smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Maltzillas World Cup 2010 tasting. Pours cloudy brownish color with off white head. Aromas of sour cherries and oak. Flavors of tart cherries, vinegar and wood. Meium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Diego.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle, #95 of 378. Pours a hazy, dark reddish cherrywood color. A small, smooth head of beige foam leaves behind a wash of minimal, wet spotting that mostly rejoins the body. The nose is quite acetic, showing notes of soured wood, lactic bugs, and tangy cherries amidst a softly sweet, amber caramel malt body. There’s a hint of vinegar, along with some fruit skin tannins as well. Flavors are well balanced, with notes of tart, tannic cherry and dark fruit notes being countered by some soft, fruity malts and sweet Balsamic notes. Light, buggy oak funk shows more on each sip as the acetic nature seems to intensify. Medium bodied, and initially crisp and refreshing, the palate is very nicely rounded with subtle residual sugars on the back end. This is a very good sour in the Flemish red mold. Another nice one from Bullfrog.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Glouglouburps after Mondial tasting 2010. Bottle thanks to Rciesla for sharing! Pours a hazy deep brown with a thinning film of a head. Aroma is caramel sweet, light burnt toffee, crystal malts, fruity light cherry and rasp mix, pedio cherry pie and mineral kick with some medium but not overpowery aceto cider vinegar which was actually nice- as it warms some oak comes through a bit. Flavor has more oaky character, but still a decent amount of malt leftover- still mostly fresh overall some cherry pie, pitty, flemish sour like for the most part, some modest acetic acid and some slight paint thinner as it warms a bit. Decent modest sour finish and overall fairly drinkable. Light carbonation and yeastiness suggests the yeast is still working- may take another year or 2 to get better.
MJGG (945) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille partagée par Rciesla. Thanks Ryan! Arômes de fruits mûrs et de chêne. Robe ambrée assez foncée, très trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. Très boisée, les tanins de chêne sont très présents. Un beau côté de fruits rouges bien mûrs se développe également. Légère présence acétique et belle finale sèche (tanins de chêne) et lactique. Intéressant.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting thanks to Rciesla.
Aroma : Vinous with some oak. Medium sourness. Quite woody.
Taste : Medium sourness, vinous and a bit acidic. Nice sourness while not very powerful.
Overall : Nice brew but nothing really remarkable about it. Nice sour beer. Thanks for sharing this rare one with us Ryan !
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Cloudy caramel ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Fruity, malty, funky and acidic notes in the bouquet – cherries and caramel stand out. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Tart, but not quite sour. Fruity, but not in an overbearing manner. A tad funky. Tangy, fruity, fairly dry finish. Thanks to Beerlando for sharing this world class beer!
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of cherries (sweet and tart), caramel, and a hint of acetone. it pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a minimal head. The flavor starts with a quick rose of sweet cherry and caramel. The cherry quickly goes tart in the finish with hints of vanilla, acetone, and oak. Medium bodied with mind carbonation.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Woody malt, sour notes, fruit up front. Nice and crisp, good malt with some caramel tones to it. Tart and tasty and full of long tannins. Long wood fueled acids on the finish. Rather tasty. Definitely looking forward to the bottle I managed to get.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
really enjoyed this beer. it tasted like a flanders but only drier. no vinegar. poured redish, perfect amount of head. Sour but very drinkable. i definetily could finish a bottle to myself. cheers to terry at bullfrog for this jem.
cpetrone84 (1274) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2010 Big thanks to Frank (Avalon68), Jeremy and Kevin (MrChopin) for the crazy beers we had during this tasting including this one!
A-dark ruby red that is crystal clear, tan to light brown head with a little lace left behind.
S-the nose is huge and brings tons of cherry with lots of acetone behind giving it a rubbing alcohol aroma. the cherries go throughout with a touch of raisin in the back.
T-the taste has a nice sweetness to it up front with notes of tart acidity in the back. cherries are quite prevalant, plums behind, notes of red wine. the finish has a good bit of acidity to it with underlying notes of ak and vanilla.
M-so smooth on the palate, huge carbonation to balance a syrupy texture on the palate, good crisp finish, somewhat dry.
D-this is extremely tasty and well balanced. good sweetness with nice levels of sour acidity. the oak blending is done very well to add a great element to the beer.