AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Review Eight Hundred! Received this in a trade from Dak. Enjoyed at 60 Degrees F in a wine glass.
A - Poured a raisin dark brown. 1 finger reddish brown head produced but faded instantly. It’s a very low carbonation, still beer.
S - I get a red balsamic vinegar up front. This is followed by cherries and cranberry juice.
T - Loads of bitter tannins up front. The back of my throat sort of chokes on the amount of acetic acids in this beer. It makes me choke because, while tasting, I’m trying to move the beer around on my tongue and the acidity is way too much. At the finish, I get oak, cherries and more red wine notes.
M - Light body, light carbonation. Not a lot going on with mouth feel and I can’t pick up the rum, bourbon or chardonnay at all.
O - This is the most vinegar heavy flanders red I’ve ever had. It’s disappointingly high acid profile on par with drinking balsamic vinegar it’s just too much. A bummer and nothing like any other flanders I’ve had.
b3shine (7858) - Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks arminjewell). Looks solid; a cloudy dark amberish brown with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and oaky with a moderate acetone presence alongside notes of vinegar. Tastes like it smells with a mild vinous presence as well. The acedone is fairly hidden when cold, but comes out as the beer warms and opens up. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full-bodied. Not good.
BiiruBierBeer (929) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can’t smell anything from this bottle. Nice sour brown taste to it. Very solid sour, but I’ve had many like it.
djd07 (8762) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a clear copper with no head. The aroma is dark fruit, vinegar, wood. Thin mouthfeel with very sour vinegar, dark fruit, wood. Good.
wedgie9 (2585) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown with an average white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is super sour lemon vinegar with nice toasty chocolate malt and some dark cereal. The flavor is the same sour attack up front, moving to the dry chocolate malt. The body is medium and quite tannic with just under average carbonation and a long, very sour and toasted malt finish.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to BeerandBlues2. Poured a light hazy ruby color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of brown sugar, light acidic notes. Flavor was light dark fruits, tart sour cherries, touch of rum and bourbon notes in this one. Alcohol was nice and mellow, tartness was tasty. Light vinous notes.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thank you sir! Clear brown color, tan head. Aroma of sourdough brownies, brandied cherries. Taste is softly sour plums, prunes. Very tasty.
slowrunner77 (9392) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"3500 baby! This sour ale was significantly sour and acidic, as most of Avery’s sours have been. Dark malts and all kinds of barrel complexity, all complementing the base beer. Some vinous notes from the red wine, and more bourbon presence than the others, though I’m sure we’d be able to tell if they were absent."
marcus (8797) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tap & Handle. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a magnificent sour brown flavor with a lot of substance and a lot of sour. Almost, but not quite puckeringly sour.
wchesser (1845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hmmm....judging from the recent ratings seems to be some bottle variation on this one. Cellared at 50 degrees since release from brewery. Cap comes off with a puff....thick pillowy slowly fading head. Great carbonation. Sour wood, red fruit, red wine barrel on the nose. Tart red fruit (cranberry, currant), pineapple flavors, lemon tartness, and red wine elements. Delicious stuff.
Beerman6686 (6108) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow this one was pretty rough. Poured a ruby red color with a small off whtie head. Aroma was of super sour vinegar and rotting vegetables and bourbon. Falvo was pretty similar, mouth puckering, vinegar, odd saltiness and barrel. Just weird and not in a good way.