brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky brown pour, decent head, tons of sticky lace. Aroma reminds me of a brown ale with tart fruit in the background. Taste is sweet and malty. Mild acidity yields minimal sourness. This is either a different take on the Oud Bruin style or a miss. Regardless, I prefer the more fruity, more funky, more sour versions. Was hoping this was similar to the Jacobins for its style, but alas...
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sort of a ruddy brown, much darker than the picture with a light tan foam. Aroma is lightly tart cherry, caramel, sweet. Taste is again sweet, cherry cordial, tart cherry, light acetic sourness. Really nice.
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ter Reien, 14/02/12. Another one that’s got away for far too long. €1 bottle from Het Bierpaleis, BB 27/07/11. Anywhere else I’d give a f**k. Aroma like a vinegared scallop purchased under a brick viaduct in Leeds- beautiful; deep fried, balsamic. Pronounced oak. Muddy ruby with a cream mousse lacing heavily. Shockingly good with more raspberry-like acidity than Rodenbach; iron, mushroom, caramel, battered sausage batter. Wholemeal and evergreen notes; some stewed black tea, river fish (carp). Lipton’s iced tea with lemon. Stretching my descriptors; complex, not the sticky mess I was expecting, very drinkable. Probably the surprise of the trip. Just a shame the old label seems to have disappeared.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a little head. Vinegary nose. Only slightly vinegarry nose and smell.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Too many sour ales are one dimensional and lacking in depth. Not so with this one. There was a sweet and savory presence that supported and was uplifting to the tart and sour notes. One of the best I have had in this style. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown color with a medium sized fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour and tart with notes of cherry, oak, plum and faint savory spices and bread. The flavor had an initial burst of tar and sour citric acid and lactic acid followed by oak, honey,sourdough bread and followed again by more lactic and citric acid. The flavor blend and support each other as they wash over in waves and each sip begins the whole cycle over again. The finish was long, tart and sour yet remained rich and vibrantly malty. Fairly full bodied. Amazing.
Trev (1956) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pour is reddish brown with a thin light tan head.
aroma is woody, tart cherry like fruitiness. hints of vanilla and light chocolate.
flavour is tart fruity, woody, thin sourness.
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown beer with a red-orange shine, good head, just should hold maybe some longer. Smell is sour-sweet fruits, caramel. Same with the taste, it’s drinkeable for someone not really loving this style of beer.
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
feisty you are! .. . pours a deep ruby .. light head, light lacing .. . i can’t believe you lost the muff mobile .. . fantastic taste and feel, good stuff .. . . Yes, it’s a Cinquecento Hawaii, but it’s also freedom. It’s the possibility of driving our own destiny. We can be what we want now, push our lives literally in the direction we want them to...oh Christ, is that a tape deck?
pivnizub (8999) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear, ruby-amber coloured, medium sized lacy off-white head, moderate sourish cherry-fruity and slightly balsamico-like (cellary) nose; light to moderate sour-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; slightly lingering fruity-sourish finish, rounded by caramelly traces and followed by a slight tartness in the aftertaste. Really good and very moreish…
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Great label. Pours brownish red, clear, without much head. Sweet nose of caramel, wood, cherry skins. Hint of wet dog. Tastes a bit sweeter after a brief tart hint. Bit of metallic finish. A little prickly with carbonation but thin overall, as is the taste.