Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Max’s. Supposedly brewed for the Belgian Fest. Points for trying. But not worth the effort. Strawberry and pear notes are too strong and don’t mix well. Too dry at times. My drinker partner used the phrase "bottom of a Libby’s fruit cup". Seems apt.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours a hazy pure gold with a nice sticky meringue-like white head. Aroma is fruity- tons of murked up strawberries- mixed with old raspberries, fruit punch and overall reminds me of juicy fruit gum- also some yeasty phenolics and an earthy spritzy green funk from the brett. More berry flavor - rasp, strawberry blend- yeasty, doughy a bit murky, with a nice fresh zesty farmhouse funk - more juicy fruit gum and phenolic yeastiness. Finish is only slightly tart- might be better with more time but it was enjoyable.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Darkish orange red pour with a nice head. Aroma is an interesting mix of fresh berries and mild tart, cranberry perhaps, and unripe blueberry. Flavor has a nice late malt to complement the fruitiness. Simple but very well crafted and nice.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Lightly hazy light orange in color. Aroma has a lot of fruit- rasberries and perhaps even some peach character, with mild brett and funk. Taste is fruity, with berries, and mild bretty citrus tartness. Medium bodied, with some moderate sweetness still there. Probably would be better with some time. This one should get good.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Hazy deep orange pour. The aroma is very fruity- leans toward the sweet side- sweet cherries and flowery herbal notes. Has a fairly light feel. Fruity flavor as well, with little funk to speak of (if any). Sweet cherry notes and mild grains come through with odd phenols later on (almost rubbery note when it warms) The brett hasn’t come through yet. Lacks complexity and depth (or wild yeast character)
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy amber-orange colour. Aroma is pretty fruity with lots of fresh sweet raspberries. There is just the slightest hint of bretty dryness, but it’ll be another four to six months before that takes off. A touch of citrusy sourness, but in general, it’s the sweetness that comes through. Very little in the way of bitterness, just a light minerally flintiness. It’s okay, but some age will make it a lot better.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ BTAH, into tulip. Pours a cloudy dark brownish-orange, with an almost-nonexistent off-white head. Nose is fruity, a bit musty. Kind of faint. Taste begins with a musty, fruity note - mixed berries and barnyard, a hint of fruity tartness. Yeast coming out in the mustiness. Softly sour fruit comes out more along with a nice, sweet caramel malt note poking through. Bit of lactic sourness as well. Spicy, yeasty finish, still musty, with an earthy herbal hop note that lends itself to a very light lingering bitterness. Got a hint of something else on the finish too - almost mustardy? Medium body, subdued carbonation, somewhat viscous. Very drinkable. The combination of musty funk, fruity, malt, and hop notes really lends some complexity. Would be nice to try a version of this with a bit more age to let the Brett really come through, but I don’t say that to detract from what this beer is. Because as it is, it’s a great beer.