zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 001-PH01. Pours cloudy yellow/gold. Strong aroma...citrus, yeast, malt, and leather...funky. Flavors are sour lemons, yeast, earth, wood and some funkiness. Nicely done. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Batch 001-PH01... This beer rocks! ... Murky golden ale with a tiny, fizzy, off-white head thatís gone in a flash. Complex, sour aroma. Lemon, lactic acid, razor sharp cheddar/ parmesan blend, lots of wood, leather, must and way underripe tropical fruit. Terrific sour flavor with good bitterness and terrific acidity, but it doesnít measure up to the nose in my book. How could it? Medium-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Finishes in an eddy of acid~tart~bitter~salt~dry. World class brew. Thanks to tever for the bottle!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted side by side the 001 and 001-PH1. The aroma of 001 was better to me (a 10 vs. 9) and the flavors while different between the two made it difficult to pick a favorite and both got a 9. Both poured hazy deep gold with a thin off-white head. 001 had a perfect funky aroma with plenty of tart barnyard yeastiness. The PH1 had a funky aroma as well but less tartness and more malty. More of the leather aroma in this one. The flavor in the PH1 however had more tartness than the 001. Acidic flavor with nice malt mixed in. The 001 flavor had great acidity and yeasty funk in the flavor. Funk was more dominant in 001 with more maltiness in the PH1 so which is better will be up to the taster for sure. The 001 gets the 4.6 and the PH1 gets a 4.5
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375mL bottle, batch 001. Pours an orangey golden color, a little hazy, with a small but dense head, leaving lots of lace. Aroma of light vinegar, sour cherries, apples, wood, barnyard, and lemon. Oaky, lots of cherry flavors. Very light bitter hop aftertaste with lots of dryness, sour flavors, tons of acid. Mouthwatering; eaves the palate refreshed, with earthy, grassy, and sour fruit aftertastes. Fairly full, creamy, velvety mouthfeel for such a sour beer. The bottom of the bottle gets yeasty and takes on a sourdough-like quality of flavor and aroma. So good Iím almost ashamed to have to give this one a numerical score.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Shared by the artist formerly known as wolhfs. Nice tart and sour aromas of lemon, apple, brett, and light woodiness. Pours a cloudy dull yellow with a small white head. Flavors starts with a nice sour tart lemon flavors that build into the finish. Increased sourness and light woody finish. Sampled both versions and the main difference is a less agressive sourness in the PH1.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 RERATE (Batch 1 - PH1): WOW, I must not have been ready for this last time or maybe age as improved this beer. Wonderful funk and sourness over a layer of soft malt and a hay finish. Pitty cherries and sour apple abound. Nearly a beautiful beer now. F: +2 and O: +4
Original Review (3.6): Both versions provided by Steve: The only major difference I noted was that PH1 seems softer and not as acidic on the palate.
The beer displayed a hazed yellow hue, fizzy with minimal lace. The aroma is pure brett funk of cheese and barnyard with a lemonhead sourness (where was the cherry?). Additional vapors of herbs and flowers and of course oak.
The taste has a lemonade-like refreshment, tart and mouthwatering. Yeast and grassy components throughout before ending with a crash of tannic oak. The aftertaste did have some subdued spice notes. All in all it was pretty darn good but I did not find this worthy of all the praise.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy luminating orange with good spritzy carbonation and with quick disappearing head. Aroma is out of this world. It has plenty of ripe sour stonefruits, Greek yughurt, buttermilk and corn flowers. The aroma allone makes your mouth water. It has an extreem soury boost but the ballance is there. This beer is very tastefull and has an outstanding elegance. it is crisp, has something of honey without the sweetness and lots of sour fruits like mirabelles, reine Claude,and unripe nectarines. This great summer beer ends with a slight grassy bitterness in the finale. Hughe thanks to Joris for sharing this one with me.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Juan/droopy49, aka Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a nice, solid cheddar orange with a curious aroma of lemon-lime Sweet Tarts. Nice hints of barn yard hay and apple in the background. Very lively mouthfeel, full of carbonation and citrus acidity. Nice flavors of herb, lemon, lime, and a touch of chardonnay. Fantastic beer. This is one to savor. Send more, Juan!
ABUSEDGOAT (2158) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, really interesting dinner of Foie Gras in burgers with truffle oil, wild mushrooms, brie cheese, and cognac somewhere in there.. etc I donít know how to cook but damn they were some good burgers. But then this too!? Thanks to IrishBoy for this. Hazy orange body with a small and rapidly diminishing head. Very fizzy sounding. If my only sense was hearing, this sounded just like a BMC beer. Eventually nothing on top of the beer and no lacing. Thatís the beerís worst feature IMO. Aroma is awesome! Got the woody vanilla notes and the sour notes, but also some lambicy notes. Some barnyard action in there with sour everything fruits. A huge complexity in the aroma that carried over to the flavor and remained quite tart and sour. Mouthfeel was excellent. I donít see what could be better other than appearance and having the "OMFG factor." I must now immediately downgrade Rodenbach Grand Cru after having this, because Beatification blows it away. Moral of the story: donít judge a book by itís cover.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 750. Batch 001-PH01. Explosive. Beer is a a murky medium, bright, caramel-gold color with a large, creamy, white, mostly lasting head. Spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. The aroma is redolent of La Folie. They vaporize away a little and reveal a more subdued beauty underneath. Breaks down to be malty with light-to-moderate notes of toasted bread and sweet, fluid caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of lemon and herb; yeasty with moderate notes of delectibly funky horseblanket and band-aid, light notes of cobwebby goodness; Light miscellaneous notes of green apple, oak, vanilla, light note of spicy alcohol, white wine-like vinosity and a trace of coriander. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily acidic with a long, moderately-to-heavily acidic/dry, lightly sweet, trace bitter finish. Nice bright lemony aftertaste. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively/fizzy.