GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to a generous trader a long time ago. Pours a hazy, glowing orange. Good carbonation, no gusher, medium white head. Nose isnít too funky. More sweet, orange peel, wood, even butterscotch and vanilla. Then intense peppermint. Taste is very minty, definitely past itís prime. Palate minerally, chalky.
madvike (2383) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by madtowndmb1...thanks Kyle! - Pours light amber wtih a huge foamy white head. Lots of honey and tropical fruit on the nose, with caramel and sweet bread. Taste is the same, with yeast notes and honey-soaked bread prominent. Mineral and more honey on the finish, with tropical fruit all the way through. Not too sweet. Smooth and slick in the mouth with nice carbonation.
Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle
Thanks to someone at madvikeís house for sharing this. I did not even know it existed until it appeared on the table. A fine beer to drink in its own right it set the tone for some of the others that would make an appearance in the next hour.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy base contained a bright mix of fruity esters. Much more dry than its more common counterpart it had more of a barnyard kick than I remember.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, cotton candy, and tropical notes set this apart. Maybe it was the age or the treatment but the timing could not have been more perfect. I wouldnít pay the markup to get another bottle but it definitely met and exceeded any expectations.
unclemattie (3908) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saints release, Vintage 2009. 750mL bottle, caged & corked. A rather large Vegemite yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle. Pours clear, 24K gold color, withe foam, very active & lively carbonation. Basement aromas, some straw, wheat, and green apple tartness. Whoa! Loads of Brett, after 3yrs. Super funk, sweaty saddle leather, . Very dry to the point of brutalness. Huge florals, big straw, some wheat, ZERO sweetness remains. brettanomyces dominated this bottle after all of three years, its all that remains besides the malt backbone of the Red Barn itself. Fantastic. (3399)
peteinSD (1180) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at brewery. Bright orange/yellow pour with a thick froth of white foam. Aroma is focused apple with tart, dry brett, wheat, and light background clove. Taste is dry brett up front with apple followed by wheat, clove, and subtle spices. Crisp, precise mouthfeel. Very nice beer and drinking this side-by-side with red barn itís amazing to see how the brett dries the beer out, cuts down on the clove, and adds complexity. Worth seeking out.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... medium dark gold with a light off white head, good but then cap, ok lace... strange nose with a touch of sugar cookie, tropical fruits, and a weird herbal note that sort of reminds me of eucalyptus, confusing... the taste is equally odd and confusing a bit sweet, a bit of brett, a weird floral finish
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, sampled about a month ago. Rating #31. This us a really good beer to begin with and since im doing this from memory it will be short. It was a little dry with a bit if funk, but really drinkable, solid stuff that I would love to have again. (1800)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL Bottle, corked & caged...sample July 2011: pours light copper with rosy hues. Thick, fluffy, and creamy off white head. Funky, butterscotch and honeycomb aroma with sweet, candied flowers and raspberries. Dry, creamy mouthfeel, lightly sweet and slightly bitter seemingly from the floral notes. A touch dusty in the finish, when streaks of iron and other metallic notes stick to the tongue. Very tasty, but lacking the complex character I was expecting.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much drier than the regular version, this one is slightly tart and funky with plenty of fresh herbal and floral hops. Very lovely beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Courtesy FlacoAlto. 2009 "Saints" version with the dark border around the label. Aged about 1.5 years I would guess. Pours a pretty, hazy, glowing golden-orange amber color with loads of fine, cascading bubble streams. Persistently fed from beneath, a massive, billowing head of snow white froth seems everlasting, gradually setting in as a small but dense blanket. Ramping up at the edges, the head leads upwards towards tall, patchy walls of hard lacing that grip the glass mercilessly. Beautiful beer. The nose benefits from the wonders that brettanomyces can work, coming across as delectably dry and dusty, peppery with soft floral and orange peel spice. Clean, creamed cereal grains, along with slightly sweet bread dough, provide a suitable backdrop for the dusty dry brett, which also brings hints of dried pineapple and oranges. Flavors follow suit, wonderfully balanced between the honey dusted, creamy, almost lactic cereal malts and the drier, fruitier, zippy brett yeast and floral hops. Everything comes into balance nicely. Itís a highly quaffable beer, though my cranky old palate would probably prefer it to be just a little drier overall. The body is smooth and creamy, moderate in heft with a wheaty sort of consistency. Fine, soft to moderate carbonation and a drying, dusty, slightly papery finish. Very nice brew. Can definitely go longer in the cellar, but is more than fine to drink right now.