Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for splitting this with b3shine and myself at a local tasting. I can’t wait to open my Love Child #3 to see how it stacks up. I’d never expect Boulevard to be a potential sour powerhouse even though their Smokestack line is often stellar. This proves me wrong.
Aroma / Appearance - The bronze caramel body fizzes in place. Cherry pie, heavy sweetness, and a vinous aspect are maybe a bit too much like a liquid version of Twizzlers. Otherwise it is works well.
Flavor / Palate - Bready and warm the mouthfeel is chewy. Leathery edges stick to the throat along with a sour feel that emerges after a while. It might not have the sharpness of an all out sour ale but the balance makes it easy to drink. I’d enjoy a bottle by myself if I had a few hours to spare.
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good sour. Reminds me of some of the best geuzes. The funk is immediate and apparent in the aroma and taste. Sour apple, aged wood, and yeast. Tried at the Cunigan’s tasting party in 2012.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to me! Pours deep, cloudy amber with beige, somewhat fizzy head. Aroma is very nice, notes of some funk, acidic, cherry with light hints of bourbon and extremely subtle wood. Flavor is fairly complex, much the same as aroma and sour. Light-medium body with a light but yet fizzy carbonation. Overall, for $20 I better like this!!!
madvike (2728) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jmagnus87...thanks Josh! - Pours hazy roasy amber with a ring of light tan head. Nose is cherries and a light breadiness. Fairly tart. Taste is pretty tart with cherries, a touch of vinegar, some stone fruit, and bready malt. A bit cheesy. Well-carbonated with a fluffy body.
Steve_0 (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Dan’s house. Pour is hazy peach in appearance with a small off-white head. Cherry, peach skin, tannin, fruit pit, light cheese, spice, barnyard, and leather in the aroma. Taste is super sour, heavy acetone, light vinegar, peach, tannin, oak, and yeast with a long-lasting acidic finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Nice sour!
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 750ml bottle. Fruity and tart aroma, with notes of oak, vanilla, red grape, cherry and faint background sweetness. Cloudy red-orange in color, head is slight and fading. Flavor profile is predominantly fruity, also woody and earthy, plenty more red/berryish fruitiness here along with faint hints of vanilla, citrus and balsamic. Finishes very tart and dry, nary a trace of the alcohol to be found. Low in effervescence, moderate level of acidity here. Not a bad example of a Flanders Red style sour, would be nicer if it came in smaller bottles and at a lower price. Thanks to Eugene!
AdamJackson (2598) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired in a trade. I really enjoy these Boulevard beers. Enjoyed at 60F in a tulip. Very still, no head. The cork barely made it out of the bottle.
A - Murky reddish brown. Still. No lacing at all.
S - Nice grape skin musk on the nose, cherries and lavender with some oaky tropical fruit scent.
T - Very tart and bitter up front. Bretty, dry and crisp in the middle. Last bit is a weird identify crisis and i get vanilla and charred smoke and bourbon.
M - No carbonation, light body. Very dry.
O - It’s a weird beer. I love the start and hate the finish.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange amber mostly clear with barely a grey head. Aroma is subte, tang, tropical fruit, and a tad bit of barbecue. Body is thinner bring light cherry and tart candy with a drier sweet tangy yeast.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into glass. Good bit of sour funk in this one. Nice balance between the fruit characteristics and the tartness. Easily drinkable and the ABV is masked extremely well. Very good sour!
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome beer. Super sour with cherries and a hint of green apple. A little oaky wood in there too. Nice bit of funk. I would love to try this one again with a couple years of aging.