durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A few growlers from the brewery. Pours a bright light ruby with an orange hue. Hazy, almost cloudy. Wispy, small white head. Nose is powdery Belgian yeast. Lightly bready. Hints of tart fruits. Taste adds more fruit and a hint of white pepper. Subtle grape/wine notes that come out almost early, but then disappear in some dryness, only come back as a slight aftertaste. A subtle beer; better and fruitier as it warms, for sure.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to that dude right down there for bringing me a growler (though I’m surprised that two Durhammers are the only rates for this sweet-ass beer). Cloudy blood orange-ish pour, moderate but consistent carbonation and admirable lacing. Nice complex nose of the tart grapes (almost smelled more like Muscat to me, but what the hell do I know), nice spicy yeast, and bitter hops for shape and balance. Sourdough bread and pepper, with some lightly funky tea notes and hay in the finish. Loved it.