mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
12oz Bottle. Nice cloudy yellow color, big huge rocky white foam, unbelievable lacing, unreal retention. Aroma it slightly citric, with noticeable brett influence, very nice maltiness showing also. Flavor is very Orval-like, lots of peppery goodness, very dry finish, good bit of tartness. Fantastic palate, very hard to believe this clocks in under 5%abv. Simply world class. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Much Thanks to MikeMac for sending a fatty of a trade, which arrived yesterday!
radiomgb (2838) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours with a hazy straw colored golden body and a thick rocky white head. The aroma, which I can tell right off the bat I am going to love this beer, protrudes with rustic raw wild yeasts.
Some of the Bam’s many traits: -Very much doughy, some horse blanket mustiness, old wet hay, a dank established cellar, citrus that is beginning to rot, particularly Grapefruit and Lemons, a delicate spiciness that comes from several courses; lemon grass is abundant, a hint of black peppercorn and a pinch of clove… You know, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve opened a bottle, but I keep thinking, Oro de Calabaza Light! The palate is velvety and the finish is absolutely marvelous with it’s doughy yeastiness and funky citric lemon rind bitterness…. This is precision brewing… This is letting controlled yet natural yeasts work their magic, this beer is my palate personified!
- The BEST Beer I have ever had! – I have been longing for a low abv farmhouse style beer like this for years… the bitterness is perfection… I love to drink but I hate getting drunk, and I have now found a cure! Now how can I get 5 cases a month down here?
Golden-orange in colour, large fluffy white coloured head, excellent retention and lacing, carbonation tornado effect coming up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is quite yeasty, lots of brett, lemon citrus, spice, oranges and peaches. The flavour is very bretty, lots of yeast and spice, musty, orange and lemon citrus zest, herbal. Dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, excellent bitterness, lots of citrus. This just blew me away. A brett lovers beer. This is what I picture Orval to be like if it were a Saison. Fantastic stuff.
crazy_cat_lady (701) - - JUL 3, 2016
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott.
Opened on August 5, 2007.
No best before date.
Bottle from LCBO. Funky Brett aroma, with lemon and straw. Pale yellow with fluffy white head, nice lacing. Lemon and straw up front, tart apple middle, lingering dryness. Quite lovely. Hopper8 (241) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Jolly Pumpkin just makes such great beer. It’s lovely soured, it’s got the nice oak, it’s got yummy yeast. They just make good beer.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2006
12-oz bottle, Sampled February 2006Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Pours an incredibly hazy, orangish-yellow color. It is well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored, frothy, fairly dense, almost meringue like head that leaves a coat of lacing on the sides as I work my way through this beer. Ah, the aroma is exactly what I hoped; lightly tart, with a bit of lemon, plus a solid funkiness that reminds me a bit of damp (perhaps even slightly moldy) cotton, and a slight farmhouse cheese note. There is also a real nice floral aspect to the aroma, which makes me think of a field of fragrant wildflowers. As I delve more into this, some spicy character begins to become noticeable; I get notes of white pepper, some definite orange peel, a hint of spicy ginger. The aroma on this beer is really nice, incredibly complex and definitely wild with funky aromatic notes that make this outstanding.
The taste is light up front, with a hint of sweetness in this pretty much bone dry beer. As the beer passes through it starts to pick up that funkiness that was found in the nose; I would describe it as a lightly astringent, with a solid funky brett-like note of musty blankets, which carries through to a long finish. There is also a really nice light acidic tartness to this beer that has note of soft lemon and a bit of Curacao orange flesh to it as well.
The aroma is definitely the best aspect of this beer, everything else is world class as well though. I have really become a sucker for these low alcohol, yeast & wee-beastie flavor driven profiles. They are so refreshing, yet fully complex and interesting.
Bottled. Pour was a most excellent medium golden with a well-retained white head... persistent rising bubbles gave a cool effect. This just shows that a delicate, low-gravity brew can be so phenominally executed. Nose was ever-so-soft, with freshly-squeezed lemon, musty old barn, wheat, and a great spice blend. Soft again with the water and carbonation on the palate. First flavor impression with a mildly sour and funky blend of lemongrass and brett. Mild cobwebs, earth, and spices followed. Light in body, with tremendous flavor transition from the initial sour and funky notes through the smooth malty middle to the spicy and citrusy finish. Amazingly refreshing! Testament to the brewer’s art! detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a hazy golden peach color, topped by a thick and creamy head of light tan colored foam. Great head retention and thick webby lacing. Tart and fruity aroma - with barnyard, apple cider, and pineapple.
Tangy flavors include dry wheat, funky barnyard, clove, white pepper, and lemon. Medium body, gently fizzy carbonation. Tart and refreshing, with lemon, clove, and a hint of cheese in the aftertaste. Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 The pour is thick and cloudy, dandelion yellow. Dried red apple and spice aromas lead - paprika and clove. Sundried tomato. Dusty mint leaf hops with a trace of citrus. Grassy, damp taste with a spicy, herbal sentiment. Sparkly, sprightly mouthfeel, distantly dry in the finish. A perfect balance of complexity and refreshment, fitting to satisfy any occasion. Outstanding. JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Bottle from trade with crizay. Thanks Chris! Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice floral aroma with hints of orange and lemon. Has a tart, slightly sour taste that leaves you wanting more. Extremely well balanced flavor of hops, yeast and malt. Has a clean crisp dry finish. Excellent beer!