tia (1054) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky light brown. Smells tart plus a little cotton candy. Tastes tart and tangy. Dry then fades back to light sweetness.
Butters (3917) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Hazy brown amber pour. Clean tart cherry flavor really comes through. Great tartness from the cherries and sourness kick is perfect. Awesome sour brew. Changes my opinion of Italian beers.
VertBaconStrips (2137) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out a hazy reddish amber after I dribbled in some of the sludge at the bottom of the bottle. Well, isnít this a great surprise! To be greeted by that sour wafting out of the neck is awesome - I had no idea what I was opening - just grabbed it from the Beerium. I didnít even know what this was when I bought it. Just checked the bottle and there is a BBD of 2040.... so... I guess Iíll consider this young then. Iíll have 3 ft long finger nails and worms nesting in my dried out guts in 2040. Lovely sour aroma which after sitting to breathe has softened some of the vinegar. A longer sit totally removed the light vinegar that was there. The sour cherries are there but soft, vinous, very vinous, dank oak and basement, orange, penguin eyelashes. Iíve been taking a sniff before every sip as the aroma alone is making my mouth water. Vinegar and wet wood flavour greets me first, with dulled dark cherries loitering, whoa... Katarina Witt has a HUGE rack! Thus followed viewing full nude shots.... mild bitterness, dark cherries with their slightly sweet and sneaky dark flavours, vinegar bite at the end gets smoothed over with a very nice oaky fruitiness (berries and stuff) that imparts its will with ease. I kinda forgot to mention the funk - itís not much but itís found on every sip. Pretty much zero carbonation but you canít go wrong with this style - just had a very tart twang. Leaves a coating. Now, back to pics of Witt and her scrumptious fun bags.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color that appears as a completely opaque dark ruby color with a very thin off-white head that immediately disappears. No lacing whatsoever.
Funky, slightly acetic aroma with a strong earthy oak presence as well as some funky bugs and vinous dark fruit. Lactic funk with a strong vinegar presence in the nose which is nicely complimented by the sweeter notes. The barrel is prominent with lots of oak and vanilla and the cherries are very forward in the nose.
Medium bodied with a slightly tart, mouth-puckering sourness that is excellently balanced by the oak barrel and vinous dark fruit. Slightly lactic but not too funky with a nice vinaigrette character that never becomes to acetic or harsh. Nice toasted oak presence with hints of earthy wood and vanilla. Supposedly a barley wine was used as a base in the blend but the malt and alcohol flavors are subtle. ABV well masked with faint earthy presence. Only 50% of the blend consists of beer with cherries yet there is a sweet vinous presence that compliments the funk nicely. Tons of sweet cherry flavor balancing things out.
Overall this beer is pretty good but not worth the very high price tag. Not incredibly complex and could use some more funk but still pretty flavorful.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a still and slightly hazy red/brown no foam. Smells sour with hints of lemon, sour cherry, and oak. Tastes very sour with cherries, citric acid, and oak barrels.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml Bottle (Cuvee 2009. Bottle # 0581): Aroma of lightly tart cherries, oak, wood, slight acid, slight leather, slight funk, and tannins. Poured amber/red in color with no head. Not sparkling. Some small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and slight tartness. Tastes of cherries, light funk, light barrel, tannins, and slight oak. Medium body. Smooth texture. Soft carbonation. Medium sweet, lightly tart, cherry, light funk, light oak, and tannin finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a thin head. Phenolic aroma with hints of cherry, caramel and funk. Similar taste with a hint of dark fruit. Points off for palate. Grainy mouthfeel and a strange aftertaste.
reebtogi (4518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle poured a hazy amber-orange color with virtually no head or lacing. Aroma is sour. Taste is sour with some cherry. An interesting beer.
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. An ambitious long term project. Strong sour aroma rushes from the bottle. Beer pours flat dirty copper-amber. Strong sour scent with cherry notes as expected. Smooth like thick wine with cherries instead of grapes. A bit of a sour fruit and cheese residue in the aftertaste. Nice flavor but body could use a little life.
Leighton (13022) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Bottle at ACBF 2011. Pours cloudy, ruby-brown with a few bubbles for a head. Sour nose with some syrupy sugar hints. Perhaps notes of toffee. Oh yeah, this is a sour flavor. Lots of maraschino cherries, perfect sweetness, some honey, tart fruits. Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. Faintly warming finish, lip-puckering sourness, light sugars. Lingering sour notes. Great beer. (4.1)
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to Colin. Pours lightly hazy amber-brown with a fine, white foam head. Tangy fruit nose, some plums and berries. Big sour flavor, tart berries, some funk. Salty and sweaty. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Big tangy finish, plenty of tart berries, sweat. Nice stuff. (3.9)