thome50 (769) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a dark tan head that is present with an aggressive pour. Aroma is of heavy grape with loads of funk, cork, vanilla and tobacco.Taste is again, wine forward. More of a funky/brett wine than anything else. Mild sour notes, vanilla, bourbon and some horseblanket elements. Overall, this is one of the most complex beers Iíve experienced in this style. Dark sours are interesting but not my everyday thing.
probstblueribbon (2622) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle shared by Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a tulip glass. Bottled FEB 10 2009. 24SE11.
App.: Deep brown with a light mocha veil.
Aroma: Strong, rich, malty, tangy and funky, Sauvignon Blanc notes, some wild character with Lambic notes (a little rubber, barnyard, etc.), bitter green herbs, some sour fruit, wood notes, white pepper, minerals, lemons, nice.
Palate: Medium body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Dark dried fruits, rich sweet malt notes, the tang, funk and wild are turned way down here, surprising, seems like a very tangy porter, some peppery spiciness, maybe it is subliminal advertising, but there are some wine notes in the finish; off-dry with some bitterness, gentle tang and a deep sour cherry and molasses finish.
Very interesting and complex. The tartness is not missed!
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: December 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: BVery Description: Opaque dark brown pour with no head or lacing, grape and brett in aroma, taste like a whit wine wth a sour dry finish, light to medium bodied.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a fairly minimal head. Awesome sour nose with brett, grape, and wood. Medium palate. Taste has the same elements as the nose, but the nose is a little more pleasing. Good stuff.
jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, brett, tart/sour cherries and wood. Great sour flavor with notes of brett, cherries, wood and roasted malts. Sour finish. Very good.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from portableparty...Thanks! Pour is a clear dark black, with quickly diminishing cola head that leaves only a skim and a ring, with ok lacing. Aroma is tart, with a bit of dark malt character, some cherries, grape skins, wood. Nice. Taste is a bit muddled, with a slight bit of roasty malt on the front, moving to light tartness, some nice astringent grape skins. Brett funk finish, with a slightly plastic character. Some boozy heat too, which is slightly surprising. Overall, I liked this beer. I think it might have been better a bit younger, but would the brett have been present then?
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Dark black pour, a little ring of carbonation and a slightly sour red wine aroma. Light, effervescent, lively body, flavors of funky red wine, red grape peels and slightly boozy on the finish. Decent beer, worth a try if you can still find a bottle.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Pretty stoked to see this on the shelf at my local store! Pours dark brown with a soapy kahki head that dissipates to a whispy film and tight collar. Aroma is pure funk and wet wine corks with hints of sourness and white grapes that have spoiled. Taste is really funky, but pleasent at the same time, I get wood, wine, corks, and rotten grapes with a sour bitterness throughout. The sourness is definitly on the back end of this compared to other sours, but the funk is strong. Palate is medium and slick with a subtle fizz and ends dry. Really glad I got to try this one, definitly worth trying!
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark brown sour ale with a thick brown head. In aroma, a superb molassy anf grassy sour mash, with white grapeskins, Orval Brett, cork and pepper and alcohol warmth. In mouth, a smooth yet sour dark malt with dark fruits, molasses, soysauce, fruity acidity, warming and nice. Tasted with Probstk. Bottle from Federal Wine in Boston, approx. a year old.
flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pretty much black with a yellowy off-white head. Tart, funky aroma, vinegary with barrel notes, red fruits, and dark fruits. First thing that strikes me in the flavor after a quick tart note is a nutty, earthy flavor, moving into red grape and cocoa, oak, still with a general tartness and dry bretty funk. This is pretty good, but it feels like it could stand to be less restrained. The flavors are overall a bit too mellow, at least after two and a half years in the bottle.