TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF 2009 - Pours dark golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Notes of brett, cherry, acidic/lactic, barnyard, and berry. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. An enjoyable sour.
craftbeerdesign (2195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... Really nice Sour from Bells! I was really excited to see them pouring this one.... and it was one of the only ones left at their booth... pours a murky golden brown... sour citrus nose... some funk on the nose as well... light to medium body... nice tart finish. very enjoyable.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2009. Pours a hazy medium amber with a light beige head. Aroma smells like wild berries and mild funk. Lighter side of medium bodied. The flavor really captures the flavor of wild berries, with a light maltiness in the background. The sweetness is just right, so that the controlled tartness can play into the mix. Acetic traits are tame, in a good way. I like this because it’s not thick sour bomb. Excellent, and extra points for getting the "wild" berry flavor into the beer, something I have never experienced before. It reminded me of when my grandfather and I would go berry picking along the country roadsides.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. I was very pleased to see Bell’s experimenting with sours on my trip to the brewpub, but this one did not grab my attention from the beginning. The aroma consists of strawberry fruit roll-up, tart cherries, and bit of herb. The pour had a fairly light head, dirty cloudy body, and straight red color. In the flavor, there’s some basic tart fruits, funk, and herbal notes but not as much good grabbing sour as I would like. Fairly light feeling and tasting overall. I still liked drinking this one, but it was pretty uninteresting in general.
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF2009 - hey, Bells can do a sour ale! - moderately acidic and acetic, with mild leathery funk to go along with it - some fruity notes compliment the vinegar-ish qualities - quite dry, without much of the base malts detectable - more lacto than brett here - a tiny bit salty on the end - decent.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Kalamazoo Brewing Co./Eccentric Café. Appearance is faded orange brown. The flavors and aromas are a sweeter sour with some peach and nectarine. The palate is a mild sourness with a light puckering feel.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dan’s Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #45 of 90 (OHHHHH, we’re halfway there!!!). On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. Pours cloudy amber brown. Has a sour, dry fruit taste. A lighter version of this style and very nice. A very good sour taste. If you’ve tried a sour and it was just too much for you, try this one. I’d consider it a ’gateway’ sour ale.
Tmoney99 (11099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cafe.
Poured clear brown color with an average creamy white head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Moderate prune, funk yeast and earthy aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate duration.
I would recommend this as very good beer and for style.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the eccentric cafe. Hazy red with small head. Aroma is sour/tart cherries with sweeter grapes, slight lacto, a light woody quality (oak?). Flavor is sweeter cherries and grape with tart earthiness, slight sour, lacto yogurt flavor, oak. Medium, creamy body. Pretty nice and refreshing but slightly unrefined, I can dig it though.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a murky, deeper red-orange colored body with a thin, creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a light lacing. Aroma is sweet with some lightly tart cherries and a subdued sourness. Only a light funk and oaky smell to it. Flavor is forward based and really dies at the end. Sweet with more lightly tart cherries, a light oak, and no malt presence. Light bodied with a light crispness at the end. Actually somewhat watery once the flavors drop out. Overall, not a lot of depth to this sour, which isn’t actually that sour to begin with. I don’t like the quick, somewhat watery body either.