jtclockwork (5094) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours a nice dark red. Nose is sour apples, sour cherry skin and light vinous oak. Taste is much the same, but very well balanced and smooth. A little tart, but not over the top. Great beer.
JAXSON (480) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at an epic sour tasting. Pours dark cherry red with a wispy tan head. Nose is sour with black cherries, a bit of red wine vinegar, oak, and a touch of brett. Distinctively Bullfrog throughout and most akin to Beekeeper if I had to choose. A bit herbal. Really soft in the mouth, as another reviewer said "delightfully restrained" really does it justice. Oak, sour black cherries, currants. Very short and dry finish, which is a refreshing quality for this style. Only a very mild vinegar presence. Dry oak and wild brett round it out. I loved this one.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 Bottle shared by Vferg. Pours a hazy bruin body with an off white head. Brett and leather tones, hints of oak and light vinegar notes. Vinous oak hints, light grape character, and berries. Soft and chewy with a mild leather like dryness. Sour and funky with a mildly tartness very low acidity and a slight warming. A nice sour ale.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with slight dark amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap and ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
Funky tart aroma with a lot of earthy oak barrel character. Vinous with hints of dark fruit/berries, especially cherry and grape, vinegar, brett and subtle malt. The sour/tart vinegar presence is very prominent and was noticeable from across the room when the bottle was opened. The combination of earthy oak barrel, sour vinegary notes and dark fruit produce a wonderful nose.
Chewy full body with a very tart, puckering mouthfeel. As in the aroma, there is a wonderful funky, vinegary tartness that makes this beer pretty sour without being very acidic. This is balanced by a strong vinous dark fruit presence. Hints of tart dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry and grape. I’m not sure what kind of barrel was used but it tastes like red wine. The earthy oak presence is prominent and provides hints of vanilla. The bretty funk flavor along with a prominent vinegary tartness lingers throughout into a mouth watering, puckering finish that leaves me salivating for more. There is a somewhat barnyard funkiness in the finish which provides another level of complexity and adds to this beers insane drinkability. I downed this 750 way to fast. If you are a fan of Flanders Reds and Oud Bruins like me than you will really enjoy this beer. One of Terry’s best beers so far. Highly recommended!