corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clearer and darker than the regular version. Pours a pale golden yellow color with orange/banana hues and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Musty, funky aroma with a really strong brett presence. Strong oak presence with lots of funky bugs and farmhouse/saison character followed by bready yeast, slight zesty spice and sweeter light fruit notes.
Medium bodied with a nice brett presence but it’s well integrated into the farmhouse and pale ale flavors. Not as overpowering as it was in the nose. The barrel character in subtle with some dry oak/toothpick flavor. This is followed by dry, musty brett, grass, straw and light fruit flavor, notably apple and pear. The light fruit toward the end of the palate balances things out nicely with some needed sweetness. Overall, this was a bit more interesting than the base version. The addition of wild yeast and oak aging give this beer another layer of flavor without overpowering what was pleasant about the regular version.
knickskicks (999) - - OCT 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow pour. Nose is bretty, very funky, earthy, hops, some citrus. Taste is brett, funky, citrus, hay. Watery mouthfeel.
John25 (1245) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy gold. Medium creamy feel with average to high carb. Funky with lemon and grains. Big yeast character. Great stuff.
conway (2168) - - SEP 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy glowing gold with 2 finger white head. Citrus, oak, vanilla, light funk and grain. Creamy mouthfeel and light carb. Awesome.
ClarkVV (4625) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2015 Bottled May 2015, drunk 9/14/15.
Very light gold with some slightly deeper marigold tints and a large white head that slowly recedes to cover. Good clarity.
Really fun nose is all sorts of funky, musty, sort of generally mousey bacteria/brett goodness. Not terribly sulfury, but more the wet blanket/wet sheep/damp cellar funk. Some light fruitiness breaks through, a touch of pineapple-meets-cherry as well as very minimal wood character contributing a touch of vanilla. A real delight to just continually sniff the stuff, especially as it continues to warm up. Wonderfully subtle and elegant, as always, from Oxbow.
Similar flavors, matching the aroma, show a bit more leathery brett-like funk, dry pineapple, appleskin, cheese and a bare afterthought of pale malts. Sadly, it’s extremely dry and normally, Oxbow’s beers have a tightly carbonated, near creamy texture that would have helped balance the dryness, but not so here. Rather watery, very loose carbonation and poor malt structure really disappoint. Some light sourness and wood tannin, not at terribly high levels, are nonetheless problematic on account of the very low malt/extremely light body. Perhaps my other bottle will show better carbonation!
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL swing top bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy yellow. Nice white head. Great retention.
Smell is bretty and oaky. Some farmhouse funk. Some hops. A bit of acidity. Very nice. Brighter acidic flavors in the taste, but nothing by way of sour. Grainy. Hops are muted. Grassy and lemony. Nice but not as complex as the nose.
Light, well carbonated. Easy drinking.
Delicious. Gets more acidic as I drink it. Less complex, too, but still good.
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy lighter orange color with a white head. Aroma was of brett, pitted fruit, light funk and grain. Flavor similar, lightly tart even, brett c forward, juicy, really drinkable.
Aniela (4198) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a tasting at home. Hazy pale yellow beer with an offwhite head. Fruity sourish citrus grassy oaky leather aroma. Sourish fruity grassy citrus oaky funky flavour.
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy hay yellow liquid with small to medium white head. Aroma of funk, pineapple, mineral, grain, wood, oak, apple skin and lemon. Taste is very light sweet and light sour with notes of lemon, wood and mineral. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty nice, maybe the wood character is a bit too much. Great funk.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, hazy golden with small white head. Aroma and taste are wood, grass, orange, and white grape funk. Carbonation was on the lower side. Decent.