Clownoisseur (209) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in paper. Pours a slightly hazy gold. Still, it’s bright in the glass with plenty of carbonation and a pillowy white head. Aromas of musty grapes, grapefruit, oak and light bread. Taste is very dry. Wine barrel notes abound! White grape, champagne-like notes...grapefruit, green apple...tart but earthy. Finishes extremely dry. Interesting beer for sure!!
Natai (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy with the slightest white head. Bret is clear in the aroma with hints of grapefruit. Refreshing, crisp and smooth with a touch of sour at the finish.
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750, paper wrapped. What a stunning, unexpectedly nuanced and glorious beer from Mikkeller. Outrageous nectar and tropical fruit on the nose, with nectarine, pineapple, unripe strawberry, blood orange, and peach mixing with a gorgeous light funk and light vinous character. The flavor brings much of the same, with what I’m guessing may have been Brett Claussensii bringing stunning funky fruit character to match the Belgian esters and lovely bright, vibrant white wine notes. Could absolutely annihilate a whole bottle of this, and ridiculously drinkable for the ABV. An absolute winner.
Ktwse (1947) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy deep amber with low frothy white head. Aroma of white wine, grass, green grapes, gooseberry. Taste is balanced barrel sweet and light fruit tart. Very, very good! Light, smooth body.
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ansalon (1314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy deep orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is funk, honey, white wine, oaked notes, citrus. Taste is funk, honey, oaked white wine, citrus, apricot. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is oak, honey, white wine. Very good.
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Lowenbrau (1892) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from 2D2Dspuma. Dec 2013.
In short: a wild malty belgian ale.
Pours hazy amber with some off white head. Some head retention and lacework. Vinous, sour, caramel and grassy aromas. Medium body, high carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is malty, tartness well integrated, sweet caramel, alcohol well integrated. Enjoyable, but getting tired of bretts everywhere. They tend to hide anything else and become palate saturating.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, no date but I got this one in 2012. I’ve had this a number of times now and it’s gone from awesome to pretty good to very good. I’d never turn it down.
Cloudy bronze in appearance with a creamy white head.
Smells of plum, grape and tangerine. Alcohol is apparent but it’s still dangerously drinkable. Lots of juicy-type fruit flavour like citrus. It’s quite dry and effervescent which helps its drinkability.
weark (292) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof / hazy amber color, frothy off-white head / aroma is vinous, cider, very fruity, citrusy, raisin, woody, bret, hints of malt, very complex / Aroma is vinous, woody, malty, pine, fruity, citrusy / Medium body, medium-high bitterness, fizzy carbonation, sour & dry, long bitter dry & sour fruity finish / really interesting but very complex beer, I’m a little bit blocked by the sourness
Osprey87 (1578) - WALES - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle BB Oct 2022. A vibrant dark orange colour, hazy, sparkling, big thick white head with nice lacing. Smell - bretty, lemon, peach, intensely sweet cider, some floral notes in the background. Very good. Body is medium, slightly foamy, spritzy carbonation, slightly tacky finish. Taste - semi-sweet tangerine, caramel, a little earthy, dry minerally finish leading to a cider vinegar linger. Rounded yet refreshing. Tasty, surprisingly quaffable...good stuff. Very expensive though.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours a hazy golden-to-amber color that reminds me of apple juice. There is a little bit of foamy white head that settles down to about a 1/4 finger layer after a few minutes. It laces the glass well and has a fair amount of carbonation present.
It smells fruity and funky, with a dominate aroma of pears and apples present. That is mixed with some lemon zest, a clear brett presence, and some notion that this was aged in sauvignon blanc barrels, for sure.
The taste is complex, to say the least. I get a lot of citrus (grapefruit and lemon especially), some funk, a touch of wood as though the barrel itself is asserting itself, and a sharp acidic bite in the middle of the palate.
It finishes fairly clean and leaves a bit of that sharp tang on the tongue, along with the memory of pears and apples.
The drinkability is fairly high, with the effervescence lending some help there. The funk lowers it out of the highly drinkable range, but it isn’t enough of a serious detractor to lower it beyond a 4.
My main beef here is that it is really expensive for what you’re getting, coming in at almost $1/oz, which is a bit too high in my opinion. It’s certainly an interesting celebration beer, but I would probably steer someone looking for this type of beer toward a different Belgian strong.