FlacoAlto (3676) - 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.
gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours glowing apricot amber with minimal head. Aroma is sort of brandy/grapey. Med body. Flavor is brandy in a sort of fruity way. Hits of tart earthiness. Very tasty
Nische (428) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar. Pours orange copper wtih a thin beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a subtly sour caramel malt flavor with a wine and oak finish.
gyllenbock (3686) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends, October 2013.
Almost clear copper with a small head. Aroma of funk, apples, some wood and vanilla. Similar taste. The finish was dry with notes of alcohol. Descent stuff.
DuffMan (5790) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. Murky gold colour, thick foamy crown, messy lace. Funky aroma, sour woody notes, vinous sweetness. Funky entry, with a yoghurty sourness, oaky notes, leading into a full bodied Sauternes sweetness that is very nice. I’m sure there will be people who prefer a greater depth of sourness, but I liked this marriage with the Sauternes very much.
Pinball (10135) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red golden small white head.strong hoppy aroma notes of exotic fruits also notes of sugar faint notes of wood
Flavor is malty and bitter caramelly notes of licorice the barrelling is not doing good. Coconuts,
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, from BOE, 19/09/13.
Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head.
Nose is light piss, bitter fruit tang, tarte grapefruit, citrus, sharp grapes.
Taste comprises bitter orange notes, dank woody tones, candied sugars, light soap, light must, pinch of brett.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with soured fruit overtures.
Decent enough sour but lacks the complexity to be top of class!
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, BB 16/10/14 large sample. Clear amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of funky bretty bubblegum, some caramel, spices, hint of pepper, some raisin, oak, hint of vanilla, wine. Medium sour, bit bitter even, raisin. Dry from oak. Quite some white wine and raisin notes, but not in a malty way like barley wines, but in an oak aged white wine. And then with sourness and fruity brett added. In the finish it gives some vanilla custard notes as well. So, it’s white wine with strawberry bubblegum, vanilla custard and a bit of alcohol. Very complex.
Ontape (82) - Valley Village, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours copper with little to no head. Aroma is nice and quite complex with Sauternes notes and lots of barnyard. Taste doesn’t quite deliver on that promise, the sweetness and the funk just aren’t in total harmony for me. An interesting beer but not one of Mikkeller’s best.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, big thanks to Colin. It pours hazy amber with a medium beige head. The nose is spritzy, lemon, grapefruit, lime, melon, tangy marmalade, wood and funk. The taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, earth, wood, mouldiness and barnyard with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice tart fruitiness. A solid sour.
Leighton (8662) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Colin. Pours mostly clear orange with a mild, creamy head. Nose has definite brett funk, poo, berries. Light to medium sweet flavor, plenty of hefty brett character, barnyard, baby diaper, orange citrus. Medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Lightly drying to finish, plenty of bretty funk, some pine needles, melon, orange. Nice beer.