ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a light golden body, hazy, and with a full inch of near white foam.
Smell: Leather chaps dipped in phenols, pineapple rings dipped in relatively clean sweat, a squirt of lemon juice, and some underlying straw-like malts.
Taste: Lightly malty with modest touches of bread and toasted straw. Light sweetness from a dusting of powdered sugar. Background hops remain light. Floral soap suds. Musty cobwebs, lightly funky barnyard character, jutting phenols. Citrusy lemon. Saliva-inducing, drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.
Overall: An interesting, enjoyable brew.
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I picked this up at the New Glarus Brewery on my May 2012 visit. At that time, this was the only “brewery exclusive” beer that was offered.
Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick, foamy head. Scent is a mixture of citrus and floral scents. Taste is bold with flavors of hibiscus, citrus and other floral tones. Smooth, mellow and delicious. Drinks great and keeps inviting you back for another sip. If you think the New Glarus 6 packs are good, you’re in for a treat as this is even better!
reggiedunlop (3109) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a pale yellow wit a thin foamy white head. aroma is dusty and spicy with light bretty and fruity notes...slightly oxidized i think. flavor follows suit...mild bretty and fruity notes but a hint of cardboard and a stale note. mouthfeel is light and silky with a dusty/fruity finish that has tea notes...2009 bottle may be a little pat its prime.
Marheb (2136) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belle robe blonde cuivrée aux arômes florales et funky. En bouche c’est fortement malté, sucré avec les notes du brett qui forment doucement le liquide à sa main.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours, as one would expect, a beautiful gold. Super carbonated, huge white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and wonderful. Flavor offers more complexity with each sip. Wonderful.
ssinger1485 (23) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was brewed 3-23-09 and I’m tasting it on 4-5-2012. The smell reminds me of a museum, kind of a old/musty/sweet smell. I don’t mean that in a bad way...it doesn’t smell bad at all. It’s hazy gold with a fair amount of sediment. The taste again reminds me of a museum, plus pear on the front end, and kind of citrusy in the back end. It’s a complex and interesting beer to try.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden straw color with a finger of white head. Really nice balance of sweet pale malt notes and fruit. Quite a bit of pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. Some light tartness on the nose as well. The flavor is clean and very enjoyable. Great balance of malt and Brett. Somewhat dry but a touch of residual malt sweetness as well as some sweet fruit character. A bit of spice character on the palate which is very nice.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy bright blonde color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some light tart notes and some pungy hops are quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some floral dry hops notes with light pungy characteristics mix ion with some notes of funky barnyard ester and a tart finish. Body is full with great carbonation. I though this was a great take on an Orval-like beer style with loads of complex notes.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, awkward aroma, not quite sour and a weird hoppiness. It’s not quite sour and not quite a golden.... Interesting.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
Baguette crusts and tropical fruit rise from this Wild Ale’s malt and yeast combo, as a pillowy mouthfeel and a supple flavor profile ensure full-on palate comfort.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy amber.
-The mouthfeel is chewier than Orval. It’s not as dry or prickly.
-The flavor profile is balanced throughout.
-That is one complex aroma !
-Finishing bitterness is elegant, levelled with the rest of the moderate flavor profile.
-This is supremely drinkable.