FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, almost metallic looking, copper hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of expressively fruity hops as the foam rises a full two-fingers in height above the rim of my glass. This has a slightly earthy, funky, sort of phenolic edge to it that plays a supporting role to the bright hops. The malt character is quite noticeable with a caramelized, crystal malt character that adds a caramel and sweet whole grain coated edge to the dominant hop character. Speaking of which, the hops contributes ample notes of ruby-red grapefruit juice, tangelo zest, and lots of guava notes. As the beer warms the malt character becomes a bit more expressive with a caramelized, English biscuit like note and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.
Effervescent, slightly sweet accentuated by the malt, and hoppy without being overly bitter, the beer also has a funky, phenolic edge to it that provides some muskiness as well as a cured plastic like character to it. The hop character is the dominant note here, though it seems a touch less expressive than it was in the aroma. Along with the crystal malts, this reminds me of a sweet brown bread / cake that is amply flavored with grapefruit marmalade. Quite light bodied, and very quaffable, this would be about perfect if there was an accentuating firmness to the flavor (a biting bitterness would certainly do the trick).
Quite light and easy drinking; it actually can seem a bit simplistic at times, in the flavor it could actually use some more bitterness to provide a needed firm quality. Still quite quaffable in the end, but could use a bit more character to be great.
Davros (1473) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows herbal hops, grassy hints, soft funk, bready malt, confectionery.
Heavier flavours, quite malty with bready and biscuity notes alongside some fruitcake and herbal and spicy hops.
Too much carbonation.
mcberko (4044) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends, pours a cloudy golden with a medium white head. Aroma and flavour is rather subtle, with notes of Belgian yeast, and biscuity malt. Not really a whole lot to this, with very subtle flavours. Pretty boring.
Pyrmir (1136) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Light amber with off-white head. Aroma sweet and grainy with some brett funk. Taste is, except from the funk, IPA-like, grainy and bisquity. Light bitterness.
RobertDale (1881) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a cloudy light amber with a decent white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and florals. Taste is citrus, caramel, berries, and brett. Nice balance of sweet and sout. Nice.
Sammy (7026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Josh R’s bottle. A generous head, bretty, very drinkable. Hoppy. A fresh aroma. Like a European red ale.
solidfunk (1783) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of hops and lots of malt. Hard to detect the brett here. Finishes astringent with some florals. Pours cloudy orange with a little lacing and some head. Slick consistency. Thanks to SlovakSniper for this one.
boozedude (967) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber into glass.. hazy dark orange pour, crazy huge white head..fruit aroma, taste is great, never been a huge fan of this style but bought it cuz of the rarings, and im glad i did, good stuff, nice easy drinknign with distinctive taste
tightslice (39) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Refuge (San Carlos, CA). Pours a golden caramel with thick off-white head. Smells like a Kriek or Rodenbach Grand Cru (cherries / tart apples / farm) yet tastes like a light IPA, which I found to be an amazingly strange and beautiful concoction. Drink while watching The Triplets of Belleville or The Sound of Music.
Skinnyviking (5944) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Low fluffy lasting light brown head. Mild sweet and flowery aroma with notes of honey. Slightly sour roasted malt flavor with a nice hoppyness. Just a hint of wood and vanilla. Long bitter finish.