GregClow (2948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & blankboy - my bottle. Hazy orange-amber, moderate white head. Great aroma - spicy, funky & fruity. Soft mouthfeel. Loving the flavour - sour fruit, woody, roasty & nutty, with some slightly numbing clove notes in the finish. Not getting much chestnut, but it’s still very good stuff.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - GregClow’s bottle. Cloudy deep orange, decent foamy off-white head. Acidic funky sour aroma, tart citrus (lemon), oaky, very spicy and yeasty - intriguing. Taste follows the nose, but brings it all together - soft vanilla oak, sour citrus malt, fruit, yeast, very spicy in the finish - balanced and funky, very nice, like a mild barrel-aged gueuze. Thick body, slick, acidic, nicely carbonated, long balanced soft sour finish. I could drink a whole one of these no problem at all.
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a patchy white head, fizzy, and some spotty lacing. Aroma is sour fruit (citrus, cherry, raspberry), water logged wood, malt (meal), yeast (dough) and an alcohol nose. Medium bitterness, tart sweetness, low acidity, malty wood flavor, hint of vinegar and tart cherries. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with a few particulates, small head. Bold aroma, spicy and sour, pumpkin. Taste is sour and bitter up front. Light spiciness. Mild yeastiness. Finish is exceptionally clean. Body was a little too watery for me.
sloth (2594) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
KSBF06: After fest party. Kind of appeared out of no where! Cool! Small offwhite head that was short lived. Hazy dark brown brew, slight red edging. Nose is light malts, nuts and yeast, a hint earthy, spicey. Body is medium, lightly carbonated and a touch coating on the palate. Light roasty flavors, caramel malts, woody, faint citrus and notes of anise. Finish is lightly sweet and tart. Would love to try again.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to BgBurdman for sharing this at the last Columbus tasting. The aroma is sour and some funky grass smells as well. The pour was a golden brown with a small head. Slightly sour taste with a good bit of yeast and some tangy flavors as well. The mouthfeel was light with ample carbonation.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing. Mostly just tart malty flavors, was not able to detect any benefit from barrel aging likely due to sourness that overpowered the whole experience.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to footbalm for this one
I had high expectations for this beer and I was disappointed. First of all, I tasted neither chestnuts nor spices. In fact, it tasted simply like a sour beer.
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2008 bottle (batch 335).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of wood, dry leaves, apple skins, oregano.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Excellent batch...spices are subtle and enticing, in the background but always pulling your nose back in to find them. Saison-like in the mouth...dry and quenching, very quaffable. Once again I’m reminded that Ron is making Fantome-like beer that’s better than Fantome itself these days. One of my favorite American brewers.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Beer is cloudy, medium caramel brown with a large, pale pink, frothy, mostly lasting, diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, trace caramel and light cookie; Hoppy with light notes of grapefruit oil, resin/pine, trace floral; Yeasty with light notes of basement, trace of dough and horseblanket; Moderate miscellaneous note of alcohol, decompsing leaf and apple. Reminds me a bit of Medovina’s harvest Cyzer.
<P>The flavor is moderately acidic/sour, lightly bittersweet with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic/sour finish.
<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.