hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog rating on 7-23-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large frothy, fizzy off-white head with a short retention, hazy golden body, fizzy carbonation, no lacing, and floaties. The aroma is malty, musty, farmhouse, fruity, and tart. The flavor is sweet, sour, malty, and tart. The mouthfeel of this beer is mild carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is quaffable, but I could not get a liking for the flavor. Too funky tasting for me.
vulcanmeister (196) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber orange color. Aroma is sour-sweet fruity and floral with malt . A complex blend, tastes citrusy-lemon, with hoppy bitterness, brown sugar. Long dry finish, but the aroma is what knocks my socks off!
Darkmagus82 (1220) - - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-29-12-
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head has great retention and hangs around for quite some time before giving way to a moderate level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus nature with notes of sour and tart green apple like aromas. There is a little grassiness as well as a yeasty smell that mix with the more citrus to produce overall a nicely “funked” aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with notes of a sour citrus taste. Sour orange and some grapefruit mixed with a green apple like flavor. As the taste advances some of the sweetness that was initially up front fades and flavors of a yeasty nature seem to bring on a funkier and grassier flavor. In the end a mellow, yet very much noticeable sour flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the heavier side. Not bad for the style, but really nothing exceptional either.
Overall – A good tasting mild sour.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 2, 10/2008 bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, light leather, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light leather, bread, light caramel, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice biere de garde style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; and bery smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
bmerz (708) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 vintage bottle ~ Dec ’12. Pours hazy burnt orange. not much head. Aroma is rich barn funk and oxidation with something oddly sweet like baby poo. Flavor is quite vinous sweet white grapes with a musty bitterness. It’s rich all the way down. Cool astringency. It’s slick but slightly nutty in feel.
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch #2: bottled October 2008
I bought this beer with the intention of better helping me understand Brettanomyces. Here we go:
A: KAPOW! Cork shot out of this bottle with anger and vengeance! I immediately looked to the bottle with anticipation of gush, gush, gush!!!...Nothing. huh. Anyway, pours a golden ale with obvious chill haze. Three finger peanut head dissipates over a few minutes to a single finger which will hang out for the duration. Thick lacing. Good looker.
S: Yum! Tart, funky nose with some really appealing caramel malt backgrounds. If this is exemplary of Brett, now I know. For some reason this reminds me of "it’s alright" by Mikkeller.
T: Not tart. Nose does not fall into here. I’m starting to believe Brett offers the nose, but not the palate tart I seek. simple, pale malt backbone with metallic tones. Very hollow mid palate - almost watery.
M: Light body and high carbonation. The carbonation dies quickly in the mouth and falls down quickly in a hollow fashion. Very complex mouthfeel.
O: I think this beer was well crafted, and I think it solidifies my distaste for solely Brett beers. I love sours, but this beer isn’t my cup of tea.
Serving type: bottle
Beergeek23322 (2262) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/2/2010. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Fruity aromas with caramel, spices, Brett. Tart flavors, but very complex and balances. Medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.
Gription79 (2262) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle, batch 2 2008. The aroma is stone fruits, apricot is the dominating fruit. Some light notes from the malts. The flavor is a dry maltiness, apricot, caramel. This has aged very well, the hops are still present and fruity. Highly carbonated. Very interesting.
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 3 November 2008. Bottle from Jessup Beverages. Pours brown with a half inch of foam. As you can imagine by this point there’s not much on the nose. There’s a bit of tartness on the tongue and a little bit of fruitiness. Finishes clean. It’s still a very quaffable beer. Not odd or out of place flavors. Probably not as awesome now as it was in 2008 but it’s still very solid.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch #2, 08! Oldest beer that’s graced my lips.
Only negative aspect of the appearance, per the age, is a substantial amount of sediment that did not adhere well to the bottom of the bottle. Simply a detriment to the trifling aspect of beauty.
In terms of scent, which is generally very delicate, notes of citrus and gentle herbs come through, if ever so slightly. Hints, possibly even more so, of tart, unripened apple.
Taste fucking rocks. An incredibly non-aggressive flavor profile, though none of the three who’ve tried it feel the flavor is any way lacking. Flowery, distant apple, and a sourness that somehow soothes instead of puckering the mouth. It’s really, genuinely supple. As a last note on flavor, there are certainly elements of the past, but lots of people are just a beautiful old as they are young.
Lest we pause before the mouthfeel... It fills the mouth and expands, but gently so, and more slowly than usual, all the while leaving no curve of the tongue untouched and the roof of the mouth waving towards the brain in a blissful, popping clamor.
I’ll leave it at that.