mensch (242) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light yellow with swirling white head. On the nose, sweaty lemons and bread yeast proofing before you add the flour. More musky flavors on the tongue - bright fruit like melon and pineapple mixes with a wet dog kinda funk. Sweet/sour finish, a little slick on the palate. Tasty, intriguing, not outstanding. Iíll try it again after a year in the cellar.
GarrettB (920) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 7th, 2012 - New Belgium and Lost Abbey teaming up to make a beer is like Batman and Superman joining forces, and the effect is amplified for me since both brewers come from places Iíve lived, and places where Iíve invested a great deal of drinking and money budgeted for beer. Er, and some money not budgeted for beer. Brett beers are always a little funky, but I trust NBB to make something approachable, and this fits that description nicely. Bright and yellow with a slightly faded dandelion color around the edges, and decorated with a fuzzy, bubbly head, this is an easy beer to look at. The nose is soft and yellow, bearing gifts of pear, butter, clove and even a little elderflower - lovely! The flavor reflects this awesome bouquet. Let it warm a little bit and those soft touches of pear, honey, butter and elderflower glow on the palate. The Brett is extremely quiet. This isnít a ďhorse licking beerĒ by any means. But the Brett does enable this levelly flavors. Thereís no funk, but somehow the choice of yeast emphasizes the quirky flavors, and lets you savor and suck on that delicious braised flavor. As of August 7th, 2012 this is one of the best beers i had had in a long time.
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This probably deserves its less than exalted rating. The flavors are nowhere near as bold as you would expect from a Brett-driven concoction, and though dry, thereís relatively little acidity and sourness. One collaboration beer that didnít produce up to the reputation of its component parts. Bottle.
Howlader (422) - - FEB 23, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On draught at Beer Baron in Washington DC. Kind of dull, really, not a lot of interesting flavours in the Brett.
Sweasy (14) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bold and yeasty but thatís about it. Was expecting more of a sour taste, but it has more of a heavy yeast with light citrus. It leaves more of a thick blanket than I prefer.
mverity (254) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle share at Proof thanks to jbruner. Clear pale yellow color with swirls of thin white head and a medium collar. Aroma is super grainey and light malt. Taste is very faintly grassy, and then some light malt sweetness. Not much else to this one. Thin watery body, light carbonation.
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber into tulip. Pours a straw color with a lasting white head. Slight pineapple/grapefruit on the nose but at the forefront of the aroma here is puke. Like actual vomit. Luckily thereís none of that in the flavor. However, there isnít much of anything in the flavor. Itís kind of vaguely saison-ish, with dusty grains and mild esters and a sort of soft tart body. Mineral water and dust in the finish, maybe a rubbery phenolic tinge. Tastes and feels dirty in the mouth.
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle, shared by Greg. Thanks? This was uniformly described as some variation on "pineapple and grapefruit left out in a garbage can on a hot summer day. Incidentally, the following day when I dropped my son off at daycare, I noted that the daycare diaper-change area instantly reminded me of this beer the next day. Truly awful.
tectactoe (1179) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Dense gold color, moderate translucency with little bits of sediment hanging in suspension, topped with a foamy & lightly soapy, fizzing white head. Aroma is a brettanomyces overload with some bready malt. Funk, biscuit, baked bread, musky citrus, band-aid, medicinal, & weird sterile notes. I love Brett & bready malt, but not in this capacity. Taste contains earth, wet cardboard, band-aid, damp cellar floor, & big medicinal off-flavors. Again, overstating the Brett in large quantity. Heavy, heavy bread flavors with a clumpy, overpowering, yeasty finish. Dryer finish than the desert. This was a difficult one to put down the hatch; honestly, just not a very well made beer. You canít load a crappy beer up with Brett & expect it to be good. Hereís the proof. BTW no sour or pineapple Brett notes ANYWHERE, like the description states.
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow from the growler with thin white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is really bready biscuit, a hint of mushroom earthiness. Taste follows, biscuit on biscuit on grain. Meh.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Alright, supposed to be a BFD.
Pours a near crystal golden ale with dissipating white sheeting. Smells of manure, straw, mushroom, pear juice and unleaded (the good part) no indications of lemon for me. Wowza, sweet estery juice. Lots of sweet wheat character, yeast and saccharine like sweetness. Sooo sweet. Where did this even come from?! Hints of straw and yeast with a little lead character. Full bodied for the style with low carbonation. This beer is a disaster. Iím giving this an overall 1.0 despite any other ratings because the beer is composed poorly. Drain pour. What a disappointment for two renowned breweries.
Serving type: bottle