jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a thick, flat, light tan head. The aroma is sweet with melon, tart fruit, bubble gum, and grass. The flavor starts sweet and malty with some fruit. The middle of the tongue detects a slight amount of acid and some funk (brett?) along with other malt flavors like caramel and toffee. The finish picks up very complex flavors: hints of vanilla, lots of fruit (melon, banana), more grassy brettonamyces funk, and hints of acid that is very mild at first but leaves an after-taste like balsamic vinegar around the teeth and edges of the tongue. The finish is somewhat dry with a fruity malt flavor that intensifies into the after-taste. There are also hints of sherry in the finish and after-taste. The mouthfeel is quite nice - light with a very lively carbonation, but also creamy and not biting. Overall, not much like a typical Bière de Garde - it would be more appropriately labeled an Oud Bruin.
rajendra82 (1032) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA TheBlackMallard, this 750 ml bomber was quite exotic looking, especially considering the fact that it originated in Michigan. The reddish amber colored beer that resided in it came out bubbly and foamy, and looked quite at home in a tulip. The aroma was mild but complex, evoking soured cherries, plums, freshly cut oak logs, and oranges. The taste was tart and dry with loads of oak tannins. A flash of lemon sourness mixed with some brown sugar was apparent as well. Balanced delicately between all the flavors so none was dominant, which made it very easy to drink, despite the sawdust dry mouthfeel. In the words of Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld, “Wood is Good”.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Pours a hazy brown, small off white head. Aroma of sour apple, oak, and some wine notes. Flavor is very nicely done, smooth with just the right ammount of sour, also wood and vanilla notes.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ditry tan-orange, Smells of oak, dirt, earth, cherries, tied with a funky sourness. Tastes is mostly wood, bread, and an integrated sour tartness. Finishes equally tasty and somewhat slick. I was impressed with the integration of sour flavors in a beer that is naturally meant to taste earthy and "homemade." Very intereresting.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is crunchy candy vinegar, rotten apple juice and prison pruno. dirty socks and cheese. appearance is a beautiful disaster, horrid murky mess far beyond hazy with a strangely perfect head atop it all. flavor is spicy that ends quick and leads to inevitable sourness. lemons rubbed in filth with more of the apple juice at the end. the initial nose and mid taste reeks of a world class lambic, vinegar perfected. quite dry end leaves the tongue ridden with cotton. most interesting example of the substyle ive sampled as of yet, eternally drinkable.
gschrade (1014) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste slightly sour, fruity, citrus. I thought this was pretty good. I would drink this again.
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pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost no head at all, just hints of white over a hazed red brown to maroon body. Sweet tart fruit. Lively and sharp. Really opens up with some warming. Oaky and a bit tannic and still a vinous sweetness balances this beer. A little thin in the body, though still lively. very subdued carbonation. Big oaky cherry. solid but not dominant malt. Tangy and sour, but again, not dominant. A long dry lingering oaky finish. A bit of herbal complexity. This beer tasted differently as it warmed up, but it was always in balance, and always interesting. I love the things Jolly Pumpkin does!
Franckg (994) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superbe robe ambrée translucide avec une fine toile blanche sur le dessus. De fines bulles se dégagent sans pour autant créer une trop grosse effervescence. Arômes de bretts, citron, et caramel doux. En bouche, c’est très funky. Des saveurs de caramel et épices se dévoilent au milieu de ce party de levures sauvages acidulées. La finale est citronnée et amère avec une pointe caramélisée. Le corps est mince, soyeux et doux. Excellente bière de JP encore une fois.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Murky burnt orange color with a thin film of white head. Sweet alefruit aroma, with perfumey tinges of spice and a phenolic yeast character. Earthy and tannic shrouds over a slightly doughy and dark fruity malt flavor. Tart finish with residual caramel and alefruit. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat dry.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, lots of head. Aroma is dry and stiff, attenuated yeast driven character, a wee but of funk. Body is arch and dry, with a sharp doughiness, finishing crisply. This is top notch stuff.