Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mr L. Smith. It pours hazy gold with a thick white head. The nose is soft, doughy, barnyard, funk,cream cheese, wood and light smoke. The taste is crisp, tart, pretty acidic, sherbet, lemon, orange peel, straw, acid burn and light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Crisp and tart, but rather acidic.
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - picked up in VT. Pours unclear yellow with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma with lots of lemon, peach, some lemon squash. Light-medium sweet flavor with balanced tartness, more lemon, straw, faint apple, hints of salt and alcohol. Light to medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Nicely balanced to finish with citric lemon bite, mild warmth, pear, peach, slight bitter straw. Lovely stuff. Good depth, wonderful balance.
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - pours hazy gold. Tart, lemon zest, bready, and sour aroma. The taste is very sour, lemon zest, citrusy, and a tad sweet. Damn good!!!
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 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, increasing drinkability.
-White grape fruitiness is also present.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, 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 (4898) - 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 (4612) - 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 (5254) - 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 (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 (4117) - 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.