bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Poured a medium brown color with solid head but not much lacing. Aroma was of spices and lemon/lime maybe, vanilla was in the background. Flavor was hence a sour first taste and sweet on the aftertaste very different very different for this style. Okay"
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rich, red color with orange/brown yeast in the glass at the first pour on an undisturbed bottle with a tan head and fat bubbles rising underneath in an aggressive carbonation. A definite tartness to the nose that shows an aged, rounded vinegar and some caramel with some yeast fruitiness. The flavor shows more Brett/Lambic bubblegum that the vinegar in the nose, but both are there. They are the dominating flavor in this beer but are not overwhelming and are beautifully balanced and softened by the sweet, caramelly malt. There is also a touch of tobacco and a unique, oily character to this beer but it is not offensive.
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized light brown head, fair retention, little lace. A very hazy brown colored brew, one murky little critter. Nose of caramel at first with licorice, plum and a touch raisiny. Body is med/full with a lovely creamy texture backing the gently aggressive carbonation. Caramel, light chocolate and spice flavors, fruity, dark malts, hints of licorice, cocoa and a small shot of coriander also. Lightly dusty and earthy notes lie underneath it all. Finish is lightly sweet and fruity. Me like! Props to Robert @ SLL for this one!
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a solid brown color with a tan-white head that was very persistent, never went away. Lacing was solid, no rings, but lots of drooping lines of lace. The aroma was of limes, spicing (those two together musta been the level of cacao), some cinnamon, some vanilla, and oranges. The flavor followed suit with a sweet-sour aspect that normally doesn’t please me. However, the combination of everything in this one was quite enjoyable, although a little over-spiced to be excellent. Very not your typical dubbel, but as a belgian-esque brown ale, darned dandy. Mouthfeel was moderate to thick for the style, creamy.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(props to doclock for hooking this up)dark brown body with a nice thick brown head that left huge webbing as it sat.aroma and flavor mixed up bretts,brown sugar,cherry,apple,and spice.im really diggin’ on the j.p. brews right now.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Mike & Molly’s (Champaign, IL) thanks to Tom (siodhachain). Cloudy dark brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of chocolate, orange zest, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, anise. Medium body, light carbonation. Some sweetness in the flavor, evidence of the spices, notable alcohol, and a touch of chocolate. Not a style I care for but this was very nicely done.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 750mL Bottle. Pours a cinnimony reddish brown color with a medium, frothy off-white head. The tart brett aromas linger nicely with some light fruits, giving it a nice bouquet of fermented apple cider, complete with lemon peel, cinnimon, cloves, and fresh rhubarb pie, sweetened with a pinch of brown sugar. A touch of light chocolate maltiness starts this one out, before being taken over by a medium bodied texture full of bretts. After the bretts start to mellow out, a spicy mustiness starts to build, taking over in the form of an aged garochta. Some light green pepper spice and raw tulip stalk herbalness balance out the maltiness. Unique blend of a spicy belgian ale with the tart addition of brettanomyces, but the flavor balance is a bit too far out there for my palate. Still, an interesting and highly enjoyable brew overall.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a flow of light sour wooden oaked oranges
and brown sugars, with floating esters, touches of
flaming warmth, lechees and hints of cinnamoned
pears. Delicate, enticing and all around fantastic.
Pour of lightly hazed ruddied mahogany with a creamy
soaping head of off-white. Flavor is a concentrated
heavy cheese of oak and tannins. Dusty. Tart lemons
over dusty horsebarn. Sour in a good way, but not
really possessing the gentle coconut or pineapple.
Stalks of green rhubarb coated with white sugar and
eaten raw. A husk of faint chocolate. Flavor
develops as beer builds. Tounge develops resistance,
then follows new path, with a run of sliced green
apples and monterey jack cheese. Spice with a hint
of ginger and light lime peel. Body is impressive,
with good levels of sweetness, but not too
attenuated. Perfect level of drinkability. A kick of
light dry hopness on the backend for balance. Not
really a Dubbel in my book, more suited to a Brett
Belgian Ale. Unfortunately, it’s as if they took a
very nice spiced Dubbel or Brown ale, then ruined it
with Brett, but the Brett still tastes good.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown mahogany color, light head and lacing. Nose of bright citrus, spice, hops and fruity malts. Very strong and balanced. The flavor is chewy with notes of cranberry, fig, thick malts and a sweet/tart balance. Super creamy and balanced. Yummy. I like the overall balance and body this offers. Have I mentioned it’s balanced?
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong yeasty aroma, spicey and quite aromatically strong. Rich cinnamon, mustard seed and cardamon. with a hint of sour aplle cider vinegar. Mouthfeel is full with lots of sour acidity, full of spiciness and somewhat vinous, but still very true to style for a brown ale. Beneath everything there is a tasty brown lurking in here, but made out in the open similar to a lambic. Very unique and delicious.