b3shine (9023) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
750 ml corked & caged bottle to taster at Big Beers & Barleywines 2013 (from notes). Looks solid; not much carbonation though. A hazy light golden orange with razor-thin lacing that completely dissipates pretty quickly. Smells solid; pear and oak with what almost seems like a touch of pleasant funk. Tastes like it smells without the funk, but definitely oaky. A solid example of the style. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale gold with no head. Mild aroma of pears. The flavor is pears with just a hint of oakiness. The flavor evaporates into the dry finish and leaves me asking is that it? I love pears and I enjoy perry’s, but this one I found a little lacking. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured very light yellow with no head. aroma was pear and sweet. flavor was pear with a light body with no carbonation and very dry. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) still very pale near the color of water. No legs either. Nose of rhubarb, herbal, white pepper. Taste of fake fruit, acidic, very weird and vinegary. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear pale yellow body. Aroma of oak, florals, vanilla, kiwi skin, and pear. Flavor of oak, pear, light apple, light funkiness, and vanilla.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle from bu11zeye via Cavie. Pour has no color to speak of. Aroma is pear, pear, and sugar. Taste is fairly subdued, a little spicy, smooth, and more pear. Cavie (4760) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Very clear color, slight tint of yellow but only the slightest. Almost water clear. Aroma is cooked cactus, spice, pears and some kind of funk. Flavor is buttery, light pear, watery with a bit of spice. Tart finish. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pours a clear light golden color with no foam or bubbles, has a spicy sweet ripened pear aroma with a creamy orange julius flavor Ernest (7747) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 Bottle.
No head (still).
Body is light yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard), with notes of apple/pear (including skins), kiwi, oak, grass, strawberry, band-aid, vanilla, pineapple, flowers, hints of honey and cinnamon.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent.
Oh, HELL YEAH. This is serious business right here. Aromatically complex beyond belief but not in an aggressive way...it reveals itself to you slowly, in layers. You’ll know it’s serious from the first whiff, but you do have to spend some time with it to see all of its secrets. Rustic but not crude at all...the Bretty sort of notes are soft and elegant. Beautifully balanced, pleasant amount of tannins for grip, and very clean tasting. I totally understand this sort of beverage not being some people’s cup of tea, but if you have any love whatsoever for either cider or white wine, this is must-try stuff. UPDATE: had to up the aroma score from 9 to 10 on my second bottle, shared with a booze snob friend, we kept blissing over the aroma and describing notes we were finding, and yup...this thing is off the chart in terms of complexity and allure. One of the most amazing noses in the beer/wine/cider world, easily...almost defies description. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2010
A Sim rate (plastic barrel at GBBF): Smells so sharp. Alcohol, pear and sugar. The flavour clears your mouth of all saliva. I’ve forgotten what it feels like to smack my lips or feel them at all. I can barely feel my mouth. Flavour is super dry, salty and sweet. I feel like I’ve got cotton mouth.