that looks, smells and tastes like "dishwater". Sandy/golden with a haze and a soapy halo above. Dishwater aroma with light banana and spice. Terribly thin with a dirty dishrag flavor spiked with Isopropyl alcohol and a touch of banana. No redeeming qualities. Itís a good thing I didnít step in it.
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BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Served by the good JP folks at the FBG Beerfest in Ybor. Nice cloudy light gold pour...small whitish head. This one has a ton of funky yeast in the nose, a bretti-ness that is nice. The flavor is even more of the same with a nice citrus twang and clovey spiciness. My friends didnít like it, but I more or less did. Light bodied..smooth, but thin mouthfeel...very interesting ale.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at MBG Winterfest. Hazy copper color with a medium frothy whote head. Good fruity belgium aroma. Light to medium body. Full sour fruity and spice flavor with a long smooth small bitter finish. Very good and interesting brew.