stevoj (3721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lively bottle, starts foaming immediately upon opening. Yeast sediment leaves brown deposits on the foam. As a result yeast is very evident in the aroma and taste. Milky amber body with small creamy off white head. Complex aroma of yeast, wine barrel, white grapes. Taste is yeast first and foremost, followed by sour grapes. Short finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An over-carbonated citrusy-hoppy pale ale dominated by barnyard-dirty-brett. Good beer overall.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed a few months after purchase. (bottle at 6.2%, currently listed here at 5.7%)
The look: Cloudy dirty-orange body topped by a large off-white head with good retention.
In long: The relatively strong nose is dirty-funky (barnyard, stinky feet, horse blanket) along with fruity notes. The fruity notes in the aroma are obviously hop-related but if I didn’t know this is a brett hoppy ale I would not have guessed it. In mouth the beer explodes on the tongue, extra-high carbonation level, a lot of hard bubbles, a bit too carbonated for its own good and it lowers the drinkability. Taste is toasted hay, candied bitter orange peels, a whole lot of brett, citrusy hops. Finish is relatively dry with a citric-citrusy bitterness with the citric acidity amplified by the aggressive carbonation. Knowing how the Flemish speaking people hate the French speaking people, I’m pretty sure an actual Flemish Kiss is a kiss without the tongues touching.
JBPortland (1468) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours hazy toasted orange with 2 finger head. Nose is bright fruity brett citrus, orange, light doughy grain, tiny bit of tart funk. Taste is bretty citrus, orange, sourdough, grains. Finish is dry with just a hint of tartness, earthy light bread, fruity brett, dry hay. Awesome!
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the Commons with Taylor, Stephen, and Dina. Pours orange hazy no head. Aroma is acidic medicinal cherry tart. Taste is weird lightly tart fake cherry sauce. Thin, and not very good.
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain / crackers), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of Meyer lemon, lime zest, nectarine, spearmint gum, kumquat, plastic.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly saccharine.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Another impressive brew from The Commons...wish I’d discovered them earlier in the trip so I could have explored them more, but thankfully I at least had enough time to try three saison-ish style brews, and remarkably they’re all quite nice. They do have a bit of saccharine-like sweetness in the finish, which is the only annoyance, but otherwise these seem to be lovingly created and far more to-style/authentic than most American breweries achieve. Very close to a 4+ winner.
Oakes (14975) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy peachy-tan. Apricotty, peachy, bretty, dry, fresh fruity, complex. Tasty. Crisp and dry. Touch of hops.
nealblind (1628) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange gold pour foamy head. Aroma of cherry wood yeast tart. Tastes briny slight sour big bretta funk. tight fizzy carb. palate leaves some residue.
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
P: Murky amber with a one finger white head. S: Very earthy, wood, flowers and some cereal malt. T: Some earthy flavors, light green apples, with a clean and dry finish, M: Light with sparkling carbonation. O: Hard to pick up what is going on this beer when there is very little going on here. However, it is easy to drink (or easy to pound).
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Josh; 6.5% ABV
Cloudy golden color with small head. Wonderful aroma, deep, fresh, fruity, with mild Brett character; apricot wine; impression of hard cheese rind. Highly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, rather dry; strong Brett character, providing also a strong astringency; a lot of bitter orange peel; the acidity is just mild.
djd07 (8815) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is tart fruit, strong funk, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with strong brett, spice, and nice lingering dry finish. Very good.