Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Over a month later and now 5.0 again...fruit is not overly sweet or tart.
May 22nd, 2008 ---Batch 3ís fruitiness is out of this world, but it is too sweet at the moment. Lots of peach and nectarine skin flavor, very stony, and very good - just not quite perfect anymore (4.9).
Batch 2 and 1: 2 @ home and 1 @ DC at Cellar Clearing thanks to Ryan, March, 2008, on consecutive nights. Perfect beer, incredibly fruity. Just blended fruit and sour.
2 months later: A tiny bit unidimesional in itís flatness, sourness, with just a bit of a reduction in fruitiness, brings this down a tiny bit from perfection. Original sampling: Update: By the way...I had no idea to expect this. Having had Mo Betta and lots of lambics I knew something about brett This was executed amazingly well. Original: 10 minutes earlier...This is unbelievable. Dry, smooth and catchy in the throat all at the same time. Mmm oh boy. Tinderbox dry. Balsawood chewing for half an hour dry. This is dry. Parching dryness. OK. The aroma is multiple strains of weirdness all at the same time wet rotting mushroom and wet wood and pale fruit like peach. And it just plays with your nose right there. The flavor is...well, there are some sweet parts, more like peach and canteloupe I guess. And some white wine maybe, not so sure except that itís contributing to the entire experience. I think actually some of the flavor is like grape skins. Dry like that. Even the way the palate changes over the entire beer is amazing from too cold and thin to expansive. It looks luminescent. It begins to stink nicely by the midpoint of the beer. Wow. --- Not so much of a pop upon opening and a wet cork. The cork leaves tiny bits signal of a labor of love. I complain in my mind about beer prices sometimes of course this, like La Folie, is a peak beer experience and worth every penny. Who please will accept a shipment as I canít get it in OH? Thanks to MilkmanDan for the gift.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice clear appearance with light, white head. Very sour and apple-like taste. Decent for a bit, but too overpowering in the long run. Definitely not a repeat.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, 2005. My first beer of the day before hitting Cuvee de Tomme and then all the bourbon barrel barleywines and stouts. This reminded me of a better version of La Fin du Monde, more complexity particularly due to the wine barrels. I liked the creaminess and tannins imparted by the barrel, but this style of Belgian just isnít my thing Iíve been learning. Some spices, certainly a lot of lemon and lemon peel, and quite a bit of straw/wheat flavors. Good stuff, not necessarily my thing.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber with a large, fizzy champagne-like head. Aroma was sweet/sour, vinous, woodsy, citrusy. Thin and light bodied with big carbonation. Flavor was mouth-puckering sour. Didnít do it for me.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Personal Milestone: California Rating #100 (out of 1874)!
Pouring a hazy golden body with a pillowy white head, this has a lot of the funkiness that makes a gueuze fun, without the intensity. This Beligian ale has an aroma of wilting flowers, straw, citric fruits, vanilla, oak, alcohol, and some interesting spices. The mouthfeel is soft and a bit grainy. The flavor carries over from the aroma, adding that Brettanomyces acidity that makes a brew interesting. The finish is a face-puckering sourness. Very, very nice.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Third Annual Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, Chicago, IL 11/12/2005<font size=-1>
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3rd FoBAB. Hazy, golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. White grapes, oranges, warming alcohol, old oak, horseblanket, hay--dry, soothing and terrific. The body is spectacular, with soft, active carbonation that lays on the tongue like a wave of velvet. Cool, bright fruits, light sweetness, excellent Brett character and light woodiness. Tart acidic character comes on as well, leaving that oh-so-cool mouthpucking sensation of joy. What an awesome beer and an awesome experience. Hereís to many more Brett classics from Russian River!
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well-hazed, golden/amber topped with a thick film that laced. Moldy notes in the aroma (rotting cardboard), with green grapes and oak. Wood presence is dominant in flavor with yeasts in remission until the finish, which is funky and vinous. Creamy, sour and interesting.
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Dorwart (2506) - 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 (8314) - 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 (2073) - 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.