FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; September 2009
This beer arrives from the tap served in a tulip glass. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, amber tanned head. The beer is a darkish, brown-amber color that shows a deep, clear red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with rich cherry notes taking the lead role here. Tartness seems to be missing from the aroma, at least it isnít overly noticeable by me, though it is likely an acetic note that is bringing out the cherry notes. Cherry skin note add some complexity here and the nose smells somewhat sweet, other notes of childrenís aspiring and some berry notes add a hint of complexity to what is otherwise a somewhat weak aroma.
Despite the sweetness in the nose the beer tastes quite dry as it first hits my tongue. The beer is most definitely tart, thank goodness, despite not smelling tart at all. The flavor really comes off as washed out though, even watery somehow. There is a soft acetic presence along with a lactic sourness; this is more tart tasting than sour and there is a sweetness that kicks in towards the middle of each sip and continues through to the sweetness; this light sweetness tempers the tartness even more. The beer tastes fruity as well, though perhaps not as pronounced as it was in the flavor; cherry notes are most noticed, but perhaps there is a hint of raspberry as well. A hint of tannins adds some structure towards the finish and there is a very soft malt presence (a hint of toasted malt and a touch of caramel are just perceptible). Really the flavors are just too light here, I really feel like someone took the volume on a normal sour beer and muted the hell out of it. Fairly light bodied, though not overly thin, this beer seems made for quaffing by the pint.
There is quite a nice mix of flavors to this beer, but it really has just been watered down too much. A more concentrated version would likely be phenomenal & for this reason I find this beer quite disappointing.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a red brune body with a thin head. Tart acidic fruit tones, light cherry and wood y notes. A hint of vinegar and some light acidic warming to finish. Okay.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Pours a translucent ruby-chestnut color, capped with a thin off-white head. Aroma of wood, caramel, and sour cherry. Flavor is fairly mild, with tart cherry, wood, and mild acetic acid the primary flavors. Thin bodied. Brief, mildly tart finish. this was pretty underwhelming.
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a nice ruby color, but the aroma wasnít anything to right home about. Decent head that fades fast. The taste is very Lambic-ey, moderately sour. Iím not terribly impressed with it, to be honest. It was fine to try it but Iím not going to buy it again.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím surprized I havenít rated this yet. Iíve seen it at several fests, including the Stone Sour Fests. Anywho. I bought this 375mL bottle at Texas Liquor in Carlsbad. Pours amber red. Leans dry. Tastes oxidized. Big bubble head fades fast. Thin. Not my favorite.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with deep red hues. Notes of oak, leather, brett, toffee, and raisins. Light to medium bodied, dry with soft carbonation. Low acidity.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a large, frothy white head. Lacing is very good. Aromas of port, wine, raspberry, and raisin. Lively beer with a very full beginning followed by a crisp palate. Flavor is primarily raspberry with hints of port and blackberry. Very good sour ale and could almost be a Lambic.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12.7 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby color with a large creamy head. Thins fairly quickly to a half finger layer of head. Decent lacing. Aroma of dry earthy funkiness with a tannic red wine vibe. Taste is very smooth. Dry red wine funkiness with a sweet sugary note. Medium bodied.
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep ruby with a creamy yellow-tan collar. Butter, cherry, iron and slight Brie aroma begging that first sip with a gentle balance of dankness and acidity. Dampness, blood, cherries, mild balsamic touches and biscuit fading into a drying chemical bitterness aftertaste (Acesulfame K). Sour ale for beginners.
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head quickly recedes to nothing. Sour cherry and oak aromas. Tart and dry upfront with cherry turning to a lasting lactic finish.