Based on that I was most excited for the Beersel, but of course I would reserve judgement until I finally tasted the beers. To get the best idea of how each blend reacts without the distractions of other new/aggressive ingredients I chose to use my Farmer in the Rye recipe since its is a beer I am most familiar with and should allow me to evaluate only the Brett blends and ignore the base beer. I used Wyeast 3711 for the primary ferment prior to splitting into 3 separate carboys and pitching each blend. I wanted an absurdly dry beer so I could secondary with the Brett and bottle in a relatively quick amount of time (4 weeks or less, not the case with the Lochristi though) without having to wait for the Brett to munch the last few gravity points.
FitR Brussels notes:
A: Straw yellow, much better clarity then the others. Spritzy, beautiful, perfect to style carbonation with a solid white head that lasts throughout.
A: A bit of orange, wet hay, with an overall classic funkiness rounding out the aroma, a little bit musty. This is classic straight funk, complex but all funk.
F: dry, light spice on the tongue and subtle fruit on the finish, not as dry a finish as the other two.
O: This is pretty similar to Beersel but with more funk in aroma and less fruit. It's quite nice when youre looking for a complex barnyard character.
FitR Beersel notes:
A: Straw yellow, slightly cloudy, with a high level of visible carbonation and a thick frothy white head that lasts throughout the glass leaving significant lacing.
A: lemony, citrus, mint?, very subtle background funky sweaty feet but it's hidden behind the more prominent aromas, helps to remind you this is a Brett beer with some complex rusticity.
F: Dry peppery spice up front, slight acidity, citrus fruits. Finishes dry and refreshing.
O: This is my favorite of the 3 blends. It's not overly funky but there is a sweaty note hanging behind lemon and citrus fruits. It's a really nice blend of subtle funk and citrus/fruit, I have already re-pitched it into 3 different beers.
FitR Lochristi Notes:
A: FitR classic straw yellow with a white frothy thin head. Moderate visible carbonation.
A: Aroma is pretty interesting but there isn't a ton there, some light tropical fruit and peppery spice, a very faint mustiness, something that resembles earthworms on the sidewalk after a summer rain. Its actually bordering on clean smelling.
F: Prickly carbonation on the front of the tongue, peppery spice, very dry, giving way to pineapple, bitter orange peel, very dry on the back of the palette.
O: This is a pretty subtle blend, at least in this beer, but I think it would pair really well in a beer with some delicate fruit. It would compliment Apricots or Peaches really well in a supporting role. Certainly for the more subtle Brett fans
All three of these blends are very interesting and quite unique, but the Beersel and Lochristi are my favorite of the three, and actually the most unique if you ask me. The Beersel has a great balance between fruity Brett notes and some of those weird musty/funky notes, and the Lochristi is something that might start slow but evolves into something I have not experienced in any blend or strain available. If youre looking for a more Rustic funk then the Brussels blend is perfect, there was something about it that smelled/tasted familiar. It reminded me a lot of the rustic nature of a few month old bottle of the Bruery's Saison Rue I had not too long ago.