hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours hazy amber with golden highlights and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is a complex medley of soft funk, fuzzy fruits, sour cherries and white (instead of red) wine with undertones of sage and other spice-rack goodies. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. Like the aroma, the flavor is a complex interplay of acidic, herbal and spicy notes flanked by pale malts that provide just enough sweetness to balance things out. Low bitterness. Tart, tangy, minerally finish. World class beer right here!
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy yellow with one ring of white head. Big sage nose, an absolute sage bomb, pretty much nothing else in the nose. Flavor is sweet, white grapes, sage, herbs, tropical fruit. Herbal finish. Don’t really get this.
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café.
Second up on the list at an impressive tasting put on by the Grain Cru. This one produced just a shy lighter than the Cellar Door. Still quite hazy in appearance and finely beaded but with little head retention. There is a feint whiff of honey, oak and pale candi amongst a predominately berryish and citric, and wonderfully brettanomyces fuelled, hairy, funk and junk nose. A pronounced sourness drives the palate; quite dry and drawing, vinous and fruitful. Very light bodied, soft and subtle in carbonation which was surprising. Hairy, Brett fuelled; it plays well with the sour berries and fragrant citrus that linger long between swallows. An interesting brew. Came across as fresh, but not 100 per centile fresh!
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy pale yellow with good, foamy, white head / Delicate, complex nose of oak, barnyard brett, pineapple and orchard fruit / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly tart, fruity with some sweetness, but with excellent hoppy balance and moderately bitter finish / Forward fruity flavors of mango, apple, and orange with notes of oak, chrysanthemum, straw, and a hint of barnyard / Flavors don’t quite live up to promise of the nose, or to the caliber of, say, Jolly Pumpkin, but still very well done.
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin head. Poor head retention. Aroma of stone fruits, fairly strong sage, citrus and earth. My notes say “sage bomb.” The taste is sweet tropical fruits, sage, earth, citrus and herbal notes. Medium bodied.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden yellow/orange. Aroma of citrus fruits, white wine, wheat, yeast. Flavour of sour fruits, butter, cream, funk, red wine barrels, yeast, coriander. Medium bodied, odd flavours from the barrels. Interesting.
mcberko (14666) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours a very cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of orange peel, spicy coriander, some light barrels, Flavour has been overtaken by the red wine barrels, with some slight acidity, red vinous notes, some slight spices, some brett yeast, and finishes very red wine-dominated. Medium complexity for the style, with a higher-than-average acidity for the style. I prefer the regular Cellar Door, which is more like a saison.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 @dmac’s-thanks willblake–pours hazy yellow/straw with a white head. Aroma is yeast/barn, sage, straw/light malt. Taste is sage, yeast/barn, straw/light malt, wood, spice/grassy hops. Drying.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty sure this is a saison, but outstanding stuff either way. Pours cloudy, big white head. Smell is fantastic: oak, grass, yeast, citrus, sour/bitter grapes. Palate is very dry, from the oak barrell aging, and chalky as well. You get some sweetness from the original beer, but it’s very dry on the palate and has white wine flavors to complement what was a great saison to start. Carbonation is significant in volume but very light so it’s not overpowering. Overall, great stuff.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to phaleslu for sending this my way. Watch out! Gusher alert!. Sprayed all over the place! Cabinets pots and pans soaked :d. Aroma of fresh melon, fruity brett funk, dry sage and herge presence. Some pleasant white wine grapes. Flavor is some awesome fresh pineapple, kiwi fruit and gtape fruit. Some oak. Green grapes. Touch of grapefruit, lemon, and fresh herbs. Dry. Tasty, complex beer. Real nice. Thanks peter!