Bragesnak (5027) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with small head. Aroma of sourness. Flavour with malt, fruit, spices and bret.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, light brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated dark chocolate brown color that is not quite black, but is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark malt, roasted citrusy hops and mint flavored toothpaste. The roasted grain character melds really well with the ample hop character, it is hard to see where one ends and the other starts, despite them being very disparate in base descriptors (roast vs fruit); is it fruit infused charred malt, or roasted hops that I am smelling? As the beer warms up a bit there starts to be a vinous, red-wine like character that comes out, as well as a touch of funky, light phenolic character; this is the Brettanomyces signature, but it is still quite subtle and would be hard to single out if you didnít know the lineage of this beer.
Somewhat light bodied, but rich feeling up front, the beer does thin out considerably towards the finish where it gets a bit funky, phenolic, and Brettanomyces leaning in character. Essential citrus zest, a pine like and citrus woody character are quite noticeable up front, though it gets a bit thin, sort of like diluted citrus juice, towards the finish. Rounded roasted malt contributes a chewy toasted, whole grain, brown bread character, some soft cocoa notes and some definite, city to city+ roasted, cold pressed coffee notes as well.
The Brettanomyces character plays a fairly subdued role here, which is to be expected in a young, 100% Brett beer, and I wonder if it will get more funky with age. Right now it has a nice mix between the dark malt character and the expressive hops, and the dry, light body contributed by the Brett works pretty well as well. Nice!
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via The Cheese Shop@ DSM LOL 1st edition 06/13/13
Pours basically black with a small tight head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is leathery with a good blackberry character, plenty of chocolate, some dusty notes and some earthy hops.
The flavor is very earthy and hoppy. Plenty of chocolate and raw cocoa character, plenty bitter all around, very dry with some nice blackberry and mulberry fruitiness.
I donít know why Iíve got such a soft spot for this one, but I really do. I can see why some wouldnít even like it, but itís right up my alley.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by CanIHave4Beers at the throwdown with adnielsen. Poured black with a light brown head. The nose was big anise and milk chocolate. There was also a little bit of brad crust. The taste was dry cocoa and peanuts. There was also some raspberry hint. A strong roasted finish. Solid.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malt aromas. The taste follows suit. Decent body and mouthfeel. Average but not impressive.
NikkTwist (1239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Lot number 0000001. Opaque brown pour with a slim tan head (though the head nearly overflew the bottle before the second pour). Very smooth, almost fluffy, coffee/chocolate at first sip. Feels oddy ethereal. Glad I am having this warm. Notes of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, burnt caramel, prunes and charcoal grill. The Brett only brings a very mild spike to the mix. Would not otherwise know it was there. Still amazed by the unusual light body - note I do not mean light in the traditional sense, the body is nicely full but feels like you are sipping on a cloud. Definitely stands out.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ CIH4B. Pours a dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. A bit tangy, light berry, creamy, caramel, chocolate, a zesty aroma. Chocolate, toffee, candy bar, somewhat funky, mild fruity flavor. Interesting.
tdmuel (193) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a super dark brown nearly black with a fluffy tan head. Slight hoppy funky fruit notes on the nose, grassy hops, toasted malt, coffee, and molasses. Dark coffee up front on the taste, a bit of dark fruit, bright tropical fruits, grassy funk and caramel. Interesting take on a stout. The brett does a lot for the beer, could be better though.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, grassy hops, Brett, cinnamon cookie, snickerdoodle and vanilla. Medium body. Well balanced.
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around. Big dark toasty nose, not showing brett. Creamy sticky thick body, soft carb. Roasty, anisey, smokey mid palate, with a long dry roasty finish. Quite nice.