DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out golden/orange with light amber hues from the 500ml bottle shared by WeeHeavySD (thanks, man!): Strong brett aroma, raspberries, thick yogurt, woods, and caramel. Light to moderately puckering, with accompanying notes of sour grapes, some raspberries, cheese rind, and fresh oak. Buttery throughout with caramel whispers. Drinkability: An unforeseen balance for this kind of style, but I savored every bit of the surprise. Pairing: Long Clawson Long Claw Stilton. Rebuy: Yeah. #423 on 23042010 "423 on 4/23", DG .
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You show me a better beer drinking area in the country and Iíll punch you in the neck. Howís that? So Iím out to dinner with the whiff and Weeheavy Jon shows up at my table with this wrapped bottle. The pour is swamp water hazy with a copper orange haze. Light head and ring. Amazing sharp nose that becomes smooth as the nose adjusts. Grape and tart sour. Cinnamon and cranberry. Taste is sharp black pepper and dry tart WAY in da back. Dry. Finish is like echoes of yeast. Lovely. Understated like Shelly Duvall.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle opened by Weeheavsd. Huge thanks Jon! Iíve been sooo eager to try this. Pours amber. Light raspberry aroma. Smallest hint of acetic acid. Some very nice residual sweetness. Very easy to drink. Excellent. Medium sourness.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 200th sour rating. Via trade wanted this to be 3k, but thisíll do. Beautiful orange gold. Nose is sweet tart, very nice. Taste is sweet tart and very nice, yum. Woth the wait.
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5cl bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded very quickly to a thin ring. The nose is brightly sour with a soft acetic edge. Woody, some brett, cellar funkiness, and some light tart raspberries. The flavor has a nice balance of funk and sourness, thankfully it doesnít have that harshly acetic sharpness that burns the esophagus. Very bretty and the oak enhances the vinous qualities really well. Not much raspberry flavor, but some of the tartness may be from there. This is really drinkable for a Sour. NIce dry mouthfeel and a long lingering bretty finish. This was surprisingly easy drinking and better than I expected.
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle shared by beejay at the first chitown sour tasting... poured a medium amber brown with a thin soapy head... aroma was mostly earthy with a unique and apparent yeastiness along with an odd pervading sense of some chemical vanilla astringency... flavors bettered itself with emphasis on a sour and earthy cherry with a slightly bitter finish. was expecting a little bit more from this one. will need to try again if given the opportunity.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden orange with pinkish hues and a small ivory-colored head that leaves some lacings.
Nice genuine raspberry aromas in the nose coupled with prominent barrel notes, a hint of vanilla and lactic tart notes. Perhaps a gentle spicy tone.
The flavor is tart with pleasant raspberry aromas. The raspberries are nicely integrated with the other flavors. Notes of fruit pits, lemon and oak barrels. Some herbs and spices. Ends with a note of alcohol, grassy bitterness, a mild bretty character and some lactic sourness.
Itís surprisingly full-bodied, and this is a nice feature that leads the way to a dry finish.
All in all, a well made, complex and very easy to drink.
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Clear copper colour with a small beige head and minimal lazings. Very fruity raspberry aroma with notes of spicy fresh wood, light vanilla and raisins, vinous with some alcohol. Very rustic and nice fruit notes. Flavor is perfumey raspberrys, quite acidic and woody, slighty bretty and vinous with acidic berry notes and some raisins. Ends on a dry and somewhat acidic note with a lovely lingering raspberry sweetness and some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium full with fine bubbled but sharp carbonation. Very nice rustic brew with gorgeous fruit character.
MeadMe (1305) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge Thanks to Gillard for bringing this rare beer to a tasting.
A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a tight white head.
S: Aromas of grapes, light apple sweetness and oak.
T: Nice light apple, citrus, and dry crackers. Very light berry, and a light wood quality. Nice and tart without being to overthetop.
M: On the lighter side of medium, sparkling carbonation.
D: Had this one during a very large sour tasting. It was good but no where near the head of the class.
Sean9689 (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally getting around to open one of these up. 375ml corkced and caged bottle that was wrapped in tissue paper with a gold seal (sticker). Opens with a loud "pop" and poured into Darkness tulip.
A - Pours a reddish-orange copper color with a fingers worth of fizzy white head which disipitates into a very thin white film on top with a thinker white ring around the side of the glass. Some thin lacing is presents when the glass is tiled from side to side, but nothing actually left over from the original pour.
S - Medium sour/tart notes, pears, sour apples, slight funk/barynard, oak. I donít get straight-forward raspberry notes, but I do get sweet fruit notes, which I attribute to the raspberries.
T - A nice helping of sour/tart notes paired with the raspberries. Itís much easier to pick out the berry notes on the palate then compared to the nose. A semi-tart finish, that also has a touch of sweetness.
M - Light, fizzy champagne-esk carbonation, buttery finish (which some seem not to like, but I kinda dig it). I would rather the finish be dry, to go with the carbonation, but something different is always nice.
D - A pretty straight-forward offering from the 1st limited release from Allagash. There are better wilds out there, but I would say this is a good start. Easy to drink and Iíll be consuming the bottle myself.