FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost orange tinged, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, funky, and vinous; specific notes of green grapes, musty medicinal notes, touches of urea, a bit of plastic, some flinty wine notes, and a musky, animalistic funkiness are all quite noticeable. A deeper inspection yields lots of wine barrel influence; an almost green grassy / herbal white wine note, spicy oak aromatics, a supporting woody note that almost has a toasted nutty note to it, as well as a soft, somewhat subtle, rounded, yet strangely concentrated and bright fruit note that reminds me of something like raisins, with a touch of melons, pomegranates, perhaps some floral hibiscus like notes, . The oak also contributes a spicy, almost green pepper note here, as well as a wild herb like note. The nose is really quite complex and enjoyable, I could smell this for a long time and forget to take my first sip.
The lure of the flavor experience pulls me in though. Clean, tart and fruity up front, the beer quickly gets funky, earthy, and phenolic towards the middle and this lingers into the long finish. Medicinal notes, a touch of plastic, and something like an artificial menthol note linger with musty, musky, and butyric flavors. The oak contributes a firmness and bit to the flavor with its spice, woodiness, and rounded toasted character. The tartness melds well with the fruit notes here, both of which contribute notes of floral, flinty white wine, concentrated white raisin notes, touches of green fruit, perhaps a hint of honey-dew melon, as well as a berry like note, and a rounded flower nectar like flavor. The body is fairly light (considering the strength), it does have a certain heft and viscousnous to it that seems accentuated by a soft lactic slickness and some tannic oak texture; this beer is a sipping brew more due to its complexity rather than its heft though, this does manage a light, effervescence (the last from a prickly carbonation).
Quite an enjoyable brew, one I was somewhat looking forward too, but this is even better than I had hoped for. Quite complex, it can be a touch funky from the Brett influence, but if you are into that sort of thing, which I am, then this might just be a beer for you to try.
beer-yum (1042) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Restrained farmhouse/funky aroma in a slightly cloudy Amber pour. Wonderfully complex taste of tart, sweet, wood, and wine is brilliantly interesting. What a sour should aspire to.
ABT_S54 (322) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375cl bottle served in a snifter. Initially pours a lovely, autumnal orangey red colour but once the sediment is added it looks pretty unpleasant. Good head initially. Aroma is woody, earthy and funky yeasts. Taste is sweet and earthy which goes very well but was a little disappointed by the lack of sour (especially given Mikkellerís track record on sour beers being rather extreme). Gooseberries, over ripe apples, oak, basement funk. Generally very good but missing that extra something I have begun to expect from Mikkeller.
__Rb81 (487) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home (best before 16/10/14). Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity vinous, wood, barnyard, Brett. Taste is sweet fruity vinous, Brett, malts, wood, hint of tartness. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice.
tricksta_p (2677) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of tart fruit, sour apple, funky yeast, Sauternes notes, oak, earthy notes, soft vanilla. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate tart with a light bitter finish. Very nice, just like the other BA version of ★.
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle, itís been in the back of my fridge for probably a year and a half at least, so I have no idea how old this bottle really is. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isnít much lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like vanilla, oak, caramel, grapes, and some honey. Taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some stone fruit, earthiness and grainy malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. Iím sure this brew has changed a lot from compared to when it was fresh, but at this point itís still good. Not really funky, to me itís more sweet tasting. If Mikkeller ever decides to make another batch of this, Iíll make a point to try it fresher.
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
more hops come through with the funk of this one, and i liked it the best, probably. great interplay between barrel and beer.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(375ml bottle) Pours a golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, horse blanket, florals, and vinous. Flavor of earth, grass, medicinal, brett, and vinous with a dry finish.
McNeillR (2023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy more amber than orange and a sloof of white head. Nice bright grapefruit nose, soft vanilla sweetness. Carbonation is nice and soapy fizz, finishes nice and juicy sweet.
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cgarvieuk (19021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at homer ... copper .. thin white lacing ... soft finky fruits ... light brett fruit nose .... soft fruits ... juicy fruit ... soft funk dry zezt ... light fruits ... light sautern tones
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma is funky, earthy, wood. Taste of brett, apple. Little sweet and tart