tderoeck (7816) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22/IV/13 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2013-375) Thanks to Bobochamp (and thus to Kraddel as well) for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy orange beer, no head. Aroma: sour, funky, sweet ripe tangerines, orange peel, some overripe fruits, banana peel, little chemical touch, dusty, wood, hint of almonds. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: almonds at first, very sour, lemony, green apples, woody, bitter, earthy touch. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, wood, apple skin, bit nutty, sourness burning your throat, orange peel, bit spicy, earthy, typical bretta flavours in the end. Maybe a bit too sour to maintain drinkability. Very refreshing though.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, as Isabelle Proximus, retired exclusive American collab. brew, thx alot to kraddel for bringing this over!, very complex sour brew, woody/sour and slightly fruity, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, ’This beer aged very well, yet doesn’t deserve all the hype’
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 750ml bottle. Clear golden with no head and lots of sediment in the bottle. Acidic, some chardonnay, oak, hints of citrus, sour, only slightly off balance. Moderate carbonation, acidic, bit lot vinegar, becomes dry, hint of lactose, little sweet at the end and then becomes intensely sour. Very happy to have tried this.
mustardtiger (4) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to the Braj Brogan, we popped a bunch of his rare gems with the boys before he went back to FLA to diversify his bonds nucca. The beer was really good but to be honest i was to drunk of a bunch of other legendatory brews to give an accurate rating. I’m fairly sure it was one of the best beers i have ever had, but it was for sure more about the company. Whatever the case, check it off the list.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Popped open izzy with a couple great BA’s
Poured a murky amber with a light pink HughNose was over ripe citrus and cabernet sauvignonTaste was filled with grape, grape skin, granny smith apples and barnyard funk.
Very light mouthfeel, smooth with a dry finish.
I didn’t expect much based on recent reviews stating izzy was past her prime. I could not disagree more. This has aged perfectly and was wonderful. Very happy that I have more!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. From notes.
I have a ton of anticipation going into this bottle. It is the beer that I have been wanting to try ever since I seriously got into craft beer, and now I am hoping it was worth the wait.
Isabelle pours a gorgeous, full tangerine color. Each successive pour is a little bit cloudier, due to all of the residue in the bottle at this point. There is a small, off-white head that pretty much disappears right away. A few stray bubbles linger.
The aroma gives my nose a full blast of barnyard funk, with some hay and grass. Just a little bit of white grape skin adds a fruit of fruit character to the smell. A acetic sourness gives a slight burn as it enters my nostrils.
Given how much time it has had to develop, I am impressed with how balanced the flavor is. It is definitely sour, but in quite a good way I am not overwhelmed with how sour the flavor is. A bit of sweet apricot, lemon, and grass are all present up front. As it turns sour, a lemony tartness turns to a slight acetic vinegar flavor.
There is a nice smoothness to the body that comes at least partially from the time it spent aging in the bottle, but the body did not suffer. American sours have a tendency to fall off and lose their body if they have been aged too long, and Isabelle shows no signs of doing that. The carbonation is light, but sufficient. The balanced acidity through most of the sip is accentuated by the acetic finish, which is great.
Overall this beer did everything it could to live up to my expectations. Too often the beers we spend the most time chasing cannot possibly live up to impossible standards we set for them, but Isabelle was worth the effort. Aside from the feeling of joy of tracking down a beer I wanted to try so badly, I was simply impressed by the beer and how well it is holding up.
jcartamdg (2959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a milky gold with no head. Aroma of oak, lacto, tobacco and citrus. Taste is a tobacco sour, lemon and vinegar. Very sour and very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle corked and caged that has been sitting awaiting this day for some time even in my possession. Huge thanks to iowaherkeye for sending this my way back in the day! Pour has a golden orange color and some initial white foam that fell right away. The first glass right away had a nice light carbonation though later pours fell off quickly. Aroma is American Geuze all the way. Mellow funk, dry citrus, lower acidity, faint white grape skins, fruit touches, bretty yeast, and an alluring sweet poke on the end. She is still great and mighty though I can imagine her juiciness when young and ripe. Mouth feel is light and on the initial glass there was light carbonation but it really struggled to retain it for very long. Flavor does bring more acidity than expected, dry citrus rind, countering fruit, peach hits, white grape skin, oak, and yeast. Really spectacular for the age on this now with a very drinkable level of acidity. I sit enjoying this great beer on Christmas eve with a light snow falling outside for rating #1500 and am reminded why I continue to enjoy rating and the great memories this hobby has given me. Cheers!
UDBeernut (2567) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours hazy golden with a white head with light lacing. Nose is all Brett. Puckering tartness slams the palate, apple and pears on the finish. Body is light and quick to consume. One of the many highlights of the night.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a bit horsey, more funk than I remember from 2 yrs ago. Citrus, apple, apricot, lemon. holding up pretty well. I remember writing hay in my notes years ago but that seems to have faded now.