shaggyvii (1) - USA - SEP 18, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Italy - the new paragon for cutting edge beer? Who knew? Definitely worth the price and trouble to experience. Undoubtedly complex and surprising.
MrGGen (312) - ITALY - JUN 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore ambrato opaco con schiuma cremosa.Aroma quasi vinoso con sentori di vaniglia.In bocca è maltata e fruttata con una dolcezza non eccessiva ma definita.Direi una ale belga molto buona.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark amber color, super big, frothy, lacy, and icy looking head. The nose was fucking brilliant! Huge Brett Funk...Thick super cheesy but somewhat sweet but at the same time very barnyard with maybe a nice river of molasses flavored playdough running through the middle. Somewhat fizzy. The flavors here were fucking warped. Not sure what barbera wine is, but holy fucking shit this stuff was cheesy! The palate was thick and chewy with wierdo wild yeast, funk, cheese, mildew, sweetness, wet cardboard (in a good way), medicine, leather, and god knows what. I was not expecting this whatsoever...it’s quite grand. Its kind of like a gueuze on acid...no, make that peyote...rotten, moldy peyote..
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
13 oz bottle. This is so completely different from the base beer, the barrel aging has really improved this into an exceptional beer. Pours slightly darker amber than the demon hunter with a large creamy long lasting head. Nose is definitely bretty but not overly so, woody and oaky with some definite spice and caramel. The flavor is just amazing. In fact its quite similar to the Saint Bon Chien I had earlier in the night. Not as deep or quite as complex but the flavor profile is similar. Woody and tart with a sour finish definite cherry though not as intense as the bon chien. Spicy middle with some black pepper. Perfect carbonation and perfectly hidden alcohol. Wonderful, and probably will get more so with a year of age on it.
grunx (367) - - MAR 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Molt interessant, amb notes de sour, àcida, complexa. Molt bona. I a sobre invitats per l’Eslsa de De Dolle. Perfecte!
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour cherries, oak, and slight vinous notes. It pours a hazy amber with lots of sediment and a large creamy off-white head. The flavor starts with some light sour cherry, yeast, and faint caramel. There’s some moderate oak in the finish. Light-medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: pours clear in the tired and worn hues wood of the wood barrels she was aged in. Touch of dregs at the bottom dirties it up. Bubbles form a loose collar while swirls produce nothing. Little apparent carbonation.
Nose: I can smell it from my chair as it rests on the table. Amazing woody sourness up front and leather in the back; old and worn. Grape skins, cranberries, and plums, especially their skins. Planks of wood await the skilled touch of a cooper’s hand. Wonderfully invigorating; smells of labor, love, earth, and old-world artisanal skills.
Palate: thin yet not watery mouthfeel carries the flavors cleanly over, around, and down. Wisp of caramel up front while plums and dark grapes linger longest in the back. Different to and similar to the nose. Freshly juiced grapes, plums, apples, pears for liquid sweetness while their skins cleanse the finish. Love the smooth mouthfeel thanks to no discernable carbonation; not flat thought. Wood and leather are faint, soft brushes and gentle whispers throughout our slow session. Bread sops up the fruit juices while cinnamon and nutmeg add to the bitter tickle in the back of each quaff. Tartness snaps in the middle, then poof! Gone. Brett is a subtle wooer. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: hands down this is one of the most intriguing beers I have tasted to date. Similar to some and yet so far removed from others, she’s almost her own entity unto herself. I could drink this beauty on any given day, though something tells me she’d be especially endearing whilst gazing upon the slow beauty of Italy’s rolling hills and mountains.
Gription79 (2309) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle. Nose was of wine. It was woody, earthy, and had a noticeable Brett character. Taste had elements of fruit and wine, Bretty malts, and a nice dry finish. Not bad son, not bad.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500. Thanks, Terry! Beautiful, bright rubied dark amber, cloudy. Thin creamy fizz. Green apple and mineral and white vinegar mid-palate, that somehow ties together and works beautifully. Long mineral finish. Lots of wood, and some lambic-y funk. This is a great little beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Closest I’ve tried to the rr sours. Very smooth, well balanced, with a hint of sour and big, oak notes.