wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red. Head is moderate but doesnít linger much past 30 seconds. Nose is quite tart up front with heavy notes of sweet and sour raspberries, black berries, black cherries, some lactic sourness and some light but evident basement funk. Flavor is quite tart. More intense and complex sour than the nose would reveal with some well blended acetic and lactic sour qualities but more on the lactic side. Heavy leathery malt flavors again with some light fruity berry flavors and some darker sweet malt flavor to start then finishes quite tart. Full body and carbonation is lively. Some warming qualities mixed in as well. This was quite the treat for a Tuesday night!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from The Map Room. Pours a hazy amber-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big funky Brett with a really nice, tart cherry sourness and some vinous characteristics. Some lactose acidity, a bit of a dry wood, a light bourbon note, and a lightly sweetened caramel malt and dark toffee creeps in there too as this warms a bit. Flavor is similar. Tart cherries with just a touch of sweetness up front as well as a slightly acidic lactose, lots of Brett funk, and vinous notes before some woodiness comes in along with a light, smooth caramel maltiness. A bit of a leathery note and dark toffee towards the end as the wood carries this into the finish where a light bourbon comes out and this ends dry, clean, tart, funky, and slightly acidic with a touch of smooth maltiness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body and a soft, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really nice wild ale. Lots of tart cherries and sour, slightly acidic lactose notes with a nice wood presence, a light bourbon, and a subtle malt backing that is lightly sweetened and smooth. Big fan of this one.
Lukaduke (2120) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a ruby murky rusty color with a touch of mocha colored head that dissipate immediately. RIpe dark fruit aromas of rotted fig, wet bark, sour cherry and a mulled vanilla rise from the background. On the palate this is a well made perfectly balanced sour red with great finesse. Good measures of acidity, funk and antiquity come through beautifully. Gonna lay one down for a bit and see what happens...
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber brown brew with some off-white head. Nose is funky and tart - cherry, oak, tobacco, and vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, earth, dark fruit with a vinous feel.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Gomerís Leeís Summit. Aroma is light but tartness and a hint of leathery funk are detectable. Small white head disappears quickly leaving only tiny bubbles around the rim of a cloudy burnt orange color. Sour (but not too sour) from the start, with nice tart fruit elements throughout- apricot, cherry, and lemon (maybe thatís just the sour) become more vinuous at the finish. The leather mixes with the oak barrel and there is a hint of bourbon, which i could do without but it didnít bother me either. Altho the head is gone the carbonation is still evident and changes from tingly to lightly creamy at the end. Finish is perfectly dry to leave you wanting another drink and itís not so sour that you feel you need a break. Altho the reviewer below is not really a fan, i loved Collage/Conflux and i love this! I keep telling myself i wonít buy any more but when i come across it i just canít say no. Amazing beer and wonderful blending by the folks at Boulevard- possibly the best theyíve done yet (but Saison Brett is hard to top.) All of my favorite characteristics without anything overdone. I donít think this is one to age since it is so good now but i may save back a bottle or two to see what happens. If i can hold off on drinking it!
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 bottle. early pour is mostly clear, amber in color, with a small tan-colored ring of a head. tart, dried fruit with soft acetic acid and ethyl acetate, light touches of solvent and mild bourbon and tannic oak note that has flashes of red wine. medium body with light and fizzy carbonation, aggressive acid and mild brown malt and bourbon and solvent notes lingering late. much more integrated than the Deschutes/HOTD Collage, but similarly messy and direction-less, which I guess is what you get when you go for "something sour in a spirit barrel".
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tulip. beige color kind of cloudy tall head may be about three fingers but die very quick. Earthy aromas, cilantro, cranberries, and biscuit dough. Taste is very heavy sour up front, a lot of dark fruit syndromes, with infestations of yeast and some mint hints. Dry finish
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an orangish brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, yogurt, wet wood, plum, cherries, leather, and light horse blanket. Flavor of caramel, lacto, vanilla, wood, brett, bourbon, and some earthiness.
jcnielsen (2043) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an orangish red color with white head. Sour, fruit, and vinegar aromas. Sour cherry flavor with white wine notes.
bleeng (1510) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle thanks to Specs downtown Houston. Hazy, cloudy, dark amber with little head. Nice citric funky nose. Flavors overwhelming with the first taste, with lots of citrus, acidity, then toning down on the end with a faint sweetness. Canít find the barrel or alcohol in this-hard to believe this rolls in close to 10%. Itís delicious and so easy to drink. Top quality stuff here-well done.