tgncc (2287) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is funk, sour, grapes. Hazy yellow orange color, white head.
Flavor is funk, vinegar, chardonnay, grapes. The finish is sour, sweet grapes. Medium in body. Very good.
LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of Brettanomyces, lemon, oak barrel, wild yeasts. Flavor definitely tart with some light oaky notes, sour fruits reminiscent of a Flanders ale, and plenty of wheat malt. Interesting saison with a dominant Brett character (good or bad I dunno but I think it makes the saison slightly less complex).
jtclockwork (5092) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 20111 Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours cloudy gold. White head. Nose of yeast, grape, apple skin and bread. Taste is grape, lemon tartness, yeast and apple skin. Incredibly well balanced. Almost like a berliner weisse/sour/saison hybrid. Well done.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light murky honey gold, not much head... Smells great, white wine grapes funkyness, grape skins, oak, pear juice, awesomeness... Taste is more awesomeness, white wine grape juice, some oak adds depth, perfectly sour reminds me of a berliner weiss... Get this
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml, 2011 vintage. Thanks a lot to sideshowe for the hookup. Shared with PALMEJ1, daknole and a few others at the 2011 Hunahpuís release.
Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting ring that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Tart, funky, earthy aroma with lots of light grape, dry brett effervescence and other light fruit. Vinous with prominent concord grapes and raisins. It also has a nice earthy character with hints of zesty, peppery spice.
Fuller bodied than expected with some nice earthy, tart fruit sweetness up front that lingers into a sweet, dry lingering finish. Tart and puckering without being acidic or acetic at all. Very refreshing and extremely quaffable. Lots of vinous light fruit with a prominent grape flavor. They used concord grapes for this beer and they really shine through. Thereís also a nice bread/yeast character that adds complexity and fullness to the palate. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am very happy that I had a chance to try it. Everyone else that sampled it thought that it was incredible. Thanks again Eric!
daknole (7194) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the last beers I had at hunahpus day. Poured a nice cloudy copperish color. Aroma was tart, lemony, grapey, light wine barrel, dusty, yeasty, earthy. Nice and tart, dry and fruity, love the white wine note and wild grapeyness. Cool as hell beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Slander at the Southampton booth at BCTC. Thanks Steve. Paul told me about this beer on the way in to Cooperstown and told me it was his most wanted beer on the site so I was easily intrigued. Yes, it was a bit past its prime but still very cool to try a beer that hasnít been rated by anyone in 4 years (as Andy noted below). Didnít taste or notice a specific chard or grape flavor or aroma, but it was pretty nice for a 7 year old saison. Thanks Steve!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle- 2002 vintage. Huge thanks to Slander for sharing at BCTC2009 this year! One of those beers you think you may never get to try. Pours a dully slightly hazed copper - moderate carbonation with a somewhat sticky foamy off white head. Aroma is oxidized obviously- paper cardboard, old stale grapeskin, dull phenolic saison yeast, some old cracker, cobwebby and musty almost hints of mildew- and still some wierd spice and flower. Flavor is actually a bit nicer- slight sweetness, dull light oxidation- paper and some cardboard, grittiness, old toast, cobwebby, but the grapes come through a bit more in mineral and grapeskin tannic mouthfeel mostly, a bit tart, but not sour, crackery, and more mineral in the end- fairly dry. Still interesting, but probably a far cry from what this was fresh. Still cool to try.
PilsnerPeter (3019) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Slander at BCTC 2009: Hazy orange with a wispy off white head. Old fruity papery aroma- a touch sherryish with spicy pear skin notes. Crisp mouthfeel with a fruity flavor. Dry with some apple skin, a bit papery and old tasting. Quite oxidized. Past itís prime, but I can tell it had nice yeast character.
beastiefan2k (2079) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Slander @ BCTC.. Well I was happy to try it but not so happy that it wasnít anything good anymore. This went in the getting old and corky category. This happens with the SH beers eventually, they can do very well for 4 or so years even getting some nice sour notes of the yeast but eventually oxidation will set in. I did get general musky malts and even just the slightest zing of what may be the end of the grapesí effect. It had a clear orange color with a sticky lacing. Its old now, what can you do. Big thanks to Steve again.