MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
Elderflowers bloom throughout this most elegant of Sour Ales, leaning on puffs of wilderness, natural yogurt and tropical fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty straw blond.
-This is a rare sour beer which doesnít try to wow you with thousands of wild yeast notes or blinding acidity. It plays a few notes, but these notes are so full of care and precision that they quickly become endearing.
-Bubbles are tiny and relaxing.
-Tartness is refreshing.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Duntís Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice bubbly golden hue, decent haze and nice glow. Loose whitish ring sticks around and laces ok. Aromas are firm sour apple, touches of pear and citrus. Mellow lactic and yogurty acidity. Mellow bread, straw, vanilla and bread. Initial is fuzzy and dry, firmly potent with a richer sour and fuzzy vibe, good carbonation, apple and crab apple, touches of pear, lemon and grapefruit. Touches of bread, straw, gentle funk and dryness. Middle is dry, fuzzy and sour. Nice stuff. A bit underdone with nice citrus and fuzzy carbonation. Backend is dry, big rind and tartness, some bitter elements, some gentle lingering yogurt. Finish is a bit acidic lingering on. Solid. A bit more restrained, the complexity isnít necessarily there but itís certainly quite drinkable.
markwise (4347) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of a recent Tampa Tasting. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is lemon, tartness, biting lacto, oak, white wine, citrus, and funk. Flavor is similar- lemon, biting lacto, white wine, citrus, and funk. Medium in body, fizzy, and a very interesting sour overall.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Three Penny Taproom on 3/16/14
Mostly clear straw-golden body looks quite gueuze-like and has a small, poorly retained white head and plentiful carbonation in the liquid. Sediment left behind in bottle.
Light sulfur and quite an authentic malo-lactic presentation in the nose is deliciously reminiscent of Cantillon gueuze. Hay, earth, lots of funky barnyard and soft but strong acids fill the nose. More malt presence than the top Belgian gueuzes, though not necessarily more sweetness; I just get more biscuity, lightly bready notes that are certainly not unwelcome and characterful in their own right. A fair amount of buttery, woody oak in the nose, but certainly not overdone by any stretch.
Sweet and sour notes collide up front, with more raw oak and acetic acid than the top gueuzes. It quickly softens out though, leading to more lactic notes, strong brett acids and a clean, sour finish that still has some of the light malt sweetness lingering.
A bit looser/more watery in texture than the best, but thatís a pretty minor complaint. Really thereís not a single major issue with the beer. Any Belgian lambic house could be proud to serve this. A touch sweeter than I would prefer and the alcohol, while not disturbing the flavors, always seems to lighten/loosen the body the higher it gets (in a lambic), Iíve found. Awesome beer, though and Iím sure the longer these guys keep brewing and adjusting, the better itís going to get.
vtafro (2469) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light golden pour with white head. Citra, Brett, and lighter oak aromas. Flavor is funky, lemon, citrus and wild flavors. Very nice.
jcartamdg (1673) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy light yellow, with no head. Aroma of citrus, lacto, Brett, funk. Taste is tart, fruity, vinous, really complex. Fantastic beer
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Semi-hazy gold pour with a white head of foam. Aroma is funky and peachy. Also some tropical fruits. Funky fruity sweet taste. Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy lemon, thin small bubbled white head. Lotion and white grape nose, light sulfur and considerable hay brett esters. Tons of white grape and sugar at the front, some hay mid before light grain and playdoh in the sugary, fizzy finish. Reminiscent of peconic with more sweetness, less tannin.
beernbourbon (1265) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to my buddy Lewis and his wife. Pour is golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is funky, sweet, and lightly tart with light fruity hints. Flavor is apricot sweetness up.front with waves of light funk, light sweetness, and faint floral notes. Really delicate and well balanced. Great beer.
umich03jm (1589) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Tom for the trade. Shared at Jeffís. Pours light yellow with a small fizzy carbonation that quickly fades to a very small ring. Aroma is sour lemon sugar candy with musty wood and grass. Some light barnyard notes too. Taste is mostly sour lemons but thereís a really nice fruitiness too. I think itís maybe apples and grapes. Perfect amount of light barnyard in the moderately tart, crisp, dry finish. Nice bubbly carbonation. Great stuff. Sours are definitely growing on me now and this was my favorite to date until I had an even better one later that day.