bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy pink-amber body with a small white head. Aroma of cherries, barnyard, earth, vinegar, and light cough syrup. Flavor of sweet cherries, yeast, and some oak.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, pinkish brown in color with a dark cherry aroma, flavors of sour black cherries, woody, briny, one of the best of the night
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours a ruby red grapefruit color with some bubbles. Nose is sour cherry, vinegar, slightly floral and some spices. Quite complex. Taste is more one dimensional but superb, rainier cherries, spices and has a delicious finish. This is a fantastic tasting beer, I loved it and want more as soon as possible.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to the Dallas crew. Very drinkable, medium oak, nice spicy yeast, tart with a healthy dose of funk. Overall a well put together brew.
mar (4466) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. gold with a hint of pink coming through. nose is tart cherries and funk. very nice on the palate with a sour cherry flavor that’s very smooth and delicious.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Surprisingly filtered after having the very cloudy and unfiltered regular sour recently. Pours a clear, bright reddish orange with a frothy and lasting white head. Tart cherries and wild yeast on the nose. Some light new oak notes. Slightly medicinal, but definitely sour. Very light yeasty spiciness. A pleasant earthy funkiness develops as the beer warms. No Tripel to be found on the palate. Wood tannin, tart cherries and plenty of lightly tart wild yeast. Some acetic acid. Just the smallest hint of harsh acetone on the sides of the tongue, but really not all that distracting. Not overly complex, but highly drinkable. Lively carbonation. Lactic towards the end with a very mild stinging, tart finish. Like the other Big Rock sour, insanely drinkable, but far from mind blowing. Thanks Dave!
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy northernbrews. Clear red-brown color, sparse white head. Oaky tannic sour aroma, slight Nyquil character. Nice and tart throughout, fruity, some slight Belgian yeast character for the tripel character. Not bad.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of dmschefke. Pours mahogany/copper with a thin white head. Smells of residual sugar, cherries, oak. Tastes of tarte cherries, some dry oak, some elements of a Belgian tripel. Nice tarte funky finish. Excellent beer and very lambic-like!
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Northernbrews for sharing. Pours a golden pink with a funky cherry aroma. The tartness really overpowers the yeasty tripel. Lots of funk and tart flavors. Very good.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled March 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a finger-and-a-half thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma as I pour this beers is lightly cherry scented with a slightly tart backdrop. A deeper inspection yields a bit of mustiness and a substantial oak-barrel character that provides aromas of coconut and vanillin that are perhaps the most prominent note of the nose. Other aromas provide a touch of butterscotch, something a bit like spicy cherry cough-syrup, a solid woodiness and a touch of cracker-like malt. The cherry notes and the oak aromas combine to form an almost cinnamon like note. The aroma is not overly aggressive and I like the notes that it does have, though it could be a bit more integrated than it is.
Nicely carbonated, the beer has a bit of fizz to it as it rolls across the tongue. The flavors are almost surprising, though in line with the aroma, as I first notice a tart, fruity, cherry character that morphs into a lingering, distinctly coconut like flavor in the finish. My second sip has me noticing more of the woody flavors in the finish as well as a touch of oak spiciness, but that lingering, appetizing, toasted coconut flavor is still there as well. This coconut like note also reminds me of nutty almonds. The cherry notes are quite present up front in the flavor and almost lean-towards / morph-into a distinct blueberry like note towards the finish. I want to describe the fruit character as spicy, but don’t quite know how to say that in a more descriptive fashion. The tartness here contributes a significant tang, but I wouldn’t necessarily describe this as a sour beer. This beer has some body to it, at times it can seem even chewy because of the malt character, though it remains fairly quaffable overall.
The finish of this beer is quite fantastic with its mix of spiciness and coconut / almond flavors. Definitely an interesting, even enjoyable, beer; though it could perhaps use a touch more complexity (fermentation funkiness would be nice) or a tighter integration.