SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 hand bottle shared with Clarkvv on 2/9/06. Pours a light bright orange hazy color with a full, fluffy white head. Nose is light honey, some cracker crumbs, the fresh brett and a bit of citrus. FLavors of light barnyard, fresh outdoors and light citrus hops blend together to create a well balanced and well combined flavor. Palate is lightly fizzy and a finish of light sourness. Extremely drinkable and well done.
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear pale amber. Light acidic barnyrad aroma. Dryish with fairly clean mouthfeel. Citric and lively with some grassy hops. Has some similarities to good, dry cider. Not as complex as for instance Supplication, but still very good.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 hand bottled sample shared with SuIIy on 2/9/06.
The beer has lost nothing to hand-bottling and shipping, seemingly, pouring with a large amount of fairly dense, white head that leaves a mess of lace all about and is retained quite well. The body is a soft, vanilla wafer orange with a bit of ripe lemon skin. Small bubbles stick to the glass and rise reluctantly to bolster the head.
The nose has a crusty/crackery graininess that is supplanted with sweet honey and pale malts which, in turn, give way to the brett. Oh glorious brett! Quite pronounced, tart and playful, mingling easily with the grainy and sweet malts. Dosent provide the clarity and utter jaw-dropping brett aroma of Orval (or even Matilda) but then, I don’t think it aims to. Some light hoppiness, farmy and lightly floral comes in to play, though surprisingly, the aroma doesnt come off overly dry.
Taking a sip, I figure out why that is. The beer is very well-malted, sweet and fruity, though importantly, not doughy. A fair helping of brett gets things rolling and then one is treated to overripe fruits; tart-like notes of nectarines, peaches and pears. In the middle, I seem to find a smidgeon of diacetyl, just a hint of light buttercream or white pepper like dryness, but perhaps that is just my imagination. It certainly is nothing worth dwelling upon. The brett resumes and clears the palate, wiping the fruitiness away and nearly balancing the sweetness, while hops vibrancy (hay, cut grass, sweat) melts in to a sea of finely carbonated bubbles, quite tight and engaging. While the beer is quite sweet (relatively speaking), and less attenuated than Orval and Orval knock-offs, it is not doughy or overyeasted (with saccharomyces) by any means. Alcohol is no where to be found.
In other news, I seriously need to stop comparing every Belgian pale ale that has brett in it to Orval!
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, at the brewpub
Hazy light amber colour. Soapy, perfumey hop character with strawlike pale malts adding to the mix. Fresh, fruity character with light dusty yeast notes, hints of pear and a good amount of brett. Great beer - takes the effort of a master and utilizes it in a beer for the proletariat without either dumbing it down nor pricing it up. Kick ass.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of bright grainy floral hops, mingled with oatiness. Grassy flavor with tons of orange peel and pepper, along with chewy bret-laden cracker...all pushed against a fresh oak backdrop. Weaker finish than expected but still top-notch, flavorful and lasting. Thanks cquiroga!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of Mild noble hop notes, tart citric acid and white pepper with a touch of soft wonderful bret. The grassy ho pcharacter melds flawlessly with the refreshing, appetizing bret signature. Clean and yes soft, subtle mouthfeel that glides like velvet over the palate leads into a wonderful tart and mildly bitter finish that cleans up as if it were never there.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange gold with foamy lasting head. This beer is a pleasure. Perfectly balanced, spicy but with a creamy mouth-feel. Undercurrants of fruit play with the malt and a refreshing, not overwhelming sourness throughout.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Poured cloudy orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of citrus, apricot, graitfruit, floral hops and pepper. Peppery taste along with melon and apricot. Very tart. Certainly a unique Belgian which I would love to try again.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orangish/dark straw with 2-finger white head. Aroma of extreme bready malt and funky hopcitrus, with some spicy floral notes and black pepper. The taste is bready malty and fruity up front, with mid-palate hopcitric, melon and apricot notes. Complex palate, and nicely balanced.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a foggy orange color with a tight, creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, citrus fruits, some mustiness, and peaches. Taste of more citrus fruits, herbs, some tart grape, a little bit of soapiness, and finishing with a grassy hoppiness. Thanks cquiroga!