darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
13 oz bottle. This is so completely different from the base beer, the barrel aging has really improved this into an exceptional beer. Pours slightly darker amber than the demon hunter with a large creamy long lasting head. Nose is definitely bretty but not overly so, woody and oaky with some definite spice and caramel. The flavor is just amazing. In fact its quite similar to the Saint Bon Chien I had earlier in the night. Not as deep or quite as complex but the flavor profile is similar. Woody and tart with a sour finish definite cherry though not as intense as the bon chien. Spicy middle with some black pepper. Perfect carbonation and perfectly hidden alcohol. Wonderful, and probably will get more so with a year of age on it. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Pours a hazy, glowing, dark orange amber color. A massive, spongy head of cream colored foam recedes very slowly, eventually settling in as a thin but lasting blanket. Obtuse flares and large spots of lacing line the glass. The nose is quite funky, starting with a base of pale malt, hints of candy sugar, and a bready, doughy yeast profile. Brett funk and sharp vanilla stem from the old, saturated oak. Floral notes lend freshness and depth, while vinous grape notes offer a dose of fruity tartness. Flavors follow suit, mild candy and caramel sweetness up front quickly escorted off stage by the dry, doughy, bretty yeast and sharp vinous character. The finish is long, tart, and almost bone dry, with some grassy, peppery hops lending some bitterness. Medium bodied, with balanced carbonation. Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars meets Orval meets wine barrel, only not quite as well put together as those two fantastic beers......that’s how I’d compare this one. Nice stuff, though. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Interesting. Just last week I had Mikkeller Its Alive, and as unique as it was, this one is alot like it! Started with a buggy wild yeasty doughy funky nose, traces of grassy hops. Flavor was not very tart but had some lean malt, a mild vinous character with touches of barrel, but then a big grassy/spicy hop finish. Finish was long and bitter. Like the Mikkeller beer, it reminds of Orval on steroids. This one had just a touch less funk. Deep red-copper color, bubbly large head. forst (9) - ITALY - JAN 17, 2009 does not count
Looks like a work in progress to me....needs some improvement, smells like an aged (lambic?) styled beer, but with wine notes (it’s aged in Barbera barrels). MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Bottle, 8.5%. Vinous aroma, good lambik notes. Hazy red brown colour. Small white head. Sweet flavour, good vanilla notes. The flavour has a very good combination of oak, vanilla and acid. Horrible with an anchovy pizza, but I knew that before I ordered it. After finishing the pizza it becomes clear that this is a good and well-balanced beer. Citric and sweet with oaky notes in just the right combination. 7 3 8 4 16
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle, 8.5%. Good citric aroma, with some raisin. Cloudy red orange colour. The flavour is quite citric, good raisin flavour. Some oak barrel flavour, not so much vanilla as just wood. High carbonation. 8 3 8 3 19
Poured a cloudy amber with a tall fizzy/frothy off-white head. Rich and sweet aroma of cherries, cinnamon, fresh lemon juice, a bit of oakiness. Flavor follows and has the acidity expected, though not the sweetness. Tart and woody cherries mix with olive pit and a touch of cinnamon and coriander, leading to a dry and slightly bitter finish. A bit of sweetness could have been used to round this out a bit more. Body is somewhat light and fizzy though it works with the oaky acidity of the beer. Although the flavor is somewhat less enticing the aroma, it is still complex, refined, and refreshing. Overall I found this to be a very good beer.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours hazy amber/brwon with thick off white head. Aroma has brett in the nose. Taste is very smooth with flavors of cherries and oak. Nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. The sourness adds to the slight sweetness of this beer. Will seek out again. Very good. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
bottle. Closest I’ve tried to the rr sours. Very smooth, well balanced, with a hint of sour and big, oak notes. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
(Bottle 37,5 cl.) Courtesy of yespr. Hazy amber golden with a creamy off-white head. Tart, Brettish aroma. Quite full-bodied with a somewhat low carbonation, extremely sweet fruit and a strange acidity. This beer points in many different directions, but I actually find it quite interesting - but harmonious? No! I take it that the Bretty aroma was intended. 200608 Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour cherries, oak, and slight vinous notes. It pours a hazy amber with lots of sediment and a large creamy off-white head. The flavor starts with some light sour cherry, yeast, and faint caramel. There’s some moderate oak in the finish. Light-medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel.