rejtable (2839) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 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.
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear golden lots of foamy head and minimal lacing. Nose is floral and barnyard. Flavours of oak, apples, funky, white wine. Taste med/light bitter, light sweet, light/med tart. Full sticky body lively carbonation and lasting dry tart finish. ccex (1365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Pours a hazy peach color with moderate off-white head that coats the glass with lacing. Aroma is tart and spicy with sour pears, green apples, lemon, brett, and pepper. Taste is sour with a dry finish. Body is medium with lively carbonation and a zesty mouthfeel. If I had to classify it, I'd call it a farmhouse ale instead of a Belgian, but it is a winner from Jolly Pumpkin. L_Lovecraft (716) - - OCT 16, 2017
Good nose, floral, a bit of cellar and stronk okie notes, golden with a good white head, medium body, average carbonation, bitter and sour notes, wood....quite good. n1940 (150) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2017
Bomber from LCBO. A unfortunate start! 10% - 15% jumped out of the bottle as soon as the cap came off. Not impressed! A quiet pour with active carbonation and
an aroma of citrus, spice, and hard fruit. The beer has a hazy gold colour with a rich white head and good lace.The start is malty smooth with brett, earthy tones, and fruit notes expanding into the middle. Long finish with yeast and peppery notes blending at the very end. Good but a messy cleanup. ametras (1731) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 750ml bottle. Hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Flavors are bread, lemon zest, pear, stone fruits, spices and alcohol with floral and grainy notes. Medium body, moderate to good carbonation, smooth texture.
Spab (4081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017
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. Frothmeister (829) - 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 (419) - 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 (1193) - 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 (449) - 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.