JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Virtually no head, over cognac-golden beer. C-hops, very fresh grapefruit on toast. This is a beergeek breakfast for me. Sweet-hoppy flavour, preserved orangezeste, with hop flavouring. Pretty IPA-like, all the same. Medium bodied, slick, alcoholwarming. Special, might like to see more of R & D. But as to Belgian - mind you, I couldn’t really find the Bretts.
Second test, on special demand. Bottled 6-18-09
Huge, just-off white head, over bright orange-golden beer. 4/5 Very obvious Brett nose, like an Orval clone. Grapes, bit of the olives in Orval, but more pronounced spicy; watercolour paint, pigeon sh*t. 7/10 Sweet in the first instance, then reverting to bitter-(old) hoppy, with a short milky acidity in between. The finish is again bitter, spicy, olives, but also quite a bit of solvent. Bretts are abundant, where they were nearly absent in my first sample. 7/10 Creamy head, very dry beer, slick. 3/5 Maybe I was (too) warned, but I’m sure this would still have struck me as an attempt at an Orval clone otherwise too. Unfortunately, an attempt: I find it like an Orval cliché, with some Orval characteristics blown out of proportion. And above all, it lacks the proverbial Orval drinkability. Whatever, this is nearly a totally different beer from the first sample, all the IPA characteristics gone. And me, for one, I’m not sure I ought to be happy about that. Thanks to CK 14/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having tried this on a tired palate at the Great Taste of the Midwest I was fortunate enough to get a bottle due to noncaloric. I appreciate the effort as it was truly fantastic. I wish I had another bottle to age as I suspect this one will only get better over time.
Aroma / Appearance - Lazy carbonation was trapped in the golden body like a mosquito in amber. The thick white head trapped the aroma for a while before grudgingly letting go. When it did I picked up sourdough bread, barnyard, lemon, and citrus. A yeasty bite was icing on the cake.
Flavor / Palate - Light and citrusy the liquid flows across the tongue like nectar. The taste of orange marmalade lingers on the throat along with honey and yeast. The overall impression reminds me of lemon meringue pie that has been blended into a smoothie. Once again Dan Carey has nailed what he set out to do and it shows.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear gold with fizzy white head. Aroma of tart, farmhouse funk. Similar taste, very floral and tart. Dry finish. Very unique and enjoyable
Butters (3778) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Pours a clear pale straw with wispy clearish tan head. Nose is mildly tart, with a flintstones vitamins chalkiness. Very interesting. A lavendar potpourri bathroom flavor. Unlike any beer I’ve come across. But I don’t really like it.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Big, bretty, horsey funk aroma. Mellow. Bitter, spritzy flavor, nice body, very horsey and dry in the mouth. Pretty enjoyable stuff. I want a bottle for myself rather than a sample.
malrubius (1726) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Where the Wild Beers Are @ The Gate 8/30/09. Gold with flat head and lace. Piney lemon pastry melon aroma. Peach melon lemon pastry with very mild funky hay dry finish. Creamy nice palate. Very good.
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yellow body with a fizzy white head.nice aroma of gluten,flowers,wheat,and a slight funk.flavor is much of the same.very tasty brew indeed.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle.Clear golden with small white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops up front with pears and light dusty caramel, faint funk and leather. Flavor follows suit with some bitter earthy notes. Medium body with light to medium smooth carbonation. Very good beer--would like to revisit this in a year.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark yellow-orange. Soapy white head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, grassy hops dominate. Taste is more spicy yeast, grassy, lightly bretty drying sourness in the finish.
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers are event. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Clean acid and lemon. Thin, very bretty. Finishes dry and with some light brett and lemon.