superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours lightly hazy light orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clingsaround the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of oak, malt, and wild yeast esters; with good strength. Taste of sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, cherry, grape, pear, lemon, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, leather, funk, white wine, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of oak, wild yeast, and malt flavors; with a great acidity/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour blonde ale style. All around great complexity and balance of oak and wild yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Bottle. Thanks so much Sean! Geez, it’s been a while since I’ve had an Arbor sour, and thankfully this one doesn’t have any acetone in it! Aroma gurgles with a hint of manure, some fermenting grasses, and a punch of dill and lavender herbalness. On the tongue a swift kick of lemon acid, nice and halting. What starts out as clean and rich in the lacto-acid swiftly takes on a flailing herb and spice quality as it kicks and screams its way out the door. The acidity is gut wrenching, but good in the best way super sour beers can be sour, not like pickle juice, but certainly not soft. This is very decent, with some fun plays of flavor and lacking the problems that past Arbor sours have suffered from.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Slightly hazy, burnt copper body with not much "head" at all, just a gray tinted, lasting collar. Aroma of moderate vinegar, lemon, boozy cherry skins, faint earthy must, & a strong, yogurt-like lactobacillus sourness present. Taste is not quite as sour as the aroma would have you believe, but it’s still a bit tart. Lacto yeast, lemon, light vinegar acidity, sharp cherry skins, & a hint of dry, musky oak in the finish. A little bit of warmth comes through, almost in the form of booze, but it’s still mostly tame. Creamy mouth feel, but this could use more carbonation. A nice sour ale from Arbor, but Framboozled is better.
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by hopscotch. Cloudy burnt orange pour with an off white head. Peach and orange aromas. Dry and effervescent with orange and peach notes. Well done..
Damico (2864) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear hazy amber with a greyish white head. Aroma is sweet with light tart wild tangy lemon yeast. Flavor brings tart springy lemon notes with a dry ending.
Gription79 (2537) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting in April 2011-750ml bottle
A: spicy, tart, funk
T: pils malt, not overly funky, sour/tart
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MiBG Summer Fest 2011. reddish orange body with medium off-white head. aroma of sour funk, citrus, orange, and oak. flavor of oak, heavy lemon, and some funk. musty, dry finish.
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Crunchy’s in East Lansing (from notes). Caramel with a red hue. Sour with a touch of vinegar. Well balanced and smooth. Light aftertaste.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by daknole. Bottle pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head. Aroma shows peach, lemon, oak, and light funk. Flavor shows the same with a slight herbal quality as well as grassy/floral hops. Overall body
is light to moderate and the finish is dry/tart.
peteinSD (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Clear copper colored pour with a slick of light tan foam. Vinegar, green apple, tart, earthy grain, and lemon in the aroma. Heavy vinegar/tart flavor with apple, lemon, and light grain. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Decent.