hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Tower of Power Sour Hour 2011... Hazy amber ale with no head. The bouquet is both acidic and acetic, providing interwoven notes of sour cherries, oak and caramel with a small splash of red wine vinegar. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The tart, malty flavor mirrors the nose, providing additional notes of crusted port and dry sherry. Finishes malty and tart with lingering caramel and dry red wine.
BelgianBeerGal (2869) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Big Beers and Barley Wines. Fairly straight forward sour. Very tart, almost astringent. Nice wine notes that lead to the dry finish.
bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a very thin light tan head that fizzed away immediately. There’s a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and tart, it smells like vinegar, red wine, oak, tart cherries and some plums. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some lemon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but I wouldn’t buy it again anytime soon because it’s pricey ($22.99 a bottle). With that being said, it’s worth trying if you’ve never had it before.
Wittales (514) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear honey caramel with rocky diminishing tiny white head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet toasty malt, then citrus, pinot grape, herbs, spice, wood of oak with tarty tannin red wine, mild alcohol present. Taste was port-like, pinot wine, plum, cherry, red tarty wine, oak, spicey herbal hops. Palate was smooth prickly CO2 with meduim body, long woody sour dryish warming finish. Sourness abound...
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magnum bottle @ MMP. Darn already pretty loaded and Victor pops this baby, on it then, no excuses. Pours cloudy darker amber with a minimal off white head. Aroma is subtile fruity sour acidy malty; clean and excellent. Flavor is sour dryish yet fruity sweetness pungent a bit acetone bitter and astringent. Finishes sour sweet fruity bitter and malty.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A very vinous, okay and semi-sour red ale. Some kind of vinous Flemish Sour Ale. Very good
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when almost 2 years of age
The look: Cloudy red-amber body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is medium oaky, pleasant old-fashion Flemish sour character,
Taste is oaky red-wine, tannins, caramel, raspberry seeds, vanilla, fresh red cherries. Sourness level is relatively low for the style and is the acidity level. Carbonation is on the very soft side, can be on one extreme or the other with BFM Saint Bon-Chien. This version of the Saint Bon-Chien blend is bit less oaky tannic, less sour and more fruity red-wine than any of the previous versions. Easier to drink but also lacking the “Oomph” I loved so much from the better versions. Can easily replace a wine to accompany of a piece of meat. I bought many bottles of this excellent beer thinking I would share them with my wife but she doesn’t like it, so now I’m thinking I may have to resort to eBay, but is that legal to sell my wife?
jtclockwork (6223) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of toffee, caramel, tart dark fruit, wild yeast and cherry vinegar. Moderate tartness. Finishes slightly tart and woody. Medium body.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for opening this! Dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of some vinegar, funky notes with dusty basement, red wine, slight toffee, caramel, dark fruits, some lactic notes as well. Taste is pretty nice funky notes with basement, vinegar and lactic notes, some nice oak, red grape, hints of other dark fruits and caramel/toffee, finishing fairly tart, slightly sweet, and dry.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown pour with no head. Aroma has some sour hints to it, but is almost aroma-less. Mouth is very light and thin. Taste has some vinegar and sour fruit notes to it. Flavor is pretty mild though overall.
Butters (3575) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the mekong beers gone wild. Side by side with the 07 and 11. Had the most flavor of all. All the normal "sour" qualities and "bon chief-ness", but with a much larger representation of fig and plum and raisin. Also, more of a balsamic vinegar note.