puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle from Holdenn. Thrilled I finally got my hands on this highest rated non-"grande reserve" JP brew. Doesn’t actually seem to offer much more than the (fabulous) La Roja and Ora. Aroma is pungent, spicy fruitiness, solid oak backbone isn’t overwhelming and is a great compliment. Slight chocolate, cheese, lemon-lime soda. Very nice. Great pour, dark yellow/brown with a fluffy, lacing head. Delicious flavor, as well, more subtle, fruity, refined. Lots of tropical fruit type flavors (kiwi, starfruit, mango, pomegranite, perhaps), subtle oak as before, good spices. Kind of like an oaky saison. Light grassy hops present. Full, very drinkable, especially as it warms. This really seems to shine most around 60F. Awesome stuff. patrick767 (4115) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours a deep copper with a ridiculously huge head despite pouring carefully. This one took a looooong time to pour. I never resort to spooning foam off a beer, but I finally did with this one. The aroma is lightly hoppy with some spice and yeast. The flavor strikes an interesting balance. It’s hoppier than most Belgian ales though still fairly mild. The spices come through well and there’s a hint of oak. At first it seemed a touch watery to me, but as it warmed that went away. The finish is very dry. BigBeer45 (1558) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Poured a pretty golden brown with some red, first there is a sweet & sour fragrance, then little spices, apples and citrus, woodsy, earthy and funky scent, slight malt scent, light & bubbly on the tongue, light malt, spice, tangy and dry on the palate, interesting beer.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Poured a darker amber color with good head and good lacing. Aroma was of coriander and white pepper. Flavor was much the same had a off citrus flavor to it. not bad not good. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 30, 2006
Poured a rich amber color, nice huge initial head, solid retention and very nice lacing, good Belgian appearance. The aroma was very spicey, coriander most abundant, some white pepper, definite citrus/sour notes. The flavor followed suit, finished with a nice dry spice zing. If only it weren’t for that off citrus twist that JP kicks into their beers.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
750mL bottle courtesy of my summer Secret Santa, no date. Pours a cloudy golden brown with a rocky four finger yellowish white head. Very spritzy looking, a fair amount of chunked brown yeast. Aroma is quite yeasty with some lemon zest, spicy grapefruity hops with some slight powdered sugar sweetness There is also some apple skin and pear. As I update this I saw someone said something about Orval, and I agree with some similarities. Taste has more of the oak and acidity that I normally get with the other JP brews, though this is more highly hopped--that’s not to say that this is highly hopped though. Slightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Excellent. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 In short: A soft but complex brett and barrel marriage.jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
How: Botle 750ml, various vintages, various aging.
The look: cloudy dark golden body with a medium off-white head
In long: Super marriage of Brettanomyces and barrel. Extra-comfortable cushiony body. Some dried fruits, a few orange peels, a little woody caramel and a pinch of white pepper. Overall barnyard sensation. But it’s really the Brett and barrel that makes this beer. Despite being very bretty the Luciernaga doesn’t come with any of the sourness of other brett bombs (Bam Biere, Sanctification, etc.). Think Orval without the hops. This is a soft beer but what it lacks in intensity it more than makes up with complexity and originality. Drinking that thing makes me feel happier than a redneck in a sheep-fold.
750ml bottle. Good aroma with decent spiceness surrounding it. Great appearance of a fluffy white head that stays and cloudy look. Great flavor that is well balanced and smooth but mild with no strong taste (which is fine). Great aftertaste that keeps me thirsty for more. I really enjoyed this brew and it has the quality to be year round. Cheers! drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy neon yellow with a big white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy with a lot of different fruits - peaches, bananas, some citrus, even an ambrosia-like aroma. In the tasting, the sweet fruit notes fade into the background as the spiciness takes over. A nice beer. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with fizzy off white head. Aroma is musty, funky, and sour. Flavor is spices, bleu cheese, wheat, rye. This is sort of like a gueuze, but less harsh. Very good.