kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a bright, clear orange color with a creamy, fine-bubbled white head; excellent lacing. Assertive white pepper, lightly tart citrus, cantaloupe, toasty oak, and mildly bretty funk in the aroma, all quite nicely layered (perhaps a touch too much white pepper at the front). Medium body; moderate CO2; flavors follow the aroma closely, with the white pepper note melded with a creamier, doughy yeastiness; vibrant melon, modest brett tartness, and toasty Chardonnay notes; really nice beer, though I’m not sure I’d pick it over the standard version. Lasting finish of toasty core malts, doughy yeast notes, and a long, umami-laden finish.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/1/11 from a 330mL bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. After a bit of gushing, the beer pours hazy bright orange with a thick white head that recedes fairly quickly to uneven lace. The nose is lightly sour with lemon rind and peel, full of barnyard funk and horse blanket, earthy mushroom, spiced squash and orange rind, an oaky and creamy note, and a nice biscuit malty aroma. The flavor is fresh orange and orange rind up front, overall, more focused on the biscuit maltiness and creamy oak than the nose, and a yeast flavor that ranges from spicy, to earthy, to barnyard funk. The body is medium with lively carbonation that creates a creamy mouthfeel, and a very long, very dry, earthy, funky, oaky chardonnay, and lightly bitter finish.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellowish orange, with a thin ring of foam. Smells like bread, oak, white wine (OK, chardonnay, if you say so). Nice crisp palate. Sour, winey, and some lemon. Nice herbal notes throughout.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours cloudy golden orange with a lasting head. Aroma of white wine, yeast, funk, and some soured fruits. Very poignant white wine flavour, backed up with the yeast, funk and soured fruits. The white wine aftertaste doesn’t do much for me. I see why people would enjoy this; I understand the complexity, but it is not to my taste.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a cloudy vibrant orange with a medium white head. Aroma is dominated by the chardonnay barrels, barnyard funk, yeast, and some oak qualities - overall, with a light tartness on the nose. Flavour is dry, zesty and yeasty, beginning with the chardonnay and yeast, finishing quite zesty (orange and lemon rind), with a slight tartness and lots of yeast. Very enjoyable, but I preferred the original Stateside.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GT, thanks for popping this with me bro! Hazy orange golden with a steady white head and tons of fantastic lace. Nose is full--pineapple, coconut, lemon, pepper, citrus, oak, white wine, light brett. Flavor is mildly bretty, some more citrus, pineapple, big woody character. Very nice soft mouthfeel, almost creamy at times. Good stuff, liked this a little more than the regular.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL. GUSHERRR!!. Not too bad of a gusher- a clear, lightly hazy glowing orange with a medium, thick, white head. Delicate white lace sticks to the edge. Nose is pretty heavy plastic phenols, requires swirling/decanting. Small pineapple comes through as I switch glassware from the Stillwater Raster wine glass to Lost Abbey Raster tulip. Big improvement with new glassware without as much head space registers fresh dough, big orange creamsickle, small phenol component remains. Taste is pretty smooth, tropical melon, very light tartness if any. More of a heavier sweet cantaloupe and orange sherbet character with hints of lactic fattiness in the palate amidst sparkling carbonation. Palate is soft, muted saltwater mouth watering. Very mild lactic acid background. Does not feel drained or sharp from the Brett- very neutral refermentation overall. A nice experiment- almost perfect by accident exhibiting few characters one would attribute to Chardonnay barrel or Brett refermentation. Improvement over normal stateside? Well, it is soft and creamy rather than bright and sharp. So different, but not necessarily better.
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 10z bottle split with a friend, poured into a Chimay chalice. Serious gusher,have glasses ready! Pours a deep gold with a finger of white froth. Nose is white grapes, lemon zest, and faint brett additions such as wet hay, must, and assorted melons. Taste mirrors the nose and includes hints of oak and light cider under a balanced and satisfying hay-like malt backbone. A highly drinkable saison that showcases Brian’s talent brewing with brett. I hope to see future batches, this one is a keeper.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. Lots of nice fruit notes such as lemon, apple, and pear. A nice funky and earthy aroma to it, too. Maybe some peach flavor to go along with the lemon, apple, and pear. A mild read, some wine and oak, and a light tartness.
changeup45 (1699) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Bottle from jtclockwork. Thanks, man. This pours a dark gold color with a really nice thick fluffy head on top. Sheets of lace stick, and ultimately slide along the sides of the glass. The aroma is really nice. Lots of chardonnay, wild flowers, wood, funky yeast, and a little lemon zest. Going in for a whiff it’s like, mmm, this is going to be good. This is dry, funky, and somewhat sour going down with flavors consisting of lemon drops, white grape, dusty funk, cereal grain, and grassy notes. The chardonnay barrel-aging, along with brettanomyces, really gives this a dry, sour, and wild element to an already tasty base beer.