Prufrockstar (1164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Clear pale pour, nice frothy egg white head. Bubbles stick around as a film. Aroma is hugely botanical - is this gin barrel aged? Lemon zest, medicinal, pickle juice, pears. Taste: softer medicinal than the nose; not sour, but light tartness in the finish. Packs a lot of flavor/body for a 5.5% beer, but sill makes me think of a throat lozenge. Finishes reasonable dry. Palate: medium+ body, average carbonation, surprisingly smooth creamy texture. Overall: reminiscent of special herbs (but not as good).
OldMrCrow (1965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Prufrock -- thanks!
Orange pour, modest head. Strongly herbal aroma dominates everything else going on the beer. Slightly sweet, a bit of lacto tartness, big flavor for 5.5%. Is this aged in gin barrels? It reminds me of Special Herbs, it has some juniper elements, and I certainly don’t get any bourbon or cognac or rum. Could be wine barrels I guess. Interesting beer but neither is it quaffable nor does it come together for me into something special.
devman171 (1052) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours hazy orange with medium head. Aroma is earthy with some zesty orange. Taste is light dusty spice with a dry and light tart finish, light throat tingling.
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 11/30/2014. Huge gusher. Pours cloudy orange color, hazy white head. Aroma is citrus, pine needles, floral notes, hay and lactic funk. Taste is juicy citrus, tangerine with chartreuse-like herba; notes, some bitterness blending with mild funk, wood. Light, bright body. Very nice.
dfroms (358) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via the great GT2 – first beer of Thanksgiving Day. Pours a restrained peach color with very small head of large white bubbles that fades to a gorgeous patina of large-bubbled lacing. Awesome look. Aroma is insanely good: juicy nectarine, peach, plum, mango, and white wine hit first, along with lambic-like bugs and hoppy/oaky earthiness reminiscent of mustier Cantillon bottles, then the whole thing opens up into subtle gin botanicals, spice, and lemon peel, with a faint tartness, like lemon juice and crushed berries. Taste is juicy while remaining crisp, with unripe sour peach and oaky Chablis mingling with doughy and crackery grains, fading into subtle pineapple, raspberry seed, lavender, and oak tannins. Vinous, lightly oily finish. Crazy mixture of complexity and drinkability, with perhaps a bit too much oakiness being the only drawback. Blows many Hill Farmstead saisons out of the water.
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a bright orange with a white head. Aroma was of lots of earth, wet rocks, fruity and earthy hops, oranges, wheat. Flavor similar, good bit of white wine, citrusy fruit, grass, wet rocks, minerally, light funk. Well integrated.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a dull orange amber color. It’s quite cloudy. The head is smallish and creamy with fine bubbles. Dissipates quickly. The aroma is floral with lacto sourness and a mild oak note. Orange peel, yogurt and flowers. Taste is gently tart with underlying floral sweetness. Tasty stuff. Lots of citrus flavor, oranges and lemons. Medium oak. Earthy saison character in the background. Finishes fairly dry. Gentle, creamy mouthfeel that really adds to the beer. Easy to drink. Lots of flavor. Delicious beer.
Sammy (8954) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich wine like character, some farmhouse upfront. Very drinkable, and above average mouthfeel.
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with big thanks to beerman6686. Cloudy yellow orangey slight red pour. Floral perfumey aroma, potpourri esque. Some funkiness. Taste is slightly sour. Tangy finish but extremely drinkable.
cheap (4210) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the 2014 RB Pittsburgh Summer Gathering at Horny Devil’s place. Actually it was after the equinox at the beginning of fall, but DILLIGAF. Big thanks to James & Michelle for hosting such a nice spread of quality beers and for this particular beer a GIANT thanks goes out to beerman6686. Slight tart aroma. Cloudy pale with a tad of brown in there. Good sizzle augmented by a slight tart bite. Yes, slight friendly tart nibble. Not a whole lot of bitterness but enough in there to keep you aware this is beer. Overall quite easy going and fun to be with.