JohnnyJ (3530) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at PP Belgian Ale Fest 2010. Pours a purple/brown, small head. Blackberries, malt, oak, tartness, and a hint of chocolate. Tastes good, but is to light and not very complex.
MeadMe (1087) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a dark amberish purple kind of reminds me of grape juice. Small head with little retention and no lace.
S: Aromas of dark berries, oak, and chocolate.
T: The berries are there in a big way. Mild tartness with the oak standing out as well. A bit lactic with hints of tart cherries as well.
M: Medium in body, lite on the carbonation.
D: Pretty good. Not my favorite Cascade sour but still tasty.
ditmier (1509) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle - Pours a dk purple amber with a large beige head...aroma is light berry and lactic wood, vanilla...flavour is fairly thin and watery, light berry and light cocoa somehow, plenty of lactic sourness, but there is fairly little going on taste-wise, meh....
KornDogg (498) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Berry aroma, dark red/purple body with thin reddish head. A subtle oak barrel flavor balanced with blackberries. Sweet and not overly acidic
emacgee (3433) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a light tan head. Nose is fruity and mildly acidic, tart, yeasty, some esters and a yogurty character. Flavor is tart and mildly acetic, sweet/fruity character, some funk. Palate is mildly tart and lively.
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour with purple hues. Fizzy purple/white head. Aroma of blackberry and lactic notes. Flavor is dusty, fruity, lactic and oaky tannins. Decent but not my go to cascade sour.
TaktikMTL (4789) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de mûres avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est rouge. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de mûres légèrement sûrettes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2854)
OldMrCrow (1518) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year-old bottle sampled Jan 30 ’10.
Pours deep wine red. Nice tart flavors, dry rather than sour, relatively subdued overall taste profile (quite mellow for a sour) with a dry blackberry essence emerging and dominating as the palate adjusts. Appropriate carbonation level, entirely enjoyable. As always, the price point is the problem. At $20, does it compete with the comparably priced Belgian entries? Maybe it’s close to some of them. But it’s certainly no slam dunk.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This Sour Ale’s subtle fruit jam perfume is shaken up by a lively effervescence, creating a quenching but forgettable brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head atop the cloudy purplish brown.
-This is not nearly as well expressed as their sublime Sang Royal, for example.
-The blackberries are apparent, but tend to get veiled by the yeasty wilderness.
-Mild tartness paints a diplomatic finish.
Ratman197 (7610) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml waxed bottle poured a hazy purple brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of blackberry, funkiness, oak, light leather and light cookie. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of blackberry, oak, citrus, funkiness and light leather with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering funky finish.