slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma is deeply sour with lots of fruit. Beautifully complex funk. Clear amber, no head and a slight oiliness on the surface. Amazingly flavorful. Super sour, but with loads of depth, ranging from caramel to peach to lemon. Good firm sourness, rich with a huge range of wild yeast characteristics. Yet still in total balance with the fruit and barrel notes. A truly beautiful beer.
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy vinous notes, light-moderate sour cherries, oak, and a touch of acetone. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with quick dose of cherry. It quickly turns extremely sour with lots of lemon, sour cherry, light vinous notes, and light acetone. Medium bodied with somewhat lively carbonation.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours translucent chestnut amber, topped with a small ring of off white bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma of sour cherry, red wine, and oak. Flavor begins with tart cherry and lactic acid, which is backed with lactic acid, tannins, sweet tart candy, lemon, and wood. Dry, tart finish, with lingering cherries and lactic acid. Decent enough.
NordicV (1128) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange öl med minimalt vitt skum. Vilken doft! Trä, grönmögelost och allmän funkighet. Väldigt vinös och sur, torr cider, omogna frukter, antydan av körsbär i smaken. Den bästa icke belgiska suröl jag druckit.
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottled Jun 29, 2011 thanks to BlackSwan) clear deep amber with a few off-white bubbles. Nose of cherry, Cabernet Sauvignon barrel, wet wood, light grape, sourness, and caramel. Taste of tart cherry, brett, wet wood, bit acidic, vinous, with a tart linger of wine. Nice finish.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. pours a deep amber-orange color with minimal white head. puckering, intense aroma full of barrel, wine, and tart cherry. very intense and exceptional. flavor is much of the same, and is one of the most bold american sours out there. huge cherry tartness, funk, oak, citrus, and brett...just tons of berry juice and fermentation....awesome
arminjewell (6152) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of bottle, hazy reddish with thin to no white head, dissipated quickly. Nice aroma with notes of sour cherry, some dry grapes and definite cab notes, some slight funk, with a touch more cherry of more the jammy quality. Taste is nice slightly tart sour cherry, with nice earthy, funky dry wine, touch of lacto lemon notes in there finishing slightly dry and a slightly weird finish. Good stuff!
Cavie (3785) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy BlackSwan. Pours a clear bright orange that even touches on red. White bubbles on the ring. Aroma is lightly tart, definite wood, and some sour cherries. Flavor is sour for sure, with light wood flavors and some continuing sourness. Very intense and almost harsh on the palate. Definitely sour.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Scott. Thanks! Still missed Margarete, but I’m still keeping the sours going. Pours a ruby copper hue, a rosy tinge with healthy haze, decent frothy offwhite head dies to a small ring, laces pretty much nothing as head eventually dies to nothing. Aromas are doses of red wine, oak, and funky cheese. Touches of vanilla, lots of funky brett, cobwebs, and some cherries, grapes. More cherries, sweet and tart melange with red wine growing, a healthy dose of Brett. Some raspberries. Initial is lighter bodied throwing some healthy acidic and sour essence. Lactic acid, sour cherries, red wine, raspberries, lemons. Moving into red wine tannins, oak, some touches of malt behind it, bready. Lingering lactic acid, yogurt, moving into dry brett, funk, and dust. A touch of cheese. The beer itself is considerably more fruity sour than the nose, which shows more brett and red wine. Into the backend, finish shows some heavier red wine tannins and a healthier acidity, cherries and raspberries, lemons, a touch of red wine vinegar. Quite sour lingering on, brett falls out a bit. Nice, I’d say the beer itself falls a bit in complexity, but the nose is quite nice offering with lots of red wine and cherries, oak, raspberries. Touches of vinegar. I’d like the flavors a little more rounded, but the aroma is quite lovely. Good, not great. Seems to lose some focus in the finish. Really surprised to see some ratings over 4..
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... light copper with lots of amber, a very small light tan ring, but not much to look at... the nose is nice overall but a wish the individual components shone more, generic sour backbone with a bit of red wine on the front a touch of cherries on the finish, good could have been great... tastes decent but no identity, the front is a lot of oak with a bit of red wine, a bit boring, the best part of this is the finish which has some great sweet but very tart cherry notes, wish this part was throughout as it almost reminds me of a lou pepe kriek for a second ... overall a good beer but I’m disappointed, the Coloradans hyped this up for trade value, the Margrete is far superior, get that one