berntholer (492) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
light beige head that disappears quickly but not completely with some lacing. amber clear colour. aroma starts of a bit candylike, orval-aroma, brettanomyces but also something like a rodenbach grand cru (rgc) vinous even and rather complex. taste of red fruit, like rgc, bitter with a slight wry aftertaste (tanines?). dry sour mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and medium body. good one!. bottle 75 cl / batch #958 / bottled 12-14-2011
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy brown colour, slight white head. Light sour aroma, cherries, citrus, caramel and funk. Light sour flavour, citric acid, lactic acid and malts. Bit thin body. Sour finish, quite a bit of funk. No cacao nor cinnamon though.
The Belgian Strong Ale category fits a lot of different beers. Calling this one a Belgian Strong Ale is stretching it though. Quite a bit. Itís more like a sour ale. Either itís infected, or the monastic Belgian brews they were inspired by were brewed before Pasteur discovered yeast. Besides that, I did quite like it.
(From 75cL bottle at ZZT VII, Oirschot. Courtesy of ceasar)
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT VII, thx to everyone for sharing their bottles. Fruity, cherry, red wine. Sourish and funky like most of the Jolly Pumpkins. I would describe it as a strong Flemish Sour or like they call it in Flanders "Vlaams Oud Bruin". Maybe thatís why they call it a Brown Ale and Ratebeer classifies as a Belgian Strong Ale? One way or another, I love these kinds of beer and the funkiness and spices give some extra complexity. Didnít get a lot of the cacao.
Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Caesar @ ZZT VII. Hazy reddish color, small beige head. Smell sourness, red fruits, lightly yeasty, barnyard and funky. Tastes about the same, red fruits, lightly sourish hints, funky. Medium carbonation, average body.
kermis (3652) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at ZZT 7 thanks to Ceasar. Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of tart fruits, light vinegar, some funk, cacao, spice, orange peel. Flavor is light sweet, a little acidic. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
DutchDrebus (3088) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT7 thx to Ceasar. Copper colour with a small off-white head. Smells sourish, red fruits, fresh. Like a flemmish red. Tastes sourish, slightly dusty, fresh, red fruits. Slightly dry, thin to medium body, fizzy carbo.
Hopswagger (85) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Gushed once the top was popped and tumbled into a murky burnt sienna body. Head has moderate retention and presented itself as a mound of dense frothy cappuccino that settled to a bubbly big with filmy lacing.
S: Astringent medicinal aroma, chocolate oranges, funky basement yeast, sour dough bread, moldy rye, foam shoe polisher with mink oil, and faint whiffs of tropical fruit bubblicious.
T/M: Taste comes off as a Flemish with sour lemon tea flavor that brings a spiced lemon pinesol essence that coats the palate like cooking oil. Funky basement brett, old leather, oak, cayenne pepper, and berries. Burnt cocoa, very faint cinnamon, linger in the background. Moderate body with spicy carbonation.
O: An interesting beer to say the least. I was unsure about this from the first taste but as it warmed it began to grow on me. Funky and tart but not as spiced as I expected. Itís not a fantastic beer but I like the approach Jolly Pumpkin took on this. Probably wouldnít buy it again considering the price.
maxwelldeux (2699) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown color with a thick off-white head that disappears quickly. Nose seems a bit light to me, though I get some of the spiciness coming through. Taste is slightly sweet up front, but with a bit of sourness in the finish.
bierbairn (8) - - APR 7, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Crispy, tart, dark, slightly bitter. Tiny bit of sweetness. Refreshing if you want a dark beer on a hot day.
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared between a few of us. Medium hazy brown with a lively tan head. Aroma is not as sour as most JP beers Iíve tried-- the cocoa is readily evident here, like a dry cocoa powder. The palate shows the trademark lactic sourness (love it or hate it, canít escape it -- I love it), but the cocoa and spices are easily found and combine to make a really intriguing flavour profile. Moderately carbonated, bordering on lively. The more I drank, the more this really grew on me. Oddly quenching and filling both at the same time.