bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 12oz bottle ) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, cherry, caramel, and wood. Flavor of grass, cherry, green raisins, vanilla, caramel, light herbs, and leather.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle
This lurked for a while in the cellar before I shared it with tastybeer. A very fine sour beer, I wish that I had a few more of these lurking around. They are spendy but seem to hold up well if treated with respect. If you have any you wish to get rid of you know how to find me.
Aroma / Appearance - The stiff white head settles down into a caramelized murky base. Carbonation breathes life into the glass to keep it interesting. Tart, slightly vinegary aromas waft with a citrusy tang of oranges and lemons. Hints of bourbon barrel aging sneak in from time to time to give more depth.
Flavor / Palate - Lactic notes dominate from the first sip. Mildly sour compared to big intense lambics it has a bite but is not overwhelming. Orange cheesecake carries into a acidic finish. This is not quite world class but it is not far off the mark either. If you are lucky enough to have one sitting around then enjoy a treat.
tastybeer (1312) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky gold pour, big off-white head. Good retention/webby lace. Aroma of white wine, funk, barrel, lemon, dust. Taste is tart, lightly lactic, barrel, white wine, lemon, booze, a bit buttery. Palate is sharp carbonation, slick, tart finish.
joeneugs (2138) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ouncer. About 3.5 years in the bottle. Light gusher. The color is kind of a muddy burnt orange with a huge, foamy orange head. The aroma has lots of barrel and tart, vinous fruit. Some candi sugar and fruity malts. The flavor has more sweet red grapes with a biting, peppery sourness. Not too acetic, but there is a hint of vinegar there. I get more buttery chardonnay than the cab, but that may just be some oxidation creeping in. Very little bourbon, but you can pick it out if you look for it. The alcohol is noticeable and the sour is a bit abrasive in the finish. I would have expected more funk from an aged bottle, but none to speak of except a hint of leather. This one has taken on most of the characteristics of the barrels it was aged in. Not bad, and a pretty good blend actually.
mcberko (4044) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, acquired via an in-person trade with bvc (thanks Brandon), pours a murky brownish dark amber with a humungous off-white head that takes forever to recede. Aroma is compex, full of various barrel characteristics, especially the red and white wines, oak, quite a bit of funk from the brett, low vinegar and a light acidic quality. Flavour is intense and remarkably complex, at first revealing loads of the wine (red first, then white), oak, lots of brett which has had plenty of time to promulgate this beer, and some moderate acidity. I don’t get any notes from the port or bourbon barrels - the wine and wild yeast essentially characterize this complex monster. Carbonation is very high, but more or less fitting. A very complex, slow sipper, that age has helped out I believe. Excellent stuff.
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy copper orange thin tan head. Nose has fair amount of ripe cherry, decent bit of wood, notes of red wine an lightly tannic, lactic acid in back, plum pits. Taste is more lactic, faintly acetic in back. Fruits are more muddled, cherry, dark grape, almost candied, and some plum pit. Note of olive in the lingering light to moderately sour finish. Body is a touch oily, light and well carbonated for easy drinking. Flavored aren’t extremely bright, they have a fair amount of depth but slightly flabby. Decent stuff.
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample at HF bottle share. Grapes, oak, vinegar, vanilla, and light funk. Really nice beer here that is pretty remarkable at almost 11%.
Ernesto987 (2365) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle share at hill farmstead, Wow! the barrel characteristics on this sour are very impressive, grapes and vineous notes all over the place. The bourbon adds good vanilla as well. Great beer!
Hair6a11 (1156) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pour is murky dark golden with a fine bubbled off white head in this glass. Retention is mild, and lacing is mild here. The nose is vinousness, wet oak, dark malts, and some earthiness. The flavor profile is quite nice here, and quite complex. Dark fruits, dark malts, clear barrel treatment of wet oak, vinousness, and a hint of bourbon here. Some acetic, mild funk, and sour for sure. This is a nice one for sure, masks the alcohol well, and has a nice sweetness, too
deyholla (4770) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ari. Pours a hazy amber with a light brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of tart fruits with a bit of wine and light backing funk. Flavor has a bit of mellow tartness with a good amount of wood and backing light grain.
KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/14/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.
The beer is a amber brown color with a big white frothy head. Great retention on the cap, and a bit of lace sticks to my glass.
A bit of caramel, lots of dark cherry and lemon zest form a strong nose.
The flavor starts with a smooth sweetness, with a bit of dark cherry and lemon zest give me a tart, lactic, and slightly acetic sour flavor.
If anything, this is a bit overcarbonated. Bubbly carbonation kind of overwhelms my tongue and distracts from the taste. The body is on the light side, and there is a lactic acidity as well. A bit grainy as well.
This was a definitely a solid sour. Avery makes some interesting sours for sure.