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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Aged 3 months in a Merlot used cask with had added a sourness and wild character to the base Biere De Garde. Brewed in honor of the Tour De France, "Maillot Jaune" or "Yellow Jersey". The Grand Reserve version has been aged an additional 6 months plus in the barrel and is now listed at 8% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Growler courtesy GoT. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small off white head that receds quickly. The aroma shows hints of tart grapes, oak, funk, and citric acidity. This has a very musty, barnyard like smell to it. Very funky. The flavor follows and is very vinous with tart and acidic merlot grapes to go with oak that adds an earthy componet. The brett dries things up and adds that farmhouse like funk as well. Medium bodied and finely carbonated with a slight tart finish from the grapes. Really nice use of the wine barrels in this one. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3552) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Growler shared by GodOfThunder. Pours hazy golden color with white head. Sour, funky aroma. Tart flavor and a little fruity with some wood and a touch of merlot in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Growler, courtesy of GodOfThunder. Pours a hazy golden with some nice lacing around the glass. Nose is musty, tart, honey, funky brett with some light fruitiness. In flavor, tart and fruity, a little grainy malt, with some woody tannins and some booze towards the end as it warms. Low carbonation, drying, big round mouthfeel from all the tannins. Solid and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Growler, courtesy GoT. Pours a hazy, medium golden hue. A flimsy, off-white head dissipates quickly, leaving micro-spot lacing behind. The aroma is quite vinous, with sharp, acedic grape notes, new American oak, mild bretty mustiness, and some citric acidity all showing strong. There’s perhaps some wet hay or straw in there as well, along with some mineral overtones. Flavors follow suit, quite vinous overall, somewhat reminiscent of a crisp, tannic Pinot Grigio, complete with a hint of creaminess. Brettanomyces imparts a light, dry, farmhouse funk and tartness. Oak really makes itself known, imparting an earthy, woody element. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp, and semi-dry, even the mouthfeel resembles that of a summertime white wine. Very good stuff. A true bridge between two worlds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Growler courtesy GOT. Pours a hazy reddish copper. Pungent spicy citrus malt and funk aroma. Tart malt and merlot taste when it starts to warm a little, with hints of barrel and funk. Smooth and easy to drink, its good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Growler… Hazy yellow ale with no head. I can only describe the aroma as Barnyard-Extreme! Layers of fresh and stale manure, straw, horse blanket and limburger cheese – in a good way? Yep! Medium-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. Tart with essences of aged, old, vintage cheese. No residual sweetness can be found lingering in the midst of the acidity and the balancing, earthy, minerally bitterness. Finishes tart, funky and dry. Thanks to GoT for providing the growler!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Special thanks to Hoppymeal for the growler. Super funky aroma of hay, (cigarette smoke thanks to some asshole in the bar), alcohol and citrus. Flavor keeps a nice bit of hops, with a lot of wood. This is great, but I honestly wish there was a little more from the merlot. Kick ass funky and woody brew, though. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
[Draft @ Livery] Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, honey, vanilla, toasted malt, grapes, leather, and citrus fruits. Taste of citrus fruits, apple, tart grape, vanilla, toasted oak, wild yeast, and a dry, tart, finish. What a surprise, this was the best beer of my trip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Draft @ MBGF Summer 08. Pours hazy dark golden color with a small white head. The aroma was a funky tart citrus with moderate sweetness and grass. Not just any grass, but the kind found in open fields like the beginning of Little House on the Prairie. The flavor is crisp and refreshing with moderate sweetness, tart citrus, wood, fruity, and more grass. This was one of the betteer beers from day two of the fest. Thanks to BBB63 for being our go to guy for the Livery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13469) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured orange color with an average fizzy off-white head that lasted with fair lacing. Heavy complex woody sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium sour bitter finish of long duration. Complex refreshing beer.

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