SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Courtesy boboski. Hazy pale yellow. Small white head. Looks like lemon or grapefruit juice. Aroma of sour, musty white grapefruit, lemon juice, funky yeast, white grapes, green leaves, citrus tree bark. Same flavors- crisp, refreshing. Medium/full body, balanced carbonation, easy drinking. Awesome. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Batch 1. Extra point and esteem held for a very interesting appearance. Looks just like spritzy, white grapefruit juice. Very cloudy body and a fully diminishing and extremely short-lived white head. Grassy notes are a soft prelude to a smashing onslaught of grape juice and oaken barrels that amalgamate to simulate a grapefruit juice component that is heady, though far more pleasant and diverse in complexities than the real juice is. Notes of vanilla and acidic lemon rinds creep forward as if pushed from behind. This sample is very fresh and the Brettanomyces has yet to become forceful. Flowery noble hops emerge as the sample warms to near room temperature. Spicy acidity bites at the senses. On a night of sampling much greater than average beers, this aroma is unique enough to ingrain itself into my sensory memory for years to come. The flavor is intoxicating long before alcohol takes its standard hold upon my palate and mindset. Sweetness is held in check by the brett looming in the shadows, as well as the tannic vanilla bean touches. The finish is very acidic and mostly lemony, with oak notes and vanilla and grape lingering for a great while. Carbonation is spritzy and well integrated into the whole experience. The mouthfeel is sugggestive of a Mimosa: spritzy carbonation angrily mingling with pulpy juices. Palate is light bodied, syrupy at times but mostly lively and refreshing, very tart. This definitely doesn’t fit into any traditional style category....just one more reason to love it. Captain Lawrence does it again. An awesome experience. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
750mL bottle, batch 1; many thanks to Scott for this one! The carbonation on this is a bit nuts: I spent the last few minutes covering the top of the bottle while trying to wash out a tulip glass with one hand. Very fizzy pour, with carbonation reminiscent of pouring a soda: fizzy, effervescent, and quickly gone, leaving a cloudy, dull golden color without any sign of head: almost like grapefruit juice. Everything afterwards is exquisite. Dense, layered aroma, showing some brett and funk and sour cherries and grapefruit; mouthwatering tartness, with a pleasant citrus and fruity core. Average carbonation. Generous mouthfeel: dense, jaw-poking tartness at the forefront, with plenty of lively citrus and grapefruit and cherries; excellent density of fruit, with some tropical stuff in there as well: pineapple and passion fruit; some toasty vanilla and buttery notes find their way in from the barrel, along with the wonderful, generous fruit profile. Lengthy, tart citrus and light oak finish. Definitely an interesting take on the style: less cherries than usual, with a lively citrus spritziness and a pleasant tropical fruit twist, and an effervescence suggesting Champagne. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2007
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium (quickly diminishing) white head. Aroma of mustiness, sour grapefruit (as it is peeled; the zest), and woodiness. Flavor of sour grapes, citrus, and brett with a subtle wood finish. If you like sour this is the beer for you! Hair (3) - Corona, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a pure white head that is large but fades quickly. Head is sort of soapy, and there is no lacing because the foam simply slips down the side of the glass. The aroma is of lemons and brett. A lot of brett funk in the aroma, but not in the flavor. Tastes like grapefruit juice (not in a hoppy way) and lemons (juice and rind). Very easy to drink if you like sour flavors. Very refreshing, though not super complex. More brett should come in with time. Being a sourtooth, I love this. Thanks HopHead75 for the beer. I feel very special to have got to try a bottle of this out on the West Coast.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Hazy dark yellow body with a hint of brown and a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-coriander, grapefruit juice (big time). Taste-medium acidic, dry, citrus juice, wood, grapefruit, light tannins, a little alcohol on the back end, grape skin, medium to high CO2, light wheat. A good taste, but a bit one dimensional leaning towards too much grapefruit/citrus taste. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 #600 rating! thanks to dickinsonbeer for this one. 750ml bottle. batch 1. pours cloudy lemon with a thin white head around the rim that eventually formed. nose has white grapes, peaches, subtle oak, ginger (?), and musty. Flavor of white grapes, oak, tart lemon, and slight ginger. intense sourness in the middle and finish. carbonation is high and spritzy. mouthfeel is medium to light. the acidity is extremely high esp. in the finish. this reminded me of RR temptation but this is more acidic and lemony and less white winey. this is a great beer, but i found the acidity way too high making this difficult to drink at times and the brett was hard to find. 4.0 jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
750ml, batch 1, thanks to holdenn! after reading my previous rating wow is this different. pours a horrible hazed grapefruit juice color with no head. nose of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pinnapple with a slignt mustiness. flavor is sharp grapefruit and pinnapple, lime, mango, and acidic, really sour. low carbonation but lively going down. like a tropical sour drink, wow this has gone down hill. 7/2/7/3/15 = 3.4
Bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Cloudy, pale yellow color with a small white head. Nice aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, candi sugar and mild oak. Flavor starts off mildly sweet before turning nice and tart with some vinous notes. Lots of fruit(lemons, grapes, pineapple) as well as a touch of Brett. Really, really nice beer. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Hazy, pale yellow, with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is pineapple, lemons, funky oakiness, and some hops. Flavor is similar to the aroma, pineapple, lemon, hops, oak, funk, some grape, and sugar. Rather tart, but in a very nice way. Mouthwatering and interesting. Another winner from Captain Lawrence. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Bottle brought over by puzzl and shared with IMtheOptimator. Pours hazy with a small head. Smells of pineapple, pine, pepper, lemons and sugar. Some wood hints emerge after a few minutes. Tastes very tarte with lipsmacking sourness. Palate is tarte with the finish slightly bitter. One of CL’s best beers to date!