Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Luckyhank, thanks Brendan! Pours a cloudy, brighter golden colored body with a big, two finger-width, dense and foamy, mostly white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a clingy lacing. Aroma is earthy and musty wheats, coriander, some grassy citrus-lemons, a few fruity florals, and bready pale malts. The flavor is nice with a much more noticeable tartness. Earthy wheats up front with a solid grassy and grainy dryness throughout. Nice coriander and yeasty spice, lemon tartness, and slightly salty bread throughout. Citrus picks up towards the end and finishes with a light tartness. Very dry, grainy, and grassy, but the bitterness is light allowing the tartness of the citrus to come out nicely. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and medium-lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. I like the very dry finish and this is well balanced between the pale, earthy, somewhat bready wheat malts and the lightly tart citrus, grass, and spice. Nice one.
joeneugs (3569) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Provisions. It pours clear yellow with a giant white head. The aroma is spiced with yeast, salt and pepper, clove, coriander, lemon and vanilla. The flavor is light and bready with some salt and spices. Delicate flavors with a short lemony finish. Carbonation seems a tad low.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at provisions. Rating #10. Light straw yellow pour with a nice fluffy white head. Almost a skunky aroma, I get a salty thing going on as well, strange. A little dry, earthy and kind of like a belgian IPA without a lit if hops. (1638)
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Released April 2011. Poured into Bruery tulip.
APPEARANCE: Pours pale straw yellow with yellow gold hues. Big 2-3 finger head is white, pillowy, has lengthy duration, and leaves nice lacing.
AROMA: Musty funk, barnyard, lacto, mild mushroom-like aroma with an earthy character, light lemon tartness, coriander, subtle note of grassy/lemon grass character, hint of sea salt, and faint hint of chalky dryness. Strong swirl brings out the truffle quite a bit – this robust aroma smells of truffle frites topped with garlic butter escargot. Unique and amazing. As phenomenally close as the aroma is to an actual food dish after a strong swirl of the glass, I am glad that the aroma is much more delicately balanced without/post robust swirl. Shortly after swirling stops, the aroma is toned down and we get back to funk and lacto as well as milder truffle characteristics.
TASTE: Mild tartness with lemony character throughout. Lacto, musty funk, horse blanket, coriander, faint grassy/lemon grass taste behind the mild lemony tartness, and extremely faint sour green apple. Truffle character appears on the back of palate and finish and is somewhat mild as it displays earthy, buttery, mushroom-like notes. Faint hint of salt is discernible on back of palate and finish as well. Subtle notes of truffle character linger for quite some time.
MOUTH FEEL: Light bodied. Somewhat crisp. Lively carbonation. Somewhat less quaffable than a traditional gose (eg, Original Leipziger Gose by Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof) because of the gastro-inspired addition of the truffle. However, the mild lemon tartness of the base does give it some light thirst quenching ability. Fairly dry – gives extremely faint cotton mouth feeling.
OVERALL: Had a traditional gose (Original Leipziger Gose by Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof) a few days ago and am unable to say the two even compare. While the base beer is quite similar, the addition of truffle character sets this beer in a whole separate category. Noticeably more salt on the finish than the above referenced traditional gose, though far from overbearing. Much more truffle characteristics on nose than on palate. Palate is fairly balanced; however, the contrast between the tartness of the base and the robust nature of the truffle character lends the palate to appear slightly less refined and quaffable than a traditional gose. Final thoughts: One extremely interesting beer. A must try. Paired amazingly with Tartufo salami made with black truffles (by Creminelli) and Boschetto cheese made with white truffles (from Venissimo).
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow gold with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: A handful of loose change, salty low tide, Belgian yeast.
Taste: Earthy truffle, bitterness, salt water. Finishes with a sour twang.
Mouthfeel: Thin with dry lively bubbles.
Overall: Very refreshing and unique.
JoeTheYounger (1154) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light yellow. Spicy coriander aroma. Taste is mildly salty with wheat flavor. Different but I like it
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a hazy yellow pour with a foamy white head. It’s a bit creamy and spicy on the tongue. The salt adds a nice touch at the finish. It’s not salty, but the salt adds a nice savoriness.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden/yellow with a white head. Grassy tones, lemongrass, vege-root, mild citrus and hoppiness. Then it became very savory with some truffle salt, brine. The finish was like just swallowing some salt water. Pretty incredible. Palate had a nice dryness that supported the savory tone. Would be a great table beer with some poultry.
bhensonb (11685) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Beer Revolution. Pours ahzy gold with a clingy white head. Aroma seems sour citrus. Med body. Flavor is sort of greenpeach/citrus with a earthy sour note. Not distressingly salty and not all that bitter. It seems really dry. It is excellent.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost clear with substantial white head. Salt comes through more than I thought it would. Odd flavor I can’t describe. Earthy, musty, lactic and slightly sour.