fiddler26 (24) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2009
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
The worst of the prior reviews about sums this up for me. Aroma reminded me of an unattended-to menís room. Iíve never quaffed a glass of urine, but the aroma gave me the impression I was doing just that. A huge disappointment since I love this breweryís Hop Devil. I paid $8 for a bomber and threw out most of it. The caveat is that this is the first Belgian I have tried in about 20 years, and perhaps this is what they are like and they just donít get along with me.
degbert (1443) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a high, sticky, heavy, off-white head. Nose is orange, lime, latex, lavender, sage, funk, rosemary, and honey -- thereís a lot going on here. On the tongue, things start off with a surprisingly cool herbal note; itís almost like camphor or tea tree oil. After that, it gets snarly, funky, and bitter, with some underlying grapefruit and orange caramel notes; I have to say, though, Iím not getting a lot of sourness. Makes me wonder if itís dropped out somehow. Finish is long and IPA-bitter. Iím just not getting as much wild here as I expected.
bellco33 (511) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip: Pours hazy golden with a huge foamy white head. Aroma of caramel, Belgian funk, coriander, and resin. Taste is mildly sweet, moderately tart, and gets a little bitter on the back end from the hops. Solid beer, light to medium body, good stuff.
Blairgus (3474) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
19 Aug 2015, bottle. orange, faintly hazy, steady bubbles. nose is faintly spicy/peppery, slightly sweet, and belgian yeast. med body and moderately fizzy. smarties candy, some funk. meh.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottled 6/11/14, drunk 6/4/15, 1 year old
Fantastic pour as always from Victory; big fluffy white head is immensely well-retained and tops a deep golden liquid that is heavily carbonated with tiny bubbles and shows a great clarity and light sediment behind in the bottle.
Fresh lilacs in the nose showcase the hop and brett acid interplay. Perfumey and aromatic as all hell, with all sorts of floral notes beyond the lilacs and a strong lime skin and lighter stone fruit playfulness. Malts reveal a seemingly well-attenuated light caramel character, with biscuit and honey notes as well. No alcohol or faults that I can find. Maybe just a touch of sharp alcohol as it warms.
Glad I waited a year on this one....man, this stuff is still hoppy. In fact, my girlfriend thought it was still too hoppy, though I suspect she was mistaking some of the brett acidity for the hop acids. Certainly some residual pine can still be felt, as well as light citrus, but it blends in to the lime-like brett character pretty well, both elements sharpening each otherís flavors. Tremendously carbonated still, with no sign of oxidation. Every sip is well balanced between the moderately sweet, soft caramel malt flavors and the sharper, perfumey brett and hop notes. As it warmed, it grew, perhaps, a bit sluggish on the palate, the malt turning out to be just a tad too sweet. I imagine this must be necessary to balance the beer while young, as this thing must be a hop assault young, if itís still this hoppy after one year. At $10 bucks a 750mL and available everywhere, you canít argue with the delightful brett flavors here even if the beer does come off a bit messy at points (though far more refined with a year of age on it, Iím sure).
Beertender69 (1) - - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at yellow brick pizza. 16 oz. Brett Pour for $2.50? Unbelievable! Pours a beautiful, hazy burnt orange. Two finger head that lingers to light lacing. Aroma of barnyard funk, spice and citrus. Flavors of pine resin, hay, orange rind and ball sweat. Lingering bitter finish with moderate alcohol. Just like mixing my 3 favorite beer styles. Take one third west coast ipa, add one third session ale and finish with one third sour. Would give another go
ttoadee (1031) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty amber pour, slight off-white head with a hint of lace. Nose is Brett and grapefruit. Bittersweet. Middle is caramel, pepper, floral malt, and funk. Finish shows a little funk and some medium bodied malt, but hop bitterness grab the reins for a long ride out. Interesting.
desurfer (1259) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale gold, super fizzy with a huge head. Moderately hoppy with a nice tart sourness as well. Very effervescent. As a sour fan, I really liked it.
PartyFowle (707) - - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect clarity on an amber-hued liquid. Silky off-white foam displays nice stickiness, webbing the sides of my glass like Spider-Man. Aroma is oaky, bretty -- green wood, pear, Granny Smith, pineapple, mild zoo-like funk. Snappy flavor showcases different aspects with each sip. This time itís citrusy; this time itís funky; this time itís oaky; this time it has a smooth honey finish. Green apple and sharp oak are prominent, with barnyard funk permeating the middle before a crisp finish that blends lime juice and biscuits. The base beerís hardly recognizable here, but as barrel-aged IPAs go, this is the tits.
scarletfire65 (1151) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. "Bottled on June 11 2014". Clear amber pour with a huge, creamy white head. The aroma is funky Brett with citrus notes also evident. Wild Devil has a sweet malty base, surely becoming deeper and more savory after a year on the lees. Really complex, with black pepper, shiitake mushroom stock, apricot chutney, grassy hops, horseblanket, and leathery, rubbery, earthy Brett flavors coming through. A very long finish starts with a glimmer of the bright, fresh, hoppiness of Hop Devil, but quickly turns to funky Brett notes. Really nicely balanced, more woody than sour, no nasty balsamic vinegar flavors. Outstanding.
stevoj (3028) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Boise Coop. Bottle opens with a loud pop and pours out with a huge head, clumpy head and lacing throughout. Acetic aroma, but taste and finish is where it gets interesting. Spicy notes, peppery almost, flowery, and even the malt comes through. Biting, snappy finish.