RespertFTW (461) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Hazy ruby pour. Absolutely love this beer. Just the right amount of carbonation and tartness and a very pleasant finish. Will buy again.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a fluffy two finger dirty white head. Aroma of bread and barnyard funk. Vinegar immediately jumps out. Tart or sour apple flavor with some hint of pear. Also a hint of brett. The barnyard carries over to the taste as well and there is a hint of ciitrus hops as well.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Pours a dark red with a decent tan head...lacing. Aroma is dominant tartness and funky yeast...some great malt and fresh fruit. Taste is also dominant with tart fresh fruit and fresh malts...some nice hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is divine (very little carbonation)...perfect jolly pumpkin.
Hopped_Silly (411) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blend 1, bottled 2/2013. Complex and hard to define.. though a very enjoyable sour. Subtle vinous aromas and flavors consisting of subtle dark cherries and damp wood, though unlike a Flanders sour. More subtle, undefinable nuances.. Maybe some cranberry, strawberry and other berry flavors.. A deep earthy, yeast component is also present, though very much in check and balanced with other layers. A very enjoyable sour, that I think may be under-appreciated in my neck of the woods, as it sells slowly. Definitely now one of my favorite JP's.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tommy, thanks! Pours a murky light brown with very small head. No lacing. Aroma of little dried fruits, a bit of honey, funk, brett. Taste has a light brown sugar, dark fuits, oak, honey, nice sourness, a bit acetic but nothing too agressive. Low body and low carbonation. Like this one a lot.
oakbluff (406) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into my Darkness goblet. First off- bottle wasn’t a gusher, so that’s a minor victory. Ok, now what do we have? Dark reddish oak colour with excellent clarity and fluffy off white head. Nice silky lacing. Nose- a big whiff of that classic JP funk and woodiness. Taste- rich wood and earthiness. Brett presence is felt, but overwhelming sourness. Green apple, crab apple Very dry finish from the wood and some hops show up as well. Reminds of Fantome brew. Various spices in flavour that I can’t pick out. The wood has really imparted a lot of flavour and character into this. Carbonation is spritzy and drinkability is high. Very addictive and just great stuff plan and simple.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours rather boisterously a ruby gold color with massive 1-inch dense sudsy head. Cider-sour on the nose, flowery and bitter-citrusy; seems more like a gueze than a biere de garde. More sourness on the tongue, crisp carbonation quickly cleans the palate leaving surprisingly strong medicinal hoppy bitterness on the palate. Grapefruit and melon pop out on the tongue, along with dusty spices and metallic tinges. Light body, yet heavy carbonation fills the mouth quite quickly. Alcohol is well buried. I can imagine this being very refreshing on a summer deck. Impressive depth for an American brew.
Jabic (373) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Hint of caramel, funk, a little metallic - some clean apple, too
Ap: Cloudy amber - small off-white head with a ring of lacing.
T: Sour and a touch malty - cherry, plum, some sweetness - strongly sour finish with big fruit notes and some higher alcohols.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: The most sour biere de garde I’ve ever had, but I’m enjoying it - mixes the typical deep malt flavor with some nice fruit and sourness.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a could dark orange with a large sustaining head, very rocky. Aromas are loaded with outdoors, woods, leaves, earth, lots of fruit as well, oranges and other citrus. Flavor is lightly sour fruits, quite spicy, sweet caramel.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer decants a hazy reddish brown, with a nice short tan head that retains well and leaves ample lace. nose is quite a bit cleaner than I expected - very nice, rich malt notes and some earthy hoppiness, with a hair of underlying tartness. very inviting. flavor is solidly that of a biere de Garde - a solid maltiness up front, with a lightly bitter finish. also some licorish notes in the finish, as well as a slightly tart astringency, which I attribute to the oak. a real solid example of the style, and again, cleaner than I expected.