superspak (2203) - 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 (665) - 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 (1448) - 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 (2026) - 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 (2157) - 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 (3165) - 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.
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Vintage. This was out of a 750 ml bottle and shared among the table @ Novare Res Bier café before the Zwanze release. Hazy amber color with little soapy head. Aromas of pear, grass, funky brett, herbal tea ending with a touch of acidity. Taste is complex and interesting. Musty wet hay. Tart fruit flavor balanced with a smooth brett funk. Chewy bread malt is still showing here and gives it some sweetness. The herbal tea like notes show up just before you finish the sip. The brett has for sure been toned down after the years of sitting. Medium in body and the texture was amazing to me. I hate to use the “like velvet” expression but… it was super smooth. I’m glad I got too try this. I would be open to trading for a chance to drink this again.
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt orange. Hints of red. Huge pop of the cork. 3 finger head.
Tart and raisin scents. Plums and cherries. Bready and burnt croutons
Tart, sweet and dry. Very bready. Musty
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber color, thin off-white head. hints of apple, pear and caramel in the nose, slight funk as well. flavor is slight caramel with fruit and a somewhat dry, slightly cardboard finish.