FlacoAlto (3737) - 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.
andrewturba (891) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a quite clear copper with a thin off white head. Aroma is funky, wood, citrus, grapes, fruity esters and some sweetness. Flavour is grapes, funky wood, oak, faint alcohol, mild sweetness, and kinda yeasty/bready. Really smooth for a funky high abv beer!
jmgreenuk (3256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Poured a hazy reddish medium amber with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is vinous yeasty slight sour vinegar and citrus fruit. The flavour is vinous light acid light sweet with a light crisp clean vinous palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. This beer is all about the Sauternes but not in a bad way. Yes, the wine tends to dominate but everything is nicely balanced. Itís like the wine world meets the beer world and they seem to get on pretty well!
thome50 (851) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a poop infested brown with a light brown to off white head. Aroma is a nice funky sour with marginal wine notes. Taste is cinnamon, sweet malt, acetic sour and followed with an off putting formaldehyde thing going on. The taste is borderline undrinkable with the back of the throat taste. Iíve not experienced this wine before so I canít say that this isnít a product of the noble rot.
HenrikSoegaard (10014) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Frothy white fair mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter nice brett flavor. Long heavy bitter nice finish. Creamy palate. Nice.
saxo (13357) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller, Victoriagade. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are white wine, hops, flowers, lactose acid, brett and malt.
MattH (604) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar SF. Reddish amber pour. Very nice aroma of apple oak and cherry. Flavor is very funky with some oak and vinous quality.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the Triple Rock Sour and Barrel Aged Fest on 2/10/2013.This wild ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, oak, grapes and wood. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet with some very definite grape character. The hops are herbal and earthy. Somewhat sweet, with a touch of wood and oak, the wine barrel aspect really shows up here, Nicely balanced. Good carbonation. Overall a touch funky, sauterne and sweet. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean an smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
tom10101 (2094) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (375 ml). From kbudd19, thanks! Almost clear copper with a medium off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is of wine, caramel, wood, sweetness and light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, alcohol, wood, light sourness and a warming alcohol finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Too much caramel in this one. The Sauternes presence is interesting, especially in the aroma, but this not a good as their Spontan series. Not very complex either. Still more than decent.
SuperTiti33 (311) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dégusté les deux en même temps (funky E sauternes et chardonnay)
Vue: ambrée aucun collet.
Nez: fruité. pêche. Épicé.
Bouche: fruité. Mieux équilibré. Boisé. Madère. Raisin blanc. Un peu plus vineuse que la chardonnay. Excellents produits avec une très fine différence. Ma favorite des deux
alexsdad06 (4353) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet malts, mild to moderate funk, fruity note, wood. The barrel is very mild.