OldMrCrow (2212) - 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 (4045) - 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.
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mathieuc (2481) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
SlovakSniper (4135) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Reynolds314 (2981) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.