MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
White wine straddles this Barrel-Aged Sour Ale’s apricot fruitiness, as a soft prickling slowly but surely introduces a lasting lactic tartness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty orange.
-The apricot aroma somehow suggests sweetness.
-Flintstone-like sugary vitamins can be hallucinated, surely a phenolic by-product.
-This is very fruity, complex, wild and engaging. Perhaps not completely mature yet, but it remains a compelling experiment.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle. I believe this is a 2009 bottle. Pours a clear golden honey color with a big fluffy white head that nicely laces as it settles. If memory serves me correctly I don’t believe Cascade uses brett but this has an aroma of brett to it with florals and a touch of fruit. I expected this to have a more fruit forward aroma vs. the florals. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The flavor is brett-like floral with touches of sweetness. The apricot doesn’t seem to be as strong as I would have liked and the flavor seems almost watered down. Not bad but I thought this would have been better.
2008 bottle: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a hazed amber orange color with a big fluffy white head that quickly settles, leaving some lace. Strong aroma of brett floral mixed with sweeet fruit. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice flavor of apricot fruit, with very little brett floral taking over the profile. 2008 is much better than the 2009.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lightly hazy orangish pour with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is phenomenal! Aroma starts with some nice dusty yeast, leads to some nectarines, apples and apricots with a nice lactic tartness. Flavor is sweet and sour. Great tart apricot flavor, lemony goodness, yeast, dank flavors...some wet wood. Talk about a drinkable sour...MUST get more. My goodness.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle from Trade with beerlando. Thanks a lot. The pour is Brilliant. Kys deep orange with a hazy glow and topped with a thick snow white head that stays. The aroma holds Brett and fresh fruit where the apricots are up front , but also fresh grapes and yeast notes. Its fresh but with a nice twist. The taste is sour ina very mild way without any agressivity. Its a long taste with a creant mouthfeel. You hardly sense the alcohol. Dangerous. The finish is pretty anonymous. Very drinkable
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a bright golden-amber color that’s topped with a big fizzy head. A thick layer of foam remains on top. I must say, enticing appearance. Smells funky and like sour fruity candy. The apricot is very prominent. Some peachy and mango scent as well. Tangy tasting that again takes on a sour fruity candy resemblence anchored by funky apricots, peach, and mango. Like sour fruity twists. Grassy, sweet herbs, and all around barrel funk round out the flavors. As far as Sours go, the sweetness is pretty high in this one. It tries to dry out but that doesn’t quite match the level of the sweet nectar. I don’t think I’d put this in the top tier within the style but still, this is pretty solid stuff. Quite refreshing and nicely put together.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma apricot, lots of lemon and lactic acid, funk, and more fruit. I also get a presence of band-aids slightly, and some higher alcohols.
Pours hazy orange with a slight ring around the glass.
Taste is slight band-aids, lactic acid, lots of ripe apricots, honeysuckle, flowers, and some vanilla and oak.
Finish is tinged with sourness, apricot, band-aids, and some residual alcohols and sweetness.
deyholla (7720) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ben shared with others! Poured a cloudy orange gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a nice sour fruit note with a balancing sweet apricot note that worked together nicely. Flavor had a really nice combination of apricot, beginning sweet and becoming sour.
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 2009 bottle opened with a nice pop and poured an orange amber color with a covering of white foam. aroma has medium acidity, funky apricot, and oak. mouth feel is light and has plenty of carbonation. flavor has a decent acidic tartness, nice apricot, oak, and a faint vanilla.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2008 bottle with deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a cloudy, orange-golden colored body with a big, two finger-width, foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very tart and fruity. Lots of natural apricots with some peach. Woody and a bit acidic with a pretty nice caramel maltiness behind all the sour fruits. Flavor is similar. Fresh apricots up front followed by more tart fruits before this turns pleasantly sour and funky with a nice, light acidity towards the finish. Soft, sweet malts throughout keep the tartness and fruits in check. Some wood and a touch of earth helps dry this out with a flavorful, lengthy aftertaste following a light to medium, clean body and lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool sour fruit beer. Pretty straightforward with lots of natural, fresh apricots and a balanced tartness. Malts are both distinct and subtle while holding everything together nicely. I liked this one a lot.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle. Pours a cloudy medium amber-brown with a thin, fine white head. Aroma is lightly sour with both fruit and malt sweetness present in small amounts. The flavor is mildly sour with a hint of apricot jam, sweet malt, and very soft hops spice. Nice, mellow complexity from the barrel-aging creates an overall mild drinking experience. Very pleasant and subtle.