SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample NotF. My favorite of the night. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Nose is funky and musty with light biscuit notes and some fruit esters. Palate is full and fizzy, nice carbonation. Flavors are biscuity malt with light funk and a nice peachy finish comes through.
RCL (2029) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Peach aromas as well as tropical fruits explode out of the glass. The beer is bracingly acidic, but with a round, pureed peaches and nectar mouthfeel that is very, very near perfection.
brewolf (168) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - SEP 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sour peach and apricot raise their heads through a dusty, sun-colored glow. Minimal carbonation and a tart, wine-like mouthfeel move towards a clean, tangy finish. Fromage-funk and acetic notes swirl in a maelstrom of subtle complexity.
Appreciative of the experience ... a world class sour. Bring on the contenders ...
daknole (7211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #2500. what a treat to try his one. Cloudy golden yellow pour. White head. Aroma is sour but enticingly fruity. The peaches are noticeable as you inhale the aroma over and over. Nice funk in the nose too. Flavor is sour, very sour but this beer is so complex. Soft in the mouth but tingly with little bubbles. Sour, funk, peach, tart apricot, woody notes and more of that damn fine sourness!! Great beer. Really great!!!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Thank you Mike for this rare treat. Pours a hazy medium orange-gold with rich color saturation and a very thin, fine white head--quite pretty. The aroma is vibrant--piercingly sour--with hints of acetic fermentation, multi-strain barrel fermentation notes, soft oxidation, and a faint touch of tart stonefruit in the background. More layers of tart brett, lactic fermentation, and barrel-aging emerging as it warms in the glass along with a wonderful dry fruitiness. The very tart, deeply sour flavor profile add even more layers here. The overall impression is quite dry with only a hint of actual fruit (fun peach pit aspects) with additional perceived "fruitiness" from the fermentation profile along with soft spice and some oxidation. The body is a little bit sharp, but with a lot of great texture. This is a full-contact mouth feel with every part stimulated from stiff sourness on the edges of the tongue, to phenols in on the soft palate, to a bit of spice and alcohol in the throat, and finallywincing salivary glands from the intensity of the first sip. A slight bit of bitterness lingers in the long finish with a soft perception of alcohol. This is a very fun beer. Look to Duck Duck Gooze and Cable Car for similarly amazing, but more attainable, sour beer experiences from Lost Abbey.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Duvel big snifter: Hazy golden hue with a forever lasting head and excellent lace. The nose detects peach fruit, sweaty horseblanket, lemongrass and juniper, a hint of mineral water, oak, and peat, and an earthy pity vapour, UTTERLY WONDERFUL! The taste is much more fresh peach juice forward but the funk is starting to show up on the palate too. A minerally and oaky note about the edges as well. The mouth feel is tart and mouth watering, completely refreshing and I want to have more. Bone dry finish is even a hit. I AM NOT A PEACH FAN, yet for the second time in 12 month a beer based with peaches as taken me to somewhere I thought I would never go. (The other is Livery Impeche).
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Nelson for sharing this after EBF NOTB at Dmacís tasting. Hazy golden in color with a head that dissipates into a small ring around the edge of the glass. Nice, spritzy carbonation. Awesome, intense aroma of brett, tart citrus, lemonrind, peaches and light pineapple at times. Taste is funky and moderately sour with alot of tart citrus, somewhat lemony, a good amount of peaches, mild pineapple, slightly musty yeast, and a good strong citric sourness right through the finish. Awesome!!
bb (5974) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Woody, sour aroma. Woodsy, sour flavor with peaches and a bit of cereal. Medium bodied. Tart, woodsiness lingers with peaches.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a yellow body topped by a medium thick, white head with some lacing left on the glass. Itís sweet yet sour with notes of peach, wood and sugar. Light bodied, crisp and dry.
Glouglouburp (5619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: Very close to a Belgian fruity Lambic. Funky, sharp, acidic and dry with light fruit skins flavour. Amazing stuff.
How: Post-EBF tasting session #1 at dmac hotel room. Bottle from the always resourceful Nelson (tertons)
The look: Slightly cloudy golden body topped by a white ring of foam
In long: Nose is funky/bretty and sharp, very lambic-like. Taste is intense. Sharp, acidic, funky, lemony, dry, extra-tart, sandy, woody (sawdust). The fruits (peaches) are certainly not overwhelming here and I didnít find a pure peach taste in there. More like apricot and peach skin. Three times in my notes I wrote that this was along the lines of an aged dry Cantillon Foufoune and probably even better than the Foufoune. Yet another example of how close North Americans breweries are getting to re-creating a true lambic taste this side of the pound. This beer current top-50 position is obviously driven by the rarity of the brew. The ďrarity ratersĒ are so predictable that I find them funny but this time they got it right but for the wrong reason. Iím a quality rater and I say this brew kicks some serious ass and I would really like to blind-test it next to a Cantillon Foufoune. But the odds of me getting another bottle of that are about the same as the odds of a Nirvana reunion tour.