pushkinwow (2150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle opened up at the 2014 Ottawa End of Year Gathering. Clear golden pour with a bubbly white head. Mouth puckering acidity with a light sourness, lemon rind, becomes very dry, almost parching the palate, acidity continues throughout. I would describe this as an incredible dimensional beer...I just like my enamel too much.
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of funky notes with clearly identifiable sour notes with some acidic notes also noticeable is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by funky notes with some sharp sour notes, quite a bit of acidity and a short finale. Body is about average with good carbonation. I get what they are trying to do and I also get why people enjoy this but in my opinion while this is a great beer there is a lack of balance and too much acidity in the end.
Dfonorow (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2013. Pour is hazy amber/yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of sour mash, acidic, citrus peel, barnyard, light fruit, and wood. Finish is yeast and sour light fruit.
cfrancis (2561) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours cloudy gold with a small white top. Aroma is just awesome. I left some in my glass for almost an hour so that I could go back and sniff again and again. Sweet tartness and floral with a hint of tropical. Taste is soft and delicate with the tartness, nice farmhouse and floral notes. Flavours on top of flavours. Need to find more.
rejtable (1457) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible. Thanks for the share Ottawa 2014 guys! Pours cloudy straw, limited lacing. Nose is lemon, some nuttyness. Flavours are tart lemon, some barnyard, some cereal and bread, some epsom salts. Tastes is medium tart, light sweet. Mouth is acidic, medium, light body. Man, this is so well balanced. Incredible beer.
Clownoisseur (289) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
HUGE thanks to bytemesis for sending me this bottle. Thanks Mike! This 2013 vintage bottle was shared with my new fiancé after I proposed to her, only minutes prior, while we were out on a walk through our woods!
I had it all planned out: She was dropping her brother off at the train station and I was chilling this beer, getting the ring positioned in my pocket...and of course, calling her father and asking his blessing. (Which he gave me!)
After she returned home, I suggested that we take a walk with our dog around the property. We often take walks, so this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Even as I began to discuss the ideas I had for our wedding, she didn’t suspect a thing. We have had this discussion many times as well. By the time we made it through our ravine to the spot where we want to have the ceremony. I dropped to my knee and presented THE RING and popped THE BIG QUESTION........she said yes, of course!!
After some private moments **think Princess Bride mega-kiss**, we returned inside to have a toast!
This beer was perfect in every way for the occasion. It felt good to pop the cork in celebration! Aromas of Brett-tinged oak gave a nice and dry funk followed by light lemon peel, green apple, brie, hay and a slight hint of blue cheese. As I let the aromas waft out of the bottle and I poured this beauty into 2 New Glarus glasses for sharing, the memories of our 4.5 year relationship came flooding back. This reminded me of how I turned Kacye on to Sour/Wild Ales.....literally creating a sour-freak....and a conundrum of not being able to open them without her there! It made me smile....looking into her eyes....it was hard to hold back the tears of joy!
A gorgeous golden ale, slightly hazy yet vibrant..... a white-as-snow head that gently pillowed up the glass before settling into a nice ring around the glass with some spotty lacing. A medium carbonation gives this beer life. Dances nicely.
The taste was incredibly fulfilling. Balanced. Solid. Steady. Relentless. The tart pucker was coupled nicely with a dry, oaky funk. Beautiful. Notes of under-ripe fruits....green apple, lemon, white grape....it pushed a nice light undertone across the palate, elating the senses. So elegant. Notes of brie and hay lend to a quick malted sweetness that melds into another dose of deep funk. Notes of cheese and barnyard. Love it. The finish pushes with the medium carbonation, nice and lively...never fizzy. Dry vinous notes, couple with the oak, funk and additional sour note that culminates this beauty of a beer.
Such a magical day, such a magical beer.....I don’t think I have ever felt Cloud 9 until now. I am looking forward to sharing many more beers with Kacye.....I am just not sure how we can top this one!!
And so, the challenge begins......
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly hazed sour ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice fruity tart apples and Epsom salts, Brett, very sour and beautiful. In mouth, a nice tart puckering malt with Epsom salts, ground cherries, horse blanket, lactic acid, very nice. Bottle at 2014 Ottawa Xmas gathering.
MrHangover (2868) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2007 vintage, courtesy of kermis. Pours a hazy brown beer without any head on top. Aroma of funk, fruits, barnyard. Age is noticeable here. Flavor is mildly sour, mellowed out a bit. Fruits are still present, some red fruits, raspberries and such. Little to no carbonation present. Aftertaste is light sour. Quite okay!
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a murky medium amber with no head. Aroma of sour berries. Medium body, flavour is very sour with a dry, sweet end.
jmgreenuk (5147) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of Kermis. Poured a cloudy light amber with little life. The aroma is acid citrus. The flavour is light acid sour with a smooth crisp fruity acidic palate. Light bodied with average carbonation.