merc7186 (2367) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Murky Orangish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Cherry, Plums, Mild Apricot, Mild Apples, Mild Red Wine
T: Deep Cherry, Red Wine, Mild Apricot, Mild Hay
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter, Mildly Tart, Mildly Drying
Overall, you really do get a solid presence of the cherries and the red wine barrel separately, which makes this beer great.
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper beer with an off-white head. Cherry and light sour aroma. Cherry and light sour flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. Cherry and light sourness lingers with light acetic notes, light tartness, and light earth.
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy reddish orange in color... Aroma is merlot grapes, oak, you'd think you were about to have a wine... Flavor is hints of vinegar, acidic, lightly tart with notes of cherry, merlot grapes, oak... Nice, very complex
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TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle courtesy of a BA trade. Pours a nicely hazed copper red hue, some pinkish rosey glow with orange copper edges and bottom. Frothy offwhite head is fairly carbonation driven, dies to a smaller ring, laces small. Darker middle, well hazed tapers out to a nice glow. Aromas are nice cherries, sweeter pie cherries meet tart cherry, cherryskin, red and blush wine, decent oak and lactic elements. Lemon, yogurt, gentle toasty and biscuity malt element is softened by firm oak and wine barrel, cherryskin and juice, firmer lactic presence. Some mandarin oranges, cranberry, some decent complexity if a bit sharp at times, fruit punchy feel at others. A mellow to subtle spiciness hits at times after it settles. Initial lighter end of medium bodied, firm tannic oak and red wine meets some cherryskin, decent tart and sour elements. Underlying touches of bread, biscuit, yogurt and firm sourness. A bit sharp, gentle metallic poke. A bit fuzzy,d ry and tannic as we keep moving on. Yogurt, lemony and lactic life. Cherries, red wine, a gentle touch of Rose and blush wine, decent carbonation and spritzy qualities as we round the corner into the back. Dry, tannic and lactic elements are nice, dryt this out into the back. A mellow carmelized and bready base pokes through gently, more of a compliment. Touches of cranberry tartness meet the cherries, red wine has some life, not overly tannic overall, but a lighter, thinner beer allows those elements to show some life overall if that makes sense. This is solid stuff, a touch llighter and lacking cimplexity, but the elements that are there do work well and flow. Perhaps a bit light, a bit sharp at times. The flavors are admittedly quite nice though. Solid entry here.
Beermack (699) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from Healthy Spirits. Hazy reddish brown. Nice sugary cherries on the nose, touch of near-balsamic sourness, some citrus, light strawberry. Big tart cherry first up in the taste, brown sugar, light golden syrup, musty earthy notes, some spice, big juicy red fruit, mellow citric tartness, light balsamic and woody notes. Lingering tart cherry kick twisted with lemon rind and musty yeast. Medium bodied. Really interesting take on a Flanders Red. Delicious.
Paz (71) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Aromas of tart cherries. Tastes of lightly tart cherries. Pretty good for Almanac’s first attempt at a sour. Looking forward to next year’s batch.
Enegaard (68) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Aug. 2013, bottle from City Beer, SF - Batch no. 1) The colour of this one is very mesmerizing; like a very early orange-red sunrise seen through a fair fog. The aroma is extremely saliva inducing - so sour, you get the wood and the sour cherries - the word "spontaneous" pops up hard. The taste; insanely sour, followed by by discrete wood and slight sweetness. Like a very sour red wine with sourdough bacterias. Not too complex, but heavenly tart!
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy orange. Sour tannin on the nose. Almost a vinegar quality. Nice and sour, without being a killer. Really nice oak character.
want1DIPA (227) - - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft a Pizza Port Carlsbad. List of cherries all over this beer in the aroma and taste. Well-balanced!
JulienHuxley (3805) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by hoppypocket. Beautiful hazy amber pour with off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is rather discrete for an american sour with oak, light red wine, cherries. Flavors are well integrated. Brown sugar complements the red fruits sourness. Rather full bodied. Although there is some caramel/brown sugar notes, it lacked sweetness to be considered a good example of the Flander’s Red style. Although, it is not very sour nor vinegary compared to most attempts at the style from US brewers.