HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fascinating golden yellow pour with nice head. Especially cool looking with the yeast poured in. Aroma is very brett forward with notes of peaches and a slight noble hop character. Flavor follows, bretty, light spice, a bit grainy, and peachiness. Only demerit is a bitter/astringent quality that is a bit much in a beer with such delicate flavors. Excellent stuff otherwise.
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, corn starch), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs), with notes of lemon juice/zest, sour apple skin, light note of band-aid.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
An interesting beer, although I canít help but wonder why this wasnít all-malt instead. Itís quite attenuated, almost overly so...the finish is so dry as to almost be unpleasant, but as I always say, itís certainly better than being too sweet. Could make a very nice saison without the adjuncts, and just a teeny tiny bit more residual sweetness. Saisons should be thirst-quenching, not make you parched and *more* thirsty.
superspak (2468) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, herbal, clove, black pepper, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, clove, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness and moderate yeast/hop spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lightly tart lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, bread, clove, black pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice saison style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
cmacklin (227) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge, long lasting, white head that laces nicely. Aroma is very yeasty with some citrus. Sweet flavour with citrus, malt, grain , grass, yeast and a very dry, bitter finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Hazy golden colored pour with a long-lasting head on top. Aromas of Brett yeast, grass and a mild musty character. Lemon and orange zest, citrus hops, hay, peach, light funk, and a ton of yeast in the taste. Almost too much Brett in here for my tastes. Dry and surprisingly bitter finish. Very active carbonation. Pretty good overall though.
Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Pours out a pale gold with crisp white foam. Wild aroma with lemon, yoghurt and cheese taking over. Taste starts out with a white wine thing going on even though you can taste the adjunct base. Gets brettier with each pour. Nothing spectacular but refreshing and interesting.
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale cloudy yellow looks kind of sickly or wine-like to me. Beautiful buttery sour aroma was my favorite part, a great intro to what is to come although thereís no sour to speak of in the tasting. It took me a while to appreciate this one as it insists on being its own animal. Taste is of butter, light fruits and funky yeast. If you like sours this is for you.
hockeybeerguy (1635) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rcvd in trade.
The appearance was a light golden-yellow colored body with a two finger frothy white head. The head fades into some valleys and leaves some nice lacing around the sides of the pint glass. Lots of carbonation is seen rising through the body.
The smell had a mixture of corn, citrus hops, lemon peel with some pepper in the background.
The taste had a peppery tartness up front making a bittery/zestiness with a good pop on the taste buds.
On the palate, it sat about a light to medium with a good balance between wet and dry. Thereís some harshness on the tongue, but its expected due to the style. I would say this is very drinkable.
Overall, I would say Iím mostly pleased, and would have it again if given the opportunity.
PorterPounder (5367) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber. Luxurious hazy light golden pour, soft bubbly snow white head. Sour aroma, hints of lemon and Sweet Tarts. Sourness carries over to the flavor as well with the same Sweet Tart candy flavor shining through, some lemony tartness, a touch of light yeast in the back end. Mouthfeel has a nice spritz to it. Pretty decent.
FatPhil (9172) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2014 Bottle pour (Līgo Ziema 2014, Riga) (7:4:6:4:14=3.5)
Fruity brett aroma. Lovely fruity twist at the end. Apricot everywhere. Pale, but hazy. Some citrussy lemon taste too. Good drinkability. Nice attention to details, good sour. A total, and very welcome, contrast to the Lost Abbey piece of brettsploitation I just endured.
Rerate: 660ml bottle (ALEHouse, Riga) (7:3-:6:3:14=3.3)
Nice lemony aroma, tons of brett too. Very pale, fizzy. Look and palate. Watery feel too. More hoppy in the finish than before. Improves as itwarms, aroma and taste still have.some apricot. Crisp and very pleasant, but not full compared to the prior one.
ClarkVV (3892) - 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!