SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 29, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. an aggressive crack when opened. hazy orange under a soapy beige head. a sour oak barrel aged aroma with some brett. moderately sweet flavor with some bretty tang and oak. fruity with peach, berry and apple. hints of caramel. smooth and mellow sourness. slightly spicy. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Summer Secret Santa ’09. Pours a cloudy rust orange with very large cream-colored head. The aroma is obvious oak with strong vinous notes, a little bit of tart cellary funk, some cherry and fig, and a little bit of burnt chocolate. The flavor is fig and oak with a lightly toasted note. There is a nice, tart dryness to it that makes it quite pleasing in the mouth, though it isn’t as funky as the nose led me to expect. A mellow wine, cherry, and plum combination makes it smooth out quite a bit toward the finish. The finish is medium dry with straightforward oak, some yeasty spiciness, and just a touch of alcohol. Quite a tasty beer. nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2009
350 ml. Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber with a fizzy head that settles to a small lasting ring of bubbles. Aroma is oak, tart cherry and light alcohol, with a hint of vinegar. Flavor is a bit sweeter on the front with some spicy brown sugar, cherry brandy and toffee. The strong oak presence quickly catches up to the sweetness. Finish is acetic acid - vinegar and cherry with more oak. Light-medium body is astringent and slightly watery. MrGGen (335) - ITALY - JUN 13, 2009
Colore ambrato opaco con schiuma cremosa.Aroma quasi vinoso con sentori di vaniglia.In bocca è maltata e fruttata con una dolcezza non eccessiva ma definita.Direi una ale belga molto buona. FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
The cap pops off explosively from the bottle and immediately starts to foam up, I am quick enough on the draw though that I don’t lose a drop as it all ends up in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. A very soft pour starts out with a two-finger thick head, but the ample carbonation has it creep past four-fingers in height as it barely crests the top of my glass. As the head slowly subsides it creates a cavernous sink hole off to one side, ample lacing and varied surface. The beer is a red plum color that shows a murky, red, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly tart and fruity; reminding me of a zesty, bright, fruit focused red wine. Aromas of soft lactic tartness, strawberry and blackberry fruit notes that are backed by herbal notes of green tobacco, subtle sage, perhaps a touch of dried earthy-oregano, woody black pepper, toasted oak as well as malt derived notes of toasted bread flour and whole grain crackers. This has a really interesting, complex aroma to it; I like how the Barbera has added bright fruit notes and also that the oak is fairly subtle and supporting in the nose.
Ungstrup (38940) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2009
Still quite effervescently carbonated; the beer foams up quite a bit as it hits my tongue. The beer has a light tartness to it up front and the oak infuses itself towards the finish with toasted, woody notes, ample spicy oak and even a bourbon like spiciness. There is a nice fruitiness here, it is not as prominent as it is in the nose, but still adds a nice berry component to the flavor that combines with the lactic tartness and helps to balance the oak influence. There is a nice tobacco edge to the finish that combines with toasted malt character and toasted oak notes quite well. There are some other herbal notes that seem to be derived from some still hanging on hop character; subtle notes of sage, a touch of menthol and some noticeable pine infuse the finish along with a clean, hop bitterness. This beer is quite quaffable in its fairly light bodied texture. It is complex enough though that it really isn’t a beer that one would quaff and there is some tannic texture and heft here as well as a touch of malt body that keeps this from being thin in any way.
As the beer warms up the berry like fruit notes come out a bit more and the beer becomes more balanced between the fruit and oak components. The malt really comes out more and more as the beer warms up, it never gets dominating, but I really like the toasted malt, whole grain cracker note that it develops in both the aroma and the flavor. This is a great marriage of beer and Barbera barrel, both contribute quite nicely to the overall effect of this beer; the interplay of toasty malt, subtle oak, and Barbera derived berry notes and even residual hop notes all are quite tasty. I really like that the oak spiciness and heat doesn’t get to be too much for the rest of the beer; in fact this beer is really quite balanced in its marriage of flavors.
Bottled. An unclear dark golden beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is has a lot of brett character combined with notes of malt, caramel and wood. The flavor is sweet malty with lighter notes of brettanomyces and wood, leading to a dry and slightly tart finish. Nice. Thanks yespr for sharing. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Date: May 17, 2009
Source: Five Points, Athens
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, fine beige head with frothy edges that is easily roused into a creamy head leaving drippy lace
Aroma: popping the cap fills the room with the aroma of sweet fruity funk, closer inspection in the glass yeilds oak and tart fruit, light spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor with tart fruit and lots of oak, balancing musty character, light earthyness and spices
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Oaky, funky, coffee and brown sugar sweetness are all present in this great beer. Nice complexity. KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2009
Tasted in two versions in Rome.
Strong sour aroma from a guzzling bottle. Red, hazy beer. Surprisingly harmonious. A fair amount of suger, reminding me of a faro. Redcurrants, candy sugar, sour finish.
Aged 2 years:
Much more mellow and balanced, the sugar is dissolved. Quite another beer, and the rating is higher. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Big pop of the cap/cork. Bit of a gusher, with a quick, but not big escape of beer/bubbles. Hazed ruddy brew with a quickly diminished head that leaves just a few bubbles on the rim and adrift in the middle of the brew. Tropical fruit, caramel, and light barnyard scents. Some hints of alcohol and stronger spirits in the background. Light cheery wood and creamy caramel in the start. Middle is full of acidic citrus peel and floor cleaner. Oak and additional acidic components gather in the finish and linger. I’m starting to tire of brett. Wild Devil the other day overdosed me and now I’m just tired of it. This is not the subtle Orval brett, this is here I am lick me and love me, I don’t care what you think. Interesting, but not fully engaging.