brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ GT’s house. Clear golden pour with a white head. Aromas of lemon, grass, and lots of spruce. Juniper berries, brine/saltwater, and a touch of white vinegar. Really herbal. Flavor is fairly tart and a bit salty. Lemon juice, juniper, spruce, and woody herbs. Saltwater, mild vinegar, and a light bitterness. Not bad, but why the hell is this 11%?
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s hazy gold with a small head. The nose is pine and lemon, earthy grass. Smoked herbs. The taste is similar. Herbs, rosemary, lemon peel. A touch of smoke. Medium body, fine carbonation. Intriguing, vibrant.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to brainlair! Pours a clear, bright golden with fizzing out white foam. Nose is pretty intense fresh forest, resinous spruce tip, camphor, sweet tomato, sharp juniper. Taste is quite intense with spruce tip resin, near chemical in taste, but about as successful as you can expect for a funky, high alcohol, spruce sour of sorts. Palate is effervescent, bright. Doesn’t allow the high abv detract, though I don’t see a reason for so much alcohol for this style. Would be just as good at 4-5%.
UDBeernut (1254) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle at the ba tasting. Pours gold, quick head that simmers to a cap. Big spruce, ginger, pine. Excellent. Light body. Only negativ is alight over carbonation. All in all this is great.
merc7186 (1472) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Spruce, Ginger, Honey
Appearance: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, Thin White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Ginger, Spruce
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Drying
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland for $24. Enjoyed at 65F in a snifter.
A - The appearance is straight apple juice with a minor head that fades very fast and remains thin.
S - Nose is pretty complex. There’s a mix of brett and this acidic fruity grapefruit punch. I get oak and melons. Very much a funky tropical treat that smells pretty damn fantastic.
T - Damn, this is special. It is sort of in a class of its own. Well, I’m having a hard time describing taste and am thus filling this section out last. honey, rye, sweet caramel, candied apples, cantaloupe and other melons, pineapple and a big woodiness that I only get from Hill Farmstead saisons. The sweetness is persistent but not overbearing, the woodiness is like chewing on tree bark but I don’t feel like I’m a fucking woodchuck. Spruce tip ONLY hits you at the end of the beer. You get it for a second and then it flees away quickly. I get a very yeasty bread taste that pairs so well with herbal funky brett. There seems like a bit of lactobacillus but it never overpowers you with tartness, just sort of chills out in the back ground. What in the Hell am I drinking?
M - Moutfeel from the bottle conditioning is velvety yet explosive. It has a champagne like mouthfeel with the complexity of the best belgian saisons. The most persistently sticky bubble situation on a mouth swish I’ve ever achieved. like the bubbles in my mouth last for days and never stop. This is going to be a burping beer for sure.
O - The total complexity of this beer is mind-blowing. I must have more of it. MUST RIGHT NOW! I hope more of this makes its way into Vermont. The price is high but it’s an impressive beer. EDIT: I did give this a 4.7, bumping it down to a 4.3. sadly, it’s a lot of beer and more than a glass is insane on the palate, the burps and the drunkenness. If this came in at 5%, I’d be all over a perfect 5 rating.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is clear orange with a big white head and good lacing. Big herbal, bretty, pineapple, juniper, woody, pine needles, oaky, band-aid, and plastic aroma. Taste is big band-aid, herbal, spritzy, lemon peel, juniper, pine needles, grassy, doughy, medicinal, and doughy with a lightly spicy finish. Light body with high carbonation. Very nice Sahti.
douglas88 (5140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 shared by writerljberg . Thanks! Pours a copper color with a large white head, a bit of gushing. A interesting nose of wood, bubblegum fruit, white wine. The flavor is complex and yet easygoing: white wine, spruce, tropical fruit, apricot especially, highly carbonated, a bit of berry. Finishes dry and drinkable. Great brew.
writerljberg (404) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL from BS.A: Golden color with a firm white head. Decent lacing and ones.N: Dominant spruce, white wine, nectarine, apricot, oak.T: Sour and sweet. Lots of intermingling flavors. Very, very good.M: Medium body, a touch of dryness like a Moscato.O: Very unique. The flavors are well matched together.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6th August 2013<>Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Mr Bois for this one. Very hazy gold beer with agood size pale cream coloured head. Palate is light, airy and fluffy. Interesting beer - big sherbet candy fruits. Never cloying because of a touch of lemony acid and gueuze like sourness. Back end has a sweetish piney spice. Finishes semi dry. Tasty!