Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Cloudy. Opaque chestnut pour displays a mostly lasting beige head of beautiful lacing. Evident brettanomyces meet the nostrils through well disposed woodiness reminiscent of cedar and Christmas tree. Complex flavour profile shows an interplay between the incredibly well integrated chestnuts and the wild, fitting sourness, the whole completed by various notes of cloves, cream, meringue and a number of fruits. Surprisingly dry in mouth, it is highly fruity and at the same time yogurty in its lactic aspects. Very pleasant biscuity backbone serves as a foundation for litchi, grapes, nut, wood berries and mild leafy hops. Gentle foamy palate, medium-full bodied. Remarkable execution. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
25 oz bottle, via Styles, shared at Kennett Square Brewfest after-party 2006. Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper colored body under a slightly fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Great delicate lacing lined the glass beautifully. Aroma is lightly tart with some soft malt and light belgian yeast. Fairly pronounced brett in the aroma with spices, woodiness, and almost a dried leaf earthy smell. Not sure what the chestnuts are doing for the aroma, but there are some unusual hints buried in there. The flavor is quite tart and drying, but not as crazy as I was expecting. Minimal soft remnants of caramel malt are there, but hiding well. The brett comes out nicely on the finish with plenty of oak tannins and an almost aged hop flavor. Again, not sure about the chestnuts, but there is a nice earthy, bordering on almond, flavor mid swallow that may be due to them. Otherwise, some spices and light yeast as well. Mouthfeel is classic JP with lots of lively fizzy efforvescent carbonation. Not quite as foamy as some other JP’s I’ve had though. Overall, this was my favorite JP thus far. Not as crazy and funky as I was expecting, this was more about subtle nuances than the in your face sourness from some of their other offerings. I need more. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a hazy amber or light copper color with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light sourness and grapes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Tastes of sour citrus with hints of cinnamon and other spices. A little bitterness on the bck of the tongue, but very full bodied as a whole with a nice smooth finish. Very nice brew. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy orange/amber. Ample off white head. Aroma is funky, musty, tangy, citrus, & spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, allspice). Smells very autumnal. Flavor is funky (slight tangy bleu cheese), spicy, sour, wheat, a little bit of crispy bacon. Excellent. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle from Styles aka Secret Santa. I just spilled this all over my face.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2007
When I was first drinking this it was rather harsh, the nuttiness from the chestnut at the forefront with a really choppy bite. As it warmed, it totally mellowed out, and I can say for sure now that this is the perfect thanksgiving beer. Fuck that pumpkin shit. JPs got it all worked out.
Pours with the kind of head that makes me love beer anew. Seriously, this gives Houbblon Chouffe a run for its money. Bridges, arches, caverns, scaffolding and cell phone towers, this head’s got it all. Aroma is really nutty and spicy, with pumpernickel, pineapple, stuffing, and floral european hops. Oaky flavor, broad chestnut and bagel flavors lend way to a fantastically buttery finish that is not at all offputting. Lots of notes of different spices and herbs. Deliciously drinkable and smooth. Another kickass brew from Ron. Thanks, Chris!
Cloudy amber with a huge head. Good lacing and rocky foam. Aroma was sour bret, oak, caramel, citrus and spice. Tangy texture and medium body. My favorite JP yet; Sweet citrus and spice, and less sour than many of their other brews. Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Bu au Mondial 07. Dorée foncée, moyen collet peu blanche. Arome d’épice malté et des fruits sûrettes agréable. Goût de malte épicé sûrette plaisant, goût doyx et peu amère. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2007
24 Dec 07. 750mL bottle. Pours clear medium brown color, white froathy head. Big head. Aroma of sour, yeasty, belgian ales. Sweet malts. Flavor is of a light bodied brown ale. A+ Hints of vanilla and toasty malts. santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
One of the best smelling American beers I’ve had in a long time. Very gueuze-ish in aroma. Tart apples and oranges, quite funky and bretty. Like a stinky old cheese covered in mold! The taste is a bit of a letdown after the beautiful nose, basically a tamed version of it. The brett is a surprisingly quiet for JP, while the malt flavors balance the spice out perfectly. Do I also sense a bit of hoppiness dancing with the acidic and tart nature of of the yeast? Hmm. Interesting! The aftertaste is very akin to that of mineral water, which kept me sipping for a long time. Not my favorite from JP, but still quite enjoyable.
EDIT!: I went downstairs to finish the second half of the bottle, and found that with the yeast added to the glass it’s a different monster altogether. I had to bump the appearance (because the lacing was so freaking beautiful) the taste (because it got SO much more intense), and the overall (because I loved it). minch25 (576) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Foxy orange, effervescent. "Autumnal" aroma - wet leaves, brett. Citric flavor (orange, kumquat), barnyard, dry-out effect. Quite refreshing, very tasty, interesting, unique, and very drinkable. One of my favorite JP beers now.