KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds, leaving behind very light puddling with a very small collar and light runny lacing.
The aroma was musty and tart with a mild grain malt and a strong funky Brett yeast with notes of green apple, pears and a strong berry odor.
The taste was tart right off the bat, with a big dose of sweet fruit which lasted throughout and had a nice sour ending. The flavor stuck with you for a good while letting the fruity sour taste linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a tad past light in body and dry in texture with an extremely fizzy carbonation.
Overall this brew is right up my alley lately, tons of flavor and a strong sour finish. It is also made in my home town of Tarpon Springs, FL. Guess I will just have to visit this brewery...
UXO (1497) - CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with two fingers of growing rocky beige head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, fruit, orange peel, Belgian yeast, caramel, light horseblankety funk. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light funk. (7/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry slightly sticky finish. (3/5)
Iím not quire sure how best to categorize this: itís clearly Belg-ish, with elements of Saison, but at least at the outset, it smells and acts a bit like a lambic. Thereís some floral (though Iím not sure I could identify a hibiscus to save my life) and generic fruit esters on top of a light tart funk. It starts off rather promisingly, neatly uncorking itself as soon as the cage is released, and initially seems like itís going to be an effervescent, dry, and rather interesting wild. Unfortunately, all of that falls rather flat - literally as well as figuratively - in rather short order. The carbonation dies off fairly rapidly, along with the head, and no decent lacing develops. As the carbonation dies, the dryness of the body goes away as well, leaving behind a slightly sweeter, slightly stickier ale than promised by the first few sips. Most damningly, however, the more interesting elements of the aroma also die off fairly rapidly, becoming more brown apple and less tart funk. Thatís not to say itís a complete write-off - it certainly isnít - but itís not as good as I initially had hoped it would be. On the upside - well, I say ďupsideĒ, but maybe itís a huge downside for some - that fairly beefy 8% ABV doesnít become apparent until the bottle is fairly far gone, and you realize youíve been quaffing 8% beer pretty liberally. Good times! (13/20)
rejtable (2310) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from AJís. Pours amber with pink tinge initial frothy head and no lacing. Nose is fruity and floral. Flavours of hibiscus, plums, field berries, some dough. Taste light bitter, light sweet. Medium body with lively carbonation.
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of grass, floral, fruit and some caramel. Taste is yeast, fruit and caramel.
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at CBC Islington as íSaint Somewhere Pays du Soleilí, 8%. Many thanks to Matteo. Dirty brown, hazy and opaque, foamy tan head. Aroma is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen. Body is light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is vanilla, vinegar, marker pen, liquorice, green apple, tangy sour finish. Too harsh for me - thereís a chemical note on top of the acidity and the two things together make this hard going. Still, has some nice characteristics.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy, fruity aromas with an effervescent light fruity flavor with a little funk going on. Damn fine beer.
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to Matteo for this one. Clouded dark orange amber coloured pour with a lasting beige head. Aroma is orange rind, Belgian yeast, bready malts, little spicy citrus, hint of sour. Flavour is composed of jammy orange, spicy citrus, bready malts, little musty airy stuff. Palate is semi sweet, frothy carbonation, little sticky hop. Solid.
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Matteo at Craft Islington. Gush! It pours murky brown with a thick, foamy light beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, funky, peach, sour apricot, dirty musty, floral notes and some creaminess. The taste is crisp, tart, funky, woody, dirty peach, apricot, alcohol, must and spice with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and high, foamy carbonation. High carbonation detracts from the overall experience. Decent anyhow.
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared at Daveís tasting @CBC Islington, London. Bottle via The Bottle Shop. It pours a murky Amber colour with a small beige head. This beer gushed massively. Aroma is sweet fruity and tangy with notes of peaches and caramel. Taste is also mostly sweet and tangy in the finish with more apricots lemon and almonds. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, tasty but sweet
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Islo thanks to Matteo, 21/04/16.
Hazed golden amber with a Decent off White head.
Nose is bitter orange, funky straw, yeast esters, light smoke.
Bitter orange, spice, funky, grain, tangerine, bitter citric wash, light yeast esters.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with an earthy
bitter wash. Decent.
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Matteo. Pours cloudy orange with a creamy, off-white head. Dense yeasty notes in the nose, wheat, light caramel, ripe berries. Medium sweet flavour, a little body, with notes of grape, light toffee, berries. Medium to full bodied with average to lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, with more yeast notes, light caramel, bread, berries, grapes. Tasty, if a bit punchy.