cheap (5593) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Today had this agian and it is still fun, I like consistancy in good beer. old rating: Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering and festival upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I am invited again and I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer; thanks mark. Yinzer, you got it coming to ya! Mild farmy aroma of old barn rain barrels. Slightly sweet on the olfactory. Cloudy golden yellow. Beautiful carbonation a nd creamy fun. Has a tart, almost lambic feel to it. Barnyard flavors in the background constantly mooing, clucking and oinking. Overall just plain nice. Musty, almost as good as any unblended lambic I’ve tasted! Mark, you are the man!
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBPG; bottle courtesy of yinzer. Had a very similar nose compared to the La Moneuse (same brewer) but drier. The sour-lactic notes stood out a bit more than the farmhouse funk, with more emphasis on apple cider and spices. Hazy yellow-amber with foamy thin lacing head, and more decent-sized chunks of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Medium watery body but with that fairly heavy effervescent carbonation that made this one difficult to open without gushing. Sour start with some light fruity character. Chalky, yeasty flavor, with some tangy acidic notes to the finish and the after. Made with figs? but not easy to taste amidst the tartness here. This is a nice ale.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer meet-up 01.27.08 at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Beer courtesy of Yinzer.
Opaque gold, white head. Aroma is funky, tangy, musty cheese. Flavor is the same with tangy tart fruit and some oakiness. Well blended.
LinusStick (3328) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A different traditional ale. Pour was a light gold with a huge 2 finger white head. Aroma was very weak. All I could pick out was dust which was odd, but not in a bad way. Taste was very citrusy with heavy bread notes. Strong fig taste which actually tasted more like sour grapes. This flavor carried through to the aftertaste. Very dry and different.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage,750ml, caged and corked. Pours slightly murky orange-gold with a voluminous white head that settles nicely. Nose is saccharine sweet with alcohol, like turpentine, vaguely. Gueuze funk on the palate, very sharp and lively, some tart granny smith apples along with the obvious fig juice character and a medicinal hop touch towards the finish. Also a strange plastic aftertaste. Not sure I’d get this one again, but interesting enough to try.
daniele (8663) - ITALY - JAN 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
chiara buona schiuma non compatta ne fine profumi freschi un po citrici in bocca poco intensa dissetante ma non molto avvincente
PhillyBeer2112 (2779) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa - cork popped with a huge POP. Didn’t gush, but it did pour with a loud crackling effervescence if only a medium sized fizzy bubbly head. Cloudy golden color. Its still making noise, its like rice crispies. Loudest beer ever! Aroma is restrained with light bready malts and bready yeast. There seems to be a hint of apple in there, or a vague fruitiness, but no apparent fig juice. What a weird flavor, a bit sweet and sour, mostly sweet, with a general light fruitiness, and a buzzing fizzy mouthfeel from all the carbonation. Somewhat earthy or dusty. Finish is rounded and sweet, unusually. Not cloying - almost refreshing actually...probably because of the soda pop like fizz to this. I’m getting belchy only 4-5 sips into it. Cherry stone like tartness lingers. Neat.
bhensonb (14632) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. The cork tried to remove itself !Interesting aroma. Smells like fig jam. Except there is some peppery spice too. Light amber color with refined bubbles and a white head that was respectable. A bit thin bodied with creamy/fizzy carbonation. The flavor is earthy funky. Dry. Tart. Mixed stone fruits. The finish is definitely funky. I can imagine fig at this point. With time it gets a bit less earthy, and a little more fruity. A touch of grapefruit rind. Complicated and interesting. One of a kind?
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from State Line. Turbid deep orangy pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma is funky yeast, hops, tangerine, spices. Tastes gueuezy, dry, very citric, with tangerine and some tart peachy/apricotty notes. Dense palate, very complex, and velvety. I didn’t get any figs in this. This is a very nice brew.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. It’s a gusher! Off-white, fizzy, massive head which seetles quickly to a small, lasting, rocky head leaving minimal lace; body is like a dirty grapefruit juice color which is totally opaque. Nose is quite lambic-like with sour notes, and plenty of dusty, funky yeast notes; other notes include green apple, fig, grapefruit, even some herbal/grassy hops and spicy notes. Flavor turns more saisonish than anything else with more hop notes to match the sour notes; floral/grassy hops support fruit flavors of green apple, lemon peel, and some fig with other notes of light pepper, faint salt, dusty yeast, maybe some other faint spicing. Palate is medium, soft to lively (after the initial gush), moderately dry, and a bit oily. Finishes dry, somewhat bitter, and fruity with notes of green apple, light hops, lemon peel, and yeast. Odd color, odd flavors, but surprisingly drinkable. Hard to rate being so different from every style I’ve tried, but still pleasant and truly unique.