mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gives a slightly underwhelming pop but pours a deep amber coloring most similar to a DIPA. Very visible carbonation when held to the light and red and yellow colors burst forth. A finger head is soapy white and disappears quite quickly.
The first scent on the nose is a roasted caramel with a strong wine like prescence. The Belgian yeast starts to show soon and gives off spicy aromas. A dubbel like scent of figs sits in the middle of this and weighs down a slight tartness. The "barnyard" really starts to come out as it warms.
Really clean earth caramel like tastes hilghlights the front of the tongue. Itís rather sweet but not cloying. Thereís also an apple flavor here. I start to get a slighty tart earthy flavor on the center of the mouth, it helps the fig-like dubbel flavors come off lightly. The tartness starts to peek out on the back of the tongue but itís not as strong as I usually enjoy. Still, very delicious. Thereís a slight "red wine" tang to all of it too.
Very refreshing and crisp on the palate. It doesnít sit at all.
A wonderful beer but far from my favorite Ommegang offering. Iíd rather drop my dollars on some Hennepin.
bmerz (655) - 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 í12. 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. Itís rich all the way down. Cool astringency. Itís slick but slightly nutty in feel.
harrymel (1439) - 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 "itís alright" by Mikkeller.
T: Not tart. Nose does not fall into here. Iím 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 isnít my cup of tea.
Serving type: bottle
Beergeek23322 (1954) - 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 (2131) - 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 (3126) - 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 thereís not much on the nose. Thereís a bit of tartness on the tongue and a little bit of fruitiness. Finishes clean. Itís still a very quaffable beer. Not odd or out of place flavors. Probably not as awesome now as it was in 2008 but itís 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 thatís 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 whoíve tried it feel the flavor is any way lacking. Flowery, distant apple, and a sourness that somehow soothes instead of puckering the mouth. Itís 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.
Iíll leave it at that.
AirForceHops (2562) - 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 cafť 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 ďlike velvetĒ expression butÖ it was super smooth. Iím glad I got too try this. I would be open to trading for a chance to drink this again.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, 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 (1486) - 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.
Lukaduke (1674) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #3 2008... bottle thanks to a friend. Pours a orange copper color with a good two figer foamy head. On the nose there is some rich caramel malt belgian yeast spice and some great subtle barnyard funk playing with some fruity notes. Apple, apricot and a touch of tart citrus mingle with funky barnyard rustic notes. I was hoping for a bit more on the funky side but this beers ends up being a crushable session brett beer. Nice