ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good number of 750mL bottles and a few drafts consumed in the Boston area (primarily Deep Ellum) over the past three years.
Mountainous amounts of white head are impossibly well-retained, with a light haze to the golden raisin colored body with small, plentiful carbonation rising and lots of sediment left behind.
Pure, unadulterated, lovely, luscious brett in the nose. The first time I smelled this beer it put a smile on my face and made me blabber to my friends for a while about brettanomyces when they certainly didnt really care. Lime, nectarine, light band-aid and just a hint of honeyish malts in the background with a massive and lingering strength. This is right up there with Orval, Redemption, et al....
Flavor dosent disappoint, as a tight, engaging carbonation, with light doughy malts produces a soft, but supple mouthfeel and the brett just goes wild. All the tartness you could want, lime, lemon, light horseblanket, fresh hickory nut skin and a touch of banana. It’s spectacularly well-attenuated, but not too much so to compromise the body. Not that I can hold off guzzling this stuff, but with some restraint, the carbonation falls off a bit, leading to some crackery malts, subtle leathery/basement-like sacchoromyces notes and more balancing honey-dough on the finish. No alcohol notes, no flaws and very few complaints from yours truly. Perhaps could have a touch more complexity in the malt department and I could see it being even a touch more dry. But that’s just nitpicking. Simple in what it sets forth to accomplish, but highly, highly successful. Along with Victory Helios, Guineu Riner and Jabby Brau, one of my favorite beers of the past 5 years (and probably my favorite of these 4). Cheers to Brian!
RihardsF (84) - LATVIA - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew, however I think I’m not objective on this because of the many imperial stouts that I had before. This is like a puppy after the nuclear bombs that I had, like Black Tokyo Horizon. This feels sour. There are some malty notes with shot of hops, however it feels watery after the imps, again sour.
Vells (890) - Riga, LATVIA - JAN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ehh. .this one is really nice quality brew, thou cant rate it objective after having some aroma bombs =]
Quite weak aroma, some maltiness, light hops, bit fruity, bit yeasty. Sweetish with notes of sour and light bitterness. For 4.5 ABV quite complex, but if I can choose.. uhmm :D I would choose this only if I would like to taste some good quality brew, but I should stay sober
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Light brown color. Tiny to almost no head. Sourish, malty, fruity aroma. Grapefruit, grainy, wheat, sour notes in taste. It’s not you its me. You just can’t arouse me :(
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Flowers, lemons, cereals and brettanomyces ride boastful effervescence in this otherwise dry and quenching Wild Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A stable pillow of foam sits atop the cloudy pale whitish yellow.
-Corn and rice add just enough depth without taking too much room in the flavour profile.
-The brettanomyces and resinous hop finish are well levelled with the agreeable intensity of the flavour profile.
-The flavour profile could be a bit better polished (if I need to find something to improve somewhere).
Torrefacto (813) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color oro palido turbio con espuma blanca algo jabonosa. Aromas herbales de levadura muy potente y fresco ligeramente afrutada. En boca es ligera y bien carbonatada con toques afrutados ligeros pero sobre todo el toque herbal. Buena.
DuffMan (7540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Very pale lemony yellow, very hazy, topped by a lively white head. Beautiful funky Brett and light citrus, with pungent green potty hop character. Dry and light, but beautiful flavours. Love the Brett in here! Outstanding.
czar (5243) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy very pale yellow with a tall frothy and creamy white head, excellent retention and lacing. leathery bretts-plenty, citrus and tropical, dusty and floral, light and soft pils and pale bready malts, some white grapes, cereals. lively carbonation - foamy, crisp light body, very dru herbal-grassy-bretty finish. could grap a sixer of this every summer week. solid..
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/31/2012. From bottle. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Funky, yeasty aromas with hay, bread and light fruit. Tart and sour with fruit and herbal notes. Good stuff!
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Cajun Cafe Fall Fest 2013. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is huge yeasty brett with hints of sweet malt. Flavor is big brett- tropical fruit, pineapple, barnyard, burlap, and sweet malt. Flavor finishes with fruity and barnyardy brett. Light to medium in body with lingering brett in the finish.