jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Cheers to Leighton for the pour! The pourís a deep reddish amber color with a medium head. The nose is herbal hop, garden patch, some ketchup and sea salt. The taste is mild balsamic reduction, bramble, some raspberry bakery tart. Mild sugary cookie. Medium acetic tartness on the long finish. Medium body, active carbonation. Overall, pretty solid work.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by theAlum. Pours a deep reddish brown, thin offwhite head. The nose is crisp and tart. Cherries, apple skin and fruit. Reminiscent of old school la folie. On tasting, it is far more subdued. Light tartness, not crushingly acidic. Some brown sugar notes. alcohol is hidden, lighter bodied overall. Very clean and nice enough with cherries and apples again on the finish. Solid.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #2500 and what a beer to have for it. Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 & what welcome surprise to have for it. Pretty excited to see what Boulevard delivered for the first sour ale from them I know about. Pours very murky brown with absolutely not head at all. The aroma has a mix of sourness, bourbon, caramel malt, toffee, richness and a coffee-like presence - not what I expected, but it was interesting to say the least. The body was medium/light with a crispness to it and almost no carbonation to be found. The sourness that was blended with the aroma is front and center in the taste with prominent acidic and vinegar traits and a distinct lemon presence - it is a very sour beer. However, underneath the sourness is dark caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisins and toffee. The sourness masks some of that though. The finish is sour as well, but has a smoothness to it. Someone else trying it may have sum it up well saying it tasted like a mix of an old ale and a sour ale. Excellent beer to say the least & it showed no alcohol. Glad to try this one.
drfabulous (3395) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to Holly. Iím pretty sure I smelled this yearís ago on a tour. Cherry and vinegar. A nice brown tartness to this beer. Some red grapes. A bit of that so called leather in nose. Very nice.
ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle at Flying Saucer-Little Rock, 6/20/12
Aroma: The nose has lots of sour/tart berries, with some brett/funk, yeast, and wood
Appearance: It pours a cloudy dark orange-amber color with minimal head, and no lacing
Flavor: Tastes much like youíd expect from the nose: sour and tart with the same notes coming though
Palate: The body of this one is fairly light, it is quite drinkable, and the alcohol is rather well-hidden
I thought that this was a really good sour. Nicely made, and hits all the right marks for the style. Good job here by Boulevard. Iím glad I saw this one up on the New Arrivals - Bottles section, as it was pretty easy to miss and based on the limited number of reviews, I doubt it is something that would have stumbled over again anytime soon if I had missed it. I found this one to be quite good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, 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.
onceblind (3192) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purposefully waited to rate this until I could make it my 2200th rating. Sampled at Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines fest in Vail 2013. Murky burnt orange with a thin cap head. Has some settled particles on the bottom of the glass that doesnít look like classic yeast...almost looks like tiny pencil shavings. Intense sour aroma of bactillic wood, port wine, and acidic fruit. Flavor is delightful with a fruity tone thatís kinda all over the place, with a certain brightness of acidic zest, port barrel wood, and a bretty dry finish. Really delightful and full and complex.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sour fruit nose with a touch of oily bourbon. Sour taste, lots of grapefruit and pineapple juice, bourbon, caramel.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, meh, just a glass of apple vinegar, no sweetness or anything, one dimensional and very acetic
theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle given to me by beastiefan2k. Batch 2012-1 best by date 03-2014. The pour is a hazed golden ruby with a well formed one inch light tan head. The aroma is citrusy tart sour, along with a touch of acetic vinegar, and then a resin woodiness in the back. This was initially pretty tart, though this passed quickly to a really gentle, tart/sour softness. Pretty nose. The taste is the sour tart of the nose, showing more cherry than citrus. The wood is in the middle and finish, and carries the aftertaste with some pleasant mustiness. The citrus also reappears in the aftertaste, almost like a lemongrass. Nice integration on this as well. The palate is spritzy carbonation, a medium to light body, and lingering wood and light vanilla cherry sweetness. Overall a well made Flanders style sour. I liked it. Thanks Eugene.