Spab (3962) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/30/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Batch 733, bottled 4-28-2011.
My pour is an elegant golden color with a fluffy white cap with a soft, straight down the center pour. Nice retention and a bit of lace result from the head. The beer itself is quite hazy and lively looking.
The base of the aroma is a light crackery malt. Pepper and some other spices blend with some yeasty esters and a bit of musty funk. Apricot, peach, and some citrus provide the fruit notes.
The light malt has a fairly dry crackery flavor to it; it is very clearly simply setting the table for the other flavors. Spicy notes come into play fairly quickly, with ground pepper leading the charge. The yeast contributes some generous complex spice notes throughout the entire sip. In the middle, tart grape, apricot, and peach fruit flavors start to come through, gradually becoming more tart into the finish. Some oak tannins and musty funk come through at the end.
I was surprised to see the ABV was 8% after drinking about half the bottle; there is almost no alcohol presence in the taste and the body drinks much lighter than that. The carbonation is full and crisp, and the sour flavor creates a tart puckering sensation that grows throughout the sip, peaking just before the finish.
To me, this tastes like a mini Fantôme Saison, which is definitely a good thing. There is a bit more complexity and intrigue in the Fantôme, which accounts for my higher scores, but this is a very enjoyable beer.
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a cloudy golden peach colour with good-sized white head. Aroma is citrus and tree fruits, grains, spice and light earthiness. Flavour has lots of modestly tart lemon, apple and pear, clove, white pepper, graininess and mellow earthy character. Fine carbonation. Quite nice. AcctError97534 (814) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2017
750ml bottle. Cap off, this yeast is alive. Always remember, yeast is alive. As soon as the air hit it, it reached for the sky. Wow. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a three white cap. Aroma is fermented cider (the real stuff), very faint malt vinegar, a combination of caramelized sugar, yeast, and apple that makes me think "apple fritter", some definite "brett" notes, but to me, really heavy on the apple notes. Wow. Sour, with acidic fruit notes, tart cherry, summer apples, plum, into more tartness, calvados, brett notes, yeast, and a finish that is all unripe fruit with some minerality. I’m impressed, it reminds me of Orval, but minus the "barnyard" that I have difficulty getting past. Two more in the cellar. Looking forward to seeing how they age! cattaneopapa (410) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2017
750ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque golden colour with half of finger of white head. Aromas of citrus, apples, and a hint of honey. Taste matches the aroma with a spicy finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. It’s more comparable to a farmhouse ale than Belgian strong ale. mikkopen (1183) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
750 ml bottle. Hazy yellow colour, thin white head. Spicy, tart aroma with apples, citrus fruits, woody notes and floral hops. The taste is malty, dryish, with apricot, lemon, earthy notes and a tart, peppery finish. Delicious. chris__hartley (445) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2017
It pours murky copper with a off white head. The aroma has notes of: yeast starter, lemon juice, and bread. The taste is medium sour that finishes lightly bitter. The palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation; the finish is also medium. Overall, a little bland.
daniel0017 (451) - Yukon, CANADA - JUL 9, 2017
Slightly medicinal aroma with notes of... Concorde grape? Hazy golden color and very bubbly like champagne. Flavor is definitely sour with a tingly mouth feelz. Overall great beer, but not my thing. Kudos to Jolly Pumpkin. Bacchus66 (754) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2017
From tap. Pours hazy yellow with a full white head with nice lacing. Slight sour nose of lemons, cloves and spice. Flavors are also slightly sour, with peppery fruit and a zesty mouthfeel. Dry, clean finish. Interesting and very good. Ferris (16067) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Draft - Light soured malts and green apple. Clear pale gold with a small white head. Soured malts and raw barrel. gyllenbock (9328) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
Sample at MBCC 2017. Hazy golden with a white head. A bit tart with apricot, citrus, malt and light spices. The body was medium.
svandyke (255) - USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bomber- pours a cloudy straw color. Nice earthy barn smell with some spicy citrus on the back. Nice white head. Spicy sour initially, but it resolves to a refreshing nip of hoppiness.