StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale and translucent polished brass in color with a lovely white foamy head. Coriander, muskrit, grains of paradise and pollen trapped in an attic make their mark on the aroma. A touch of caramel stewing in haystacks provides a more definitive aromatic base. Heavily effervescent, with a primed orange peel and husky, harvested coriander flavor entwine. Eventually, the coriander gets rolled in ginger root and flung into a windy prairie land expanse. Dried autumnal roots have a touch of lemon flavor biscotti to impart the gentle, sustentative herbaceous and artesian baked edge. Medium bodied and charming at every palatary angle. Coriander and paradise seed meet with tart, lemony sourdough crust for a finish that’s every bit as cherished as the first sip. Many thanks for sharing, hezron!
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Batch 2, compliments of hezron. After the Flying Dog beers, this was a nice change of pace. My stomach was beginning to feel the effects of the lactic acid but I pressed on. After all, how often do you get to compare side by side this many brett-infected samples? I enjoyed this but I doubt I will seek out another bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - The light colored body left clear legs on the side of the glass. The nose was interesting - mixing pineapple, candy corn, oak, butterscotch and white bread. It was almost like a pineapple upside down cake but sour.
Flavor / Palate - The sweet dry mouthfeel was almost like a champagne. The taste however was fruity and infused with honey. Once that moved on, the sourness hit full force along with some oaky notes. This was one of the more fun sour beers of the night even if it was starting to be time for a change of pace.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 002, thanks to Kenb for the trade. Light malty aroma that reminds me of cookies or fresh baked bread. Fruity notes that remind me of apricots and tangerines. A cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head that sticks around. Flavor is very nice and fruity, with apricots, orange and lemon malty sweetness with a very dry, slightly acidic finish. Nice level of carbonation. I could drink pints of this. Very well balanced, just the right amount level of sourness. A beautiful beer.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Sampled at the Falls Tasting: Lemon dry, hay aroma. Cloudy white blond with some lace. Tart, dry, and refreshing...reminiscent of a wheat. Light body, long dry finish.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Hezron for sharing.
straw colored pour w/ a nice thick white head w/ a nice lacing. light acidic and sour fruits but very light some defiante hay notes in my mind w/ touches of wood and some light breads and a hint of alcohol. Tangy palate good carbonation and coating. Flavor is very light some sour light fruits a bit of a hay like note... Pretty soft and delicate. good.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Post GBOA Pizza & Beer Party... This beer rocks!... Murky straw-colored ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Decent retention. Acidic and acetic, earthy aroma with lots of cheddar, funk and wood. The flavor is sour, but not crazy sour. More acidic than acetic. Cheddar cheese and lemon. Medium-bodied with a coarse/astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes up very tangy then dry. Kudos to kenb for providing the bottle!
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Full-on leathery aroma, some grassiness and lemon here along with suggestions of hay, dried flowers and perhaps some freshly-cut wood. Some farmy notes here as well. Pale straw yellow color, hazy, with a fine, receding head. Flavor is fairly tart and sour to start, some slight barnyard funk here along with more dry grassiness and sourness. Not as much intensity here as anticipated, compared to a traditional lambic anyway but this is likely simply due to my preconceived notions of what brettanomyces does for those beers in particular. Smooth mouthfeel, relatively low effervescence with a medium body. Quite nice; I definitely enjoyed this. Manages to deftly avoid being one-dimensional.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Dickinsonbeer’s Oktoberfest, batch 002. cloudy light golden yellow/straw color, whitish head. aroma is sour and bretty, flavor is sour & tart like a lambic. not exactly a straight up belgian ale, but another great brew from RR!
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Columbus tasting 2.0. Poured very light yellow with average white head. Aroma was pretty funky and got some of the horse blanket. Also had a little sourness to it. Pretty good beer.
Miksu (4801) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep golden color, hazy and creamy. Acidic aroma with grapefruit, pineapple and leather. The acidic fruitiness continues in the taste with grapefruit and pineapple. Very good balace.