BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fantastic. Lovely amber color. Two fingers of creamy head. Slightly sour and delicious. Wonderful.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Sampled December 2005, with a follow-up session with tpkenned (where we had a whole bottle to ourselves) in January 2006.
Mostly translucent with a mild orange-copper color. Some miniscule bubbles form a bigger-picture, thick wrung around the sides of the tulip to serve as the head. Aroma, as always, is so f’in good. Sage, freesia, lemon husks and hints of hazelnuts sitting in chardonnay. Curacao and orange peel add extra dimension as a sweet, souring current courses through the nose and bridges its way into the mouth. Turning green grape skin graced with cinnamon imbeds a souring, near-tannic personality that livens with admirable effervescence. Articulated dance of caramel dipped Granny Smith apples help to embody the perfectly balanced sweet & sour relationship that provides an over-arching theme throughout the entire experience. Slight husk array with coriander scratch and a subtle, sullen hop regime to bring it back to its flawless artesian roots. Additional accents of pinot and sauvignon grapes and a dusty hazelnut crust are most prevalent in the finish, joined soon thereafter by orange rind scrapings (neglected for weeks) and subtle, subconscious turning pistachios. Such a flawless execution of all the appropriate souring dimensions along with seductive sweetening that consistently balances the brett-like nature from going overboard. Sheer delight. Another daunting, world class creation. Few things can render me breathless and speechless. The majority of such feats stem from Dexter, Michigan.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another beer in which my review serves no justice. Muddy orange with huge white head, tiny bubble carbonation. Head gently fades to creamy film. Great lacing. Great sour/tart character in the nose. Mostly orange and cherry. Some floral notes with yeasty/musty farmhouse funk. Initial flavor very sweet, buttery caramel/chestnut combination. Turns to floral flavors and lambic/brett like sourness, with lots of orange zest. Maybe JP/Ron’s barrels have bacteria setting in now? I love it!!! Finishes sweet, sour and somewhat dry. Don’t really get much spice unless it’s cardomom? maybe paradise? Great mouthfeel, starts lively and finishes creamy. Quickly becoming my daily drinker.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cL, batch 244,245. Pours a drop dead gorgeous deep golden orange with dense stark white foam, phenomenal lacing and retention. Aroma is at first a little wild with some sharp acidic notes, then some nice nutty malt notes appear and just a little hint of pear skins in there also. Flavor follow the aromas line of attack, big and bretty from the start with a beautiful slightly nutty malt intermission followed by a some sharp fruit skin bitterness to finish it all off. Easily the most enjoyable and drinkable JP I’ve had and that’s no knock against their lineup, this was a damn fine beer!
antidote (1) - RUSSIA - MAY 8, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Редкое для российс& любител& пиво, в России на данный момент попробо& негде. Одно из самых необычн& пив, которые мне довелос& попробо& Ярко выражен& аромат дуба (!!) дополня& нотками яблока, корицы и сушёной петрушк& На вкус - терпкое, кислое, с нотками дуба и фруктов.
craigcochran (16) - - MAY 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby and slightly golden. The aroma is bright and funky. The style really shines with the sourness. Incredibly drinkable.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Steve (punkrkr27) Thanks! Man, I have wanted to get a hold of this beer for the longest time, and it is worth the wait in every aspect. Pours out a reddish yellow color with a pretty thick white head. Smell is oak, sour flavors, yeast, fruits, and some nuts. Taste is smooth and rich, but also kind of sour to give it a nice little punch. Hops are not present at all. Very smooth and an awesome beer that should be brewed year round. This is their best beer I have gotten to try thus far. The only problem is my glass disappeared too quickly. Great stuff.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again JP has created a masterful brew!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Batch 1. Pours amber with big, creamy, white head. Mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is apricots and oranges with lots of cobwebs and funk. The flavor is caramel, citrus, wood, hay, funk and spice. The finish is dry, tart, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Great stuff.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 01.31.06 750ml bottle thanks to Schroppfy. The beer as it rests in the tulip globe glows as a November sunrise, blazing, fiery, and a smoky haze. The head is lasting, creamy, the color of Mantoloking sand. Aromas greet the observer without prodding as wafting but attenuated waves of succulent floral, misty woodlands, toasted sage, and dried citrus potpourri come quickly forward. The palate is delighted with this perfect snapshot of the season and I am struck with glee. Flavors and aromas meld to bring a sense of a damp oak forest in autumn - a mossy streamside with rotting leaves, mineral rich soil, and musty, buttery chestnuts gathered in a wicker basket. More savory spice emerges with time and temperature as a revelation of corriander and spicy yeast notes comes to the fore. A pleasant mix of tart fruits (grape), mild astringency (apple, floral), miniscule but necessary sourness, and perfume throughout. I would wish only for a somewhat firmer body, less smooth and perhaps more astringent. If Orval brewed an autumn beer, it might just be this. Excellent.
20070303 vertical with 05 and 06 versions. The 05 had great development, melding of hops and brett. Finish has smoothed out. The 06 was bright, hoppy, and fun. Of the group, I was the only one who preferred the younger.