Ernest (7343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly/fully diminishing
Body is cloudy light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of sour apple, lemon/lime juice, oak.
Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly astringent.
Another very solid entry from Ducato, a fairly consistent and skilled brewery, I’m finding (still a big fan of Brett Peat Daydream after many samples from both bottle and draft). This is a mish-mash of lambic and Berliner Weiss (and at least by ingredients, gose, but honestly I can’t really tell there’s salt in it), absolutely tear-inducing sourness but somehow there is just enough sweetness to make me sorta grin and go for another sip, almost like a glutton for punishment. Sourheads will surely think I’m exaggerating, but of course everyone has their own thresholds for various odors and flavors, and I am very sensitive to sourness. It’s an accomplishment for a brewery to make something like this that I not only find drinkable, but enjoyable. Extreme sourness can work just fine for me if (A) it’s not also significantly bitter, (B) it’s aromatically enticing and clean (something Crooked Stave and Odd13 and many others need to work on), and (C) the mouth experience is pleasant...it’s very common for sour beer to have a stark, prickly, overly tannic mouthfeel that just isn’t any fun to drink. This is indeed a bit on the watery and fizzy side, but it’s not bad at all, better than most 4% beers and certainly sour beers of any gravity. Bravo, Ducato.
jjsint (2373) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg tap at the Italian Job. Whitish yellow, completely cloudy. Tiny bits of white head floating on top. Sharp lemon, some posset with creamed banana. Intense milk sour taste with salt to the fore and following to the finish. Salt on the tongue and intense acidity in the back if the throat. Thin and somewhat oily body. Very tasty and intense as hell for 4%. A top gose.
Towey1989 (1893) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at The GBBF, London. A hazy straw colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of apple, some pear, slight barnyard, lemon, a little yogurt, a hint of grapefruit and subtle salt. Taste of tart lemon, grapefruit, apple, slight yogurt, lactic acid, a hint of salt and subtle barnyard. Light bodied and a slick texture. A tangy, lactic, citrus finish. A well made gose, good tangy sourness, citrus fruits and a little salt. Decent.
daje (4123) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cafe Sara, november 29th 2015. Hazy golden body, medium white head. Aroma of apples, grapefruit, barnyard. Taste is fruity with mild saltiness, quite sour, with a floral apple finish. A strange one.
Vighals (3252) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Matt gul lett tåkete uten skum. Lukter syrlige epler og bæreddik. Sursyrlig smak og lukt. Lett. Middels lang, syrlig,noe sitrus, tørr avslutning
Baramba (973) - ITALY - MAY 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Vanilla/white cloudy colour with no head. Funk aroma, herbs, salty and sour flavour
BeerViking (4195) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Italian Job, cloudy yellow with a fast-settling head, tangy lactic nose with a faint hint of perfume. Salty and tangy, with notes reminiscent of ascorbic acid or hibiscus tea. Salty lemony finish.
Rask0lnikov (785) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at TCBW 2016. Pale yellow colour. No head. Citrussy and acidic aroma. Hints of vinegar, but no saltiness. Really sour beginning. Vinegar. Acidic in the middle. Citrusses and vinegar again in the end.
VastActiv (5715) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weeken 2016, Tallinn. Colour is cloudy yellow with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Salt, fruits, citrus and tartness.
martjoobolut (3142) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at TCBW. Pours yellow. Aroma is sour and acidic. Flavor follows the nose, but has also some salty notes. Overall: nah, another boring lacto nonsense.