beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cork&wire bottle from a trade on BA. Another gusher here and of course the head is thick, sticky, and long lasting. I could see why the ratings are all over the place on this beer. First there isnít much sourness to it, the upside no nail polish either. Aroma is earthy and cooked cane sugar (burrowed from Tim). Slightly sweeter in the flavor with earthy and musky syrup. Alcohol comes through in the thick and bulky dark malts. Just a light lactic character to the finish. Has a full mouthfeel with a surprisingly average carbonation.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking brown beer. THin head. Somewhat tart body with malty, tart, clean flavors. Somewhat yeasty at times and nicely spritzy.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very solid oaky flavor. Gushed all over the place. Started funky and nasty but eventaully became just solid oak with some funk.
ilovedarkbeer (2445) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown reddish color with a large creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose is prunes, wood, cocoa nibs. Taste is chocolate, grapes, and cocoa powder. Moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish.
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ BCTC 2010. Brown, tan head. Nose is that of a nice brown ale along with more chocolate & some alcohol. Flavor is tart chocolate, a bit too bitter & lemony, alcohol. Meh.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cider and Gin aroma. Soft muddy brown. Quickly tart green apple, finishes clean.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours cloudy dark brown with a thick and lacy beige head. Light body and carbonation. Lightly sour fig and lemon aroma and taste.
malrubius (2093) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
BCTC. Hazy brown and foamy. Tart and cocoa aroma. Tart mild cherry fruity with cocoa and dry tart mouth-coating finish. Fizzy. Pretty good.
fordest (2024) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at Woodshop. Brownish pour with smallish head. aromas were fruit and some tart. Flavor was a bit more sour. Sweet too. Not super sour but still pretty good.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of brewdan, poured into a tulip.
The cork comes out with a loud pop and the foam starts running out the top before I can get it to a glass. The pour is a dark hazy brown with an enormous off-white head that shows excellent retention with a rocky cap hanging on for the duration.
The aroma is lightly sour with some tart fruits and a hefty brown sugar sweetness. There are some caramel malts and Belgian yeast in the nose as well.
The taste is a little more sour but itís still not overpoweringly tart with some sweet sugary fruits. The finish is dry and very vinous with an oaky character lingering after each sip. There is a hint of vinegar sourness on the palate as well.
The mouthfeel is extremely lively, effervescent in fact, with tons of carbonation. It leads the medium body to feel almost light with all the bubbles.
This is a very good sour and one that is extremely drinkable due to its subtle sourness. Iím a fan of dubbels as well, so the base sweetness made it more appealing to me.