BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At brewery: Slightly hazed deep golden hue with a small but lasting head and spotty lace. The nose is grapey, woody and acidic with a hint of Belgian yeast esters and wild yeast lacto funk. Some mineral, biscuit, and herbal notes as well. WOW, great twangy forefront of acidity and oak from the Merlot barrel combining with hops driven bittersweet over a layer of dry biscuity malt. Hint of honey and caramel comes in and out. Clean tannic finish makes this brew dangerously refreshing. There is no hint of alcohol found on the palate. Among the finest beers Steve has done. Think BA Maillot Jaune but much bigger and wild. Sadly all gone for now... sniff
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL Bottle. Thanks so much Sean! I’m very grateful to have this beer. Aroma gives a strong, lightly acidic brash Brett character. Very floral and orchid-like with some fresh warm cotton and a bit of dusty breeze. Nice and inviting. Pours a lightly hazed clearish orange-yellow, with a fast fading tall rocky head that came from a gushing bottle. Flavor is a bit peculiar. Sharp and somehow hot. A snappy bit of hop oils plays through a deeper and barrel-inflected malt sugar. Chewy and foamy, somehow. Hot. There’s a surprising amount of alcohol heat that pours through a bit of old hop character. Dusty finish. Overall, I actually enjoy this a good bit. It’s complex, if some of the flavors are unusual, and drinkable.
I drank deeper into the bottle and realized I love this beer. The combination of fresh dry hops with spicy brett is just great. I had been letting other ratings heavily impact me and that wasn’t fair. This beer is delicate and delightful. The hopping so grassy, fresh and bright. The Brett is spicy and leaves a beautiful kiss of cotton candy and passionfruit in the finish. The belgian yeast plays well with the wine barrel and the hops. All around a fantastic beer.
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Urbain and the guys at Struise for sending this one over gratis for the group to try at the ratebeer winter gathering.
A: Pours a nice brillant red with a small whitish pink head. Lite retention and no lace.
S: Aromas of tart cherry, mild spice, and bretty funk.
T: Light cherry, raspberries, oak, spices, and a mild brett tartness.
M: On the lighter side of medium. Nicely carbonated, lighter and less tart than I expected.
D: Good, a nice little sour beer one I am honored to try as I never thought I would get a shot at it. Cheers to Urbain for being so generous.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to BB63 at DLD ’09. Cloudy straw color with big bubbled, active white head. Aroma is hops, wine barrel, yeast, nice. Flavor is spicey, barrel flavor, nice bitterness, citrus, floral, a little sour. Medium body and syrupy. Really nice, BA IIPAs don’t always work but this time it’s right on. Thanks Mike!
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generous gift from BBB63. Thanks Mike, I owe ya one. Pours a hazy orange with a big bubbled white head. nice lookin. big head, but diminishes quickly. aroma of horse blanket funk, perfume, flowers. flabor is footy funk, bread. Interesting beer. really enjoyed This!
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was told by the bartender this was not barrel aged and was a belgian IPA.
Pours hazy golden orange with tight white head. The nose is of sweet orange, spicy Belgium yeast and light pepper. The flavor is tight, nice spice with Belgian yeast, lemon and sweet orange but not sugary. The body is clean and crisp, soft carb and lighter body.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stratford tasting @ Cletus house. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Pine, citrus, pineapple, citrus and a malty sweet fruity character. Brett and a dry vinous finish with a light wood and moderate warming. Nice!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one.
Pours a deep, hazy amber with a short-lived soapy white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves streaky legs on the side.
Whole lot going on in the nose with citrus hops starting things out - lemons and orange rinds. Maybe come evergreen hints but also with an oaky barrel character with some spiciness. Definitely a little funk as well.
The taste is more of the same with thick citrus and resinous hops forming a backbone for all the barrel characteristics. Spicy yeast in the middle with some vanilla sweetness before the dry oak and bourbon burn finish things off.
The mouthfeel is slick and on the fuller side of things with a soft carbonation. Given it’s a growler, I’d say the carbonation is a little lower than intended but really doesn’t affect the quality of the beer.
This is my first Livery beer and I’m thoroughly impressed. I’m normally not a fan of barrel-aged IPA’s but this one pulled it off. Thanks Derek!
phaleslu (9425) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by somebody at bsuedekum’s tasting. Pours a semi-cloudy tea color with a wispy off-white head. Notes of earth, dust, pale and sweet malts, melon and light citrus fruits, and herbs. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tea-like mouthfeel. Good, complex, interesting beer, though the multiple barrels seemed to have washed one another’s characteristics out.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Mike, BBB63, shared with my girlfriend and dalekliz. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is vinious malty yeasty and strange. Taste is slightly vinous slightly sour and super funky. This beer is unique and tasty and strange I like all those things.