thornecb (4107) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light gold into a tulip. Bright white head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Sourdough and funk aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and sourdough upfront turning to marshmallow and band-aids before the lasting bitter earth finish.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured hazy, pale, golden/yellow with a thick, fizzy white head. Nice nose, some malt, corn and vegetables with a fermentable tone. Quite dry, a tad over attenuated. Light fruits, some sweetness, floral, and noticeable yeast spice. Easy drinking despite the lively mouthfeel.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml from Ridgewood Wine and Beer, Raleigh. Boy, this one is right up my alley. Big, vibrant, pale gold pour with a raucous head. Nose is scrumdiddlyumptious, fill with noble hops, a touch of spicy yeast, and just enough Brett to let you know shit’s going down. Taste is awesome, dry and a bit dank, like a really refreshing pilsner with some funky and wood-aged properties.
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a frothy big white head that leaves a lovely lacing.
Aroma: Fresh herbal, citric and spicy. Some brett yeast as well.
Palate: Medium body. A bit dry sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Fresh herbal, citric and spicy. Some pepper. Brett yeasty.
Overall impression: What a lovely beer at 4,5%.
Personal stats: Bottle from Ølhandleriet (Mathallen) in Oslo, Norway
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Thanks Ryan. Cloudy yellow with thick white head. Nose is corny, some sweet butter, starfruit, honey, herbal hops. Flavor is on the dry side, some sweetness with a slight bitter finish.
Okay. Ryan gave me 4 bottles of this (thanks bro!!) and so I’ve been lucky enough to get to try it 3 times since new years eve. This beer has only gotten better. Its much more funky and dry now and the buttery notes are gone. Hops are present, everything is balanced perfectly. I was trying to trade a bottle a couple days ago but now that I’ve had this again today I’m keeping that last bottle for sure. Delish. Need more beers out there like this. Wish it was a tad more affordable.
Third re-rate: this is my favorite beer of 2012 so far. And I had it for the first time on new years eve! Every bottle after those I had on NYE has been excellent to stellar. I never get tired of this stuff. Need to
Find a keg to bring to the beach.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml capped and waxed bottle with some really nice artwork pours a cloudy golden color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus and grass with some yeast and funk. Taste is a citrus and herbal hoppy bitterness with some grainy malty sweetness and a funky dry yeasty finish. Generous carbonation and light body. Certainly this is a complex and interesting brew, but does not agree well with my tastes.
Beerman6686 (3773) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a clear darker ywellow color with a white head. Aroma wwas pale and grainy malt, light herbal hops, and spicey brett. Flavor was wer emuch the same, a good amount of brett in here and spice, but the corn and rice realy make this one weird.
ClarkVV (3761) - 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!
cheap (3748) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap and listed as stillwater premium pilsner so I guess this is where she goes. From the start this was a really fun beer. Cloudy almost white perhaps light vanilla color. The bar called it a pilsner and its listed as a specialty grain but I think its a saison. Very uncivilized and farmy all over. Funky back yard after a green grass rain overwhelms. Quite entertaining fer sure. This was an unexpected pleasure floating around in a sesspool of ipa taps, wew. Easy and friendly finish, just the right amount of tartness to make you wonder if it was there or not. Yes, overall fun beer experience, thanks!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As expected this was a gusher, but I was ready and didn’t lose any beer. A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a voluminous, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light straw color that shows a hazy, pale straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly tart lemons (a mix of hops and funk perhaps), a slight funky, musty, soft Brettanomyces character, ample, dried grass like grain notes, touches of wheat crackers, and a light grassy / herbal hop character.
Quite effervescent, the beer really foams up as it hits the palate. The beer is quite dry, has some soft lemon like flavors to it up front (hops), and gets drier and more funky towards the finish; a bit musky, sort of but not really plastic like, quite herbal in a funky way, yet it still manages a crispness and refreshing quality. This beer is actually quite hoppy all in all; herbal, bitter, grassy, lemon-like, with a solid wildflower / weedy herbal character to it. The malt / grain character here is nice, it accentuates the grassy / herbal notes in the hops, while providing notes of dried hay, saltine crackers, white bread crumb, and hints of rice crackers (at first I thought this was just a suggestion from my brain, but that flavor is actually here). The yeast character is nice and characterful without dominating the other flavors here; funky, earthy, phenolic, perhaps a hint of tartness, definitely a bit musky / barnyard, and even some cured plastic or medicinal like notes that can linger in the finish at times. The beer is quite light bodied, quite refreshing actually, and it manages to not come off as thin.
I always have been a sucker for funky, low alcohol type beers; this was certainly doesn’t disappoint and I like the mix of funky fermentation, pale, but nuanced grain / malt character, and bright hop notes.