Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, - FEB 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sticky white foam atop a golden cloud. Resinous, coniferous complementary brett/hop combo, appealing in its flowery, lilac perfumey notes and exotic in its fruit salad, honeyed tropical tendrils. It makes for a very complex beer and one in which the old age has allowed the brett to take plenty of room and the hops to keep the oxidation at bay, still providing a fair bitterness, but also, when paired with the wood, casting a tannic, tea reminiscent texture of great refinement. That feeling is amped up by the smooth palate of medium build and intense, yet unagressive carbonation. All in all, it’s really dry, almost Orvalesque in that regard and deeply phenolic, venturing into clove, pepper and eucalyptus territories. As it warms up, phenols take a large portion of the room, adding a medicinal kick to it that feels wild a plenty, but perhaps less elegant than when at cellar temp. A fine local treasure that I see is gathering some homey hype that is well deserved. Very accomplished. Those barrels are a marvel.
OldMrCrow (1826) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Chris’s place. Thanks, Chris!
Billed as an IPA and closer to that than to the usual wild/sour. Orange peel hops with rose blossom and lots of Brett, wood coming in. Brett heavy in the flavor, a slight touch of honey. There’s this orange thing that comes through strong and balances out all of the brett in a way that makes me wonder why we aren’t seeing more Brett IPAs. The hops are holding strong after 18 months in the barrel.
This one came out of nowhere (for me, at least) to take the night against a very fine lineup of other (mostly wild, sour) beers.
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to mcberko. Pale amber, white head. Really lovely aroma: orange blossom, rose water. Fruity, bretty, delicious aroma. Vanilla (thanks commercial description and broken French -- then vanilla and rose were hard to articulate). Caramel, toast. Taste: good and bretty. Herbal as well. Surprisingly complex, delicate, and delicious. Moderately bitter, dry finish. Alcohol present. Herbal, earthy, fruity. Damn, this is fucking great. Want moar.
sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours deep copper brown with a magnificent ultra-creamy lasting head, superb sticky lacing, a thick layer of retention plus lots and lots of clustered streams. Awesome.
Nose: light barnyard with very woody pressed apple cider. Very clean nose. (lvl-8)-pungency
Attack: crisp, tingly fizzy
Mid-palate: full-bodied, (lvl-5)-sweetness, light-sour + med tangy, (MAIN) super woody, orange peel, caramel malts, pressed apple juice, vanilla, mild alcohol detection
Finish: yeasty, grapefruit bitter hops and pulp, lingering woody malt hopped finish.
Summary: Excellent complexity, moderately palate-heavy. Great flavours going on; good with a meal. One-and-done solo beer.
RickTheRick (375) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange oxydé, assez trouble et ne moussant que très peu, le bouquet vivifiant de cette bière avec ses houblons fruités et résineux et son aspect sauvage promet une expérience inoubliable et c’est le cas. En bouche, c’est à la fois très fruité, gracieuseté des houblons et du vieillissement en barriques de vin rouge, et funky à cause des bretts. D’une facilité déconcertante à boire, j’aimerais avoir une bouteille pour moi tout seul la prochaine fois. Moi aussi je suis sauvage des fois!
presario (4625) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange amber with a clumping foam. Aroma is a melange of IPA and Brett. Starts out delicate on the tip of tongue and then pounces on the middle. Back end is full of subtle notes; malt, Brett, citrus, wood and spice. Has a bit of roughness to it in the aftertaste, almost chewy.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of earth, horseblanket, pepper, and lemon. Flavor of lemon, brett, earthiness, florals, and subtle vanilla with a dry finish.
RumRunner101 (770) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy copper pour with white head and great lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, brettanomyces, tart grapes. Flavour has a great mix of all elements of the nose with a funky, dry, bitter finish. Tasty.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5388-20130525] Large bottle. Yeasty sour grains aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Buttery sour yeast flavour has a lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
26/IV/14 - 75cl bottle @ ZBF 2014 (Leuven) - BB: n/a (2014-421) Thanks to tom10101 (I think? Things got a bit hazy towards the end) for sharing the bottle!
Cloudy reddish orange beer, creamy yellowish head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: artificial brett aroma, pleasant sourness, fruity, tangerines. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: artificial brett, bit sour, pretty bitter and dry. Aftertaste: bitter, grapefruit, bit of artifical brett yeast, some lemon rind. Why always using that same brett yeast package people? You want wild yeast? Go collect it outdoors.
bartlebier (1718) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle sample@ZBF 2014-ZA, courtesy of, apparently, tom10101 (in absentia). "Bière sauvage/bière forte". Pours a murky orange with vestigal foam at edges. Apple & orange blossom, floral aroma merges into a tart and dry tripel/saison with prepared citrus rind as its core ester reference; some bready yeast characteristics. Very nice stuff and much more natural drinking than many a US saison.