theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A medium to deeper amber pour with a thin diminishing head (from chilled). The nose is a subtle mix of floral hops, orange malts and brettanomyces. All are held together to give off a perfumed aroma. In the mouth one finds all of the nose, again presented subtly and well balanced. Itís dry, no doubt, but thereís enough of a hop presence to give it some fruit, some ruby marmalade and lemon grass; and this makes the beer so very drinkable. As it warms the flavours grow pronounced. However I think itís best served chilled as this keeps the brett toned down, becoming an underscore to everything - perhaps the best use of the wild yeast. The mouth feel is medium, made lighter by the lively carbonation; the alcohol is masterfully worn. The finish develops the marmalade and brettanomyces, ending dry and fresh. Yes thereís nothing extreme about it and yes thereís no one standout aspect but itís such an enjoyable beer to drink; I could have this everyday and never tire of it, and thatís something special. Lovely stuff.
nimbleprop (5787) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep orange with one ring of white head. Nose is candy sugar, malty, Belgian yeast, estery, apples. Flavor is absent, light citrus peel, candy sugar. A little sour malt. Medium bodied.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl, thanks Travlr. Small white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast, some orange, light cotton candy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some Belgian yeast, light alcohol. Medium body.
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thick, dense tan head. Aroma of yeast, malt, alcohol, corn, grass, hay and a bit of light hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppiness with a touch of metal, some light sugars from apricots and pitted fruits, a touch of malt and some barnyardy funk. Aftertaste shows some bitterness from the hops, a lot of funkiness from grass and hay and biere de garde type vibes. Overall, a decent beer, nothing spectacular, but nothing horrible. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010 , sampled at home in Washington on 18-December-2010.
VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dumped out of the bottle. Medium amber with a small bubbly hap that hangs around for a while. The aroma is pretty cool - funky apricots stick out the most. White cake, tropical fruits - sort of mangoish or pineapple, underlying sweetness, light resin, bit of alcohol, lemon rind and caramel round it out. The taste is pretty cool and seems to be a mix of styles. I did notice the alcohol upfront. Caramel, some mild spice, a sneaking bitterness that comes and goes secretly, lemon, pepper, funk, bread... all in all an odd mix of flavours that works mostly. Drying mouth seems to have made my tongue raspy and a long sort of unpleasant dull bitterness lingers. Possibly brewed with real live rabbits... who knows! Drank down amazingly fast and easy but not one of my faves.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer - to describe it simply: "like orval, but with a bit more sweetness". Nice bright copper colour, not alot of true "funk" in the taste or aroma, but just that hint of bretty dryness. Hits og bubblegum too maybe.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veiled apricot appearance. The lasting lacey off-white head comprises heterogeneous bubble size. Fruitiness dominate the aroma whose brettanomyces remain restrained bringing forth slight coniferous notes and shy leather hints. On parallel, itís a weird fruit salad that weíre facing with all the juiciness that comes along with it. Canned peaches, crush orange soda, dried apricots, golden raisins... all covered by a sharp peppery yeastiness that dominates the doughy notions. All throughout, alcohol warms the soul and manages not to feel invading even though Iím usually quite sensitive and unappreciative of alcohol flavours. Overall, I canít say Iím very fond of the flavour profile, but it canít be denied it has some merits and it does feel easter-like (my few references being what St-Feuillen, Nogne and Het Anker have done) with its honeyed maltiness that displays a surprising amount of residual sugars for a beer whose recipe include bretts and its fragrant flowery/herbal hops that feel like Spring. Also surprising to feel a sugariness in a beer whose carbonation is as active as this one. The latter leave a moderate albeit lingering bitterness developing earthy nuances, but fading relatively quickly. An interesting, multi-faceted ale, but not quite a show-stopper.
smith4498 (3233) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Maltzillaís All American Weekend. Pours hazy brownish color with off white head. Aromas of caramel and bread dough. Yeasty flavor with some fruitiness and caramel. Slightly musty. Medium body with average carbonation.
DuffMan (7798) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy amber brown with a golden bubbly head that laces nicely. Very enticing aroma, sweet whie grape juice, hoey, toffee malts. Toffee flavour backbone, sweet sautern-ish nuances, a little dusty and woody. Very tasty, very interesting.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel apples and oranges spruce up this fluffy Belgian-style Strong ale, as dusty wild yeast and herbal hop bitterness seal each sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the hazy caramel amber.
-The caramel malts and wild farmhouse donít necessarily gel, even though they are both pleasant by themselves.
-The fluffy effervescence makes for a soft mouthfeel.
-This was a well executed brew, as all Mikkellerís to be honest, but I canít say the recipe was enough of a winner for me to revisit. There are so many better brews in his portfolio.