3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, blend 3. Pours dark brown and purple with zero head, but thereís low but noticeable levels of carbonation, zippy, fruity and puckery all at once on the tongue, with a minimal bite of acidicy throughout. The wood, plum and red grapes notes are nice, as is the woody tobacco notes. A fine beer overall, fully complex, but young, I think. Given time I can see where this would go.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this one from my wants list (blend 3). Pours a hazy reddish brown with an average bubbly off white head. Aroma of funk, oak, some vanilla green apple, toasted malts, some caramel, cherry, floral notes...really nice aroma. Flavor of bret, some Ginger, citrus, sour cherries, tart and dry.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Blend 3] Poured a hazy chestnut color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, vanilla, light spices, and citrus fruits. Taste of light caramel malts up front, citrus, green grape, and a bit of apple, with a dry, bretty finish.
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium and hazy brown pour with an enormous and lasting, creamy white head. Sour aroma with apple, spice, yeast and light cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated, medium bodied. Again, pretty sour taste and a lot more cherry comes out towards the middle. Warming alcohol, some oak/wood notes towards the finish. Finish is tart, quick with lingering apple and cherry.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml out of the cooler @ Papago. Blend 5, 2007 Oak sour fruit aroma. Dark body with thin head. Sweet and sour fruit flavor with the taste of oak wood in the background. Sourness lingers for aftertaste Sour bitter is medium for this one not as tart.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 (blend 1).....pours dark caramel brown with a thin ivory, slightly brown head.....aromas of oak, tartness, apples and very little in the way of spices which i would expect more of an abundance of.....flavors of tartness, a little caramel and brown sugar with a dry finish. backdrop adds some peppery spice as it warms. finishes with a modicum of spice.....thereís better to be had from JP but perhaps it was this particular blend?
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blend 2. Hazy brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of light funk, sour, pale caramel malt, oak, and light spices. FLavors held vinous elements, more funk, brown sugar, light sweet malt, light fruits. Medium/light body, sour/funky/sweet with a dry/sour finish. Nice!
SDalkoholic (2298) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle from Southbay Drugs and Liquor. This brew was a complete surprise than what I had expected. It was a medium shade of brown with almost no formation of head but instead a tiny layer of film that didnít last more than a few seconds. The aroma was yeast and hard liquor smell that got me wondering what kind of Belgian it was. The flavor is a strange mutation of a Belgian ale gone haywire and reminds me of my experience of Alpine Ichabod ale (bottled). Not feeling this one at all, but then again this whole concept of aging Belgians in oak barrels is new to me. I am, however, feeling the presence of the alcohol though and itís quite relaxing to know at least this beer did something for me.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding light tan head. Aroma of oak, cherry brett, and toffee. Taste is cherry, barnyard, oak, and leather. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very soft carbonation (cask). Very well hidden alcohol. This is a fairly mild beer when served from the cask.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bottle, thanks Sersdf. Murky brown pour with an oily head. Wet hay, yeasty, sour, with a woody citrus character. Flavor is surprising... sweet and spiced - cardamom and cinnamon, clove. Pretty interesting finish. Nutmeg. Iím not sure this is a Christmas beer, other than the spice notes. Itís good though. Hugely smooth for 9%. Rerate - YAY! A gusher. An over attenuated and funky beer from JP? Weird... Good though.