padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by fordest at his house. What a dissapointment. This was a highly anticipated beer of the evening. It may have been bad. I got Band-aid flavors on the first sip. The aroma was nice with ripenned cherries. But that is where the smile ended for me. Finished my sample but I was the only one. Drain poor for most. Bad bottle?
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruxellensis 2008, Brussels, Belgium Hazy, red body. Off-white slightly pink, slighlty brown head. Weak aroma of yoghurt , cherries. Softn, lightly sour, lightly sweet cherry flavour. Well balanced flavour. Not brilliant (lacks complexity), but good.
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Bruxellensis 2008. Cloudy, dark red-brown with a small tan head. Sour cherries nose, hint of wood. Lactic flavours, lots of brettanomyces, creating a perfect blend of dryness and fruit. A bit hard on the tongue. Convincing.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
<b>7.5% so likely the most recent batch</b>
This was definitely a well carbonated beer as it almost immediately foamed up and spilled beer on the counter before I could start pouring and got it over the sink. The head is very fizzy without a lot of structure to it and despite the ample carbonation disappears after a minute or two. The head, when there, was a deeply stained, dark tan colored head that had dark patches to it where sediment had discolored it. The beer is extremely hazy and is a murky, dark amber color. Flavors of cherries are found up front, but there is lots of other stuff going on here. Soft medicinal notes, move to some sweaty-goat like notes, some cured yet slightly moldy leather aromatics and then the finish has a note that is distinctly reminiscent of the fake fruity note found in watermelon jolly rancher candy. This definitely has developed some Brettanomyces character and this and the jolly rancher note become the most noticeable part of the aroma.
Quite dry with a light sweetness to it, this beer has a lightish body, but does have a touch of density to it that keeps it from being thin. Grassy, almost plant stem flavors are found up front and this finishes with some medicinal phenolic notes that at times taste a bit like curing plastic and then olive brine. The light tartness accentuates a touch of earthy, cherry skin flavors, a touch of cherry fruitiness in the finish, a light tamarind note. This definitely has a bit of a vegetal flavor to it and it has a butyric acid induced, earthy, musky, sweaty, old, damp blanket / leather flavor to it as well.
Definitely complex, but doesn’t really work. More fruit flavor would go a long way towards balancing the funky notes here; maybe even a touch of sweetness would help, but I like that this is on the dry side. Based on potential, I will definitely give this another try, especially since I think that there is probably quite a bit of variability between batches.
Purchased: Papago Brewing Co, Scottsdale AZ
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muddy deep burgundy with a little disappearing head. Strong cherry aroma, quite woody, sweet. Fruity yet too sweet for my likings, lack sourness to balance the whole. Not my B.I.’ beer.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very deep dark brown beer with a thin pinkish-hued head. Aroma is quite cherryish and fruity but with loads of wild funkiness. An earthy dustiness, some lightly funky, chewy, dusty aroma. Softly bretty and chewy with a hint of fruity spiciness. The cherry skin tannic spiciness really comes out. Musty and funky and a little bit fruity. Quite sour and rustic with a chewy cherry fruitiness. The flavour of the cherry pits (almond) mixes with a bit of raspberry fruitiness. The cherry aroma really picks up and you even start to get a kiss of dark chocolate. Lingering vineous character. Very unique brew.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing this - this poured a very cloudy red - at first, the aroma and flavor were dominated by strong phenolic character, but as the beer was allowed to breathe, that quality faded, and this turned out to be quite a complex beer - extremely earthy flavor, with a lot of sour/acidic cherry skins and pits - the bacteria fermentation is evident; quite a bit of lacto character - little sweetness - lightly funky, with a slight vinegar-ish bite at the end - interesting.
fonefan (31777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 75cl. Unclear medium red color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white - light red head. Aroma is moderate cherry, barnyard, vinegar, acidic, sour, wood, notes of medicine. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet, moderate acidic and acetic (vinegar) with a average to long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. (180408)
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Someone generously gave me a sample from this $20+ bottle at PP bottle shop. Looks great. Big head, very cloudy red brown color, looks almost chunky. Aroma is mild. I bet the aroma was fantastic at bottling. Great flavor of cherries and a little malt. Not sour as you would expect from the lactic acid. Very nice.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 From O’briens. Gusher lost most of the bottle, insnae gush. Red pour, cherry nose, overall okay, not super great.