toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle from WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon. Pours slightly amber with off-white head. Aroma of sourness and funk, oh yes. Flavors were sour but not over the top with somw sweetness. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
750 ml bottle shared at toncatcher’s tasting. Sourness and some barrel flavors on the aromas. Even more tart of the flavor with and acidic finish. Good Good stuff. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. Bottle from WeeHeavySD. Thanks Jon! My favorite of the night. Awesome!!!! Cloudy amber color. Medium bubble head. Lots of nice funky sourness. A little acetic vinegar acidity. Easy to drink. A hint of sweetness. Excellent! padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. Another one of my favorites of the night. Nice sour funky, oak balance. Very good. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
750 via trade with sephiroth, brought to Toncatcher’s tasting in Santee. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is very sour, and very tart, quite nice. Taste is hot on the front end, but not an issue, mellows out and gets sour funky and very nice with lots of complexity and flavor.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an amber tinged, tan colored head that is quite fizzy and fairly short lived. The beer actually foamed up as soon as I popped the cap, but it was slow enough that I caught it all in y glass. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma exudes notes of oak and tartness as it sits on my desk. A closer inspection yields more oak (mostly spicy but with a touch of woodiness to it) as well as a flint-like white-wine grape fruitiness. Some apple cider like aromatics, some tart plum, perhaps a touch of tamarind and of course the ever-present, though not overwhelming, lactic tartness. The sourness reminds me a bit of a fruity, concentrated wine vinegar that is not quite balsamic in character, even with a slight cherry note to it towards the finish. The aroma is a touch soft in its effect, but is quite nicely balanced and integrated between tartness, oak and fruit notes. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Nice and tart, but with an oak-driven backbone that supplies plenty of spicy oak as well as a tannic mouthfeel and texture. Lightly carbonated for a beer that foamed up upon opening, with just a bit of a prickly texture. The finish is quite dry with a substantial, lingering oak character that is quite spicy. Fruit flavors are nicely noticed up front and die down through the long finish (even if never completely disappearing); flavors of plum, aromatic apple varietals, a touch of raisin and perhaps even a touch of fig. Despite being quite dry, this has a nice body to it; it is still light enough to be pretty drinkable, but the tannins from the barrel definitely provide a structure to the mouthfeel. The spicy, oak driven finish at times reminds me a bit of Bourbon, with even a touch of heat to it.
As the beer warms up a bit the fruitiness becomes a bit more forward and even contributes something that seems like sweetness (though I would guess this is just perceived), which helps to balance the tartness; the sourness in this beer was never bracing to begin with, though is certainly a substantial part of the flavor profile. Really as this warms up it becomes a lot more integrated and balanced; the tannins still play a big role, but they provide a structure & texture that supports the mix of sour flavors, fruit notes and spicy oak overtones that define this beer in equal amounts.
This has a bit richer fruit flavors than perhaps the color would suggest. This is actually quite oaky, but it doesn’t seem to bother me too much, which may be more of a sign that I am getting used to aggressive oak in beer rather than this isn’t over-oaked. Quite a tasty brew, it is really too bad that so little of this was made, I am actually a bit surprised that so little was made of this (even by Jolly Pumpkin standards). This really gets a big boost because it ends up being such a great blend of flavors. Huge props to jgd0608, I owe you.
750ml bottle thanks to my boy jeremy....murky orange caramel brown pour with a thin wispy soapy white head.... tart and sour aroma. solid but nothing shattering. some alcohol notes at the end which i didn’t expect to come across.... oaky tart and not too sour. lively carbonation as anticipated. pretty dry finish along with an added sense of booze and peppery spice in the aftermath....not a bad beer to finish off the day with. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
750ml bottle. huge thanks to Kan for sharing after GTMW. pours hazy amber with white head. nose is mostly la roja a touch more sour though. flavor is sour and tart, majority la roja character, some vanilla and spice in the finish. pretty spicy and boozy actually. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
750ml bottle. Thanks to GrbDg for sharing. Aroma: Oak, dried cherries, green raisins, lemon, funky/bretty, and a floral/herbal note that I couldn’t quite place. Appearance: Medium amber in color and hazed. White head was small and frothy with good retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Wheat malt, oak, Dried cherries and grapes, lemon. Funk comes across dusty/cobweb. Very tart. Some floral/herbal notes into the finish. Dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Although this was very good, it didn’t seem to pack the flavor punch of some other JP beers I’ve had. Worth seeking out. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle from miketd’s tasting
Thanks to Cliff (GrbDog) for picking this up and bringing it to the tasting. Maybe it was the freshness of the bottle compared to the Batch 1 release that I tried before but this seems like it needs time to settle. I wish I could get another bottle to try in a year’s time. Still solid across the board if you get a chance to sample this consider yourself lucky.
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived white head soon dissapated into the cloudy amber brown body supporting it. A sticky lacing left snail trails down the sides of the glass. Oak, cherries, cheap chocolate and vinous aspects all combined into a sour harmony. At this point my expectations were for another repeat of the first batch.
Flavor / Palate - Wheaty, dry and intensely sour this falls close to La Folie without that final throat drying kick. Instead it takes a few minutes to work its magic. In between a chocolate and cherry combination floats on the tongue. The only flaw was a medicinal aspect that may go away with age. I would love to try this in a year or two to see if it improves at all.