bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with really small head that fades quickly. Really sour and acidic. Very tart with some brown sugar, nutty flavors, and raisin. A little too much acidity for me. Interesting blend.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Pours a deep brown with a little orange around the edges. An aggressive pour is needed to coax a good head, which is strange, flimsy and soapy. Woody aroma of earth, leather, cherries, and some balsamic vinegar. Flavor is a strange and lovely progression. At first dark and earthy, with sour cherries and vinegar. Suddenly bright with rich and powerful citric acids. Finish is long and rich, kind of spicy, with a very pleasant nutty tone. Gains character as it warms. This is very complex, more so than blend 3. In the same vein as Oerbier Reserva, but it’s closest cousin would seem to be Cuvee de Tomme, a beer I don’t love by any stretch, but this clearly is superior. Could use more carbonation, but it’s kind of not an issue in that the thing is so wine-like to begin with, and is just super complex.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with tints of red in color only when you hold to the light. Slight lingering head and lace doesn’t stick around long. Deep nose, almost begging for a little something more, slight fig, red apple, oak, slight tart cherries, and a slight wineyness(is that a word?). Rich and sour in the mouth. Never lacking from beginning to finish but progressivly going from lighter to fuller from start to finish. I like the way the acids interplay from citric to the almost underlying baslamic notes. Will be sitting on my batch 3 and 4 for years to come.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 I’ve not had P2 or P3, but this far superior to P1, in terms of heft and depth of flavor. Yes, dominated by Roja, but with spice from the Noel detectable along with dark malts, walnut meat. Deliciously sour - everything this old Roja (36 months now?) touches is gold! I think this will age extremely well.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Rich caramel nutty nosed dusted with light alcohols, funk, and dry cotton and coconut. Color makes an appearance as a dark, dark mahogany-red, with a thin rim in off-white. Tart apricot, coconut juice, and sweet almond paste. Good clear citric acids. Flavors are well melded, but generic and a bit bland. La Roja dominates with a long dusty oak finish. Tart, with some high red fruits. Bright, but could use some more distinct backing. Funk is fairly plain for JP. One of their more alcoholic offerings. It’s good, but not the greatest for the Perseigudor series. I’d like a little more carbonation, nuance, and character in the malt and funk. Thanks Sean!