Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Very clear, dark amber pour with no head and light carbonation. The nose is very tart and has a light sweetness. You get Brett in the nose, but it's a weird beer...unlike any Brett beer I've had. The taste is weird as well; it's very tart upfront, but finishes buttery instead of dry. I was expecting this beer to be more Orval-like, but this isn't like an Orval at all. The tartness and carbonation (what's left after a week) makes this drink like a slightly fruity lambic (apricot/peach) initially, but it finishs a completely different beer. I must give them some credit for making a beer that's different and new, but it's not quite perfect.
06-23-2012 20:04:49 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Straight pour from 750ml growler to oversized wineglass (HF stemware), courtesty of bentonquest (thanks again, Jeremy!). Review from notes taken 6/13/12.
Appearance (3.0): Essentially no head on this, it foams for a bit and settles to a thin collar of off-white carbonation around the edge of the glass, leaving no lacing. The body, however, is quite attractive, boasting a crystal-clear bronze color—very clean and crisp-looking.
Smell (4.0): All brett here: slightly musty, with a moderate white pepper character laced all over the place. There’s a lightly sweet malt character, enhanced by that strange fruitiness that super-bretty beers will develop: some green apple, some apricot. Not a bad-smelling beer, for sure.
Taste (4.0): Somewhat tart, not sour, with more of the same fruit tones (green apple’s crisp, tart sweetness, richer and bolder apricot, and the kind of neutral sweetness of pear), more white pepper behind the fruitiness, and some tame, low-lying mustiness throughout, operating underneath the rest of this. Malt? Hops? Both are very, very neutral here, as this is definitely a yeast- (and without a question, brett-) forward beer. Extraordinarily vinous in nature, actually—this has more in common with white wine than it does with your typical beer.
Mouthfeel (2.5): Low carbonation, dry finish, slightly tingly, medium-bodied. Again, more like a robust white wine than a beer.
Overall (3.5): A Brett story, for sure. This has so many qualities that strike me as vinous more than anything else. From what I can tell, this beer was apparently brewed with Brett B and a Trappist strain, then inoculated with lacto and aged in neutral oak barrels for 10 months. Given that knowledge, the low carbonation and yeast-forwardness of this beer makes a lot more sense. Not what I’d call a Belgian Pale Ale, but that’s what it is for lack of a better category on here (wouldn’t really call it an American Wild, either). Interesting beer, glad to have tried. Thanks again, Jeremy!
06-14-2012 13:25:55 | More by fmccormi
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
Review for Serving Type: Bottle
I've also had it on tap. Better bottle conditioned though.
Appearance: good over all color a peachy orange with good hazing.
Smells of funk and sour, small nuances of barnyard hay, good citrus notes that make the corners of my jaw twinge.
Taste of the above but down toned. The aromatics are more pungent than the flavor. Slightly subdued but good over all drinkability. I drank two bottles to myself on Monday. Delicious over all but a little lacking in mouth feel.
The mouth feel is what ends up bringing down the average of the quality. After speaking with the brewer the bottles were not given champagne yeast for bottle conditioning which is the reason for the lack of carbonation. It was a first time sour beer making mistake that will be corrected on the next batch. Brett-lacto is the finishing yeast strain which ate the shit out of the primary fermentation yeast strain as well as the residual sugars left over from primary. More carbonation would have lightened the body of the beer and made this thing a fantastic garden sipper... next time.
05-14-2012 15:30:43 | More by ajcormier
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
Presentation: Served on tap into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip glass. A really large pour (well over 12 oz.).
Appearance: Golden yellow in color, but doesn't pour much of a head surprisingly. A few fizzy white bubbles recede almost immediately into nothing.
Aroma" Big lemon and tart green apples upfront. I figured this might be more heavy on the funk and light on the sour from the name, but there is definitely a pretty vibrant sour character. I do get a bit of the brett as well, but not as much as I expected.
Taste: Sour green apple and lemon notes upfront. A sort of white wine sweetness is present as well. This is actually a lot sweeter than I would have suspected. The brett notes become more noticable as the sour fades, but they seem a bit underdeveloped and a bit muddled. Pretty refreshing overall, but not a stand out.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly heavy for the style. There is a good amount of body and it is a bit syrupy. Carbonation is not flat but definitely on the lower end of the spectrum.
Overall, a decent sour beer from Smuttynose and a good attempt for their first real shot at the style. I think it really suffered from the mouthfeel being too syrupy and the lack of carbonation, which might have brightened everything up a bit. I would be interested to see how this is holding up in a couple years, but right now it is jsut average.
05-01-2012 13:49:15 | More by Gosox8787
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap @ Cole's. Served in snifter.
A - Medium amber colour with a small amount of white head.
S - Slight tartness up front. Some sweet bready malts and a touch of funk.
T - Tartness up front that is not too bold. Some bready malts in the background and a slight sweet candy/caramel malt base that is able to pierce through the brett. Finish is tart and dry.
M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
O - A nice beer. The BPA and the brett played well together.
04-29-2012 15:37:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
My cousin was kind enough to split this one with me, hazy orange pour, smallish head, no lacing. The aroma has some light funk. The flavor was mild, some citrus, funkiness. The carbonation was light, no alcohol, easy drinking. I was expecting more funkiness, but an enjoyable brew.
04-17-2012 02:18:27 | More by bonkers
3.38/5 rDev -13.6%
A) Pours with a finger thick head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Relatively clear rust orange body. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle woodsy - oak notes. A bit of a wet dog aroma. Overall not too aromatic.
T) Beneath the initial sour bite are notes of grapefruit, green apple, and nuts.
M) Medium-light body. Nearly zero carbonation. Drinks like a white wine. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent brew. My palate isn't acclimated to sours / brett beers so I am not a reliable review. Although I will say a very drinkable beer. Not too sour and still has some nice taste characteristics instead of a sucker punch to the face.
04-05-2012 01:23:28 | More by u2carew
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Clear orange pour with only hints of what was a white head. A slight amount of sticky lacing is noted. 3.5
A lot of Brett is noted here, unsurprisingly. But also some citrus and other tropical fruits. A nice malty undertone. 4
Certainly focused on the Brett, the taste otherwise is a bit mild. Some citrus, some oak like characters, malt, and sweet. I like the balance, but I wish something other than Brett took charge. 4
Light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is really dry and I found it to be quite drinkable. 4
I enjoyed this, but thought it was only slightly better than average. I wish it had another aspect to bolster what seems to be turning into a really nice experiment 3.5
03-28-2012 01:20:26 | More by russwbeck
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
Curious to try this when I saw it on tap at Ginger Man.
Poured into a snifter the beer had almost no head and minimal lacing. Had a nose not unlike a dry white wine. The taste was dry, sour, tart and had a nice bready graininess in the back. Not a bad beer, but could be more visually enticing. Listed at the bar as 7% so I don't know what's up there.
03-27-2012 21:37:48 | More by wcintula
Smuttynose Short Batch #2 - Brett & I from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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