beernbourbon (1537) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at STL RB gathering, thanks you to whoever opened this one! This was opened in the middle of a great-saison stretch of the tasting, and it may have been the best one. Pour is dark straw colored with a small white head. Aroma is intoxicating with notes of sage, light peppery spice, faint tart lemon, and a notes light funky sour notes. Flavor is true to nose but a touch more spice with a lemon pepper finish. Awesome!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - sampled at STL RB Gathering) hazy orange gold. Aroma of yeast and spice. For me the sage overwhelmed the other flavors, but some citrus and other spices present.
phaleslu (9311) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by vyvvy- thanks for sharing, John! I have another one via trade, I believe from michael-pollack - thanks again, Pollack! Pours a semi-cloudy gold color with a finger of white head. Aroma of sage and other herbs, lemon, grass, oak, bread, and tons of farmhouse funk. Flavor of lemon citrus, farmhouse funk, bread, herbs, wheat and grains, and mild spices. Light-bodied, with a dry, tart mouthfeel and medium carbonation. So complex. Loved this.
jandd1983 (3791) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. Awesome! It poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma was sweet malt with tartness and some oak followed by spice. The taste was similar with a medium body and some oaky vinous character in the finish.
seymour (1876) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from large bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, thank you so much vyvvy for this rarity! Poured a light golden color with some haze and huge white foam, lasting with nice lace. Aromas of citrus, grains, fresh-cut grass, white sage and other ambiguous herbs, hardwood, composting leaves, horse-blanket. Flavors of mild malt, freshly-baked whole-grain bread, tannins, very spicy, tart to the point of sour, like sparkling lemonade. Profoundly yeasty and brett-y. Bottle was a gusher, spritzy carbonation persisted. Wheaty, well-rounded mouthfeel, Belgian "digestive" impression, layer and layers of complexity in aftertaste which eventually finished bone dry. It may have begun as a Belgian Wit, but it evolved into one of the greatest wild/sour ales I’ve tasted. Outrageously delicious. Definitely one of my favorites of the night, which is high praise considering all the top-shelf competition.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tripel rock in Berkeley. Golden pour. Citrus, stone fruits, pears, nectarines lead the flavors of this awesome beer. Sage of non aged. Erosion seems sort of lost here but this is very good
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at Whole Foods on P St NW in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a clear moderate golden color with a thin white head and just a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of wine and oak plus a slight bit of sourness and stone fruits. The flavor is a bit tart with a bit of barrel character, followed by a smooth, clean finish. Light body and high carbonation with a dry, slightly-spicy finish. Really crisp and clean. Very good brew.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy bright lemon rind yellow pour with two fingers of fizzy white head. Sage upfront in the nose, very herbal and spicy with some lemongrass and white peppery. Very dry and zesty.
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stays around a while. There’s also a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like oak, sage, peppery spice, tart apples, white grapes, and some orange peel. It tastes mostly herbal, with sage, peppery spice, white grapes/wine, oak, and a bit of wheat and orange peel all noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, but I like the regular version of Cellar Door better.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by TURDFERGUSON. Cheers, Sam. Huge white head. Nose shows lots of white sage, as well as honey and slight wood notes. Taste shows brett and Bosc pear, including pear skins. Champagne-like notes and a similarly fizzy palate. White sage seems a bit dominant at first, but better as it warms.