Ernesto987 (4325) - Arizona, 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
burg326 (4231) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle corked and caged, poured a nice light amber color, with aromas of light cherries, light booze, some funk, and a touch of leather. Flavors of a tart cherry dusted with some coco with some light booze injected. Not overly sour, not overly boozy, the perfect blend in my book. Glad I got this bottle in a trade.
RobertDale (3920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of fruits, malt, wood, and wine. Taste is tart cherries, citrus, wood, wine, and some chocolate. Sour mainly, but enough sweetness to make it truly enjoyable.
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks Gene. Clear copper pour white head. Aroma is really weird tons of bourbon with brett, quite leathery, musk. Taste is better, still sweet but with a nice tartness. Palate is heavy, difficultly drinkable.
HonkeyBra (3624) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium, off white head. Aroma of raspberries and mildly tart cherries. Medium funk, mild vinegar, some apparent oak notes. A mild wine quality as well. Flavor is subtle sourness, nuanced fruit and vinuous notes. The funk starts to come out as it opens up. Light, fruity berry tartness. Mild leather and oak. As well as notes of tart cherry. Body is on the light side of medium. Finishes tart with mild vinnegar notes. Pretty nice wild ale.
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 8/17/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in Tulip Glass-Pours a medium hazy amber with a tight off white head. Aroma of tart, cherries, slight chocolate, and funk. Taste of funk, sour, and more sour. This medium bodied brew is a fabulous tastng sour. Great brew.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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.
theisti (3380) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014
++++ RE-RATE 27 December 2014 ++++
Three bottle side by side tasting of Love Child #2 (provided by csbosox), Love Child #3 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas) and Love Child #4 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas). The #3 and #4 were stored since purchase in a wine fridge at ~ 55 degrees.
Love Child #2. The pour is a slight haze golden auburn with no head. The aroma is lactic, sour wood and some cherry fruit. Of the three, this nose was the dirtiest and most wild smelling. The taste the sour wood, cherry and lactic sour in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I remember liking this fresh better. (7,4,6,4,14 – 3.5)
Love Child #3. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is a nice balance of oak, wood and sour cherry. The taste is the most traditional Sour Flanders tasting of the three, with the cherry, wood and sour lactic all in a nice balance. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I thought the nose was less vibrant than when fresh, otherwise this beer held up quite well. (7,4,8,4,16 – 3.9)
Love Child #4. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is similarly balanced to the #3, with the oak wood and sour cherry. The taste is round cherry fruit, blended with sour citrus and a nice oak in the back. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I preferred this over the to older versions - though #3 and #4 were both great. (8,4,8,4,16 – 4.0)
++++ Original Rating - June 25, 2012 ++++
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. (8,4,7,4,15 – 3.8)
BelgianBeerGal (3289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Traded bottle, Batch 2012-1, best by 03-2014. Hazy brown pour with just a white ring around the edges. Slightly sour aroma with a slightly acetic finish. Big tart flavor at first, a little malt in the middle and then a relatively short finish. A little earthiness/mustiness in there. Pretty bold. Nice.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.