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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Stout fermented 100% with brett and aged 6 months in Brunello Barrels.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7999) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle from Kihoskh, provided by Skinnyviking for the Absalon tasting session ’13. Devil-black body, tan-coloured head, spotty lacing. Smell of red wine mixed with dark malts. Vinous flavour joined by malts and a touch of lactose. Tart and sweet ending. Quite well balanced. Partially pleasing (hotel room, Copenhagen 26.05.2013).

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
Medium cream-brown head over brown to black beer with faint ruby highlights. Outspoken heavy red wine and Brett-infested oak vat nose - but gorgeous. Faraway roasted/burnt notes. Lactic acid and red fruit - pretty superb. Vinous, but predominantly stout-ous taste, with bitter, harsh wood-aldehyde-solvent-burnt flavours. Some red fruit all the same - as sourcherries forgotten in a bottom of old beer in an old barrel. Quite slick, but sharp at the same time - again the impression of aldehyde/solvent/ketone. Astringent, and quite carbonated feel. Smells fantastic, tastes overripe. Remind me not to buy fragrance from a Rom...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Vocal brettanomyces is met by black grapes and green wood leading to a tart and vinous finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the pure darkness.
-Some earthiness appears in the aftertaste alongside the prevalent wood and wild yeast.
-The flavor profile, although satisfying for wild ale lovers, gets linear quickly.
-This is intense yet the dryness and prickly carbonation make everything almost easygoing.
-In the same ’powerful, dark and wild’ category, I have to say I prefer Jester King’s Funk Metal so far... This Gypsy Tears lacks refinement compared to the JK brew.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (7564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, brett and red wine. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm and vinous finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (6976) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle. Medium high off-white lasting head. Pitch balck body. Sour cherries milk acidic aroma and flavor with a vineous sour note. Low carbonation. Long sour finishy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6719) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2012
Keg at Fanø Meet the Brewer, King William IV. It pours very dark brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is sticky dark fruit (cherry, plum, blackcurrant and such like), roasted malt, some tanginess, coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is tangy dark fruit; plum, raisin, grape, cherry, port/vinous, light sourness, roasted malt, coffee, charcoal, touch of balsamic vinegar and salted liquorice, with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Good balance, interesting and pretty damn flavoursome.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle shared at RBAG 2013. Very dark brown, pretty murky, with a light brown head that laces sparingly. aroma is distinctly bretty with rich roast and light sour cherries. The palate delivers funky sour edges to a solid lovely stout base. Really tasty. as an aside, I find it interesting that at 8.5% this beer is listed as a stout, whereas the Fort Garry Kona Imperial stout weighs in at a whimpy 6.5% yet is designated "imperial". Not that it matters, but it seems pretty arbitrary.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6646) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 2016, cheers David for the bottle. Brune foncée, col léger moka laissant un léger filament huileux sur le verre. Arôme est malté moyen avec cette pointe de barrique-chêne et un bouquet de brett léger se mariant parfaitement au côté malté. Ce dernier tire vers le caramel et grillé De fines effluves de vin rouge et fruits sont à noter, le tout est très bien en balance. Palais est agréable et ici le brett tout comme le vin rouge, barrique et malt sont en belle harmonie sans que aucuns ne prennent le dessus. Malt est dans le style grillé/caramel pour un fini assez sec de vin rouge et fruité arrivent en retrait et sont complétés par le brett qui vient donner une pointe d’aigreur-funk subtile à la douceur du vin rouge. Le boisé complète le tout avec une pointe d’épice. Le tout reste léger malgré les 8.5% facile à boire et bien complexe. Je ne sais pas ce qu’il se passe chez Mikkeller mais ces qcq dernières bières BA m’ont très bien plu ce qui n’était pas trop le cas auparavant.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6577) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2013
Stout? With brett and red wine barrel? Dark brown with a light brown head. Lasting. Nice flavor, red wine, lots of it, vanilla, and acid. Flavor is a bit unharmonic, more red wine, roasted notes too, acid. Astringent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6460) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2012
On tap at Dronning Louise. Pours black with a medium beige head. The aroma is brett, acid and tart berries. The flavour is wood, berries, brett, wine and acid.


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