NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Draft at Normal location, last beer from the St. Louis trip. Anyway, Pours a deep reddish brown with a dissipating offwhite head. The nose retains a lot of herbal hop notes, grass, more brett. Light caramel and some light tartness in the nose, earthy. On tasting, the bitterness is quite high and the alcohol is very prominent. Overall, the acidity is quite restrained, likely due to the hops, retaining more of a Brett tartness on the palate. Pretty interesting purely as an experiment. The barrel is more noticeable here, lending a woody vanilla note in conjunction with the booze. Interesting. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Double head red dekkera soured.22oz reliably filled by the brewer. Thank you sir... Opens with a nice hiss and pours a smewhat cloudy orange amber hue and a bigger soapy white head... Bretty pineapple light earthiness upfront. Somewhat sweet overall... Big carbonation upfront with a fluffy lively mouthfeel at first. Bretty pineapple takes front and center, semi-sweetness follows quickly their afterwards. Fluffy mouthfeel and active carbonation. Most bretty tasting brew frm destihl that I’ve had thus far and probably much different than the most recent draft release. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Draft on tap at the Champaign Beer Dinner (Champaign, IL). Pours a rich auburn darker copper pour, good healthy haze and healthy tannish head sits atop, films, and laces ok. Aromas are dancing citrus and fruits, pear and apple meet touches of lemons, lactic acid, and more touches of funky brett. Wet oak, vanilla, and sweeter malts come into play. Hop presence remains decent overall, with citrus dancing. Initial is medium bodied offering touches of toast and toffee up front, gentle brett and lactic acid dance in the middle with joining pear, apple, and citrusy fruit. Sweeter malts, toffee and toast come into focus with gentle spice growing, touches of cinnamon, wet oak. A sweeter experience, gentle touches of funk and oak play into the middle and back end, gentle spice and vanilla, sweetness mix with a decent but seemingly young wild yeast presence. More bretty into the finish with healthy oak and dancing floral and citrus gentle hopping nudging the beer in an interesting direction. Not my favorite, but interesting.