balloonbuffoon (807) - - NOV 24, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle, batch #3 BOD: 05.01.2017, 6.8% ABV, $9, tulip glass. There are loads and loads of bubbles in this one. A three finger head forms on the pour , and is slow to settle down atop a golden body. The aroma is clean as in its like soap. I'll give it there is something alluring about the floral (think flower petal) flavor, but it's not something I'd go for very often. Feel is medium, somewhat caustic, carbonation is moderate (less than what was expected from the visual). jgb9348 (6654) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Slightly hazy copper and amber coloured body with a bronze glow and a very large, seven to nine centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of brett, dry funk, yeast, honey, bread and a good deal of grass and hay notes, just like a good saison, all without much hops at all. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong grassy and herbal funk at first with a lot of brett notes, some light hops that show more of the cascade and floral variety and more of a funky brett flavour that hits hard near the end and is very dry and floral. Aftertaste shows a great balance of malt and hops with a lot of the yeast, dry and brett notes along with some more of the funk and a little sweetness from honey and fruit, but more of the dry notes. Overall, a nice and funky beer with a lot of brett and dry notes with less of a hop flavour, but that's okay and more than made up from the other tastes. This shows more of a saison or a wild ale than an IPA, but regardless, is a nice beer with a great profile. Good to try and well worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased a few minutes ago from BeerTopia in Omaha, Nebraska on 01-October-2017 for US$11,49 sampled in my hotel room here in Omaha, Nebraska on 01-October-2017. This bottle shows 'Batch #2, at 6,8% abv'. seymour (2126) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Sampled on draft at 2017 Lupulin Carnival in Union Station. As described: a solid A-IPA fermented with spicy Belgian ale yeast, and then conditioned with Brett. Not a whole lot of Brett earthy/funky stuff yet at this stage, but it would be fun to try again after extended aging. Good stuff. Clareeses (203) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2017 Batch 3, On draft at the brewery*
Aroma 8/10: Aroma is heavy on brett with some herbal and floral notes.
Appearance 4 /5: Pours clear amber with frothy head, little carbonation makes it easy to drink.
Palate 3 /5: moderately carbonated. Robust mouthfeel with the Brett - this isn't an easy beer to finish quickly,which I think is a good thing.
Taste 9/10: funky with some sage and piney hops. Finishes like a classic Saison, yeasty, bright, refreshing.
Overall 18/20: one of my favorites from Crane. Classic Saison flavors but with a funky twist with the Brett, done very well. *Note this is batch 3 that I'm rating now. I'll note that I originally gave this a 3.7, not sure which batch it was. Other RB folks noted a much more prominent stink flavor in previous batches, which I'd agree with. However, batch 3 is much brighter without that dirtiness.
Final: 4.2 beastiefan2k (4245) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Sampler at iTap. Cloudy orange gold color. Aroma is strong with herbal brett and some citrus hops. Flavor has more bitter hoppiness which interferes with my desire for a brett bomb. So, it’s bitter hops and brett, which don’t mix well for me. Less bitter hop and more herbal brett is what I’d prefer.
ads135 (5235) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Pretty nice farmhouse. Even more sweaty tartness than I was expecting. Gold and clear. Mild fruit and earth. vyvvy (6955) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2016
The beer pours mostly clear with a white head. The aroma has earthy brett, dry caramel malt and some herbal hops. It has a very smooth body with a light amount of soft carbonation. The taste is kinda over bretted to me with a pungency of earthy husk and funk. I don’t get much on the way of hops. This one is not for me these days, but of you can’t get enough brett in a beer this may be for you. jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice off white head of foam with good retention. Head settles to a persistent film and leaves good lacing. Aroma is nicely complex with a combination of citrus rind, tropical fruit, bubble gum and a phenolic character. Taste starts with some mango, tropical flavors and perceived sweetness, that quickly transitions to citrus pith and a moderate bitterness. A slight phenolic flavor along with some musty earthiness and mild black pepper spiciness in the aftertaste. Finishes dry with lingering earthy bitterness that builds. Lighter bodied with a moderate level of carbonation that helps to give it a little more mouthfeel. Well crafted with harmonious flavors and an enjoyable level of complexity. theisti (4248) - Kansas, USA - MAY 16, 2016
12 oz tulip draft at Crane Brewing Company in Raytown, Missouri. The pour is a clear golden with a small white head that is lasting, settles slow with splotchy lace. The aroma is big dry funk, leather, earth, mineral and bright resin hop. Fresh and clean nose, nice mix of the Brett and hop. The taste follows the nose, starting with the dry leather funk, melds quickly with the resin tropical floral hop and the finishes with more of the Brett funk. The palate is medium bodied with active cleansing carbonation and the dry mineral Brett funk finish. Excellent. M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
A towering frothy white head settles slowly over a glowing honey-amber body with medium haze
Bright white pepper-citrus pith assertively opens and eventually mellows a bit, leading to tangerine and pineapple with a mild underlying layer of mushroom-like basement and hay adding depth and just enough earthiness to compliment the mildly creamy, white doughy malt on a somewhat creamy medium body with rounded, active carbonation leading to residuals of the previously mentioned components... a sense of cherry adds to the fruit cocktail as residuals build
750 ml brewery only release Bottled On 11-16-2015 served at 50º into 15 oz Bormioli Rocco Electra Multi-Purpose glass