Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this at a small tasting last night. Bottle 114/480. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Pours a nice muddied deep reddish-brown color with a good off-white head with a slight pinkish hue. Body is a bit hazy. Great retention and lacing.
The nose starts out with some red wine and honey, along with loads of fruit. Quite a bit of cherry as well as a bit of raspberry and accompanying must. Fairly earthy. The red-wine character comes through pretty strongly, though there’s a bit of the brandy there as well. Mild funk.
Flavor really shines. Everything from the nose is intensified and goes together incredibly well. Very complex. Notes from both the brandy and red-wine barrels make their way through, and there’s a nice tart cherry component throughout. Slightly funky and dry throughout; crisp carbonation and light acidity.
Very, very well done. Glad to have tried this one.
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a tall off-white head.
S: Starts off with just a light sourness. There’s lots of straw and grass notes with some oak and a really damp feel to it. Some tart strawberries and lemon start to come through as it warms.
T: Really quite fruity. Strawberry, lemon, apples, and a touch of raspberry all seem to be there. There’s some oak, wet grass, and a bit of straw to go along with the tartness. A hint of vinegar and maybe even some peach.
M: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation.
O: McKenzie puts out some solid beers and this was another example.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2012 Bottle as Irma La Douce. Pours with a hazy golden hued body and a white head. Aromas of orange, light funk, a bit grassy and grainy, medium esters. Flavors are bready and quite yeasty. A bit sour. Some apricot and vinous notes. Grainy and fruity. Dry with medium carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15:3.7
Re-rate thanks to hophead22. Bottle listed as Irma Extra 4/480. Pours with a hazed light brown body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are of fruity esters, stone fruit, tannin, acidity, wood, light funk, grapes and mild caramel. Flavors are tart, tannin, fruity, lots of grapes, earthy, tobacco. Very lively bubbles, medium dry.
bu11zeye (12102) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of herbs, wood, vanilla, and citrus. Flavor of brett, herbs, grass, peach, and citrus with a soft mouthfeel and a somewhat dry finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle (#165 of 480): Aroma of Brett, fruit, oak, light sour cherry, light acetic acid, and some barnyard. Poured orange/brown in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and medium tart. Tastes of malt, Brett, fruit, slight acetic acid, barnyard, slight funk, and light wood. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Fruit, Brett, light acetic acid, barnyard, slight funk, finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
italianjohn (2435) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep pale golden amber pour thin off white head ... was a gusher and a bit over carbonated so open this one over a sink .... aroma was of sour cherry and brett with barnyard as well .... taste was of light vinegar, sour and sweet cherry, fruity and tart with some oak .... very dry and oaky finish ... not bad stuff little too carbonated though
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A strange, dry, rustic, dusty, rusty amber ale of some kind. Fun experimental beer.
How: Bottle 750ml (called Irma La Douce), shared with a few friends at the brewpub. One of the RBSG 2011 bus-trip pit-stop
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is dusty attic, rust and acidity notes. Taste is extremely dry, dry bread crumbs, rust, rustic yeast, acidity, dust, young red apples, dry wood, a bit of caramel. Leaves a very dry mouth, you’ll want a pint of water to drink a whole bottle of this. Kind of a strange beast. A co-called Sour/Wild ale that will only please the dusty-uber-dry Saison lovers. Not sure if what I drank is what the brewer had in mind (I’m willing to bet it isn’t) but I liked it. Sharing the bottle during the RBSG bus trip and looking at the our group made me realize that some people drink more than I do. These people have a serious drinking problem. And as for the rest of group who drink less than I do, they are a bunch of wussies.
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unclear medium amber orange colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nectar, moderate hoppy, fruit flowers, moderate yeasty, leather, peach. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, peach. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, RBSG bus tour, thanks willblake. Medium off-white head, murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, some wood, acetic acid. Taste is medium sweet, acetic acid, some cherry, light wood. Medium body, some acidity.
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle courtesy that guy from the other side of the pond, ysper-THANKS-pours an off white head and hazy amber copper. Aroma is sweet medium malt-some sugar, medium fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt-some sugar, medium fruit, secondary spice hops.