changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I picked up this bottle from Bruisin’ Ales while visiting Asheville, NC. The pour is a golden color with a thick off-white head. Great head retention leaves scattered lacing on the glass. This has a funky bretty aroma; lots of vibrant floral notes here. Citrus, grass, white grape, and a little wood round out a really nice scent. The flavors are a bit tart, very dry, and clean. I just love how this drinks. There’s a little oak in there with a white wine character, funky brett, dust, lemon, and grass. It just glides along so well leading to a bone-dry finish that has me anxiously awaiting the next sip. I had to (somewhat unsuccessfully) guard against drinking this one too quickly. It’s just so thirst quenching, clean, and tasty. Stillwater continues to impress. I can’t think of a single thing wrong with this beer. This is even better than the Premium I had recently and that one was world class.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a very slightly hazy medium golden shade. Vibrant streams of effervescent bubbles feed a billowing, tightly packed head of snow white froth. Tall, looping arches of pronounced, patchy lace mark the glass. The nose is fantastic, showing a dry, supremely well attenuated, bready malt base. Dusty brettanomyces funk lends notes of dried pineapple and high-quality aged, sharp white cheese. The wild yeasts also add softly sulfuric, eggy tendencies. Hops are abundant, lending ample grassy, piney aromatics. The flavor follows suit, sharp and dry, quite bitter with all the grass and straw notes. Distant tropical fruit adds a subtle fruity note. The sharp, dusty brett has beaten the malt into submission, yielding the driest possible remnants of bread crumb and cracker. The mouthfeel is perfect – bone dry, lightly prickly, and cleansing. The bottle disappears way too quickly. This is an absolutely phenomenal beer, one that I’ll likely go through is mass quantities while I can get it. Watch out Bam Biere...there’s a new kid on your block.
cpetrone84 (1372) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4368) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle - $9.49 at Mink’s Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a lofty, foaming, white crown of suds. Meringue-like lacing.
Smell: A touch of hay-esque malts, a spritz of fresh lemon and lime, half of a pineapple ring, and some Brett notes. As some of the yeastier deposits from the bottle make their way into the glass from latter pours, it picks up a big, spicy, floral perfumy quality.
Taste: Light, mild-mannered pils malts, very low, sans-crust bready quality and just a hint of sweetness. Soft touch of lemon-lime citrus. A few drops of pineapple juice. Heck, maybe some green apple. Lightly bitter. Agreeable, leathery funk character. Coriander and fresh florals later on. A little bit of mineral and a rebound of oily, moist citrus on the staunchly dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated for a nicely crisp mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s a little hay-like malts, some funk, and a appreciated citrus, until you’re brain is wrecked by the outstanding refreshment.
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Of Love & Regret - quasi- Orval clone here - fuck yea - hazy gold, with a huge, frothy, Orval-esque head - soooo dry and flinty, with some lovely, moderately funky phenolics that play off of the dry qualities and peppery bitterness/flavor of the hops extremely well - light in abv, but with full, soft carbonation and a fullness to the body that you do not normally find in a brew like this - awesome beer.
Lukaduke (2149) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stillwaters done it again ! Pours a cloudy blondish color with good tingly head that laces out nicely opening up great aromas of pine, lemon, juniper and a touch of barnyard aromas on a chilly autumn morning.... a great prelude to what lies in the taste! Crisp dry peppery notes linger with earthy dusty roundness hitting underneath that crispness. Great bitter finish with amazing complexity.
wlajwl (3821) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a mix of tropical fruit, yeast and a hint of tartness. The flavor is tropical fruit/kiwi/lime, hops, a hard to describe yeast strain that leads into a dry finish.
Travlr (11269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft courtesy of Brian, thanks! Hazy golden color, small white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of bretty, dusty lemons, taste has light citrus and decent barnyard funk. Really nice, i could drink this all day!
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 murky gold, puffy white head. Nose is more tangerine than premium, less Brett more grain and fruit, pine liquor and cedar throughout, bit of saltwater. Flavor is heavy citrus and grassy hops, dusty hay mid with bright mango and dusty hop finish. So balanced, light with carbonation.
OldMrCrow (1812) - 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.