TURDFERGUSON (3912) - 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 Iíve 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 Iíve had this again today Iím 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.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 On tap at Farmerís Cabinet. hazy gold, moderately effervescent, thin but lasting white head, decent lacing. Bright nose of apricot and grain, bit doughy. Flavor is bright tangerine at front, bit salty with moderate dough and peppery esters before finishing with light grain bitterness, dough, and a bit of cracked wheat qualities. The brett here is noticeable in some fruits, but very dialed down and balanced.
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Numerous bottles. One of the absolute most drinkable, most delicious beers Iíve ever tasted. I canít imagine a better session beer. Brett horsiness is dead on, backing up an utterly dry beer with a light but creamy body. Carbonation is perfect, even with the large fluffy white head. I donít know what this beer could possibly do more right.
ClarkVV (3860) - 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. Itís 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 thatís 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!
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Cask @ Railroad] Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, vanilla, honey, floral, and light citrus. Taste of honey, citrus fruits, grassy hops, vanilla, and a wild, bretty finish.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: A wild, crisp, refreshing, tart and bitter yellow beer. Wonderful session beer of high complexity.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh one month after purchase.
The look: Cloudy bright yellow body topped by a large white head.
In long: Nose has a very clean bright funk, lemongrass, flower petals, dry grass. Taste is lemongrass, super clean and bright frunk, Rice Crispy cakes, lemon zest, a lot of sun dried yellowed grass, a little spicy twist in the grassy hops, more... A refreshing tartness and a bone-dry finish accompanied by a solid dry grassy bitterness. Body does not feel slim despite the below 5% and the active carbonation increases the already high drinkability. Overall the beer comes through as some kind of cross between a bohemian pilsner, a dry rustic Saison and a tart funky brett ale. I thought this was a wonderful beer. A highly sessionnable beer that is a lot more than just easy to drink and refreshing, it is also quite complex and very stimulating. This beer is simply mindblowing, trust me on this, Iím not someone who exaggerates things, Iíve only exaggerated once in my entire life and this was more than 60 years ago.
OldMrCrow (1717) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Bottle from Last Drop after a sunny Fourth of July at a baseball game.
Beautiful hazy yellow with a taut whipped-eggwhite head. Gentle hints of sourness, strong but not overwrought Saaz presence. The modest brett character really makes this one work. This is a truly brilliant session beer at 4.5%, combining the best of Avril, Orval, and Amstel. (Ok, not really Amstel, more like Augustiner Pils, but "Avril, Orval, and Amstel" has a better ring to it.)
Revisit at Whistler in February. This time around Iím just not impressed. I guess this is a summertime beer; it seems a bit sour and unpleasant now. Iíd give it about a 3.3 today but Iím going to let the original rating stand.
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
r u jokin or wat?
Pours a very hazy yellow with a great head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is lemony with some hay, & some multi layered funk. Pungent, complex, and a joy to stick your nose into a glass of.
The flavor is wonderful, very hoppy & very dry, The beer is funky, earthy, bitter, and lemony, with mild brininess and some great earthy character. The bitterness level is fairly high for this type of beer but suits the flavors here perfectly. Some mild hay character is nice, The beer is very "bright" tasting all around.
The carbonation is high which is perfect here, the mouthfeel is lively and prickly, and yet this drinks particularly easily.
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I never even heard of this beer before our tasting yesterday. Pours a bright peach with a white head. Nose is super bright and rife with tropical fruits, cumquat, passion fruit. Light brett yeast and just a really nice bright expression of grain, fruits, and yeast. Flavors are more tropical fruits, rally dry but superbly integrated. A musty funk note starts to swell up in the finish. Barrel integration is fantastic and typical of Stillwaterís best beers in this style. Carbonation is high and champagne like. One of the most surprisingly great American beers Iíve had in some time.
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Several bottles at Ginger Man. The aroma has a lot of bright Brett character. Dry and flinty with a lot of bright pineapple character and some bright fruit and a little bit of soft light fruit. There is a touch of soft sweetness on the back that I didnít expect but kind of works. Lemony and fresh with a lot of light flinty flavour. Tasty.†