Cletus (6355) - 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 (1248) - 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 (4133) - 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.
beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from hoppymeal, thanks a lot Derek. Pours with a glowing orange color and a small head. Looks filtered. Aroma is thin aceto, a bit of sour cherry, and a green apple acetone. All the aspects are there just seem a bit stripped down. Taste is even more stripped down with more aceto and acetone. I like the beer but I need something more behind that... well sometimes anyway. Its one dimensional but its a good dimension.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear purple orange with a brief white head that settles to a thin coating. Nose is sour cherry, yeast, candi and pepper. Nostril stinging tartness. Prickly carb with a smooth medium body. Taste is cherry, lemonade and yeast. Dry finish with cranberry and dough. I loved the idea of this brew and it came through admirably even if a little pop-py.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CPLYFO 09. Bottle thanks to Northernbrews! Pours a pinkish violet body with a frothy head but fizzes down quite a bit to a film. Aroma is dark skinned tart cherries- almonds, cyanide, cherry wood mulch, more woody oak, light funk earth and dirt with Belgian yeasty phenolics- slight plastic but nice. Funky and horsey in the flavor slight cheese, lots of nice tart cherries, almond paste, slight salty bretty oxidation, Belgian yeast, doughy, phenolic and some olive brine mixing with a tart astringent sour cherry pit and a tart refreshing finish. Quite unique in a good way. Nice.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… C&P’sLYFO Throwdown… Cloudy, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Earthy, fruity aromatics of wood, bourbon and cherries. Medium to full-bodied with a bit of an abrasive mouthfeel. Sour, woodsy essences of fruit, cherries and cedar, not oak (for me). Lightly bitter, moderately tart, dry finish. Bottle provided by northernbrews! * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles courtesy northernbrews. Pours a mostly clear dark rose color. A minimal, foamy white head leaves micro-spot lacing behind. Aromas include a somehwat candyish malt base with a big bourbon presence, along with a hefty amount of sour cherry and acidic citrus notes. Traces of mild brett funkiness are in there for good measure. The flavor follows suit, with sharp, tart cherry and citric lemon essence showing plenty of sourness, all working surprisingly nicely with the funky oak and vanilla laden bourbon. That candy tripel malt profile seems to have been eaten up by the wild yeast, as there’s really not much sweetness to be found (which is a good thing). Medium-bodied, semi-dry and tart, the palate shows just a touch overly hot, but is otherwise agreeable. This is a damn solid brew. These Big Rock guys make some nice stuff.
PhillyBeer2112 (2728) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FRO Throwdown: Copper color, light carbonation. Bourbon and oak, funky and not sure if I can get any cherries on the nose. Oak is nicely presented. Sour and oaky with a kiss of bourbon at the finish and some weird unique barrel funk that I found hard to describe.
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. clear reddish orange pour wtih a white head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, yeast, and tart cherries. Sour flavor with sour cherries, bourbon hints, funk and an acid finish. This was sour, but the true flavors of the beer came through and was enjoyable.