A bottle from batch #1 dated June 2007. Light straw ale under a fine white frothy head. On the nose there is plenty to remind me of Goliath triple, one of my favorite beers - candy floss with nutmeg. In the mouth, this beer is drier without so much of the pear juiciness (actually more faintly of apple) but a good measure of white pepper with some astringency to put the candy in its place. Some creaminess, too, but back there. The brewer says it has sharp citrus flavour but I do not get that. Subtitled "funkhouse ale with brettanomyces" I get more must than funk but there is a bit of a lambic tang there, too. It's attic more than blue cheese, old wool more than vinegar. Aging will shift the taste but for now I say this is more herbal tea, meets unminted clear hard candy colliding with the white pepper shaker.
It is called an American Wild Ale by the advocatonians but at this point it is really a triple that has aspirations of more. 100% BAer love but with a sub-4/5 average. Pretty good value for $10.99 but as I can get this fine brewer's regular line up of excellent Belgian-style beers for $4.99-5.99 in CNY corner stores, it does make me wonder about the markup. Even so, I like it. Buy it. Better still - buy twelve and pop one every six months for the next six years.