SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This was a gusher like no other. Itís really a good thing JP doesnít cage and cork their bottles, because this would have broken a lightbulb. Anyway, this is a fascinating beer. When cold, thereís a very discernable hop presence, especially for a Belgian style. Very musty and earthy in the nose, like a good farmhouse. But, thereís a nice sweet, yet hoppy underpinning to the farmhouse. Very nice nose. Very complex in the mouth. Tart and lemony to begin, like a world class lemonade. Very thirst quenching and lip puckering. Every sip leaves you craving the next. The lemony citrus leads to a sweet backbone consisting of honey and a hint of banana. Dry, tart and hoppy finish. It almost defies classification, as itís like a perfect melding of a saison and an APA, and itís very Orval-like in itís presentation. Excellent beer, and now Iím off to find a Grand Reserve ...
thornecb (4868) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Pours deep amber into a tulip with a significant off-white mound of head. Spicy fruit and resin notes. Full and complex with upfront sour fruit and a slightly bitter lasting finish.
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color, great aroma; nice blend of spice and fruitiness. Nice smooth flavor with surprising complexity. Begs another taste to pick up the other undertones. Nice sourness to give a nice finish without overpowering. Good stuff.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish golden color with a voluminous bright white head. Aroma is sour & acidic -- a slight touch of vinegar -- with wood, fruit; vaguely floral; funky. Tastes are sweet/sour, caramel malt, light lemon/lime; some spicy funk present as well. Excellent beer; very refreshing, balanced, with everlasting aftertastes.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TAR for this. Light red body with a mainly dark red body and a fat white head. This was a fun one to pour, it gushed on us. Hints of sourness in the nose. Smells like a hot forest, woody and floral that sweats. Rich velvety mouth feel, caramel sourness that tastes good, TAR said band-aids, but I donít see it. I get salty, light lime sherbet, lingering sour finish. A touch of butter cream. The spices are working well here. A good beer with good company and good music as the day dies down on the back patio makes for a good time.
Ap-4 ar-7 tas-7 pal-5 ov-16
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. My favorite of all the JP brews that Iíve tried. Very drinkable w/ a hint of sourness. Great beer.
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 oz bottle, via Dough77. Pours a dark copper, clear on the first pour, with a meringue-like white head. Amazing retention and lacing throughout. Aroma is fruity and dusty with some cellar funkiness. A nice dry yeastiness with a touch of brett ties it all together nicely. Very dry and funky up front with just the lightest fruitiness on the finish. Notes of coriander, herbs, and a light hoppiness. The brett character really came out as it warmed toward room temperature. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lively fine carbonation. Very refreshing. Just a beautiful beer. I really didnít notice a huge difference between the GR and this one, but I drank the GR over a month ago. Either way, itís awesome and I canít get enough from these guys.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Via trade with zathrus13. Hazy burnt copper color with a huge, frothy, off-white head. VERY active CO2. Dark fruits in the aroma. Also a bit of leather and hairspray. Bubbly mouth feel with obvious brett. Slightly spicy with a very understated flavor. Predominantly brett. dry finish.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
JuliosSpring Beer Festival. Peculiar curried wood aroma with a touch of light esters and a hint of interesting hops. Pour of clearish yellow with a slick of white. Flavor is surprisingly thin to me, without any real depth. A surprise to me was the domination of what seems to be hops in the beer. The sourness added a level of complexity. The Belgian Ale yeast phenols and esters usually donít work with me, so I hate to slam a beer for that. Really, I need to rerate this with more time with it.
Boutip (5198) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (courtesy of Sammy): Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of floral malt with a good dose of Brett is exquisite. Taste is almost perfect with a great mix between floral malt, oak and a well balance presence of sourness and tart. The spices that are mentioned on the label (Coriander and grain of paradise) are very subtle and could hardly be tasted though. This is probably the closest thing to Orval that Iíve had the chance to drink. I do wonder when going through some of the other ratings and the description on the label if the Brett and the sourness were intended or not but in any case I am not complaining because this was a great beer experience.