BlazerT (1253) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 15, 2017 FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost orange tinged, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, funky, and vinous; specific notes of green grapes, musty medicinal notes, touches of urea, a bit of plastic, some flinty wine notes, and a musky, animalistic funkiness are all quite noticeable. A deeper inspection yields lots of wine barrel influence; an almost green grassy / herbal white wine note, spicy oak aromatics, a supporting woody note that almost has a toasted nutty note to it, as well as a soft, somewhat subtle, rounded, yet strangely concentrated and bright fruit note that reminds me of something like raisins, with a touch of melons, pomegranates, perhaps some floral hibiscus like notes, . The oak also contributes a spicy, almost green pepper note here, as well as a wild herb like note. The nose is really quite complex and enjoyable, I could smell this for a long time and forget to take my first sip.
The lure of the flavor experience pulls me in though. Clean, tart and fruity up front, the beer quickly gets funky, earthy, and phenolic towards the middle and this lingers into the long finish. Medicinal notes, a touch of plastic, and something like an artificial menthol note linger with musty, musky, and butyric flavors. The oak contributes a firmness and bit to the flavor with its spice, woodiness, and rounded toasted character. The tartness melds well with the fruit notes here, both of which contribute notes of floral, flinty white wine, concentrated white raisin notes, touches of green fruit, perhaps a hint of honey-dew melon, as well as a berry like note, and a rounded flower nectar like flavor. The body is fairly light (considering the strength), it does have a certain heft and viscousnous to it that seems accentuated by a soft lactic slickness and some tannic oak texture; this beer is a sipping brew more due to its complexity rather than its heft though, this does manage a light, effervescence (the last from a prickly carbonation).
Quite an enjoyable brew, one I was somewhat looking forward too, but this is even better than I had hoped for. Quite complex, it can be a touch funky from the Brett influence, but if you are into that sort of thing, which I am, then this might just be a beer for you to try.
Comparing to the baseline version there is quite strong stone fruit character with some light woody accents. As in the regular version the tartness, funkiness and acidity is rather in the background. Still strong maltiness. Guruhso (998) - Grindsted, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Malty. Aroma of dried fruit and funk with barnyard notes. Brett. Lot of wood. The flavour is sweet, light sour with a light alcoholic burn. The body is medium and the texture is oily. Plovmand (8623) - Grindsted, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. It pours hazy amber with a medium off white head. Quite malty and funky aroma. Lots of barrel notes. Spices. Deep malty and ripe fruity with some funk. Woody and oaky. Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Pours hazy brownish copper with low off-white head. Aroma of red currant, liquored cherry, bretta, oak barrels, red berries. Taste is initial light tart that quickly turns into a fairly rich oaky sweet. Refreshing, yet somewhat funky finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation. beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2015
Restrained farmhouse/funky aroma in a slightly cloudy Amber pour. Wonderfully complex taste of tart, sweet, wood, and wine is brilliantly interesting. What a sour should aspire to.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
375cl bottle served in a snifter. Initially pours a lovely, autumnal orangey red colour but once the sediment is added it looks pretty unpleasant. Good head initially. Aroma is woody, earthy and funky yeasts. Taste is sweet and earthy which goes very well but was a little disappointed by the lack of sour (especially given Mikkeller’s track record on sour beers being rather extreme). Gooseberries, over ripe apples, oak, basement funk. Generally very good but missing that extra something I have begun to expect from Mikkeller. __Rb81 (791) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle at home (best before 16/10/14). Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity vinous, wood, barnyard, Brett. Taste is sweet fruity vinous, Brett, malts, wood, hint of tartness. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice. tricksta_p (5162) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Aroma of tart fruit, sour apple, funky yeast, Sauternes notes, oak, earthy notes, soft vanilla. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate tart with a light bitter finish. Very nice, just like the other BA version of ★. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
375 ml bottle, it’s been in the back of my fridge for probably a year and a half at least, so I have no idea how old this bottle really is. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn’t much lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like vanilla, oak, caramel, grapes, and some honey. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some stone fruit, earthiness and grainy malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I’m sure this brew has changed a lot from compared to when it was fresh, but at this point it’s still good. Not really funky, to me it’s more sweet tasting. If Mikkeller ever decides to make another batch of this, I’ll make a point to try it fresher. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
more hops come through with the funk of this one, and i liked it the best, probably. great interplay between barrel and beer.