83 / 100
375ml miniature Belgian style brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.
Pours a pleasing peach-coloured hazy golden colour, with a frothy, but slightly insubstantial head of white. This dissipated after a while leaving almost nothing—no residual froth, no lace. Body has a bit of weight, but the carbonation is sparse. Looks decent enough though.
Nose is great. Subdued, but well-constructed Brett aromas give scope in the mossy, organic dimension, while hops provide fragrant tropical fruit, with pineapple dominant. This is a character you can often get from Brett too, so the two work in sync. There's a vague sharpness, possibly a lactic acidity, turning astringent, plasticky or metallic. It's all good things for a wild ale.
Taste is even better. There's a beautifully contructed or blended core to this, with just the right amount of tartness driving forward a broad flavour of tropical fruits. More pineapple comes through along with mango, and once the tartness expresses itself, there's hints of passionfruit as well. Finish is clean, with a bit of acidity that never becomes too sour or too intense.
Feel is clean and light—undercarbonated perhaps, but the acidity adds some bite that would be otherwise provided by the effervescence.
Overall, this is a cracking beer. This is the first I've had from these guys, but it definitely marks them as someone to watch. The acidity is tempered, and the hop character is worked wonderfully into the intrinsic flavours of the beer. It's really quite impressive.