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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Original batch aged 14 months in bourbon. Recent batch (65) aged 27 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Hmm, the carbonation level here is superb, leaving little organic islands. Love the color of this beer. The regular BdM is a great beer when itís on, but lately with the second bottling Iíve had some reduced carbonation and flat flavors. In an ideal sense the BdM should have a tart leatherness, as this version does (after all, itís from the first run trough of this beer!). Almost 9 volt stinginess, plus some real fruitiness. Wonderful slippery, carbonated mouthfeel. But this one has more - it has a very nice bourbon presence that compliments and never overwhelms. Surprisingly good, about the same high level of craftsmanship seen in the Luciernaga Reserve. BBB63 is right, there are some flowery bits too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6119) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Thanks Chris for the hookup, served in my NB worthy glass: The brew pours a crimson imbued brown with a small tight fizzy head and very good lace. The nose detects brett and horseblanket, cherry and plum, tannin, rye and biscuit malt, mild cardamon and clove, and just a hit and run of bourbon, smell very inviting.

WOW, I was worried this would have become a brett sour bomb but it has kept just enough of itís past life to make me really enjoy the new infusion of oak and bourbon which was done light handed, oh so YUMMY! Tart when it has to be and dry and flowery the next go around. THIS IS MORE A FLEMISH SOUR and a DAMN GOOD ONE!!! Some spice and even a bit a earthly yeast is noted as well. The mouth feel is light , airy and refreshing, much more approachable than many "sour" beers.

This is it Ron, please donít over do that aging, this is what I want....I NEED MORE!
Oh, Thanks again Chris.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky tawny-brown body with small, soft yeast floaties and a short lasting off-white head that slowly recedes to a small cap. The aroma is pretty awesome - light tart cherries with some notes of bittersweet chocolate, whiskey, and butterscotch. Interesting commingling of tart/acid fruits but certainly not as bretty and dry as the other varieties. Dark malt flavours with a good woody base and bourbon caramel softness. Sticky alcohol in the finish. Really nice balance and flavour integration. Thanks to Ron for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Semi-translucent and deep reddish-amber in color with a thin grey sheaf for the head, recessing to an expansive ice overlay. Profoundly ripe aroma rolls out sour, tannic cherries augmented by whiskey, rye, melba, smashed pinot grapes, lively peppered toffee, and pumpernickel soggied by a dry raspberry-chardonnay sauce. Mighty dry and tart as we progress to the palate. The course and harsh pils malt profile of the stock ale gives curt, husky resistance to the whiskey & rye bourbon composite. Itís flavorly forceful, imparting tart bordeaux cask qualities of turbid acidic accentuations. Cackled white pepper meets hardened pumpernickel crust. Citric acid of lemon rind scrapings impart sweet & sour tendencies with an earthen juncture interceding as if itís been picked off the cotton farmerís floor. Effervescence is genial, body is mild mannered, and itís got a stinging bite about it. Semi-traditional hop prominence is accented by the dry, peppery rye persona, with a finish that commandeers attention, settling the score with oak, pinches of lime juice and chardonnay grapes going south. Big thanks to Styles for the bottle (if this guyís not going to heaven, we all donít stand a chance!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle sample courtesy, and thanks to MDS. Thanks MIke. Sampled at Tuesday night Jolly Pumpkin bonanza!Cloudy brown/mahogany, with good yeast floaties in bottom, and good lace present. Woodsy aroma with vague plum, whisky, and faint grapes/booze. Tart fruit matched with yeasty brett, and earthy oak, with some booze. Smooth, good tart finish, thick and earthy. Wow, great stuff. Thanks goes out To Ron J, and Mike. D. S.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
Rusty orange, very thin lightly tanned head. Nose was full of brett, lemon, vanilla, oak, and booze tones. Flavor is similar, but with a JP typical tart, tangy, sourness to it all. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, tangy finish. Not my favorite from them, but still nice none the less...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Bottle... Hazy, deep golden ale with a tiny, fizzy head. Perfumey, earthy aroma with a hint of bourbon. Citrusy, woodsy flavor. Light to medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes tart and astringent, then dry. Great brew! Thanks go out to arcania for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours to a hazy, murky, copper-amber with some ruby/rusty highlights that make it near opaque depending on the angle of the light. The head pours to a medium-large beige with little lacing (possibly due to my glass), but does stick atop the beer for a long time. The aroma is cherries, oak, sour aged barrel, very similar to a flemish sour ale, light strawberries, yeast, and with hints of caramel and bread (very mild). The taste is sour oak, laced with cherries, apples, light bourbon (much like the luciernaga, bourbon flavor without the alcohol), peppery/floral hops, sour orange with some alcohol flavors, and hints of vinegar. FInishes with sour orange, light floral hops, and oak barrel. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sometimes a bit oily, but not as watery as some of their other beers. Iím a huge fan of the aroma but the taste is not blowing me away (again the bourbon flavors donít blend to me).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11581) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks for sharing BuckNaked) Murky copper body with small beige head with decent retention. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, oak, some funk, light vinegar -- very Flemish Sour. Taste is medium sweet, oak, some cherry, light sourness, properly subdued bourbon. Watery light-medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from batch #1. Pours a murky, dark amber/light brown with a fluffy, off-white head that fades to a lasting cover. Nice lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend sweet caramel, sour fruit, plenty of Brett, very vinous, some hints of vinegar, bourbon is very subtle. Flavor is sour cherries and caramels, quite vinous with some oakiness. Finish is dry and sour with noticable bourbon presence. Mouthfeel is full and oily with soft carbonation. Beautifully done.

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