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. It’s sweet yet sour with notes of peach, wood and sugar. Light bodied, crisp and dry.
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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 didn’t 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 “rarity raters” are so predictable that I find them funny but this time they got it right but for the wrong reason. I’m 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow- Huge thanks to Nelson for sharing this at the EBF hotel tasting. Fuck yeah! Pours a murky hazy orange with a thinning head with some prickly soda like appearance. Aroma is funked out- tons of bretty sourness, light lacto with good amoutn of peachy funkyness that I get with some of my sour peach homebrews. Flavor is of tons of acid and peach with a good juicyfruit like body- lemony, citrusy and tons of lactic and malic-types of prickly acidity on the edges of the tongue- yet no acetobacter- peachy fleshyness is breaking down and creating even more sourness to go along with the funk to this beer. Incredibly sour and mouth puckering but not undrinkable at all. Rockin!!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Tertons, thanks Nelson. Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a thin whit lacing. Citric with tart peaches, tangy pineapple and hints of lemon. A dry brett character and a nice sour grape and light woodiness. Tart with hints of balsamic. This beer is phenomenal. 4.7+ per my notes.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Tertons. Thanks Nelson. Nice peach flavor. Great sourness. Great flavor. I guess that’s about it.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange colour with a thin white head that was a bit coarse. Nice aroma that was accented by some nice fruit characteristics and a bit of funk in addition to the soft tartness. This is light on the palate but pretty full in flavour and complexity. Again some fruit, more like a berry, and there is a nice lingering acidicness to it.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange hue, thing white ring, great clarity. Nose of sweet peaches, light fruits, tart berries, oak, funk. Flavor is peaches and light fruits mixed with tart acidity, complex light fruit profile, oak, vanilla, lasting sourness, finishes dry. A wonderful light and fruity sou, very easy-drinking and refreshing with a tangy finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG @ Lost ABbey. Poured a hazy gold with a white head. Tart acidic aroma with great funky notes. Peach skins and metalic notes. Tart fruity flavor. Smooth peach and leather. Nice acidity in the throat. Refreshing citrus taste. Light body.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from the Obriens rare bottle tasting. Golden yellow color in the glass. Citrus aromas. Tart and sweet sourness. Velvet smooth in your mouth. Peachy fruitiness with a medium body. Lovely tasty ale.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear yellow with a tiny ring of bubbles. A beautiful flowery bretty perfume of sweet fruit salad, banana, berries, plum sauce, and paste (strange, but in a good way). The beer is so light it doesn’t even feel like it touches your tongue. Fresh white peaches are the secret ingredient and it is impossible to miss. Some kiwi/strawberry notes with the tart brett. A near-perfect beer.