Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottled, thanks to Blake for picking these up for me! Poured lighter golden with a short-ish cap of white head. The aroma opened with lemon rind and dank Brett over sweet toffee and honeysuckle.. warmth brought out chamomile and other floral character as well as some dried apricots.. catty, Amarillo-like hops on the back of the nose. The flavor had bready notes at the core surrounded by a huge funky and bitter impression.. dried flowers and white pepper gave the bitterness, while the Brett was really starting to take hold.. dry finish with the spicy lemon rind from the nose and some dank basement. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. bitterness was greater than expected, but it worked well and played great with the Brett presence.. memorable finish. Really good stuff. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 500mL bottle. Poured a clear golden-orange color. The head was white, tall, and fluffy with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma with apricot, flower blossom, orange, and ginger. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet. I tasted dried apricot up front with a hint of bitterness that accompanied the delicate sugars. The bitterness increased a bit toward the end but never surpassed mild. Carbonation was moderate at this relatively young age and the bubbles were diminutive. White pepper, wet stone, pale malt, flower blossom, and orange flavors emerged in addition to the previously mentioned apricot. I like NobleSquirrel’s comparison to Matilda. Good stuff. Looking forward to tasting how the remaining eleven bottles mature over time. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a nice gold color, fluffy head. Nose is a bit of dry funk, some hay and straw in there. Kind of reminds of of Orval or perhaps Matilda. Spicy, black pepper in the nose, cellar must as well. On taste, a bit of dry brett funk, great malt notes, somewhat fruity with dry apricot and spice. This is good and will only get better. Favorable to comparisons with Orval, imo. Very nice. bookman10 (1342) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Currently available only at the brewery, this first in a line of experimental beers was outstanding. Pours a nice golden color with thick white head. Aroma and flavor are spicy, fruity, complex, with hints of pepper, apricot, and other fruit. This is one that will only get better with age. Saving one of my 8 bottles will be a challenge, though! Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sample at the brewery. Gold pour with a white head. Spicy aroma, a bit funky, definitley belgian style. Peppery and a bit more funk, not a lot, but it’s there with a slight bitterness in the finish, nice.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Pours to a lively bright golden body with a white head. The aroma is pervasive with apricots and delicious malts. Subtle styrian hops (at least I think they are) smells like saphir hops. The palate is clean. Lightly bitter and medium body. Flavor is apricot and almost a biere de garde dry basement with nice styrian or saphir hops. Sweet juicy fruits. Not sugary at all. I need to have another to see if it was lacking anything due to my lack of the yeast in my glass. JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Hazy dark golden color with a taller light beige head. Nice coating of lace. Aromas start with some pale malt and sweet wheat. Dry floral scents along with light fruit (pear and nectarine). Brett build as the glass sets with a mild horse blanket and light barnyard bouquet. Solid malt flavors from the start. Some citric acid (grapefruit peel) balances the sweetness. Dry floral hops flavors in the middle. For some reason I am reminded of Crack’d Wheat with some funk. Dry finish with a bit of earthy hops. Linger was a bit of funk along with yogurt and a bit of toasted grains. I can see this getting more complex as it ages. Look forward to more of these in the future. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Clear orange-gold pour, the foamy yellowish head leaves a good lacing. Aroma has good power and travel, consists of fruity notes and citrus zest riding along on a bretty funk. Flavor leads with hop bitterness, continues with a fruit basket of flavor on top of a musty yeast backbone, pear and peach abound, some grapefruit present in the hops. Dry mouthfeel, almost astringent. Lingering flavors of not-quite-ripe fruits. Fun to see where this goes in six months.
September 2009: Still an amazing looking beer. In the last couple months, it has become brettier, with a lot more prune, dirt, and even a little chocolate. If there can ever be such a thing as a Golden Porter, it’s on its way there. In the process, it’s lost a bit of the fruit basket of peaches and pineapple I loved when it was very fresh, and I’ve down-rated it a couple tenths. Still a very tasty beer. nuplastikk (6630) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
500ml brown bottle. Murky orange-tan color. Big foamy head that fades out pretty quick. Mellow but astringent Brett and hop aroma, maybe some lemony funked-out wheat. Mellow/medium carbonation. The hop and Brett balance is pretty perfectly achieved, with neither being too intense, perfectly complementing each other. Some sour citrus on top of an ultra smooth, creamy, golden malt body. This beer is phenomenal. Tangy, earthy hop finish. Awesome.