hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and brewed in May, 2008. Very small head that fully diminished, lots of floaties, no lacing, hazy, no visible carbonation, and an orangish hue. The aroma is sour, acidic, vinous, fruity, oak, and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet, acidic, oak, fruity, hint of caramel, sour, tart, vinous, and a fruity, dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a sipping beer IMO, and was very sour tasting almost to the point of being a bit over-the-top sour tasting. If you enjoy sour tasting beers, you will probably enjoy this one.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superb big oaky vanilla aroma, extremely complex and well integrated to the base beer. Flavor is sour caramel with layers of baking spice. Quite sophisticated.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
TR3 Bottle. Cloudy Apricot pour with brown center. Minimal fizz in the bottle but once poured a nice little fizzy head come back up time and time again. Aroma is sour lactic acid, some peach and white grape, some nice soft wood. Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy but relatively smooth, flavor is lactic sour wood, molasses sour malt, nice tannins from the barrel, complexity of malt character and a sharp sourness makes this really tasty. Booze is evident and warms on the way down.
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour of both batches is amber in color with a slight cloudiness. There is some slight carbonation, but noting in the way of head formation.
S: TR3 has a very lactic, lemony nose with a bit of white grapes an only a touch of oak. TR5, on the other hand has a fair amount of oak character with a more reserved tartness and a bit more sweetness.
T: While the fruit character in the nose of TR3 was not all that sweet, there is some definitely sugar and caramel on the palate. The tartness gives the beer a nice balance, as do the slight presence of tannins.
TR5 is a bit more heavy on the wine and grape character, and again, has more oak to it. The dryness and funkiness are present, but moderate at most. The tartness is on the lower side as well.
M: Both beers exhibit a medium body with very mild carbonation and a very dry finish.
D: Despite the surprisingly high alcohol percentage, both beers are very easy to drink. The flavor profile is very different from the two batches, but quite complex and kept me coming back for more.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bad bottle (TR5). Yeast didn’t do its thing, no carbonation and you can see the huge layer of yeast when pouring. Nose is acetic sourness with a touch of wood but it seems as if this had a little to much oxygen in it. Flat with a super cloudy red color. Lots of floating yeast. Flavor is very sour with a little vinegar and a lot of woody cherry flavor. Massive body saves this. I think if this had been a smaller beer it would have really had some off flavors. Instead this is quite drinkable. Nowhere near as good as the usual St Bon Chien, you can definitely tell something is wrong. Still its definitely drinkable. I love this beer, but this one sadly had some issues. Hopefully the Vin Juane turns out better.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home with Mario and Warren.
First things first. Grant, you fookin’ rock hard mate. Thanks so much for sending me this.
Hazy amber and just about managing to hang onto a slim off white head. Big fruity funk and charred wood on the nose. Brown sugar on top, citric acidity and chewy malt in the background. The flavour is just so incredibly juicy. It’s a really assault on the palate. The marriage of charred yet damp wood and lactic sourness is just sublime. Effortless balance, really well integrated, utterly sublime finish of sweet juice and sour wood. A bloody incredible beer. The regular Bon Chien is exceptional, this shifts the goalposts somewhat...
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. thanks to beejay who shared this at the chitown sour tasting... pours a medium cherry red brown with a thin white head... aroma of slightly tart cherry, wood, and caramel malt. nice intermingling of scents here... flavors lended itself to a sour yet sweet profile with a good balance of tart cherry and caramel toffee malts. low to medium carbonation overall with decent body. nice, mild, and drinkable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy copper color. Tart aroma. Vanilla dominates the aroma. Some wood in the nose. Tart flavor and mildly acidic in the throat. Woody finish. Light to a medium body.
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured medium murky amber color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of oak and sour notes with some light white wine notes. Taste is also a complex mix of sour notes with some oak and vinous notes and well balanced acidity. Body is quite full with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex and another winner from a fine brewer.
fonefan (33332) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light unclear medium red orange amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, sour berry, berry, wood, lacto. Flavor is heavy sweet, acidic and light moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Lovely ;O)