CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. 750ml bottle. Nice fluffy head. Brown in color with a slight orange hue. Nice looking ale. Sour apple aroma. Hard aroma to pickup at first, but once the beer warms it becomes easier, and more pleasant. Very carbonated beer; this obviously (for me) has some negative effects on the palate. Nice Victory Hop Devil IPA bittering hop at the end. Definitely taste the brett. Sweet apple/brett with a bittering hop finish. This flavor is an interesting one that I enjoy. I am usually not a fan of the sour beers. Not overly yeasty. As the beer warms the brett comes out like crazy, and the bitterness is right there along with it. Pretty good brew. Surprised I found this one.
drjay44 (3086) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a tan head of long duration, with nice lacing, over a golden orange, (SRM15) slightly cloudy body.....nose of light grapefruit, loads barnyard mustiness, grassy tones ...taste is initially malty sweet then a pleasant light sour and finishing hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. I have not tasted enough Brett based brews to adequately comment on this attempt.
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Roadhouse in Boston. Appears opaque amber-orange with a small creamy head. Aroma is barnyard funk and soft flowers. But I was lookin’ HARD to find those hoppy flowers. Palate is very thick with soft carbonation, surprising given Hopdevil’s much more balanced mouthfeel. Flavor starts mildly sweet, muted by funk and indeScript fruits. Hops are really only showing through in the slightly bitter finish. But not enough to be interesting. I am not sure what happened here: how can Hopdevil plus Brett be anything but heaven? This blend by Victory just never comes together here, wallowing in a muddy flavors and textures.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Kevin. I really dug this one. Pours a hazy amber with a foamy long lasting head. Nose is big on horseblanket, fruity belgian yeast and orange peel. Flavor is fairly yeast forward for an IPA with some bready caramel notes up front with some moderate brett funk and nice citrus and orange peel hop flavors. Finishes bitter and earthy tempered by some fruity sweetness. I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was. Very tasty indeed.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle-pours a foamy off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is yeasty, citrus zest, musty grain/medium malt-caramel, perfumy. Taste is yeasty, musty grain/medium malt-caramel/bready, perfumy/citrus/spicy/herbal hops. First thing that hits is the carbonation. Further into the pint, carbonation is aggressive. Nice beer, but for me a bit disjointed.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premier. Orange/amber body, huge fluffy white head. Nose is pineappley brett, caramel & smarties, floral & fruity hops. A really odd combination but it works to create a wonderful saison-esque thing. Flavor is musty/pineappley brett, some citrusy hops, a bunch of bitterness. Slightly metallic in the finish. Odd, but for the most part it works - perhaps a bit too bitter. This is WAY better in bottle than on tap, where I pegged it around a 3.0
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe’s Sourfest. Pours a murky, nearly opaque dark brown. Dense, creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. Sharp spicy, blood orange/tangerine hop nose with a touch of light hay-like wet grass funk and a tiny hint of tartness. Creamy medium body with tons of carbonation. Mostly blood orange, tangerine, and light funky tartness on the mid-palate. Mild, brief, sweet/sour finish. Very nice, drinkable stuff--refreshing.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty tasty, though too pricey for my taste. There are notes of the vanilla hop devil and yes uncle brett is here, though not in spades. I definitely like the trend of these belgian/ipa hybrids.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle from CelticBrew. Nearly clear orange/amber with a medium bubbly head that settles to a thin layer that lasts and lasts for a nice looking glass. Unmistakable Brett aroma of leather and earth, floral hints, pine, spice, and an undercurrent of caramel and toffee. Bright effervescence accentuates the light to medium body and clean palate. A quick hit of caramel sweetness is no match for the assertive spicy bitterness that is complemented by a tart, but not sour flavor. Very clean palate, substantial Brett character, and some nice hop flavors all combine well in a very refreshing offering. More in line with true Belgians than with some of the milder versions seen here in the states.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Whole Foods - Fair Lakes on 05/16/2009. Slightly hazy copper amber body with a small off-white head. Tart, Brett aroma with some hoppy kick and a bit of caramel. Citrus and floral hop flavor with a light tart Brett background. Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a somewhat grainy finish.