Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another big thanks to Ditmier for sharing this. Pours grapefruit juice with weak white head. The aroma has muted notes of cotton, hay, spices, herbs and yeastiness. The taste is pretty smooth with some apples, tart un-ripe cherries, herbal notes, a modest level of tartness and slightly chalky yeasty notes left clinging to the inside of my mouth.
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Eric (Ditmier) at the tasting. Pours a murky orange almost brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is oak, funk and citrus. Sweet and dry, lots of fruit, citrus especially, some light sourness and oak, sort of funky. Not acidic but more of a oaky Flemish Brown sourness here. Quite interesting.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Bright caramel, becomes darker as I near the bottom of the bottle, moderate to large frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Wonderful nose of flora and spices, with wooden notes from the barrel aging.   Very tart up front, smooth, a bit of fresh floral notes, some faint barnish or musty flavors on the exit.   Not too sour, at least to the point of over salivating.   This one is just right, great aroma and flavor, all being very floral like, with a good dose of tarness.   This was a pleasant surprise.   Finish shows a bit of the oak.   Moderate dryness on this one too.   Very well done!   Thanks for this rarity Kevin!
drowland (6156) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/6/13. 750mL bottle thanks to mibirder! Looking through past ratings, I didn’t know that Arbor ever had any problems with sours, and this bottle certainly didn’t seem bad. In fact, I was surprised at how good this beer was considering myself and basically nobody at the tasting had had it before or really heard much about these guys. Hazy golden orange pour with a nice fluffy off-white head. Lots of acidity, sweet tarts, and sourness on the aroma and flavor. Super sour, lots of acidity, but I dig it. I thought this was pretty damn tasty stuff!
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by the brewer while attending day 1 of The Livery Anniversary party, much thanks! This is a shocking surprise in a very good way. The sourness is right where you want it, not over the top but not underwhelming either. Not funky like a gueze but clean acidic and lactic bite with moderate oak barrel tannic dryness as well. You still can find the base malt under it all. Utterly refreshing. I will seek this out the next bottle release. OUTSTANDING and for this day every bit as good as many RR offerings.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A not-too-sour very oaky fruity blonde ale. Refreshing and easy to drink for the style. Good stuff
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when approximately 8 months of age (8 months after first rating, I’m assuming it was only brewed once). Bottle sent to me by sarro, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Cloudy orange blonde body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is very oaky, lots of wood but also plenty of fruits like oranges, apples, mangos. Not a lot of bugs showing in the aroma. Taste is pleasantly not too intense. There is a nice fruitiness with grapefruits, young red apples, pineapples, raspberry seeds, tart lemons, even some strawberries. Medium lactic acid, plenty of wet oak, low-medium sourness level. Finish is astringent and with an after-taste of wet-oak. The beer intensity is relatively low compared to most American Sours nowadays. These days I find myself more often than not having a hard time drinking a full 750ml of an American sour, because the emphasis seems to be more and more on intensity. Not the case here, this was easy to drink and very enjoyable even if not overly complex. A good beer, and enjoying good craftbeer is one of the many benefits that come with being a heterosexual Caucasian man.
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, ornage colored pour with thin white foam, flavor of fruit and mint leaves, some grass note
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml pours a lucious darker amber orange hue, healthy glow, with frothy brighter white head dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are very fruity, with mangos and citrus, some touches of pear and apple, melon, raspberries and grapefruit seems to take a focus, lots of tropical fruit roll into the fold. Fruity pancake melange. Initial is a decent sour kick up front throwing a decent lemony lactic kick, moving into yogurt, wet oak, and touches of berry fruit. Bread, raspberries, and oak. Some wild brett, though lacto seems to take over. It’s not all that sour, just a decent edge up front dying into yogurt, and a very drinkable sour Blonde Ale. Pretty nice, nothing overbearing, actually sour (unlike a good deal of the Arbor beers). A very fruity nose, solid sour kick but very drinkable. Raspberries and tons of grapefruit, solid sourness. Not real bretty, remaining vibrant and fruity, my favorite Arbor sour to date I believe.
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of sour apple and cherry notes, as well as some biscuit and funk qualities. The flavor is similar. I get some very nice sour fruit (apples, cherries, grapes), as well as some light funk, light leather and a high level of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) hazy medium orange, effervescent bubbles, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of apples, barrel, caramel, tart, smells delicious and rich. Taste is really nice and sour, cranberry, seltzer water, great tart linger, dried cranberries. Great balance and well carbonated.