Leighton (21880) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Good, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the regular Grand Cru. This one definitely has a more funky, sour character. Pours dark brown with a thick, tan head. Some funk and Belgian yeast in the aroma, some band-aid. Flavor has a nice, tart and fruity character, but very rich and not light. Mild roast in the tail. Medium to big in body, a little boozy. Good stuff overall. brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
A: The beer pours a murky brown color with a finger of off-white, perhaps khaki head.
S: Not a terribly good aroma. Mild to moderate acidity with a definite acetic character. Grass, lemon zest, and charred oak make up much of the aroma. There’s a bit of a burnt bread smell in there, too.
T: The charred/burnt flavor really takes over. The taste is also fairly chalky, which just isn’t very nice at all. There is a bit of sour fruit (cherry?), and a moderate acidity, but that’s not enough me to say I like the beer.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and an astringent feel on the tongue.
O: Really a disappointing effort from a brewery that I usually like quite a lot. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(Draught) Pours a deep amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, brown sugar, leather, and vinous. Flavor of vinous, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, light funkiness, some spices, and subtle oak. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
On Tap at the Stone Sourfest, listed as Green Flash Grand Mantis-Merlot Barrel Aged Grand Cru, and I think it caught some people out into thinking it was the regular Mantis. Pours with a murky brown body and a small, off-white head. Taste of raisins and brown sugar, light wine, oak and brett. Light bubbles, very nice and quite a bit different than the regular Grand Cru (as far as I can remember). CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On cask at San Diego Real Ale Fest, Carlsbad (6/12/09): Mostly opaque dark mahogany pour has an airy, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and vinous oaky woody complexity with a touch of black cherries. Starts with good earthy fullness and rich toasty caramel with some dark cherry fruitiness and vinous tart notes before an oaky finish. Well-balanced and complex.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap. Color was reddish/dark brown with an average sized head. Aroma of brett, wood, fruit, sugar and grapes. Flavor of cocoa, fruit, brett and cocoa. Average to mild sourness. A pretty amazing beer. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Cask at Pizza Port Real Ale fest 2009. Pours a lightly hazed ruby brown. Nose of red wine grapes, vinegar, oak and brett. Flavor was slightly tart with some funky vinegar and red wine. Lots of oak on the finish, fairly light on the Brett overall. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Tried twice: At real ale festival and stone sour fest. Large bubble cask head. Dark brown color. Mild flavor, mild sweetness. Some brown sugar. Sourness is low if at all. Decent though. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours a fairly murky brown.
Nose is big on raisin, candi sugar, red wine, hints of funk.
Taste is great, funkier than the nose would let in, nice earthy oaky and leathery taste, red wine and funk. Big sweet back to it. angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Clear brown pour. Aroma is funky, caramel, hoppy, and nice grape sweetness. Flavor is caramel, some funkiness, wood and a bit of brett funk.