j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I brought to PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a hazy brown amber with a medium to thick beige head. Light brett funk. Medium bodied. Dry crisp bitterness.
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"the belgian yeast has taken a notch off the hopiness of the original beer but left most of the malt flavors intact. what;s left is a mellow, tasty, slighlty hoppy brew of great balance and complexity. quite nice as well...had to bring some of this one home. 10/09-more obviously a wild ale when bottled...more brett AND more hops. still just as complex, but no longer really mellow."
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Band-aids, pineapple, burnt orange rind. Musty, lactic (sour cream). Frothy texture, medium to light body. Pleasant.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully floral Wild Ale displays plenty of herbal hop notes, coniferous brettanomyces wilderness, all subtly lifted by delicate caramel undertones and firm resinous hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam garnishes the luminous amber.
-The wild yeast aroma is quite loud, but remains extremely attractive throughout.
-The frothy effervescence kind of gets in the way of the complex flavor profile. Drinkability would be increased with a more restrained (or tighter) carbonation.
-At times, mostly because of the mouthfeel, this appeared to me as a rough and ready, unpolished Wild Ale experiment, but the aromas and flavors are so enticing that I have to say I thought it was delicious.
DuffMan (8822) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy copper orange with a lively, bubbly golden head. Spicy, zesty aroma. Palate is quite malty, with apricot fruit and heaps of spice. Moderately bitter finish. Nice.
KyotoLefty (8751) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pretty brown-orange color with an enormous head. Funky, dusty aroma with minerals, slight fruit, quite lambic like. Some caramel in the flavor, light fruit, big bitterness and a dirty dryness. Strongly sour as well. Very funky, with a slight citrus hop taste too. Interesting, though a bit harsh. Huge carbonation. Very nice.
marcus (8607) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 6/-11/09. Poured caramel/orange with a massive beige head and a floral yeasty aroma. I had to wait a few minutes for the head to subside before I could reach the liquid, probably a result of the wild yeast action. There is a spiced caramel malt flavor, and it is actually more bitter than sour. Did not meet my expectations.
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy soft caramel color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma has a moderate caramel maltiness with some hints of lightly toasted bread. There is still the nicely hoppy citrus fruits from the original Hop Devil along with the new funky Brett notes. The flavor has caramel and bready malts, Brett funk, mustiness, earthy, woody, and some IPA citrus hop bitterness and acidity. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. Medium-full body with good carbonation. Good beer, interesting to try once, but I would probably just drink the Hop Devil.
djd07 (8037) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick light tan head that lasts awhile leaving behind good sticky lacing along the glass. A lot of carbonation and bubbles. The aroma is a nice belgian yeast with clove and banana. Medium mouthfeel with a very sour and tart taste with citrus and vanilla. A very complex but tastey Belgian ale from Victory.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2430-20090807] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Floral fruity yeast aroma has mild strawberry cream hints. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. More floral yeast and grainy straw in the flavour. Medium body is bitter. Nice, has a bit of a kick.