De Proef's collaboration with Allagash produced a sour with the appearance of a tarnished penny that has a hazy orange glow when directly backlit. A soft pour still conjured up an impressive, and sticky, three finger head. After some time in the glass the head fell to a thick cap and an even thicker collar. The lace left behind is the type that will take some scrubbing to clean the glass.
This brew is fully brett laden and I like it. Tart grapefruit and orange overlay the funky notes of horse blanket and baby shit. It's crazy but one smell brings the tart fruitiness out and the next seems to concentrate the more rustic characteristics of barnyard. A field of wildflowers wafts through as well. The brett character is incredibly complex in this brew. The malt backbone is mildly caramelly and a lightly sweet doughy. This wild brew is interesting all around.
This beer has totally evolved and it's only been in the glass for 30 minutes. Golden fruitiness comes through much more on the tongue. Gritty pear and green apple shoot out to the lead with overripe pineapple showing up in the back. The horsey tones aren't as big as the nose suggested but when they show up it's on the finish. Caramel maltiness and a candi sugar like sweetness make up the base. The malt profile is actually pretty one dimensional but the yeast profile is dizzyingly complex and delicious. The pineapple really opens up when this beer warms up.
The mouthfeel is exactly where it needs to be. The body is light, especially for an 8%er, and the carbonation creates a bit of zestiness in the mouth like some of the best Belgians. It doesn't quite hit the "best" level but it's not far off. The swallow is tongue sappingly dry.
Each drink goes down easier than the last. As the more fruity aspects come out of this beer it gets so easy to drink it's worrisome. The dryness makes the next drink seem necessary.
Les Deux Brasseurs is an excellent collaboration. De Proef makes some of the most interesting sours out there and with some help form Jason Perkins brewed yet another one. I'm going to pick up a few more bottles of this brew in the near future. The evolution while I drink is mind blowing.
Served In: Pint Glass
Poured into a snifter, extremely hazy golden yellow with a 1 inch creamy white head that leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma just floored me. Pineapple, mango, pear, apple, banana, musty grain, funky horseblanket, and some general brettiness. Just awesome, I could smell this from a couple feet away. Flavor begins slightly sweet with more general tropical fruitiness, barnyard funk, musty grain and some citrus rind. A little bit tart but not really sour mostly just funkified to the max. The final pour with the sediment added is just bursting with fresh pineapple and funky, musty old barn. Carbonation is silky smooth with a dry finish and medium body. This is seriously one of the best wild ales I have ever had. The best new beer to come to Texas since I have been legal, which is coming up on one year soon. ;)
Update: I'm enjoying my second bottle right now and this one is just as good and then some. I opened the bottle at fridge temp this time and let it breathe for 15 minutes. The aroma is gushing with strawberries and straw this time and the flavor is extra leathery. Mmm, mmm good.
Price: $16.00 Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pour produces a two inch head that is super soapy on the sides, but sturdy looking and pillowy on the top. It's sort of butter colored with good retention. Sticky, weblike lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Body is a glowing apricot color with a decent haze to it.
S - Big whiff of brett comes right at you here. It's got that lemon lime yogurt smell I love so much. Breathing a little deeper, there is a lot of funk going on. Barnyard, dirty, earthy. Nice malt sweetness with some sugary notes behind all this.
T - Starts off sweet, but not overpowering sweet at all. Just soft and easily drinkable. Apples and pears along with a touch of candi sugar. Brett comes along with lemon and lime yogurt as mentioned in the smell. Love it. Touch of peach. Funkiness comes on. Light barnyard, not really over the top. Very earthy with a light vegetal note. Nice tangy tartness finishes this off and leaves you begging for more. Crap, I only have this one bottle! Oh man, I just belched sour green apples. I actually enjoyed the belch. :unsure:
M - A little lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is full but soft.
Overall - Love this beer and I think a little more time for the brett to develop could actually make it better. Tons of complex flavors that all work together in harmony. Go get some.
Served In: Tulip
Best by Cork Date of April 2012; Sampled September 2008
A careful hand over the cork after I pull off the cage saves the cork from exploding out of the bottle. A careful pour still yields an almost four-finger thick, fluffy textured, tightly beaded, off-white colored head. As I am pouring this interesting aromatic notes of apples, woody pepper and cured leather are noticeable. The beer is a hazy, amber color that shows a bright, fairly clear, orange-tinted, gold color when held up to the light. The head, as it slowly recedes forms a very variegated surface and clings with chunky lacing patterns to the sides of my glass. The nose is quite complex and quite funky; there are lots of woody, musty, slightly moldy notes here, ample black pepper, a funky farmhouse cheesiness, a sharp almost curing plastic like note in the finish, some dusty grain aromatics as well as some funky, butyric acid, barnyard character that is a mix of old animal sweat and musk.
The flavor has a very soft sweetness to it up front that makes me think of pears and a ripe, musky melon. The beer gets pretty dry towards the finish, though it never loses the fruitiness, which even lingers on in the long finish. The finish also has a phenolic, cured plastic note to it that is not expressive enough to be detracting and instead just adds to the complexity of this brew. Soft flavors of orange blossom tea, honey-like malt, a touch of peach, sweet-young pickled ginger, a soft-sometimes noticeable vegetal note in the finish, as well as some savory notes of sage, hints of rosemary and turpene rich-yet-subtle clove. A prickly carbonation adds a peppery carbonic bite that helps to clean the palate a bit. The texture of this is quite nice, light enough to be amply quaffable, yet with enough presence to carry the complex flavors.
A second pour of this beer has me working through the thick head to get to the beer beneath and the head is quite creamy textured and fluffy. This is just fantastically complex and funky, it perhaps loses a bit in pure drinkability, but damn if it isn't a nuanced, engaging, contemplative brew that I would b hard pressed to honestly ask more of. The aroma comes off a touch harsher than the flavor does, but both really work, especially if you like the challenge of variable, untamed, Brettanomyces funk. This is going to get increasingly more funky, likely a bit more sour and certainly I need to get more of this to age. Comparatively to the fresh Signature, this beer is more complex, more funky, but not as easily drinkable and smoothly hoppy as the Signature. 'Still I would be hard pressed to choose between the two on any given night (if I am craving hops though (a definite weakness of mine) then I would reach for fresh Signature.
Served In: Tulip
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