Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. What a great tasting beer. Hazy gold with a small head. Nice horsey and hay aromas. Prickly carbonation is smoothed out with fresh coconut and vineous and tart white grape. Not puckeringly tart but has a nice, lingering flavor.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Kuhnhenn. Strong and complex offering which never really decide on a decision to take and most of the time, being surprised is precisely what you want out of a beer called farmhouse funk. It starts with a deep damp earth coloured appearance that does not provide much head and basically has nothing to inspire. But upon smelling, This is tart, wildly oaky (straight wood) with a sugariness that is hard to decipher and that does not really keep on in mouth where the beer is actually quite dry. Vinous, tannic, growingly sour by the sip, it develops an astringent, mouth-drying quality which makes it hard to drink. The full body does not contribute much in that regard, it feels almost syrupy, but tannic enough to hold up to it. I’m afraid I’ve never had a comparable beer, I’d be curious to try a fruited version. The process might enliven it a bit.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Kuhnhenns. Pours a hazy, darkened copper-brown color; tarnished and tea-like with honey edges; patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Complex honey and vinous chardonnay / toasty barrel character, coupled to a persistent citrus tartness and high levels of acidity and funk. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tart, oak, honeyed grapiness and citrus notes with a nicely viscous, chewy core; very interesting sour, closest thing it makes me think of is an improved version of Rodenbach Vin de Céréale; toasty mid-section and throughout the back end. Medium finish: lots of toastiness, honey, and light touches of vanilla; very nicely dry and toasty ending. Kickass beer.