czar (3775) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ novare, portland. hazy dark golden with a frothy and rocky off-white head, good retention and lacing. fruity - apricots and citrus, caramel, brett dryness, earthiness, very spicy, red grapes, some bubblegum and belgian candi, floral, herbal and grassy medium hopping. lively carbonation, hint of acidity and sweetness, light body - oily, very nice grassy-spicy finish. this is very nice stuff.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml served in an Orval chalice.
A - Pours a hazy orange/amber with a bright white head that blankets the sides of the glass forming a thin cap.
S - Grassy, raw floral aroma, very mild spice, faint sweet malt, pineapple/orange.
T - Sweet pale malt, herbal and pine hops rush in, spicy in the middle, earthy tropical fruit backdrop, pineapple mostly, the brett is subtle and earthy while the hops seem to be front and center. The finish is dry and refreshing.
M - Moderate but soft carbonation, medium full body, dry finish.
Nice to see some hops in a Belgian IPA. The hop profile is rugged and green with notes of floral and mixes well with the subtle earthy brett yeast. Some mild tropical fruit mixed in with a dry finish and then you exhale with satisfaction. Good stuff here except for the weak nose. Was hoping for more brett character but after tasting it I’m fine with it. A nice rustic BIPA.
Serving type: bottle
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep rusty brown color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose has a bit of rubber, leather, brett funk, grass and toffee. The palate follows but to me this beer reads as a english bitter with brett. A big malty toffee sweet almost buttery base which is made more complex by the addition of a heavy brux brett strain that has its moments of nice flavor but also goes over the plastic phenol edge here and there as well.
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at alewife, part of beers gone wild event. slightly hazy staw yellow color, not much head, nice yeast esters, brett apparent in the nose. fairly light, refreshing body. kind of reminds me of a rustic saison. the brett character in the beer’s flavor is nicely done, not one dimensional, not overly complex, either.
Aniela (2301) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen december 2012. Orange/hazy amber beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Fruity, sourish and hoppay flavour with a nice bitterness.
dfinney23 (1418) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There’s a lot going on here but it’s all pretty subtle. Floral and citrus hop, Belgian yeast funk, sweet caramel, and a tart finish. If everything was turned up a notch it would really be amazing.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet grainy and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, orange and lemon zest, tart green fruits, funk.
T - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, funk, tart green fruits, some bitterness, orange and lemon zest.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, funky, and bitter finish.
D - Nice tart and funky IPA.
FlacoAlto (3737) - 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 (1806) - 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 (5352) - 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.