vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light yellow pour with a lot of tan head. Spice forward aroma, sage, yeast and hop tones. Bitter hop forward with light citrus, spices and herbal tones, flavor is full although subtle. Very nice drinkable beer, great job!
rosenbergh (7416) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Beer Table, Brooklyn, NY.
Hazy orange golden colour with small white head.
Brett yeast and malt in delicious aroma.
Excellent hoppy bitterness accompanied with Brett yeast.
Simple but extremely tasty. Lovely!
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Cloudy light yellow with a large white head that leaves nice lace. Aroma is lightly malty with tart fruit accents. Palate is super-light! But bursting with refreshing flavours of rhubarb, lemon, celery, light sour apple. Lightly yeasty, smackingly tart. Crazy drinkable, refreshing. This was a pleasant surprise.
gramity (1460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Clear yellow color with a medium white head. Funky aroma with citrus and malty notes. Flavor starts bitter and crisp, then moves to tropical and stone fruits before a citrusy finish. Very nice.
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via SL... Very light golden orange color... Nice two finger head. I picked this up thinking it was a pale ale... but to my surprise and liking, this beer has a nice tart taste. Lots of grassy, lemon, earthy, fruity flavor, slight hop crisp light character. Tons of flavor for such a low alcohol brew. Really impressed. Very light body, medium/high carbontion level. But light and fluffy. Overall: Great beer.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is clear golden, with effervescent carbonation bubbkes and a three inch fluffy egg white head. The head is slow to fall, eventually leaves behind a sheet of lace. The aroma is dry cracker malt, nice zesty lime citrus and a nice touch of leathery earthy Brett yeast. There is a spruce element too that adds nicely to the overall fresh and clean character of the nose. The taste is graint, earthy, hay, then moves to the citrus notes, pine needles, and finishes bone dry with the leathery Brett. As it warms, the pine and Brett really take over, giving a nice bite and dryness. The palate is light bodied, soft natural carbonation, and the great dry finish. Super drinkable, each sip begs for the next. I really enjoyed this beer.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 pour is a hazy golden yellow with a dense white head and a few larger bubbles. The nose is nice, light brett, heavy fruit presence, apricots and tropical stuff, light hop presence, oily and sweet. The taste is a bit less expressive but still very nice and balanced. Great gentle Brett presence, fruity and nice, tropical flavors, apricot, light hop, oily and a touch sweet. Light body, refreshing and crisp carbonation.
OldMrCrow (1952) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2014 Bottle from Whole Foods Roosevelt.
This is very close to a perfect biere de table. Big white head atop a hazy color of unfiltered pineapple juice. Mellow, sour-funk aroma married to a lightness of yeasty esters. The flavor is where it comes into its full glory. Mineral and lightly sulfered (less so than Avril), just barely tart, grapefruit pith through the middle, bitter bretty finish. Great big flavor and full mouthfeel, certainly not hindered in the least by its low ABV. Brilliant. A ten for flavor is not out of reach here.
With regard to desert islands: If I could drink only one beer for the rest of my life, this one would top out Orval in a sufficiently hot climate.
Revisit 7/25/14 after a soccer game. This one of the ones that merits the high rating I originally gave it. Lovely brett-driven ale.
NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Monks Cafe. Hazy blonde amber with a big frothy white head. Slightly sour and sweet but mostly very dry. Oaky barrel flavors. Green grapes. Apple seeds. Grassy. Lemon zest. Vinus apricots. Orange blossom honey. Powdery dry on the tongue. Fizzy carbonation. Brett is there but the sugar is low such that there is not too much funk. Nice strong saison.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle date; Sampled July 2012
A steady pour into my small St. Sebastiaan tulip produces a three-finger thick, frothy, just tan tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a yellow gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale, straw-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal and lemon like hops, it has a substantial phenolic character that leans towards plastic, perhaps a hint of rubber and a bit of medicinal chemicals (all in a good way, and all seemingly Brettanomyces derived), and perhaps just a hint of dried grassy and cracker like malt, but this last is quite subtle.
The beer has a nice carbonation, a quite light body, but has a surprising amount of body to it considering the Brettanomyces and the alcohol level. There is a nice, chewy, wholesome, pale malt graininess in the middle, and the finish has a biting hop bitterness to it that melds with a touch of yeast derived spiciness as well as a touch of herbal hops and phenolic plastic like character. There is a soft lemon character to this beer that seems to be hop derived, as well as some pine-like and green herb character. The malt flavors that this beer has are quite nice, it is all from the pale malt, but it complements the hops and light funkiness quite well; without this cracker-like, and dried straw backbone, this beer wouldn’t be anything near what it is. This has a spiciness that lingers on the tongue after each sip; peppery, perhaps a touch ginger like, and with a very soft fruitiness that has suggestions of ripe, floral pears. The fruity notes from the yeast and hop character comes out a bit more as this beer warms up.
A fantastic beer, that is just about always going to be something I crave. I am a sucker for these lower alcohol, slightly funky, hoppy, full flavored but exceedingly quaffable type beers. Again, if these weren’t such a staple of my brewing, I would be buying these all the time.