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 (2155) - 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.
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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 (5360) - 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 (5185) - 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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canít believe there werenít any monks involved in this brewing tart sweet brett aroma,huge rocky head, that wonderful thirst quenching Belgium spicey hard hitting taste,with a pleasing dry finish
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Spicy and bready aroma, a fair bit of sweetness in it as well. Very belgian, it had a little sourness to it and some light hoppiness. Good stuff. My bottle was a bit of a gusher though.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-red body with a nose of fruit, candi sugar and alcohol. Flavors of sour grapes, oak barrel, nutmeg and Garm Masala. Long finish.