FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled February 2014
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, plus two additional above the rim, pale tan colored head that I need to periodically suck foam from in order to keep it from overflowing. The head leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass and as it slowly subsides creates quite a bit of structural texture. The beer is a pale honey color that shows a clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells funky, earthy, grainy, and tart up front. Fruit notes of floral apples, white wine like sharpness, and touches of tropical fruit that leans towards kiwis, perhaps a hint of lychees, a bit of citrus (that the tartness brings out) and star fruit is backed by some peppery spice notes, earthy, musty, almost coriander like notes, and a bit of green, spicy fruit character. There is a solid cracker like grain character, and savory pale malt note that comes out after a second pour of this beer that is really quite nice and almost savory.
Lightly sour throughout, this has a nicely balancing, tannic, woody flavor and texture to it, as well as a spicy, peppery finish to it. There is an ample fruitiness to the beer with notes of floral apple, tart star-fruit, ripe honeydew melon, a bit of musk mellon, some soft pear notes (especially towards the finish), and a tropical white wine like note that reminds me of a ripe, funky Sauvignon Blanc. This has a nice lush texture without being heavy, in fact the beer is dangerously quaffable, and I was surprised to see how strong this beer actually was. There is a very soft mustiness to this beer, it accentuates the earthy spiciness, has a touch of phenolic character to it, and just a bit of a funky edge. The oak is nicely subtle here; it contributes to the spiciness, boosts the texture, and adds a soft, savory, toasted note that nicely accentuates the pale malt character. The last has a nice pale cracker like grain note, and a bit of toothsome rustic bread like character to it.
This is a really nice beer, it has a nice sourness, and just a touch of a funky edge to it, but really is quite well balanced and integrated; the fruit character really integrates quite well with the sourness, the soft oak, the pale grain, and the lactic acidity so well, plus there is a complex, supporting fermentation character that helps to tie everything together. The oak character is especially well done; it plays an easy, supporting role that is here to only accentuate.
JorisPPattyn (8576) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small rim over fully hazy yellow beer. Liqueur, perfumey, but in a very good, slightly vinous way. Fruit as citrus, banana; vanilla, maybe even Bourbon. Citrus², like drinking a sweet(ish) lemon, would that exist. Again vanilla. Sharpish feel, faint astringency, light to meidum body. Very good one! Many thanks to Don!
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 04/26/2013 vintage bottle.
Aroma is rather fruity with a lot of pineapple, pear, tropical and stone fruit. Some moderate wine notes and tannins with some light oak. Light citrus and acidity. A hint of alcohol.
Pours a hazy, gold with a large, pillowy, white head of moderate thickness that recedes fairly quickly. Really light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is slightly acidic with a hint of grain. Moderate fruit notes with some pineapple, pear, grapes, stone fruit skins and melon. Medium light tannins with some light oak notes. A bit of alcohol spice in the very dry finish.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a surprisingly enjoyable beer. I remember hearing this batch was off when I bought the bottle so I sat on it and whatever was wrong has definitely cleared up. Great fruit notes with nice complimentary wine notes. Very fruity and dry.
RumRunner101 (886) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super hazy golden pour with white head. Aromas of pear, summer fruits, sour notes. Full bodied, well rounded, some fruit, kind of creamy, unripe nectarines, lingering sour and wood notes. Great.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a gift from friends who visited the brewery. Cloudy, no head. Aroma is nicely tart and fruity. Stylish, fruity, rustic. Tart, clean lactic, fruity, really nice. Malty, firm finish. Fun brew, would like to study it more.
brokensail (13680) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2015. Thanks, Ryan. Clear yellow pour with white foam. Big time lemon and green grapes on the nose. A bit of melon, some peach, and a hint of herbs. Nice stone fruits, too. Really bright sourness and acidity on the tongue. Tons of tangy fruits such as grape, dried apricot, and lemon. Slight oak and damp, grassy funk. Really nice.
GothGargoyle (1705) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2013. Golden with a good white head and visible carbonation. Aroma is funky, white wine, elderflower, other random botanicals. Medium-light bodied, very soft mouthfeel, slightly sweet & floral on the palate with a funky tart & slightly spicy finish. Taste is elderflower, juniper, white wine, mango.
thome50 (1233) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ryan at the June SLO Beer Bro event. Pours a hazy yellow with moderate white head. Aroma is sweet and funky. Taste is very boozy and white wine like. Pepper and more sweetness to finish.
Pailhead (5748) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of steebo
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy candied orange, lemon, lemon peel, and white wine. It pours a hazy dull yellow with a small white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a large bubbled ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of orange. The finish has moderate orange peel, light lemon, and a touch I of vinous notes.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Steve. Cloudy bright yellow body. Chunky white head crackles & fades quick. Huge bretty aroma; dusty cotton, wood, funky white pepper, musk, old pineapple, cobweb, mild mineral water. Flavor of light mango, pineapple, dusty cotton & moldy barnyard funk. Woody, loaded with Brett, hay, & mild horsey notes. A small touch of vinous white grape in the finish. Super effervescent mouth feel, lofty & prickly. Good stuff.