MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mikey711(BA)!
Transparent gold-amber body, thin, fizzy, white head that goes quickly but makes a lot of noise while doing so. Only slightly sour nose of definite apricot, lemon, and a faint ginger sweetness that gives it a soda quality. Some more of this creamy sweetness in the flavor, lemon peel, and strong apricot clinging through the long finish. The body is a bit overcarbonated and there is a faint alcohol, but this is still quite drinkable, the strong, if singular, apricot flavor both refreshing and and complex enough to satisfy.
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008. Pours a hazy yellow-copper with a thick off-white head and very lively carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is sour first and fruity second, with some apricot but not an abundance of it, and a slight hint of oak. Flavor is wonderfully sour, tart and dry, but well balanced with the mellower fruit. As with the aroma the sourness is upfront and the apricot is a bit in the background. Really nice.
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a hazy amber hue with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing.
Aroma is of wheat, citrus, and lots of apricots (no Sh*t)
Flavor is of Apricots and bitter. The bitterness carries on to the end and is coupled with a medium, sour finish.
Medium mouthfeel, with light carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Vintage. Gusher. Pours with a highly effervescent body that is slightly hazed and bronze in color. Large, slightly off-white head. Aroma is very bright and sour. Noes is apricot and slightly spicy notes. A bit of marmalade. Taste is sour, and fruity with a tannic/bitter finish (tannic skins). Lots of acidic fruit. Creamy effervescence. Interesting.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a very hazy apricot gold with a large white head, almost soda like. Very very apricot scented, lots of fuzzy apricot, light funk. Big sour apricot flavors, touches of caramel. Awesome apricot flavors, light funk, and great sourness. Faint acid on the finish. Really yummy. Lucky for me the bulk of this bottle was left at the end of the tasting so I got to polish it off watching some short track.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 On tap at City Beer. Pours hazy amber-gold. No head of course, but a nice amount of lacing. Aroma- sour, butterscotch. After a while the apricots begin to show through. Taste-big, funky, old wood, no fruit at first, just old woody funk and pungent earthy sourness. As it warms, the apricots really come through in the taste and aroma. Really complex. Raped my mouth. 3.7 original rate. Re-rate from a V.2009 bottle. This is greatness. Bright orange-amber with awesome lacing and a persistent halo. Aroma- apricots, sour funk, earthy, malty. Taste- tangy apricoty awesomeness. Nice sour and tart flavors melded with truly amazing fruit. Fruit everywhere, but not at all sweet and fruity. OMFG, man, OMFG. 8===>
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap recently at the Raccoon Lodge in Portland, OR. Colour... very cloudy deep orange with little head. Nose... highly acetic and tartaric with loads of dried apricot. Palate... lots of vinegar and quite tart, bitter ’round the edges of my palate, pit-ish, phenolic, woody, sulphitic, and oh so good!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Pours hazy orange with a large lt orange head...aroma is buggy and tannic, tart and sweet apricot, with an herbal note and some dough...flavour is lactic fruit, woody phenols...plenty of pucker, oak and a moderate amount of apricot...this was pretty tasty...
douglas88 (5828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage. 750 ml bottle thanks to RiversideAK, thanks Alex. Pours a fairly cloudy orange color with a small white bubbly head. A great nose; initially a lot of sour notes, but as it warms loads of sweet apricots pure and natural. What a great nose. A initially aggressively sour nose; oak and rich sourness, lots of lively fermentation, sweet apricots are very noticeable- a almost earthy yeasty then apricot sweet Belgian character. Very damn enjoyable. Give this a few more years and it will reach epic heights.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straight from the bottle while waiting in line for Sexual Chocolate. Thanks, DC crew! Creamy peaches, lovely sour yeast, and bready notes. Not as puckeringly tart as some others; really quite complex and drinkable. This is a lovely beer.