Oakes (18517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Amber colour. Vinous, with slight caramel. Light toasty character. Oaky with a subtle spiciness. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden coppery. Lovely natural aroma, fresh pale malts, dry true saison hops, with a little phenol in the back. Balanced and refreshing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone deyholla (12022) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On tap. Pours a near clear amber with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a nice earthy funk with light grains and fruit with backing red wine. Flavor has earthy grains, light fruit and funk with backing red wine. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Served on-tap at Max’s Taphouse during their "Rare and Obscure" event.
A - Pours murky orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of pungent citric hops, oranges, lemons, light barn yard funk, and some vinous red wine. This one has a lot going on in it.
T - Considering how many things this beer has going on it is pretty amazing how well they all worked together. Starts off with a nice bright citric hop bite slowly giving way to a bit of the funky horse blanket from the saison core of this beer. Some vinous red wine dryness creeps in toward the end, rounding out the trifecta of flavors. Little to no trace of the alcohol hidden within this complex, yet enjoyable beer.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with a mix of all three flavor profiles lingering through the finish.
O - I am really glad I got to try this one. I liked the regular version so I figured I would give it a go. It had a ton of different things going on in it but it still remained drinkable and remarkably well balanced. Very nice beer. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On tap at Max’s during today’s Stillwater event. Served in a cervoise.
Pours a nice golden-orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose starts out with a bit of the wine barrel plus a good dosing of floral and citrus hops. Light oak and tannin. A bit of saison spice and mild pepper. The flavor is geared toward the barrel, though it’s not overpowering. A bit of oak and peppery earth come through as well. The hops come over the top and place a close second behind the barrel. Light body and moderately bitter. Another very nice addition to Brian’s barrel-aged lineup.
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
On tap at the farmers cabinet. Light cloudy golden color. Smells of sweet golden malt a touch caramel yeast eaters and slight barrel. Taste is similar to the smell. Clean feel. Very enjoyable yespr (47039) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
From tap at Three Penny Taproom. Pours hazy orange with a small, creamy and white head. Aroma is wineous and fruity, light acetic note. Smooth fruity, quite hoppy too. Smooth wineous, mild acidic touch - just a hint. Smooth fruity and mellow finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft. Clear amber body, medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous, some grapefruit/orange, wood, light pine. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, spicy, some vinous/wood. Medium body, low carbonation, light acidity. lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2011
tap at max’s. phenomenal oak infusion. truly amazing aromas of grass, citrus, belgian spice, herbs and buttery, toasty oak. flavors follow aroma. incredible buttery finish and mouthfeel. oak infusion of an already near-perfect beer. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Tap at Max’s of Fells Point. Pours a clear orange with sheets of white lace. Nose is fresh strawberry with white grape juice. Almost fruity rose wine character. Taste is mildly vinous, spicy, somewhat sticky, cedar, sour strawberry, mildly tannic. Sharp carbonation and chalk on the palate. Decently refreshing. Very dry overall- especially for IPA. Good stuff. The Brett infected French Oak version was much better though.
Earlier Rating: 9/12/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is a hazy tea fire orange with a small yellow head. Small lace. Nose is vanilla, orange sherbet, fresh tangerine, tropical Brett notes, fresh orange blossom. Incredible. Small fruity Brett character like Orval. Taste is tangy, stinging, and fresh with lots of spicy hops atop a fully dry, attenuated body. Huge dry potpourri in nose and taste. Stinging, heavy carbonation. Overall an awesome Bretty, dry, Belgian IPA. On the hoppy, powerful side of saison. Unintentional masterpiece? Amazing.