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.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Light amber body with orange highlights. Huge, frothy white head. Aroma of toasted grain, grapes, basement mustiness. Hint of chemical and plastic. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Tart, watery finish as if the malts drop out. Grape-wine notes. There’s a delicate funkiness. Too bad about the finish.
woodychevy (839) - - DEC 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at WW with Kim. It’s a saison and it’s wicked weed, so it’s great. Pours a light ruby- looks like it was brewed with grapes. Usual subtle saison notes with nice funk and dryness at the end. Hint of sour that works. Grape notes are a bit subtle for me. Decent but not amazing.
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.