Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy soft orange / light amber pour with a slight white head. Lactic nose with some grape and oak. Nice sour, just a hint of peach and apricot. Solid.
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden body sports blood orange hues. Dirties my glass with tiny white foam bubbles.
Aroma is fruit and more fruit. Apricots, peaches, grapes. White wine oakyness supplements.
Unabashedly intense from start to finish. Fruits and barrel deliver a powerful high-five to the palate, building with complexity until around 2/3 of the way through each sip when the sourness peaks. Tastes & feels as though a splash of pure lime juice were introduced midway through the experience. Not sure what causes this, but it sure is interesting and refreshingly unique. Definitely not sessionable!
FWIW, I found this more reminiscent of a white wine BA sour than of brandy. Regardless, itís right up my alley. Break out the Tums because this isnít for the faint of heart.
TheHOFF43 (1685) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pretty solid rew right here. A bit light on the fruit but some breadiness was interesting and nice. Would have expected it more from the sourdough, but the tartness here was good. Brandy wasnít noticed but I was drunk. Sorry kristen england.
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, thanks to Bruce, 27/03/14.
Hazed orange with a moderate off white swirl.
Nose is bitter orange, spice, light ginger snap biscuit, bretty twang, light vanilla essence.
Taste comprises tarte peach, spice, straw, light musty wood tones, citric rind, bitter orange.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid approachable sour.
BVery (5617) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light golden pour with a white head. Apricot sweetness, tart sour but weary drinking. Awesome.
MrFecesious (800) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Aroma of white wine, peach, spice. Taste is super tart with young citrus sweetness. Puckering and dry. Medium carbonation.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle
What I thought was my final beer at Toronado would have been a fitting nightcap itself. A world class sour with mild brandy aspects, this release has me looking forward to when I have a chance to crack open the several others that I acquired while out west. There is definitely more to the California sour scene than just Lost Abbey and Russian River.
Aroma / Appearance - A fresh golden base shimmers with light and mild carbonation. Brandy and peaches are very strong with a kick that pairs well with the light tartness. Both sweet and sour at the same time it is a bit of a beautiful conundrum.
Flavor / Palate - A tart mixture of lemons and other citrus flavors explode on the tip of the tongue. The brandy treatment accents this with a great sweetness that tones down the vinegary nature enough to render it almost sessionable. A world class release from Almanac proves why they are a household name for West Coast bug beers.
DrSilverworm (5042) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz bottle, thanks to caterwaul for sharing. Hazy golden orange color. Great thin white head. Good dots and ropes of lace; plentiful. Smooth, kind of creamy, lighter carbonation. Medium to bigger body. Lightly dry finish. Awesome, big tart stronger taste. Light sweet, light bit of tangy, light zest. Awesome peach, good wood, light spice, and subtle hints of brandy that work wonderfully with the whole package. Iím taking small sips only because of the limited quantity available and the big potency of the flavor. This is super tasty, and Iím trying to savor that. Super-nice stuff. Such a tasty sipper.
John25 (204) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold. The aroma is peach, some funk, and lemon tart. The taste adds some oak, a lot of sweet peaches, and crisp green apple. Iím not getting any brandy notes and the sour aspect is subtle. Medium carb, sweet juicy mouthfeel. Excellent overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed last night "with" Will Savery. Well he was there in spirit. Really nice beer here. The nose sort of understated and non-forshawdowing (for lack of a real word) as it shows some light brandy, warming booze, peach, apricot and light tart lemon and oak. Flavor is much more tart and funky, lots of peach. Brandy is definitely still detectable in flavor but not quite a main player as it presents itself in the nose. Really nice. This grew on me as it warmed. Iíve really enjoyed almost all of these Almanac sours. I especially liked the food pairing suggestion because i had prosciutto on crusty bread for dinner yesterday literally a few hours before consuming this brew. Hope you enjoy it, Will! Cheers Allie!