Banded Horn Brewing Company, Vertumnus Ale, Biddeford, ME
Ironically I am trying this beer, named after the god of seasons and change, a few days before we receive over a foot of snow in mid-March!
6% abv. Dry hopped ale aged on oak with brettanomyces yeast. This beer starts with their Veridian IPA. Pours a rich orange-gold color with a fluffy white head. Spiced apples, cloves, and banana bread aroma. First sip is both fruity and spicy. Mix of dried mango and papaya with white peppercorn and cloves and the slightest note of vanilla. Very drinkable, but dry at finish, perhaps from the oak. Tropical fruit flavors linger on the gums and tips of the tongue after sharp hop and spice bite. Hops become more dominant as you move through the beer. Refreshing and very flavorful. Another solid and enjoyable offering from Banded Horn.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Petite Sour Blueberry, Denver, CO
5.5% abv. Gift from my brother Tim. Mixed fermentation ale aged in oak with blueberry. Blueberry and brettanomyces yeast aromas jump out of the bottle. Good natural carbonation. Pours blood orange with a fluffy white head. Awesome sticky Belgian lace. First sip is thirst quenching deliciousness. Berry lemonade, kombucha, blue flowers, and a touch of pepper and clove spice and herbs. This is a tasty treat that goes down way too fast. Becomes slightly dry at finish. Damn this is great fruit beer.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Hop Savant Brettanomyces IPA, Denver, CO
7% abv. Gift from my brother Tom and my sister-in-law Kristen. Pours a murky gold orange color with a massive marshmallow head.Lots of yeast sediment. This one smells amazing with an interesting mix of cloves, banana and pepper from the wild yeast, but citrus, tropical fruit and floral notes from the hops. Thick Belgian lace all around the glass. Smooth, almost buttery mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Brettanomyces funk with first sip followed by ripe mango, mild white pepper, raisins, apricot, peach and pear skin. Peach flavor becomes more dominant as you move through it. Damn this beer is delicious and I wish it was a larger bottle. Amazingly juicy, but finishes a touch dry.Sad that I just quaffed the last sip.