Spab (3963) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017 matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am finally getting around to actually rating this beer, even though I have drank many a bottle in the past. This bottle happens to be from a more recent batch, which I noticed is very different from what went before.
The beer pours with a body as golden as a summer sunset and as lively as the winter winds. A tall rocky white snowdrift rests enduringly atop. The aroma and flavors from this batch of Ora are filled with fruity esters of apples both green and red, ripened green grapes, bananas, plums, and passion fruit. Nice spicy suggestions of black peppercorn, with a hint of coriander in the finish. The wild yeasts are most prominent. Lots of zesty and mildly tart brett flavors intermingle with some gentle lactic flavors… adding tons of depth and density. Pulling out lots of biscuity suggestions, a hint of yogurt and buttermilk, rather dry and vinous in the finish. The body is spectacular. Carbonation is largely from an in bottle secondary fermentation…adding a very fine and silky texture. This is a splendid beer… I am glad I have multiple bottles on hand; as I might just have another after this… WOW!
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 (815) - 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 (1185) - 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 (765) - 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 (16085) - 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.