PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 31, 2016 skunkt4 (12) - Franklin, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer does not get better than this. A beautiful beer with prune/apple flavors and a slightly acidic note. Very complex tartness. My favorite Belgian style ale.
Brewed October 2008. I had this on Friday night, 5 evenings ago, so my recollection is limited. Found this a few years ago in a store that catered to undergraduates, Madeira Liquors in Providence, along with several other retired Ommegangs collecting dust. What a find! Light brown, hazy, thin cream head. Aroma/Flavor of tart apple, pear, bakers yeast, general spice and clove, some lactic, but well infused with the other flavors. Light and creamy palate. Overall, this seems worthy of being the top biere de grarde, a position I think it held a few years ago (I believe the ratings have been inflating in recent years - it would be nice to see some stats on this from RB). Despite being rather tart, it was not as funky as I would have expected given the Brett fermentation. Delicious - too bad they’re all gone :( Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
2008 bottle. Believe this is the longest-aged Brett beer I’ve had to date. Interesting boozy bourbon aroma. I haven’t seen that this was ages in bourbon barrels but that’s the nose for me. If not, this Brett has gone nuts! Taste is a bit mellower but along the same lines. Long funky "mouth full of old nickels" aftertaste. Definitely a sipper, happy i got to try it at this stage. Again, if there’s not bourbon barrel in here I am getting an entirely new dimension from Old Bretta. Thanks Lukaduke! slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"this amber ale pours with a thick off white fluffy head, and a tantalizing sweet/hoppy/farmhouse aroma. for me, the flavor was a little tamer than i was hoping for, and less "wild" than the aroma implied. still a very complex, bubble-gummy, dry finihsing brew, and you can tell the brett is in there, but for the price, once will have to do it." hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Backlog rating on 7-23-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large frothy, fizzy off-white head with a short retention, hazy golden body, fizzy carbonation, no lacing, and floaties. The aroma is malty, musty, farmhouse, fruity, and tart. The flavor is sweet, sour, malty, and tart. The mouthfeel of this beer is mild carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is quaffable, but I could not get a liking for the flavor. Too funky tasting for me. vulcanmeister (272) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Hazy amber orange color. Aroma is sour-sweet fruity and floral with malt . A complex blend, tastes citrusy-lemon, with hoppy bitterness, brown sugar. Long dry finish, but the aroma is what knocks my socks off!
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-29-12-
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head has great retention and hangs around for quite some time before giving way to a moderate level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus nature with notes of sour and tart green apple like aromas. There is a little grassiness as well as a yeasty smell that mix with the more citrus to produce overall a nicely “funked” aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with notes of a sour citrus taste. Sour orange and some grapefruit mixed with a green apple like flavor. As the taste advances some of the sweetness that was initially up front fades and flavors of a yeasty nature seem to bring on a funkier and grassier flavor. In the end a mellow, yet very much noticeable sour flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the heavier side. Not bad for the style, but really nothing exceptional either.
Overall – A good tasting mild sour. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 2, 10/2008 bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, light leather, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light leather, bread, light caramel, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice biere de garde style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; and bery smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2008 vintage bottle ~ Dec ’12. Pours hazy burnt orange. not much head. Aroma is rich barn funk and oxidation with something oddly sweet like baby poo. Flavor is quite vinous sweet white grapes with a musty bitterness. It’s rich all the way down. Cool astringency. It’s slick but slightly nutty in feel. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Batch #2: bottled October 2008
I bought this beer with the intention of better helping me understand Brettanomyces. Here we go:
A: KAPOW! Cork shot out of this bottle with anger and vengeance! I immediately looked to the bottle with anticipation of gush, gush, gush!!!...Nothing. huh. Anyway, pours a golden ale with obvious chill haze. Three finger peanut head dissipates over a few minutes to a single finger which will hang out for the duration. Thick lacing. Good looker.
S: Yum! Tart, funky nose with some really appealing caramel malt backgrounds. If this is exemplary of Brett, now I know. For some reason this reminds me of "it’s alright" by Mikkeller.
T: Not tart. Nose does not fall into here. I’m starting to believe Brett offers the nose, but not the palate tart I seek. simple, pale malt backbone with metallic tones. Very hollow mid palate - almost watery.
M: Light body and high carbonation. The carbonation dies quickly in the mouth and falls down quickly in a hollow fashion. Very complex mouthfeel.
O: I think this beer was well crafted, and I think it solidifies my distaste for solely Brett beers. I love sours, but this beer isn’t my cup of tea.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2011 Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
10/2/2010. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Fruity aromas with caramel, spices, Brett. Tart flavors, but very complex and balances. Medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.