GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark copper with lots of particulate in the glass with a nice short-lived tan head. Aromas of cedar, oak, sake?, overall like a sour ale. Taste is yeasty with a sort of acidic aftertaste. Clean finish. Very interesting. larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Medium offwhite head. Hazy brown body. Soft fruity peppery metallic wooden aroma with vinegary notes. Dry wooden peppery metallic taste with vinegary fruity notes. Thinnish body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dry peppery wooden aftertaste with fruity notes. Interesting. (0.33l bottle from KnutAlbert in 2008, rated 3.2. Rated again in 2012 at 3.3.) BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Odd beer. Pours with a large, off-white foamy head and a murky deep orange body with good lacing. A bit of a Gusher. Aroma of ceder, funk, lychee, cheese, cobwebs, ginger, and a lot of spice with a touch of citrus. Taste is of exotic fruits mainly lychee with a touch of gardenia flower. There is a bit of sake element that reminds me of Honjozo sake and must. Fizzy bubbles and a dryish mouthfeel. m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours with a dark amber hue that sits below a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing.
Aroma is heavily of bread, grain, hay, and cereal. A scent of barnyard funk also permeates the air next to the glass.
Other smells include peach, pineapple, some spices - pepper, ginger.
Medium on the palate with a thin texture, Carbonation is lovely, and the finish feel is bitter and slightly metallic.
This beer definitely smells worse than it tastes! KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle from NYC.
Vinegar aroma with elements of oak.
Vinous. Fruit, vinegar, does not balance well, and does not really function as a beer.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
it’s a gusher! and like a boozy Orval: hazy yellow-orange-brown body with similar highlight--only brighter; general qualities--light vinegar, light acidity, light alcohol, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness; flavors or aromas noted--wood, rice, orange, cherry, alcohol; good brew. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle marked X.7.10.2. This was a gusher, foaming out of the bottle immediately after the cap was removed. The bottle had not been agitated at all, so this was not a good sign. Needless to say, the white head over the cloudy pinkish orange pour was huge, foamy, and collapsed quickly. Aroma was funky, sour with some woody fragrances, leather, and a distinctly sour character. I don’t know what a sake cask smells like, but this reminded me of Brett. Medium body, tart and acidic, leaving the palate clean. There was some fruitiness in the flavor, and the sourness and bitterness was aggressive and came on quickly. I can’t help but think that this was infected. I’m not anxious to try another, but I probably will, as I cannot imagine that that this is what it is supposed to be. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Interesting and different type of beer. The appearance is an attractive color of orange, hazy, with a strong off-white head. The aroma is very unique; I sense something akin to a sour ale, but I get unmistakable sake, and oak. The flavor is of rice, sake - a little sour. The wood comes through in this as well. The mouthfeel is a little thick and oily. The finish is a bit sour, with a mild hop bite, fairly clean finish. This is a unique and enjoyable beer. I wouldn’t make it a staple, but I enjoyed trying it.
marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
This copper ale poured with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. There is an intense caramel malt base with an equally intense hop bitterness, and a slightly sour finish that tastes likes sake. ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
This one is way too poweful for my tastes. It has a very sour and tart finish that almost makes this beer undrinkable. I never has sake before, but after tasting this beer it will not be on the top of my list.