pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
750ml bottle. thanks to andrew for providing this awesome treat.... a cloudy and muddled orange tangerine pour with a thin white to off-white head.... fantastic aroma of a citrus funk overload and a nice cheesy quality that permeates the air. a really assertive funky aroma that was thoroughly enveloping.... flavors were along the lines of a nice lambic and really quite smooth overall with a more than adequate funky presence coinciding with the perfect amount of tartness. terrific mouthfeel....can’t say much more about this one as it was pretty terrific. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 750mL Bottle courtesy of sauceyhops. Thanks Gabe! Rating #1000. Pours a yellow-orange-golden with a small white lace into my Cantillon tumbler. Lots of brett, barnyard, leather, oak, grapefruit. lemon, granny smith apple. Very acidic, yet still insanely drinkable. Alcohol nowhere to be found. This is pure deliciousness. A wonderful collaborative brew that improved with every sip. My top rating for rating #1000. Word. Thanks Ratebeer. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
750mL bottle. Yellow-gold color, slightly opaque, with a medium sized white head. Wet hay, sharp phenol, citrus acid, and an earthen woodiness in the aroma. Soft, rounded tartness up front, flush with fruity esters. Grassy, plasticine components manifest. Some horsiness segues to the finish, with a lingering, complex lemony acidic character and a high, keening woody note. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry. cloudskipper (19) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - JUL 16, 2008
750 ml bottle poured into Russian River Barrel-Aged glass. Thin white head dissipated quickly. Aroma is a little citrusy, leaning towards lemon, oakey, tart. Taste is very much a balanced sour, right up my alley. Not too overpowering, no particular flavor standing out above the other. Quite carbonated, and leaves a bit of a dry mouth. Just outstanding. Glad I got the opportunity to have this. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
My 600th rating. From the "Open Eyes" tasting. Thanks Markus for the opportunity to go down to San Marcos to get this beer on Patron’s Day (and thanks to Tomme for talking to an annoying 21 year old ask questions)! Isabelle is an amazingly briliantly complex American Lambic! Pours with a hazy golden body with a light, small white head that stays for a while and leaves a touch of lacing. Aroma of pinneaple, cinnamon, lemon, brett, oak and a high amount of sweetness. The aroma is endlessly complex and seductive. Taste starts with some orange, brett, horse blanket, and pineapple, nice and tart. Light and naturally fizzy carbonation and a relatively creamy, but at parts dry mouthfeel. Great!
hopscotch (11432) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an earthy, acidic bath of sharp cheese, lemon pulp and cinnamon bark clinging onto a mess of wet straw, must and burlap. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The beer acidity is allowed to express itself, but the reins are pulled before it can truly run rampant... controlled sourness. Mellow sweetness and passable bitterness provide a semblance of balance. Tart, coarse, dry finish. Thanks to TheCheeseMan for sharing this world class beer! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Big thanks to TheCheeseman for sharing this pricey gem. Pours a mostly hazy glowing orange color, with a small white head. Smells ofsweet sourness and oak, with some tart fruits mixed in. Got traces of subtle cinnamon notes as well. Really dug that nose. The flavor was pretty sour as well, not too overpowering though. Not so much where you couldnt enjoy the tannic fruits, and oakiness of its complexity. This was well crafted, and really had no excuse not to be considering the great brewing minds that touched this gem. Damn fine brew. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2008
sampled with the phoenix crew. thanks to psprings for bringing this... pours a milky orange gold with a scant white head which disappears within a few eye blinks. really stinky funky smell... floral, woody, fresh pineapple and a bale of straw left out in the rain. it’s definitely dry and funky... a little sour but not too tart. other notable flavors include dust, woody, a touch of pale malt sweetness and white verjus. medium body. very dry but not continuously parching. awesome... 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks for sharing Andrew! The beer pours to a yellow hazy/murky body with a thin white head. The aroma is sick! Sour complex leathery pineapple and starfruit. Tartness everywhere. The flavor is tart and leathery sour fruits like pineapple and starfruit. Kind of like a gueuze but not blended. The palate is tart, medium bodied, refreshing, and not overly sour. Nice acid component throughout. Near perfect! Keep it up Tomme, Vinnie, Lorenzo, Rob, Adam, and Sam! Wowzers! Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Many thanks to Andrew for bringing this! Poured pale sunset golden with a little white head sticking around. The aroma had heavy, lovely funk all over.. lemon zest, tart peach skins, pineapple, and a touch of hay.. further exploration found a dose of wet blanket.. wow! The flavor had tart lighter fruits and pineapple again (heavier pineapple influence with later sips).. just a touch of light fruit sugar.. dusty and barny funk moreso on the back.. long, lingering funky fruit-inspired finish.. excellent! Tart and gripping on the palate with perfect balance.. one of the stars from the tasting, which is saying a whole lot!!!