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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Brewed predominantly with organic 2- row, the malt bill is rounded out with organic light munich, organic 60L crystal and caravienna. Northwest Golding and Hallertauer hops provide a pleasant hop character. Right out of primary fermentation this beer is decidedly an American Pale Ale, but as it enters secondary, a bridge to Belgium is built with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. A 5 week maturation results in slightly dry, fruity beer with a hint of floral Brett character that will evolve over time.

The Great American Beer Festival 2012: Silver Medal, American Brett Ale


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber stained, dark gold hue when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get a nice, funky, slightly tart, Brett laden aroma that is quite appetizing. This melds with fruit notes of pear, citrus zest, and a solid floral note. Pale cracker like grain, sun toasted hay, and some rounded crushed pale malt aromatics add to the bright complexity here.

Up front the beer is quite dry, slightly tart and citrusy, with just a bit of a phenolic, funky edge to it that lingers very lightly in the finish. The beer has a nice effervescence to it that provides a prickly character that works with the light, refreshing body. Light hay like notes, and touches of pale grain crackers speak to the light, but contributing grain / malt flavors in this beer. There is lots of fruit character here as well with other notes of pear, some melon like notes, perhaps a touch of star-fruit and some floral apple notes as well. The fruit character is well balanced though by the funky edge that this beer has, as well as by a peppery, spicy finish, light herbal / spicy hop notes, and a light, but firm hop bitterness in the finish. This is very lightly tart, and this lingers in the finish; much of the tartness comes from the dryness of this beer, as the beer is not really what I would call a sour beer at all.

I am a sucker for this type of beer, one of my favorite type to brew; just bursting with subtle complexity, and this is at a great point in its funk evolution as the Brettanomyces is but a piece part in the sum of piece parts that makes up this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Draft at brewery, Portland. Pours a darker orange, decent amount of white head, aroma citrus and a crisp grain, definitely some brett, but just a twinkling. Body medium and finish somewhat abrupt, with some citrusy bittering notes. Very drinkable and again, being fresh greatly improves my impression of the beer, as the bottle was somewhat underwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2184) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
bottle bought for us by a generous soul at Bottleworks. Light orange gusher with a geerous white head. Light brett, lemon zest, yeast, grass. High carbonation, moderate body, somewhat dry and tart. Good but think I would prefer this with a bit more time for the bugs to work more magic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1815) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! Pours a nice golden (huh? I was expecting red) with a thin white head that leaves great lacing. Nose offers some light tropical fruits and some acidic edges that provide a fresh impression. Brett makes itself known but it isn’t overwhelming. Taste is of brett, fruits and hay. The finish is bitter, the drink itself light and smooth. This was really nice and refreshing but it didn’t feel Flemish, not at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3548) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to Lurkaholic for this one! Hazy orange with a medium fully lasting beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of brettanomyces, herbal notes, mint, floral presence and some yeast. Taste is slightly sweet with brettanomyces, light tartness and fruits, floral/herbal notes and a moderate but sticky herbal bitterness finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Very dry finish. Good Sour. Fresh and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5147) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy pale golden with a small yet reviving white cap, sticky lacing. strong leathery bretts, minty, dusty, white pepper, fresh cereals, wheat acidity, some cherries and lovely fruits. lively carbonation, light body, drying very herbal-peppery-spicy, lightly astringent and gently tart finish. was expecting a sour red - very pleasant surprise!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3625) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Une bouteille de 75 cl.  Un liquide doré et une mousse abondante.  Une dentelle langoureuse.  Un nez de brettanomyces et de fruits rouges aigres avec un bouquet de conifères et de fleurs sauvages.  Un goût floral et terreux, piquant et aigre, avec des canneberges, des citrons et du cuir bien neuf.  En bouche, je ne déteste pas son corps longiligne.  Le pétillement vif est un efficace nettoyeur.  La texture est gonflée par les levures.  En finale, ma langue devient très sèche tandis que les autres tissus de ma bouche profitent bien de cette fraîcheur surprenante.  Une belle surprise.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of brett, pineapple, bitter hops. Taste is bitter and funky. Lots of tropical fruit. Lots of Brett and bitter hops. Nice funky pale

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2711) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Warning a bit of a gusher here! Pours straw golden with billowing white head. Aroma is grassy hops, medicinal brett, melon, and musty funk. Really nice soft carbonation and great flavors. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4369) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
This one is fantastic, tons of great bretty flavors, delicious base saison, really into this one


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