TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Foxy mahogany. Thin but creamy and retentive white head. Sharp alcohol and oak on the nose, with expressive notes of lactobacillus, peach, vanilla, red wine, and coconut. Muted iron and straw scents along with a pleasant waft of mustiness. Snug carbonation. Initial alcoholic and tannic tingle is offset by a vibrant peach splash and a bouncy straw-tinged malt base. Malt becomes borderline grainy and astringent as it progressively takes on more toastiness. Much more lactic than bretty as the brett merely yields a flash of plasticlike phenols. Fruity esters impart plenty of succulence while a savory blend of lactobacillus and coconut add to the tropical nuance. Poorly extracted malt is nauseatingly husky, and though the oak exhibits some relative restraint, it also manages to exacerbate the graininess. Fierce bite of peppery alcohol creeps in as well. Finishes fairly empty with a simplistic mixture of oak, red wine, coconut and mild vanilla. Does have a fairly pleasant tropical medley going on in the aroma, albeit a fairly simple one. Llittle in the way of depth or character, however, and the malt character is grainy and unclean. Pretty straightforward.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottle from Vikinghammer (thanks!) Ginger ale colored pour, medium carbonation and a wonderful funky sour aroma. Flavor was just as good as the aroma; sour raspberries, cherries, funky yeast and finished smooth and mellow. Although this one was very good, I wouldn’t trade away anything ultra rare to get it.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by MrBunn...
Thanks Joel for stealing my Smurf thoughts..
Pours a murky orange...fizzy head..Aromas are tart cherries, white grapes and some apple. Best part to me about it is it doesnt have the Apple cider vinegar funk that many sours seem to have. Good blend of fruit flavors. Taste is about the same with a hint of raspberries showing through.Maybe its because I read the Description...maybe not. Very good overall....even if there is some mashed up Smurfs in the bottom of the barrel. They suffered for a worthy cause.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with thanks to Mike. Pours a darkisj amber with a little bit of a fizzy head that dies quickly. Aromas of sour fruit: cherries, grapes & apples. Flavor makes me want to sqash Smurfs or carry out some other sinister plan. A nice mix of tart flavors with enough malt to keep things balanced.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy peach color with an off white head that diminished to a small ring, light lacing. Nose was slightly tart with raspberries and citrus fruits, light buttered popcorn and Brett as well. Flavor also held some tart raspberries and citrus peel. Finishes with a nice lemony acidity and quite dry. I like how the berries are noticeable but not over powering.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Flamboyant carbonation for style, lively. Sour raspberries have morphed into strawberries on the nose with a dose of sour funk. The mid-palate is rather short and un-evolved, perhaps with time it will flesh out. Cashews, toffee, and praline blanket the palate as this beer finishes. A warm biscuit dough lingers as the end of this beer seems to be the main event. French oak is firm and serves to bring eveything together. Dry and clean.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(375 ml bottle from the brewery) Pours rusty, slightly murky amberish with a biege cap that is mostly retained. Aroma is sour, tart and clean with notes of Brett, wood and cherry/berry. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full. The finish is quite dry. Light broken rings and dabs of lacing left inside of snifter. Flavor features a wonderful oak and berry presence. Tart and sour but easy to drink. Not overly acidic at all. Light caramel provides a nice underlayment, more apparent as it warms. I esp. loved the wood presence in this one. ABV well-hidden. Wonderful beer.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of someone very generous. Pours copper/mahogany with a white head. Smells of citrus, spicey, peaches, some peppery splashes, light funk. Tastes tarte and dry with some oaky boozy weirdness on the finish.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Miketd. Thanks!! Pours dark amber color with white head. Aroma was pretty nice. Tart apple, lemon, with some woody oak. Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. Not over the top. Flavor consisted of tart lemon upfront, moving into wood and oak flavors, then finishing with buttered popcorn. I kept looking in the glass for the buttered flavored popcorn jelly beans! I just couldn’t find them. Oh well. Such a disappointment not to find the jelly bean flavored buttered popcorn in my glass. I could have justified the hype if they were there. No jellybeans = NOT WORTH THE HYPE. This was good. Not great.
3fourths (7514) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Careful first pour yields a clear pale brown/strawberry colored body with a small off-white head. Interesting lacto and dried strawberry nose - some acetic red apple skins and some semi-sweet peppery brown sugar. Body is surprisingly light, puffy, airy, and soft. Acidity is moderately peppery and spritzy - cola like even. Flavor is soft lactic apple skins and tart strawberries and bing cherries. Overall nicely soft and delicate body with a surprisingly high alcohol content. Quite good, reminds me of authentic Belgian framboise.