brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some crimson notes to it and an off-white head with fairly good retention.
S: The nose really is all over the place on this one. The first thing I notice is the dryness from the Brett and the oak (and probably the grapes as well), followed by a hit of lactic sourness. The grapes and pears really come through on the nose, and perhaps even a touch of spice.
T: The fruit and malt components of this beer are really interesting. There is a mild sweet fruit component which pairs well with the caramel malt notes. The grapes and oak really come through quite strong, as does the alcohol at some points. The sourness is definitely there, but is not the focal point.
M: The body is medium with quite a bit of effervescence (which probably helps the body out). The carbonation also helps the lend the beer a touch of creaminess.
D: The nose gave me such high expectations for this beer and the flavor came through for the most part. A unique take on a wild ale, and I look forward to future iterations of this beer.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Bruery. Got beat to the first rating, but this is the second. Dece. Nose is real solid and actually reminded me a bit of DDG in terms of tartness. Color is a flat red brown. Flavor is pretty thrown together. I donít get the malt profile or any yeast character really, just bacterial sour and booze. Not super sophisticated, IMO.
kegbear (437) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Bruery. Medium redish brown with half-inch tan head. Lots of dark fruits laced with the sour tartness. Some brett mustyness and an ever so slight rum aftertaste. Well balanced and multi-layered sour. I hope they brew more of this one.