Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex. One of the best sours! Great balance. Tart but not so much that it would turn off someone new to wild ales. After drinking, I went out the next day and bought 2 more to cellar
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Roonai (305) - - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by deyholla. Pours chestnut orange brown w slight haze and brief white soapy head. Nose is tart fruits, some yeasty undertones cut w an almost balsamic acidity. Taste is very well balanced tart fruits, acid and base yeast. Very enjoyable but complex brew.
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a gray head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a nice sour red fruit note with a bit of oak underlying and just a touch of funk. Flavor has a rich sour red fruit note through out with a touch of acid and a backing of barrel.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Murky burnt orange. Aroma of sour fruit and yeast. Taste is tart, sour fruit. Greatly dry. Yum.
GothGargoyle (1690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber with a small pale head. Aroma is sour cherries, plums, a little funk. Smooth on the palate, nice sour/sweet balance. Taste is sour plum, cherries, sour candy. Tasty
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip.
A: Pours a fairly hazy copper color. The head on this is actually quite good for a sour ale; itís only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention.
S: Itís about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. Thereís a real sense of razor-sharp balance here. On the other hand, I notice very little - if any - bourbon.
T: The lactic sourness seems to hit strongly on the opening, but in reality, it mellows out beautifully after several sips. Regardless, it transitions gradually to a funky, earthy midtaste, and then into a clean finish. Right before the finish, though, I get an upsurge full of cherries. Much like the aroma, I have to really concentrate to find any bourbon qualities - when they come through, though, they add another subtle layer. I love how superbly balanced, complex, and sophisticated this is.
M: It starts off fairly soft, while the finish is classically dry in that typical sour ale fashion. Carbonation is assertive without being overbearing. The most impressive feature is how boozy it isnít; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldnít bat an eyelash either way.
O: This is freakiní superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, Iíd gladly pay the regular price (~$18) for this one again (and again, and again, and again...) Like I said, I just adore its balanced finesse.
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Layers upon layers of silky smooth funky dope goodness
A clear cardinal red body with vermillion to amber highlights provides a foundation for a quickly fading bone white head with a tightly packed 2" base sporting a cap of large sudsy bubbles and creating dynamic arcing peninsulas, horse shoes, vertical dashes, and polka dots of lace
Well integrated and transitioning aromas and flavors of sour cherry, sweet tart, ripe pineapple, red licorice, rich bourbon, horse blanket, red wine vinegar, and inviting oak, a solid sweetness balances the nearly puckering sourness, lively bourbon aromas foreshadow heat which never appears in the silky smooth body presenting a pleasantly small amount of fine carbonation, oily drying residuals initially spotlighting sour cherry and funk with a flair of sweet tart and smooth bourbon finishing out
25.4oz bottle code LC13059-1 (bottled 59th day of 2013) best by 02-2015 at 50ļ and warming into TeKu
Cybercat (4030) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy chestnut with a rather thick and fluffy wheat head. Strong aroma is quite sour, mainly fruity plus subtle malty and yeast notes. Exceptionally tart flavor will have you making faces! Though tart fruit dominates, bourbon and oak hints manage to make an appearance. Texture has average viscosity and not much fizz, but it leaves a sour apple finish with a hint of bourbon-saturated oak. If you like sour beers, this one is definitely for you.
onceblind (5414) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At Avery Sour Ale Fest 2013. Clear ruby red under a persistent thin bubbly white head. Nose is a bit faint but thereís lactillic oak and a wee touch of cherry pie. The flavor starts with a big sour kick but ultimately leads to a cloying funky fruit tone thatís kinda undestinguishable and sour.
bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight beige head. Aroma suggests sour red berry. Med + body. Flavor is quite tart/sour. Seems quite cherry tart. Getting a slight trace of bourbon, maybe, but there is a lot of oak astringency. At least a lot of astringency from something. Bourbon is maybe a bit more detectable towards the finish. This stuff finishes dry/funky/tart/sour/red berry. Pretty tasty stuff.