Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown brew with very little head. Nose of caramel malts, yams, earth, and brett. This is an interesting take on the base beer with the earthy brett flavors nicely complimenting the sweetness of the yams.
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Great beer. The sweet maple character is present, but the brett eats into it wonderfully so that the beer is never too sweet. Strong but not boozy. A very creative beer, executed well.
fletchfighters (1173) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- Poured a deep reddish brown. Honestly a strange looking hazy color. A light brown head that quickly went away and left a small bit of lacing.
S-- A sort of strange funky smell. Get barnyard mixed with some yams and maple syrup. More funky barnyard than anything else.
T-- Different, very different. A lot of spices, namely cinnamon. Maple syrup, some yams and oak. First thought was a sour ale on acid.
M-- A little bit of sour, a little bit of sweet. How about all over the place. Lighter feel and more carbonated that I thought it would be. Not a lot of yams but more maple syrup. A little bit of barrel but not what I expected one bit.
Johnsense (894) - - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker brown pour. Slight smoke and molasses in the aroma. Maple doesn’t come into play until; you drink it - Maple Molasses, brown sugar, roasty. Good mouthfeel, though fairly sweet and rich making this an interesting dessert beer - Good, but one glass is enough.
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from IP with WomanCan’tSail. Lovely, complex brew. Yet one cannot drink too much of it. Dark colour with lots of thick lace. Smoke, wild boar in the aroma. The taste is sweet and rich, with molasses and some cherry and smoke.
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 06/19/2012. Mahogany pour, off-white head fades to swirling pattern on the surface, thin lacing. Aroma has brown candi sugar and light spices, maple-soaked baked yam, opens into dry fruity character. Taste has dark sugar, pumpkin pie, yam, light brett funk. Medium palate, low carbonation. Nice enough, but falls short of the bourbon aged version in my books.
smith4498 (3131) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with peteinsd. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with off white head. Aromas of yams, cinnamon, brett, toffee, and brown sugar. Sweet yam and caramel flavors with brett and cinnamon. Very earthy. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I thought this was slightly better than the regular version. Thanks Peter.
Scopey (7849) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Evin. It pours cloudy amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is spice, honey glazed ham, earth, maple and sweet yam. The taste is tangy dark fruit, raisin, fig, tinned nectarine, sweet potato, sweet maple, caramel, honey, spice, vinegar and alcohol warmth, with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An interesting brew.
johnnnniee (2554) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep reddish copper with a stingy off white head that even a vigorous pour could not bring up to size. Wow that is an odd aroma. Nutmeg crusted french fries smothered in ketchup is what I get initially. There’s some dark fruits deep inside but the ketchup chips won’t leave my nostrils. I’m pleased to say that no fries remained in the flavor, but I’m also obliged to say how lackluster the flavor is. There’s a nice sweet malty caramel and maple flavor up front but that only lasts for a second before the palette is assaulted with spices. This beer remains quite sweet but the spices destroy the flavor for me. Its like a sweet syrupy spice rack around Christmas time. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I have to say that the base beer is not my favorite, but the 100% brett doesn’t help it for me either. The bourbon version is tolerable, but I just don’t get this beer.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a rich, concentrated, but definitely amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale, cranberry-juice color with gold highlights when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, graham crackers, sweet ginger, and an interesting fruity base that has touches of lemon, perhaps touches of melon, but really I can’t help but think of fresh out of the oven rich, red, brown sugar sweetened, sweet potatoes. There is a hint of medicinal character here, and perhaps some mustiness; the former is brought out by the spices, but like the latter, it is also likely here due to the Brettanomyces. The Brett character is fairly subtle in the nose overall though.
This has a nice prickly carbonation, which couples well with the light sweetness, and medium, somewhat viscous body. The spices contribute a bite to the finish that is a bit woody, and seems like nutmeg and perhaps a touch of allspice like character. There is a ginger bite to this beer as well, though this is not overly aggressive. The spices do somehow contribute an almost dusty (perhaps saw-dusty?), woody note in the flavor. There is a soft tartness to this beer, that while subtle, couples quite well with the sweetness. The sweetness here is brought out by the spices (cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg predominantly), but really reminds me of sweet potato pie; there is a sort of earthiness, not quite fruitiness. Ah, I just realized, some of the woody notes in the finish are contributed by the maple, which definitely contributes to the flavor here. A touch of Brettanomyces phenolics perhaps boost the woody notes and adds a touch of medicinal character and mustiness towards the finish; all in all though, I would be hard pressed to guess that this was 100% Brett fermented, there is that touch of tartness, but the funkiness is actually quite subtle. The malt character plays a pretty prominent role here, but there are so many other things going on that it is easy to over-look; flavors of brown-sugar coated sweet breads, graham crackers, English biscuit notes, and a chewy, whole grain character all are quite noticeable once you pay attention to them.
Quite tasty, despite the Brett character being quite subtle here, I am really enjoying this beer; I like the touch of tartness, and the subtle hint of funk that is brought to this “holiday-inspired” base beer. I also like that the spice character, while playing a prominent role here, does not overwhelm the other flavors.