Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, exploding cork, ceiling strike, on the second twist of the cage. Gusher. Cloudy golden amber color, massive beige ice cream cone head. Aroma of well coordinated spice, dust, mild funk, brown bread. Taste is softly sour and slightly oily brown bread, earth, pumpernickel. Tasty.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice bouquet. Super fluffy head...quite a lot of sediment. Aroma is maple syrup and apples. Yeasty flavor with some tarty fruit and finishes with heavy alcohol.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, some barnyard funk and white grapes. Flavor of pineapple, oak, sugary malty notes, some barnyard character and light sourness.
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at 1702; November 2012
Arrives from the tap with a light tan colored head that is fairly dense and about a ½-finger thick. The beer is a dark gold color that shows a lightly hazy, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a light tartness to it, sort of cherry like, as well as with a solid toasted pale malt character to it that reminds me of crackers and crushed grain. As the beer warms, nice woody, spicy, oak notes become more noticeable and work well with the toasted malt character. It smells a bit like fermenting fruit somehow (though not the on-purpose kind).
Rich and creamy textured with a light tartness to it that lingers on in the finish. Chewy pale malt flavors provide a rustic white bread like flavor, as well as a toasted pale cracker like note. The light tartness brings out notes of pear, melon, and perhaps a touch of apple. There is a musky, fairly musty, funky, sort of rotting / fermenting fruit like flavor to this beer that is not quite off-putting. Woody flavors provide some spiciness and a bit of fresh cut plank, but meld with a mushroom like character and the funky phenolics that all provide the bite to this beer.
Not bad, but based on some peoples input, I was actually expecting a bit more from this; this actually is a touch less enjoyable than the 2011 version, which was merely just decent.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Daknole! Pours deep gold with a nice pillow of bubbly white head. Aroma is slightly tart, heavy on the pineapple. Taste is the same. Not a puckering sour, but a nice dry bretty taste, sweet white grapes, and it all comes together into a distinct pineapple taste. A very distinct belgian spicy yeast. Very drinkable.
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle pours a hazy gold with some fluffy white head. Nose is nice and inviting, lightly woody, some dried citrus peel, grass, a little medicinal, white grapes, a little horsey. Flavor is the same, tart but not puckering, dusty, rustic, grassy, hay, dried lemon. Medium bodied, tart but refreshing finish. Well balanced, good barrel character.
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sample. Gold in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of boozy honied whiskey, wood, and slightly caramelized sugar. Flavors are dominated by fruity Belgian yeast, cooking spices, and demerara sugar. Heavy bodied. Somewhat like a heavier, boozier, and wood influanced Duvel. Not a fan.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick and sweet ale with some funk and tartness. More of a saison than a sour, not my style.
UncleKorm (1084) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured a golden hue w/ med sized white foamy head and great lacing. Big fruity aromas. A medium to full bodied and lively carbonation. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some tropical flavors. The hops are earthy w/ notes of wood. Nice blend of sweet, fruit, wood and tart. Finish is clean and smooth while the aftertaste is sweet.
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, spice, citrus, horseblanket and light white wine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, spice, white wine, citrus and lighyt horseblanket with a crisp dry lightly tart lingering oak finish. Not bad but WAY overpriced!!!!