11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle provided by His_Greatness. Damn and Hot Damn, one of the JP’s that I have been waiting to try for some time now. The beer is a moderately hazed deep amber concoction which upon pouring froms a solid and fairly dense light tan head that just won’t go away. Dense, foamy lacing is left behind. Soft funk aroma, nothing too assertive that just whacks you in the face but a subtle barny presence that introduces itself and slides away into the crowd. Perhaps a touch of the chestnuts, hard to say never having had a chestnut beer before. Medium bodied, a bit sprightly on the palate and moderately drying. Flavors are crisp, some modest spice presence, touches of lemon and orange zest. Overall, a wonderful creation, I hope this becomes a staple in Ron’s portfolio!! badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
750 ml bottle from Liar’s Club. Clear golden amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of spices, oak, fruit, and Brett sourness. The spices show right up front, followed by a citrus taste with some mild caramel notes and a hint of cereal grains and finishing smooth and slightly dry with oak, vanilla, alcohol, and a lingering woody taste. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Draft. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a large white head. Aroma is medium sour, lots of fruit, and some spice. Flavor is fruit (apricot in particular), spice (nutmeg predominates), caramel, medium sour, some earthy funk. Finely carbonated, great mouthfeel. Strikes me as a biere de garde or maybe a strongly flavored saison. Great beer, great brewery. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
An explosion of sour citrus in your mouth. Bottled in October, it would have aged beautifully for many years. Beachmaster (578) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bomber into a tulip. Pours a cloudy amber/orange, with a small white head that rapidly dissipates. Nose is vinegary Belgian yeast and spices. Taste is sublime-moderately tart beginning which gives way to light caramel and malt, followed by a nice spice finish. Soft carbonation, with a long finish. Very, very nice.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Thanks to Ron Jeffries for giving this bottle to me upon his most recent visit.
FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2006
It truly pours a chestnut hued body and a most handsome rocky khaki colored head. From the first quaff, I found an amazing blend of wild yeasts and busty caramel and toffee malts. The wild yeasts are most predominant on my palate; coming across in a particularly vinous manner. I’m noting a wildly tannic and mildly acidic blending of young cabernet grapes and a more mature fruity zinfandel. Rather oaky and peppery upfront and vaguely fruity in the middle, a combination of green and red apple cider.
The brett and untamied lacto flavors remind me of a soft Maytag blue folded up into some fresh crusty skinned pumpernickel bread. The wild yeasts are the life of the beer for me; I’m having a hard time seeing past them. I dutiabley find the plethora of nutty malts, some cracked wheat, and sourdough breads. The palate is tremendous, a perfectly balanced weight. There is a yeasty tartness of cumquat and dough lingering with oak chips and Melba-toast in the finish. This is a wonderful beer for all occasions… a bottled triumph of liquid and art. - A new all time favorite!
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it pours with a frothy three-finger thick tan head, that starts to leave a lacing pattern as it slowly, and falls back in a cratered rocky fashion. The beer is a hazy reddish-tinged amber color. The aroma is intoxicating, it is immediate as soon as I start pouring this beer; it is a mix of tart notes and fruit up front. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a signature of Brett that is a bit horseblanket, and quite funky (especially if you linger over the aroma. The tartness is still here underneath the Brett character; notes of tamarind and tart plum are quite evident. The aroma is quite complex, and quite nice I could smell these beers for quite some time. Comparable to a Lambic in many ways but there is that balancing sweet note, which contributes to the fruitiness, and is not typically found in a bone dry Lambic. After a bit of time I start to pick up a fruity concentrated note that reminds me of sweet strawberries and kiwis; Interesting.jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
The beer has some body to it, and an astringent woody/ tannic note that definitely make one think of the barrels that this was fermented in (or perhaps some of it is from the chestnuts). It only has a light sweetness to it, but it is enough to play up fruity notes of apples and plums. The beer is spicy with a nice carbonation note in combination with some spicy oak notes and sharp acidity. It is notable that the acidity is almost subtle here, I am not saying that it is not here, because it is definitely tart, but it is so well integrated with the rest of the flavors. The spices that were used are also quite subtle, in fact I can’t even pick any of them out, which in my mind is about perfect, I like the integrated character that spices add, but don’t like them to be individually noticeable. The Brettanomyces is here in the flavor, but not nearly as noticeable as it was in the aroma. This really works for this beer, because the Brett does not dominate the flavor profile; it contributes an underlying funkiness that sort of wraps around and accentuates the other characteristics found in this beer. As time goes on this beer picks up a wonderful creaminess to it, which really brings the mouthfeel to another level.
My final word on this beer is that it is so well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again Ron has created a masterful brew, so far he is firing on all cylinders and I still have 5 more of these to go.
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Murky amber with big, foamy, off-white head / Classic, complex Pumpkin nose of orchard fruit, herb & dry spice, caramel, and oak / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly tart, with great balance and dry, bitter finish / Flavors of green apple, unripe pear, lemon, chestnut, chrysanthemum, sage, coriander, caramel, oak, hay, and a mild dose of horseblanket / Great as usual. hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Peppery funk, toasted nuts, mild astringency, pineapple, moderate tannins, mineral water. Really nice onceblind (10290) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Slightly cloudy deep golden with a thin foamy white cap. Lovely aroma with slightly sour tropical fruits and melons combined with a gentle Belgian farm funk and apricots. Smooth and delightful flavor with sweet pale Belgian malts mixed with sweet tree fruits and subtle melon and tropical fruity tones as well, a little fruity sweetness and Belgian funniness at the finish. Really pleasant and complex.