Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of fiulijn - hazy blond-orange colour, a poor head left; aroma of wood, vanilla and yellow fruits; full-bodied and a moderate carbonation, sourish aftertaste with notes of wood and cherry
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of a generous trader
Cloudy dark blond color; almost no head, just a thin layer. The aroma is dusty, sour, woody, lightly minty. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated; there is some acidity, astringency, and again a little minty trace. Good, but not the best of Captain Lawrence.
Nickls (1704) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Old BA rate - bottle shared by maxxdaddy)
Lightly clear orangish pink hue; thinner eggshell colored head that didn’t last very long; no lacing. Tart sourness; lactic; slight hint of funkiness toward the end of the aroma. Tart cherries; sour; light vinegar; only slightly funky; buttery; overall a bit weird even for the style but still pretty good. Light; bubbly carbonation; dry finish. Good drinking; easy to quaff even if for the slightly odd flavors
kramer (4358) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with a small wispy white head. Super funky sour nose, very bretty and vinegary. Lighter dry floral notes and a bit of stinky cheese. The flavor is a little sour, but almost saccharine sweet in the middle. Finishes with some cellar funkiness and a light wood note. Not much cherry, almost more like a grape skin flavor. Rather mild overall. Dryish, but not crazy puckering like some of their other Sours. Long lingering finish. Pretty nice, funky but not over the top.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 375ml bottle from a trade from awhile back... pours semi-clear apple cider brown with a thin white head.... aroma of acetone, brine, saltwater, and a mild degree of wood... flavors were very young and green, somewhat chemical in nature with some sodium qualities. light carbonation. kind of grotesque which may be due to an off bottle. also must note of slight rusting on the bottlecap. not sure what happened with this bottle as it surely was infected.
brokensail (9130) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a pale golden color with some highlights of orange. There’s not much in the way of head formation, however.
S: The nose has muted notes of sweet cherries (like pie filling). The funkiness is quite minimal, as is the perception of tartness. There’s a slight mustiness, but overall, nothing all that noteworthy going on here.
T: The flavor is similarly lackluster. The sweet cherry pie flavor is there, which I find to be somewhat unpleasant in wild ales. There is a definite acidity and a bit of tartness, but this is not overly sour.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, which was a pleasant surprise due to the lack of head on the pour.
D: This was a pretty disappointing effort, all told. I was hoping for a nice sour cherry beer, but found an acidic (but not very tart) sweet, cherry beer.
MeadMe (1171) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jdubfl for this one.
A: Pours a murky sort of yellow hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.
S: Lots of tart cherry, funky brett, with mild oak and vinegar.
T: Good bit of cherry for sure. Mild tartness with Brett noted. The oak is there but not in a very big way. A bit of aspirin flavor as well.
M: On the lighter side of medium, sort of slick.
D: Just okay, not my favorite sour.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy yellow color. The aroma was tart and woody with a mild leather note. The flavor was lacking dimension just bringing about tartness with a dry finish and light body.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from Cletus. Thanks! Pours a grapefruit juice hue with a tinge of pink and fiery orange, a decent haze, pinkish white head in decent layer, laces a bit. Well carbonated, decent light. Aromas are sour cherries, wet oak, and a touch of vanilla, a light funkiness but sour cherry forward. Light sourness, a touch funky, delicate. Initial is a decent sourness, nice oaky elements and soothing smooth vanilla. A bit rough around the edges, the sourness is a bit dulled, a bit acidic, the sourness is a bit bland, a touch of metallic in there, light hay and sweet cereal malts stick through, very light funkiness, but the touch of vanilla yogurt does scoot through into the finish. A nice tartness, a bit bland into the body, the beer is good, however lacks the depth and sourness I’d really like. However, this is quite drinkable, and rarity aside would be a beer I drank more often if it weren’t a coveted rarity. Not bad at all, but not a huge winner. Bit of rust, funk, and sourness sticks to the palate with some wet wood lingering. Nice.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled December 2009
The beer is carbonated, but it has a hard time forming much of a head. A vigorous pour produces only a spotty, very large bubbled, pale colored head. The beer is a reddish, copper hue that shows a mostly clear, orange tinted, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid mustiness and sort of mushroom note to it as I am pouring it. When inspected more closely it shows a bright tartness that is as much, if not more, acetic in its bite than lactic. A fair amount of spicy, woody oak is noticeable and this accentuates a funky, woody mushroom note as well as a touch of over-ripe cheese character. There is a distinct note here in the nose that took me a while to recognize, but I think it is a fermented out raspberry, almost seed like aroma; the sweetness characteristic of raspberries is gone and instead there is that almost vegetal, spicy fruitiness and slight woodiness that makes raspberries so distinct. I like that the raspberries integrate so well within the nose, they play more of a supporting role and even add to the complexity.
A light carbonation adds some texture to this light, almost watery feeling beer. There is definitely an acetic edge to this beer, but a lactic acidity also plays a role; actually the flavor is a lot less tart than I was expecting based on the aroma. There is that characteristic, raspberry pit, spicy woodiness, perhaps a wisp of sweetness that plays up the fruit character. This has an oaky backbone to it that plays a definite supporting role without overwhelming the other flavors; there are some lingering woody notes and perhaps a hint of oaky astringency.
This is more complex in the nose than in the flavor, which is definitely a bit of a disappointment. Overall not a bad beer though; the texture, and likely the flavor, would have been boosted with a zippier, more substantial carbonation. The texture and the flavor seem a bit flat as a result and in the end this actually seems quite forgettable. Hopefully subsequent takes by this brewer will be a bit more characterful and complex; I wonder if they just need some serious fermentation time.