Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey earlier this evening. Served in a snifter. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that quickly falls down and away into a collar.
The nose carries really nice notes of cherry, oak, and light vanilla alongside a touch of sherry-like oxidized malt. Very similar to a high quality Flanders Red. Especially as it warms, thereís some backing red wine character, especially through to the flavor.
Flavor has all of the components of the nose, and is even more well integrated with the addition of a great acidity level. Mostly lactic with just the right touch of acetic carrying through the finish to offset the mild creaminess and vanilla character of the wood. Vinous through the back end and carrying to the finish.
Medium body and fairly-light carbonation. Expertly done. One of the best Flanders-style beers that Iíve ever had, especially considering that itís from the U.S.
ClarkVV (5563) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 12/21/2012, drunk 6/25/16.
Deep amber-maple with brighter orange and copper tints. Clear with an off-white head that steadily fades to a ring.
Light caramel mixes with plentiful, soft lactic acid. Some moderate oak character is a welcomed complexity and thereís a touch of black pepper phenol on the finish. Fruitiness steadily grows with warming and cherry and apple esters emerge victorious. Soft caramel and lactic acid continue to provide the background with light vanilla as well. Quite mild, in a word, with a bit of papery oxidation.
Very tired in the mouth, the carbonation is low and a bit loose, the oxidation creeping in. Earthy, musty and lightly lactic with caramel-honey-vanilla and tons of fruity esters, as seen in the nose. Oakiness is soft and well-done with a pleasantly nutty, dry, soft tannic quality to it. A bit of wateriness. I guess 3.5 years was just a bit too much, though thereís nothing bad about the beer still.
beernbourbon (1522) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared, thank you! Pour is clear caramel. Aroma and flavor tart brown with wood and spice. Not offensive, but not exciting.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Funky, slightly acetic aroma with lots of musty bugs and lactic funk along with caramel malt sweetness, dark fruit and oaky tannins. Prominent oak and musty funk in the aroma along with vinous dark fruit and acetone. Some cherries and cream along with damp earthy/horsey flavors. Slight nail polish/solvent presence while the vinous fruit and funky yeast dominate the nose.
On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly creamy texture and a nice balance of dry oak, sweet vinous fruit and funky bugs. Dry oak, musty brett and funky yeast up front followed by caramel malt sweetness, vinous fruit and lingering acetic vinegar. The acetic presnce is there but isnít harsh or overpowering. Not too solvent-like with a nice vinegary presnce complimenting the sweet cherries and other dark fruit notes. Well balanced and decently sour with a nice earthy oak flavor and substantial funk countering the acetic character.
krumbum (923) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 15, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge red wine fruit tart aromas. Reddish tan with thin head. Very oaky grape flavor, complex yet soothing. Feels like liquid velvet.
drdisque (750) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle shared at Binnyís Lincoln Park tasting room. Aroma is rich sour and wild. Flavor is midly sour with strong oak notes, but sharp enough to point through them yet sweet enough to not be heavy and overwhelming. As good as a sour can get in my opinion. An outstanding beer.
Strife21 (315) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 11/82012. Pours murky brown with thin white head. Smell is prune and tart cherry.Taste is cherry, prune and farmhouse funk. Medium body, medium carb.
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy burgundy color, burnt orange at the edges. One finger of dense, long lasting off-white froth. Vinegar, oak, some berries in the nose -- raspberry, strawberry. Also caramel, balsamic and some vanilla. Oak and tart cherry in the front of the flavor, with green apple, oak and vanilla, caramel, toffee, vinegary finish. Nice malt character here. Just a hint of brett funk. Velvety body. Medium, soft on the tongue. Mild tingly carbonation, gentle fizz. Very nice. Lots of acidity, but enough malt character to balance.
Sammy (10885) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WIld yeast aroma. Orange body with a ring of white head. Full mouthfeel of tart, with oak secondary flavour. Good drinkability.
conway (2210) - - FEB 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy ruby with no head. Aroma is vinegar, red wine, strawberry, musty funk and lacto. Taste follows, adds leather and is very acidic without being over the top. Fantastic.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean tawny ruby amber with one finger of sandy white head that quickly dissipates. Very nice aroma, vinous with some acetic notes and red fruit. Tart with pie cherry, tannic woody notes with a little alcoholic quality and fruity tones. Light bodied and dry.