TAR (2379) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 001- PH1: Hazy peach. Noisy loosely-packed foam fizzles into a sustained ring. Saliva inducing nose of sulfur, musty oak, brett, dried peaches, and dusty phenols. Interwoven suggestions of sherbet and soft malt. Weightless effervescence sparkles on the palate. Very airy. Irony acidity immediately awakens the palate just as an explosively flavorsome surge of juiciness ensues. Not just tart, but astonishingly adept in its jugglery of succulence and dryness, as well. Deeply quenching and quaffable, as a result. Elegant straw-like malts loosen the tightening brett grip and also provide a touch of body-lending sweetness. Tannins remain secondary to the graceful dusting of powdery-textured oak which complements the succulence as it lightly brushes the palate. As the complexity continues to develop, the acidity slowly wanes to create a remarkably soft and rounded finish of musty yeasty, peach fuzz, and vividly defined crackery malts which eternally linger. The addition of yeast imparts a chalky astringency and seemingly accentuates the bandage phenols. This is surely only a tease of whatís yet to come in regards to the magic Vinnie is sure to achieve with future batches/once he acquires more barrels and begins molding them into perfection through the art of blending. Wow!
Batch 001 : Hazy peach. Undying puffy white foam. Relatively soft and composed aroma of damp wool, maraschino cherry, lavender and musty wood. Light note of butter. Fluffy and feisty carbonation. Hard body. Initially much sharper, dryer, and more mineral-laden than it is succulent. Prominent malts are quick to establish their soft sweetness which meshes with the softer buttered oak flavors. Very musty and chockfull of brett, but the balancing succulence lies deeply buried within. As in the PH1, the oak delivers similarly soft and powdery textures, along with a restrained mustiness. Finishes adeptly balanced with delicate malt and peach flavors, which absorb much of the acidity, and coarser brett. Thereís not much to complain about with this batch, but if forced to choose a favorite, Iíd have to go with the PH1 due to the nose, alone. All around, the PH1 is significantly more polished (while the aromatic brightness is highly apparent in the PH1, it takes a heavy swirl for this to reveal its luster), and the PH1 is noticeably deeper/more complex, bears a juicier tartness, and possesses none of the butteriness of this particular barrel. Still something any brewer would be proud to claim as their own. (8,4,8,4,16 = 4.0)
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 batch 001 decants a gorgeous, almost perfectly bright, deep gold, with a well-formed white head that retains well and leaves great lace. big, brilliant nose features a complex of aromatic elements. the brett notes come out first - lots of leaqther and wet goat, but mellowed and rounded by a sour berry fruitiness and some notes of wood. initial taste impression is tart - but not terribly acidic. a rounder yogurt-y/lactic tang mixes well with the fruit-littered barnyard flavors. definitely a sour beer - grips the throat as you drink it. excellent creation - I like it better than La Follie. I canít wait to see how this will age.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch1-PH1: Pour is murky yellowish orange with small big bubbled off white head...smell is cherry and bubble-gummy vanilla at first, with the sour becomeing more and more apparent as it warms...taste is funky horseblanket and cheese at first...mellowing into a delicate sourness that builds...some woody flavors throughout, but not overly present...an earlier rating likens it to Panil, but not even close...this isnít even close to La Folie...other than sharing a style, this beer is very very different...sour and funky and a lively delicious mouthfeel...what a wonderufl brewery...I will be trying the other barrel shortly...
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First had in April 2005 at the RR 1st anniversary party. Very mild dry vanilla that leads into a wonderful horseblanket charater reminiscent of a traditional Lambic. The barrel is very soft and underwhelming at this point. Clean and dry with an extremely appetizing sourness. Notes of lemon zest and Balsamic vinegar. Will rerate when it is officially released.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great quenching aperitif beer. The oak imparts characteristic vanilla. The used wood also imparts cherry, sour vinous character and wood. Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft. Very late breadiness. excellent. Also at the Monks tasting.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Poured golden with a thin white head. Aroma reminded me of Panil. It had vanilla, red wine, oak, cherry and a bit of vinegar. This is aged in New Belgium La Folie barels. It was premiered at Monkís cafe earlier this evening. I hope people enjoy it as much as I did. Similar to Panil.