brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was surprised to see something like this at Bells. Red Fruit,almost punch like aroma, little indications that this may have some tarness to it. I had no idea about the style before I tried it. Taste was highlighted by a tart cheery raspberry fruitiness, soon to become more sour then tart,sweetness always around, alcohol is evident in a sweet strong way. A lot like Duchesse,not quite as sweet. Everyone at the table liked it
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/brown body with a tiny off-white head. The nose is relatively light - lightly sweet with caramel, light cherry, blackberry and lots of oaky vanilla. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly sour with toffee, grapes, cherry, oak and apple. Medium body is soft with light carbonation and a tart and tannic finish. Nice and interesting coming from Bells.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Draft: Poured at the Eccentric Cafe is this pale/light reddish hued brew. Medium sized, rocky white head, very tingly. Aroma of berries, funk and vinegar. Very tart, sour funk taste with subtle berry notes and some woodsiness coming through as well. This was my second sour ale and I was not displeased whatsoever.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Served in a tulip glass. Poured a hazy brown color with a faint reddish hue. The head was foamy and off white with good retention and lacing. It smelled of sour fruits, especially cherry. medium bodied with mouth puckering acidity on the tongue that peaked at about 6-7 out of 10. The flavor was dominated by sour fruit, particularly cherry and a bit of apple. There may have been some oak as well. Malty caramel and molasses peeked through in the middle bringing some delicate sweetness with them. The finish was tart with some lingering light brown sugar. Good beer.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish brown into a snifter. Smelled nice, juicy and sour, leaving me to wonder what the taste would be. Taste was sour funk, fairly potent but also fairly drinkable, distant fruits, berries soaked in vinegar, maybe a touch of citrus. I thought this was rather nice, fairly sour but nothing to mouth puckering. A little underplayed and one dimensional but a nice effort nonetheless.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Murky red-brown body, thin-medium tight off-white head. Bellís didnít mess around with the funk here; the beer is as sour and moldy as one could hope for, featuring wet socks, bile, and stomach acid, but in an oh-so-pleasant way. Also some musky dark fruit notes and molded wet hay. The funk reminds me of New Glarus Sour Brown, but the base beer that lurks beneath the sour yeast notes is pretty basic and could have lent more to the sum. Rather quick, watery finish with lingering wet hay notes. See also Stineís review.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Thick, maroon colored pour with a thin skin of glassy white. Tart, sweet tannic aroma of Gewurtzaminer white and lots of lactic vanilla oak tones; firm but lighthearted sweetness of pears and unripe, uncut mango. Chased away by a powdery blast of white pepper. Taste is also quite lactic and tart, highlighting dull balsamic and apple juice. Lingering underneath are some peculiar tones of red pepper, salted seafood dripping with sweet butter. Pleasant in a strange way. Medium bodied and quite wet on the palate; somewhat loose. Tangerine-like tanginess and a softened but still firey sour bite in a finish that stays quite acidic and never really transitions into that powerful lemon juice drying effect; not quite forceful enough. It seems a bit young, but itís altogether pretty tasty, and a great first run at a true sour from this brewery.