Dorwart (2482) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large white frothy head of fine bubbles. Big carbonation keeps a thin layer of foam on the surface. Fruity and sour aroma. Lots of pears, yeast and oak. Color is a dark gold. Wow, was not expecting this in the flavor. Very complex. Tart and sour flavor with green apples, vanilla, oak, alcohol, lime, etc. Pretty harsh and tart up front but mellows out and smooths out as it goes down. Nice alcohol warming. Finish is pretty clean and not as dry and as tart as expected. Pretty good and different brew.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 1. Amber-peach colored beer with a nice off-white head. Tart green apple and slight lemon aroma. Green apple, grape, tart flavor, slight woodiness, and a touch of butteriness (but not unpleasant) in the flavor. Refreshing. Carbonationa bit too high. Some wine-like characteristics. Very nice.
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright orange color. Thin white film for a head. Aroma is oaky and sour. Flavor is oaky and fruity with a very dry finish. Good stuff.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mega thanks to DarkElfster for this in trade. slightly murky bright golden color with a foamy off-white head. lovely yeasty brett aroma, a little sour peach too. light malt & candi sugar. flavor is dryish but not overly so. more yeastiness and candi sugar malt. lively carbonation. tastes quite like a Fantome.
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma of yeast, apple, light orange peel, and moderate lambic sournes. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a moderate white head that lasts a minute or so. Moderate apple presence up front with some other sweet fruits. Finishes with a moderate lemony tartness and woodiness. Lambic qualities in the finish are there, but more subdued than the Supplication that I sampled earlier today. Very impressed with the few RR beers I’ve had.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 375 mL bottle, snifter, batch #1. A medium and fluffy eggshell-colored head rests a top a glowing golden amber beer with the slightest haze and effervescent carbonation. A boquet of beautiful bacterial aromas. Funky barnyard and horse blanket aromas are strong but never sharp. Oak and tart white grapes shine through. Fresh hay and the slightest hint of toffee malt. Lemon zest and orange sherbet further along. Honey sweetness of a Gala apple and the subtle spiciness of black pepper. Earthy and rustic yeast profile. Challah bread and a handful of crushed flowers. My nose is continually lured back to the glass. Surprisingly complex sweetness at first sip. A veritable orchard of light fruits. Healthy carbonation keeps the somewhat thick body from being sticky up front. A gentle roll around the tongue reveals brisk black pepper and soft honey. The finish shows off the Chardonnay lineage with rich and zesty citrus as well as a soothing buttery smoothness. The lingering, tingling dryness is a testament to the miracles of Brettanomyces. The firm body, velvet texture and spritzy carbonation play well together throughout this breathtaking experience. This is one of those beers I can never just sit back and drink. Every moment is a new experience, every smell unique, every taste a treasure. The yeasty last pour smoothes the sharpness a bit and adds to the already pleasant tartness. Something akin to a spectacular marriage of Orval and De Dolle Arabier, my senses tell me. Danken jullie wel, Kj en Mike.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy blonde color with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of oak, fruits and brett. The flavor is the same, an amazing combination of wild brett with fruits and oak. The palate is light and creamy with soft carbonation. Again Russian River does it, i’m very impressed so far by their masterfull use of brettanomyces. Wild thing you make my heart sing...
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz batch 001 from DarkElf. Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a foamy white head. Nose is spicy and peppery. Taste is quite spicy, bits of orange peel and citrus juice are present, finishes with a nice bitterness throughout the entire mouth.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 The Lure:
Percipient pears nobly take the hand of recipient floral honey. White wine and bread are also joined. The surrounding yeasty wilderness blends into the scenery admirably.
White grapes and honey plot the course of the bretty polyglot. Lambic sourness soars and wooden dryness gently hovers. A citrus fruit is amorously squeezed for some of its precious juice.
Worlds reside in silences.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lightly hazed golden color with an off white, soft beaten egg white head. Fairly thick looking brew with the initial pour having slow meandering bigger bubbles. Lightly vinous aroma, surrounded by cobwebs, lemon zest, wet oak and dry cement. Not as thick as it looks, but substantial and yet light on the tongue. The warmer this get the chardonnay really comes out, but does not take over, justs adds the brett and drives things home. Complex, yet simple. Smooth, yet a mild edge. The balance to me is near perfect. Malt, oak, chardonnay, brett. Why did I only order one bottle? For me this is like an oak aged Duvel, very nice.