Phantom Carriage

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,484
Ranked #25,811
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Phantom Carriage
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: 100% Brett Wild Belgian Blonde. Tropical guava and papaya meld with citrus fruit; sweet/tart finish.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 59
Photo of shleepy
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly horseblanket-y but hoppy (piney, fruity) smell. Dirty Brett flavors; hoppy finish that is almost nulled out by the brettiness. I've tasted worse Brett beers, but this beer neither looks, smells, nor tastes particularly well.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy straw colored pour with a big white head. Nice funky aroma. Taste follows the nose with barnyard funk, yeast and pepper flavors in the initial taste. Can also taste some lemon, grain, light herbal hops, pear and green apple flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out bright yellow with hefty haze throughout it, nice white head on the top. Aroma smacked of brett and wine barrel. Meld that with some citrus notes, I felt it was more domestic citrus rather than tropical.

Taste neat little interplay with brett, barrel, citrus going on. The belgian yeast came through but did not dominate the profile of the beer. Merely one piece of a complex (but not overly) beer. Carbonation spot on. Any tart or sour notes were clearly in the background, the least pronounced aspect of the beer.

Almost anything belgian yeast doesn't work for me, but this seemed about as good as one could imagine for style.

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Photo of mactrail
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into the tall Rodenbach Grand Cru goblet where bubbles stream endlessly through the golden brew. A tall and creamy white cap of foam completes the scene. Fragrant with a touch of the perfumey Kolsch type of hop, but then so redolent of fruit and the smell of angels' wings, I am pretty sure.

This has that Cream of Wheat malty cereal taste that can be quite nice. The Brettanomyces yeasty flavor is somehow more mellow and clean than I"ve encountered. Overall the beer is really malty with a pear flavor and, so help me, cheesecake. Something lemony and creamy.

This is really quite delicious and, I will even admit, worth the $14 price tag. From the 750 ml bottle with a regular crown cap, thank you. Purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed on draft at West 4th and Jane on March 11th, 2016.

Fairly clear light golden brew with a small white head that fades fast.

Aroma is juicy like golden apples and pears with a dash of mild white wine.

Flavor is much the same except for a mild sour note and a substantial salty finish. Is this a hybrid gose?

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little mineral.

Overall, pretty interesting.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 Bottle.

A: Light tropical fruit-citrus like brett aroma, lightly funky, light herb hops with a clean, slight sweet malt presence.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a frothy white head that has solid retention.

T: Light tropical fruit-like brett flavor, with light earthy hops, followed by clean and slight sweet malt. The beer finishes quite dry.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid iteration of a Belgian golden with brett. The beer is clean and will be interesting to see how it ages. The beer could be even better if the tropical fruit-citrus qualities from the brett were further accentuated with hops (and/or dry-hopping).

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Muis from Phantom Carriage
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 59 ratings