djd07 (9730) - 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.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
translucent copper (wtf), large bubbled white ring laces lightly. Light plum and cherry skin nose, brown sugar showing. Light plum skin at front palate, chestnut and acetic hints before fruity cherry mid, under-attenuation apparent through sticky coin sweet finish, offset by acetic notes. Two wrongs, no rights.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of wild yeast, lemon, musk, toasty wood, light stone fruits, grassy grains and touch of peach. Lighter medium body. Easy drinking. Mildly acidic.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome sour ale, on tap at the brewery, portland, floral brett beer, nice stuff
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured at proletariat with Andy. Pours a deep orange with light haze and orangey whitish head. Aroma is tame funk and light fruit - maybe some wine as well. Mouthfeel is lightly tart, not really sour, notes of fruits and grain.
pfrimshot (3) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 A ?beginner? sour.... Not too tart, not too floral and or fruity. It?s a balanced, malty, beer that just leans toward the Flemish sour territory. So.. marks against it in my books for not being distinctive. And a small deduction fit a copper-y aftertaste.
Lukaduke (2982) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, bottle thanks to Vasili ! Pours a rich golden almost copper color with a couple fingers of dense eggshell foam. The nose is a blend of funky barnyard brett, round toasted malt, stale grass, tart apple, pineapple, berry and a touch of musky wood as well. The palate follows the nose nicely with great balance and drink ability. Carbonation is soft and round and compliments the mouthfeel nicely. Great layers of funk and fruit with a rustic underlying graininess and floral fieldgrass to balance everything out. Great bite of acidity... damn fine drink !
OldMrCrow (2384) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as spoils from my recent Portland trip, consumed within a month of purchase. Labeled as 6.5%
Pours copper-orange with an appreciable head into my standard Duvel tulip. Strong chardonnay to the aroma, suggesting that this is going to be a proper sour. But it’s not; more on that later. Strong bretty funk and wisps of lavender potpourri in the aroma. Pretzel dough. While there is a sour hint to the flavor, it’s well balanced by warm malts and the beer seems much more like some of the Upright offerings (and equally good or even better) than like an American Sour. Strawberries going bad, white grapefruit juice. A hint of stomach acid as I work my way toward the end of the bottle. Drying brett strongly prevalent from midrange through close. All of the elements come together in this one and we get a synergy that makes for a beer I’d welcome on my table any night. Very pleased these guys are making it to Washington state now.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.