Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught during the Great Taste of Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy golden orange colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a cream top. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit zest, some golden grain malt, a touch of horse blanket, and lemon. Taste is medium bodied, very light in carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, citrus, a hint of white pepper and some earthy spice. Brett is very faint. Finish is semi-dry with a floral hop aftertaste that slowly disappears.
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a hazy golden color topped by a nice foamy, white head that settles to a thin film and leaves spots of lacing behind. The aroma is of citrus fruits, lemon zest, floral hops,and some herbal spices. There is a hint of the brett and its dryness in the aroma. The flavor follows with a good dose of citrus fruits, lemons, spices, and some funk. There is some nice bitterness on the back end from the floral hops. Medium bodied with ample carbonation with a spicy, dry finish from the brett. This is really good right now, but I can see it getting even better. I definitely want to try this again with some age on it.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Iowaherkeye. Pours hazy gold-orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is grassy, floral hops, citrus/lemon, and herbal notes. Flavors are pretty similar with just a little of the funky brett character mixed in. Finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. A very interesting beer that I really enjoy. Nice job NG.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle, thanks to CaptainCougar for hooking it up. Gold color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma pops out with a very brett-in-primary signature fruitiness, with lots of floral brightness as well. Herbal and somewhat phenolic tasting with just a touch of sweetness, some funky dustiness and light bitterness. There is also a juicy, almost pineapple fruitiness that enhances the illusion of a sweeter beer before the dryness of the finish hits you. Pretty light on the tongue with plenty of carbonation. This is pretty nice right now, with a great, bright mix of fruity, spicy, and herbal elements, but I can see it getting great with more time in the bottle.
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Plan to add to this rating as I try my bottles over time...that being said...initial rating on 8/23/09: Pours a orange-gold color with a miniscule head. Aroma is nicely done...huge floral bouquet and some citrus fruits...good dose of orange emerges, and there’s a lot of herb/spice notes in the background as well...complex yet smooth. Flavor is complex and has a youthful feel to it...Funky brett notes are present throughout, and it does change from sip to sip as it warms slightly. Catching some fruit notes up front that change to leather/blanket with a good dose of spice (pepper). Finishes very dry and lingers, but in a good way. Palate is smooth with a lot of carbonation. I know I keep hearing Orval, and maybe I need to try a couple more Orvals, but this one didn’t compare that strongly IMO. Each is a good beer in its own right!
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of SamGamgee. Poured into a 400 mL goblet. Bright orange gold with a slightly fizzy off white head. Aroma is very orangey, with notes of the drupelets, peels, and oils. Also some light phenolic character and maybe a hint of that chlorinic bretty funk. Super funky taste with pepper, earthy hops, horseblanket, slight orangey fruitiness. I can definitely understand the comparisons to Orval but it’s not really really similar or anything. Good candidate for aging, it would be interesting to see where the brett takes this beer over time.
tennisjoel (1364) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2009. I was stoked that this brewery only beer was brought to the event. This really has a lot of Orval like qualities, though not quite as dry. It was a treat and I’m glad I got to try it, as it is doubtful I’ll get down to the brewery to try any.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ New Glarus. Holy crap. I never bothered to read the description. I was surprised to encounter an amazing hop bomb upon trying this. A dry, citrus (orange with a hint of lemon) aroma with just a strong herbal character (almost Italian spices, but nothing comparable to those horrid pizza beers - this is pleasant). The color is amazing, a mildly translucent color with foamy white head. The brett was not at all noticeable in the aroma or and only mildly apparent in the body two months after bottling. I wish I’d noticed the brett component. I’d have bought some for aging :(.
sthlm (1281) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, and on-tap at GTMW ’09] Pours slightly hazy golden with a tiny off-white head. Huge aroma that is bursting with lemongrass, sweet tart, citrus, notes of mint and other undefinable herbal qualities. Taste is once again very herbal, with mild bitterness, and a strong underlying maltiness. Medium mouthfeel, with a slightly dry, average length finish. Really interesting, and I have craved this a few times since I have had it. Not surprisingly this was much better on-tap, but I also thought the bottled one was very solid as well. Thanks again, Levi!
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honkeybra gets the credit on this one. One hell of a fucking beer. Smooth, creamy, and buttery. Sweet, honey aroma with an incredibly smooth malt presence with some awesome funk in there, too. Never actually tasted a Belgian ale like this. New flavors abound. I hate to quote a Jew, but as Linda Richmond would say, “It’s like buttah.”