JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Wow this beer has aged into something good. I had it from Schroffly’s and thought it was good, but now it is very good. A reddish orange, moderate white head rims the glass. Bananish aroma with tang. Flavor is the right balance of hop bitterness(coming through as a slight peppery spice) and breadish malt. Finish is moderately dry and oh so slightly bitter. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle shared at hellbilly’s 5th of July gathering. Pours a dark cherry shade with a trim tan head. Semlls and tastes very similar to La Folie. A very approachable sour ale that prominently features the flavors of oak, sour cherries, lemon zest, and mild caramel. The best beer I’ve yet to have from JP. yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - SEP 5, 2014
Deep copper colour. Fruity sour aroma. Taste is sour, funky, fruity, nice beer BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles: Pours to a mostly clear dark amber that shines with some ruby-brown hints when held to light. Though it does becomes hazy further into the bottle. A large beige colored head forms quickly on top that is bubbly and quickly disapating without much lacing. The aroma has some distinct dark fruit notes up front: vinous grapes, plums, raisins, light figs, along with hints of sweet caramel and dark bread which really remind me of a belgian dubbel. Beyond this some mild lemon, tiny bit of hops, as well as some tannic oak barrel, light molasses, caramelized sugar, along with pepper & ginger. (Believe it or not I didn’t read FlacoAlto’s rating until after I wrote this). The flavor begins with an ever-so-slightly sour and acidic bite that shows some lemon/citrus notes (maybe even a hint of hops?), then quickly opens to a bit of apple, grapes, a mix of merlot and california sparkling wine, plums, and light raisins. There’s plenty of spice in the flavor too: cloves, pepper, hops, ginger, and even the oak adds some zest here. Finishes with some mild tannins, a touch of bitter floral hops, a fleeting hint of figs, and a bit of straw. Medium bodied, lively carbonated, ends up feeling quick full in the mouth without getting chalky, syrupy, or heavy. At first I liked it but was not blown away. However after taking my time drinking and really allowing this one to breathe, this beer reveals itself to be a marvelously complex beer. I think initially the bitterness from the hops and oak was a bit too much to allow the flavor to develop, but as my palate adjusted (or the beer breathed) the flavors really opened up. Nice. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Batch 256. Aroma is funky brett, figs, oak, and yeast. Reddish copper color, lots of floaties, and a gentle carbonation. The taste is barnyard brett, oak, subtle fruitiness (lemon) and some light roast, with a fairly bracing sourness present. It seems like the barrel character, with all the funky bugs that reside in said barrel, really dominates every aspect of the beer. As much as I love the critters in the JP beers, I wish they would maybe blend in the wood aged portions with regular beer to show off the base beer a little. This is no Biere de Garde, at least not anymore.
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Dark clear red color with close to no foam. Light sour smell. The taste is sweetish, sour a tiny bit bitter. A quite fitting combination. Nice beer with a satisfying aftertaste. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Beer is clear, light brown with a moderate, frothy, beige, mostly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, moderate notes of caramely biscuit; Hoppy with light notes of grassy herb and lemon zest; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate notes of basement and sour barnyard; Light miscellaneous sugar, winter spiced alcohol, oaky vanilla and a moderate note of aged vinous sour cherry.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic with a long, lightly warm, lightly sweet and acidic finish.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety-to-creamy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Sublime. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle from Sam’s. Wow.Sour and musty with a slight touch of vanilla and oak. A mix of gueuze,barnyard and teasty goodness. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Shared bottle at Uber. Hazy amber with big head. Mild sweetness. Actually, pretty mild everything. Light yeast and musty flavor....a good drinker, but not very overwhelming. A little bit of sour fruit. Not what I expected. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
this was a lot like one of the fantome’s i’ve had (the dark summer i think?) lots of fruit, plum, pear, apricot, green apple, and lemon with strawberries. some candi sugar, hints of malt, and floral/perfumey flavors. some very nice funky cheese flavor as well. i like my beers sour and fruity. very good.