dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade. Poured a tea brown body under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma was tart and loaded with sour acidity, grapes, white wine, funk, medium bodied with average carbonation and a long lingering sour sour finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sour and funky with notes of white wine, grapes, lemon, oak. This is one great beer.
tom10101 (5685) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375 ml) shared with the Quebec crew. From Vahe, thanks!
Appearance: Slightly hazy bright golden with a small white head and little lacing.
Aroma: Oh that’s interesting! Bright plums and grapes carried by brettanomyces along white wine, must, oak and light minerality.
Taste: Grapes are dominants here, but there’s still some bright plums with brettanomyces, moderate acidity, winey notes, oak and mineral notes.
Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit winey mouthfeel. Dry and grape-y finish.
Overall: Superb fruited sour with a bright grape presence, good balance, nice complexity and a barrel treatment that isn’t overwhelming but definitely add to the beer. I loved it.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Cloudy yellowish brown with no head. Sour green apple, plum, grape, funky wine barrel aroma and taste with some fantastic tart fruit flavors and some nice candy sugar notes. Very good.
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Amber pour, with a biege head. Fruity, bread, fairly mild sourness, tart berry, cheese, and a bit earthy.
burg326 (5402) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a copper color from the bottle with aromas of plums, light wet wood, vineous notes, light nuts and some light sour barnyard. Flavors are the same, the grapes and wine are subtle so is the sourness. Insanly drinkable all day.
jkwood04 (5351) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of grapes, some light oak, more grapes and wine, some tartness/sourness, light malts, and a little bit of spiciness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the grapes and wine and oak and sour beer. Average texture. A good sour.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks, Chris! Really nice tartness to the background. Good grape and light oak. Very light body. Plum quite faint. Mild tannin.
AdamChandler (4756) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blue cheese and lemons
Insanely cheesy pickles. Lemon zest finish. So cheesy. Meh
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plumpjack. I’ve been out of town for awhile, and in that time, it seems that Damian and Jesse have transformed into Vinnie Cilurzo. This is crazy good! The appearance is excellent - deep but hazy orange-copper with a lasting off-white head, very good retention and lacing. Excellent funky grape aroma with slight oaky notes. The flavor has oaky white wine, barnyard, muscat, and medium-plus tartness. Nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel with average carbonation. Really good and really drinkable at 7.8%.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a one-finger thick pale tan colored head; a bit of lacing gets left on the sides of my glass as I take sips of this brew. The beer is a nice copper / light amber color that shows a clear, pale copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly tart, a touch cheesy, but then distinctly of nuts; I can’t quite put my finger on what kind of nuts, but it seems distinct enough to be its own variety, perhaps hazelnuts, or maybe lightly smoked almonds, but wait it really sort of reminds me of cheese flavored popcorn. Definite grape like aromatics, watered down buttery oaky red wine aromas, definite concord grapes (once you start to dig), bright berry notes at times, toasty / caramelized malt, and cracker like aromatics can all be found here, especially if you make an effort to dig around.
Tart and effervescent up front, the finish is also a nice mix of these and accentuates a nice, blush wine like flavor that has notes of berries, cranberries, perhaps a touch of floral hibiscus, and some watered down concord grape juice notes. This has a solid lactic sourness to it that is quite refreshing. The body is fairly light, there is some lactic slickness, some contribution from the tannic oak, enough to have a palate presence, but this is still quite a quaffable brew. The oak character contributes soft buttery notes, a sustained, though soft woody flavor, lightly peppery spice note, and a soft nuttiness. The malt character here plays a supporting role, but accentuates the light nutty note from the oak, there is straw like grain character, a touch of whole grain cracker flavors, and perhaps even a soft, whole grain bread character here.
Quite nice, a bit more complex in character than the Reserve 2, but also not as well integrated and tasty as that one. Still, this is a more than acceptable brew, and one which I am quite happy to quaff for the evening.