Ontape (226) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl green bottle. The oak/Chardonnay/barrel-aging have turned a beer I really enjoyed into something I find unfocused. It’s a bit sweet, a bit odd. Not entirely without its charms but no interest in another one at $15/pop.
jkwood04 (3801) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours golden / amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, light oak and wine, pale malts, light wheat, light fruits, and some spices. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A solid beer but I prefer the non-aged one made at HF.
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Max’s in Baltimore. Beautiful orange pour, fluffy white head. White wine, orange pith, grapefruit, peach, grape, sour funk abound on both the nose and tongue. Smooth but full bodied on the palate, with good effervescence. Very much liked this one.
back (1301) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gylden klar skum skum
Stald hved bredt gær
Bitter moderate sød lidt
Ernesto987 (3605) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, way overpriced, standard Mikkeller style. The barrel aging did this some good, lots of addition from the barrel. The base beer loswt the hops however which was my favorite part of it. I liked it thoguh, just very different,.
Stuu666 (1711) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy golden, bitter, yeasty, grapes, winey, dry, light fruit.
thornecb (4317) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. White grape and funk aromas. Medium bodied with marshmallow and dough upfront turning to mildly tart dusty grapes before the earthy bitter finish.
NBird (342) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks. Vibrant straw/golden med fluffy head.
Smells. wheat, grass and fruity hops, some yeast dank, chardy barrel is obvious and has a solid presence..
Tastes...so many balanced flavours.. Fruity hops, wild yeast, wheat, grassy chardy barrel that works well with the hop bitterness.. Light roasted malts. Complex & sensational.
msnelling09 (149) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours a bright, lemony yellow with hints of gold and straw. The beer forms a nice big head of rocky, eggshell white bubbles that sit about a half finger’s width above the glass. When the head leaves, the glass is left with a fluffy roadway of lacing. In body, the beer is hazy, but clear and bright, allowing for a nice translucence in the beer. Carbonation is quite prevalent in the body, with lots of little bubbles racing up in syncopated beat. On the nose, this beer is a beautiful barnyard of brett. Scratchy horse blanket is so thick in the nose that for a moment I thought it was skunked. In between the prickly blanket can be found oozing pineapple, chardonnay, oak, mango, grass, fresh barnyard, slight cherry, leather, and even slight pine, but that funky blanket is really dominant in the nose to me, and it is quite pleasing. The subtlety of the nose is really where the craftsmanship of this beer shines. Sure, this is a barnyard bomb on the nose, but it is beautifully balanced and delicious smelling without any of the possible pitfalls that some wild ales suffer. On the tongue, the beer tastes wonderfully balanced. Funky acidity blends with herbal, grassy hop bitters, subtle oak tannin, soft malt sweetness, and even softer earthy salinity. Balance is beautiful in this beer, and the finish is dry and refreshing. In flavor, it begins as sweaty horse blanket and fruity pineapples, this unfurls into rich herbal bitters, soft tropical fruits, leather, and grass. The finish is a blend of tannic oak, an earthy minerality, funky barnyard, and pineapple. The aftertaste is a clean wash of tropical fruit. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a clean, crisp mouthfeel that only gels slightly on the tongue, and a higher carbonation that gives the tongue a strong scrub. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly tingly from the higher carbonation, with a slight resinous feel sticking over the tongue, and definite saliva in the curvature of the lower teeth. Overall, I love this beer. An amazing nose delivers a refreshing and complex drink that blends lots of different flavors over the tongue. Grass Roots is Hill Farmstead, and Hill Farmstead is amazing. Mikeller is just Mikeller. This doesn’t quite have the mouthfeel of other HF beers I’ve had, but it has that crispness and freshness, which is enough for me (plus the nose is funkily amazing). I love how I get some of my favorite parts of an IPA, and some of my favorite parts of a brett beer. The barrel is light here, but that is exactly how it should be. This is a superb beer.
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of brett, white wine and hay. Bitter flavour, hops, wheat. Quite bitter finish, rather spicy, brett, white wine and wood. Nice!
(from 37.5 cL bottle shared with friends)