Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pros: Has some positive things going on. Nice oak character. Fairly long finish. Didn’t gush.
Cons: Really overly sour. Doesn’t have the softness, nuance and balance I prefer in the style. Harshly sour, masking so many other elements, like the wood and fruit. I like this style but this shows no finesse.
dfroms (211) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber-y raspberry color. Aroma is lemon, orange, light red wine, booze, honey, balsamic. Taste is sour raspberry and wine grapes, Sweet Tarts, lingering tartness and syrupy sweetness. Nice balance of sweet and tart. Very good.
markextrae (893) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle. poured a dark red amber colour with some white bubbles on top. red wine, oak, grapes, plums, cherries, vinegar, balsamic, slight acid brett,
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish red with a small white ring around the glass. Aroma of red grapes and funky butt-hole cheddar. Mouth puckering sour cherry and grape mist.
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottleshare thanks to DexterCat. Tart. Sour. Pretty good. Lots of makt. My rates suck. Why are you reading this. Go home. Stop judging me.
DrewFace (732) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into crystal wine glass. Reddish color, fairly hazy. Tart sour dark fruity aroma. Tart sour sweet tart, dark fruits, more sour. Yummy.
Ferris (3054) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Cherry and oak notes with a bit balsamic. Clear caramel with no head. Tart, caramel and really nice.
devman171 (911) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into wine glass. Reddish brown with low head. Aroma is tart grape and oak. Taste is big tart and vinous, great fruity finish
BoostIPA (1205) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade. Batch 4. Pours a murky dark red, almost purple with little to no head. Aromas of creamy yogurt, oak, sour dark fruit. Taste is bitter and off dry. Flavor comes off as a little artificial... like flavoring was added. Never a good thing. Very oak moss, a touch too sweet, low carb. Meh.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 First beer of EBF 2014! I’m not going to even go in to an exensive, structured rating. This was just fucking awsome. Perfect malt balance, sourness was all malo-lactic with a good brett kick and very light on the grapes. Red wine barrel brightens things and add some complexity but leave the yeast and bacteria to do its thing.
More than anything, I just want to highlight how ridiculous these fests can get. There was literally never a wait to get a beer from Captain Lawrence, at any point in the fest, whereas most of the "Popular Brewers" had 10-15 minute waits. Not trying to be Captain Cynical here, but for god’s sake, make up your own mind on beers and try the "little guys". Strange, though, that Capt. Lawrence is just a little guy. They’ve put out so many world class beers, yet they get very little notoriety these days. Quietly brewing some of the best sours around. This beer was pretty close to perfect. Mouthfeel, balance, complexity, attenuation. Amazing.
Marheb (1967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Une bombe acétique et vineuse très sèche avec une multitudes de petits fruits. La soupe est également assez funky, bretté et grasse par moment, vraiment solide.