zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Sampled at GTMW 2009. First of all, I must comment on what a clever name Surly has come up with for what I assume is their 4th anniversary beer. Pours dark yellow with a foamy off-white head. Sour lemony citrus aroma. Lightly tart, bretty taste. Quite pleasant. I could drink a lot of this...I was wrong, Surly has a separate beer called Four that was the 4th Anniversary Beer. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a hazy golden hue, thick and luscious thick offwhite head that laces exceptionally well. Aromas are barnyard funk, horseblanket, nice fruitiness, apple, pear, with slight Belgian spice. Initial is full and flavorful, fruits over funk, apple and pear work into funky horseblanket, belgian spice and sugar. This is very nice, with a funky brett and a sort of sour tang. Finish funky, fruity, light bitterness. I didn’t view this as a sour so much as more of a Saison. I enjoyed this a lot. Fruity and bretty, with light sourness. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
gtmw09.... poured a cloudy orange brown with a frothy just off-white head... very assertive citrus and tropical fruitiness that i generally find in a lot of the saisons i enjoy....flavors continued in a similar manner. tropical fruits, pears with light sweet barnyard effects. sort of like a funked-up saison with less emphasis on the funk. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Sampled at the Great Taste 2009. Heard about this beer and at first I thought I’d miss it because the New Glarus cheese pairing was scheduled around the same time. But the NG cheese event was full by the time I arrived, so I did get a chance to sample. A nice beer and obvious Brett and light tartness. Fruity flavor similar to a saison. Alright by me, though I don’t think it would be the first Surly I’d have if I had to choose. Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Sampled during Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy golden straw colored brew with an average white head that slowly dissipates to a cream top. Aroma of citrus, some light horse blanket and barnyard funk, some pear and Belgian yeast. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of some tropical fruit with citrus, yeast and some earthy spices. Finish is slightly tart and metallic that slowly disappears. Ironic Surly called this one Brett Favre a week prior to Favre signing with the Vikings. But in the brewing sense, a noble attempt at a brett saison.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Great Taste, 2009. This was pleasant, but I wasn’t blown away by the complexity. Having enjoyed One, Two, and Three earlier in the day, I had high hopes for Four. It certainly was refreshing with the brett. It too me drank more like a saison though than a sour ale. Notes of peach, lemon, pineapple, and grass. Nice, but not exceptional compared with other beers that day, or even against the other beers Surly brought. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Lots of yeast in the aroma, and it is immediately recognizable as brett. Some prairie grass as well. Dry flavor with minimal hops, and more yeast here as well, which gives it horseblanket quality, but it is not sour at all. Cloudy yellow appearance. An OK beer, and it might improve with age if it wasn’t draught-only. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
A light, malty aroma with just a faint sourness. Yellow color. Very easy drinking and mildly sour, more of a berliner weisse level of sourness and appearance than a lambic or flemish style sour. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours a hazy golden with thick white head. Aroma is tart. yeast and lemon come across. Flavor is citrus yeast with a bit of a sweet undertones. A little spice. Body is light and crisp. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
at GTMW ’09. so you brew a beer to lure brett farve, he doesn’t come, you release it at great taste and a few weeks later, he arrives. have fun with the old man who threw the most interceptions in the league last year. GO BEARS! pours hazy gold with white head. nose is floral and fruity. flavors are slightly sour, sweet bread, bretty and floral finish.