harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Borefts 2016. Deep amber red colour lasting beige head. Intense aroma of real sour cherries. Sour flavour but well balanced and not forced. Only slight lactic. Good sour cherry flavour which gets more intense. Excellent sour cherry beer. Touch of balsamic vinegar. Delicious.
DCLawyer (2685) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml->tulip from Dominion. Purply brown with faint ecru head. Kinda ugly. A: very acidic cherry juice, yeast, apples. T: acidic tart cherries, vinegar, apples, grains. Ok, but too acidic overall.
Bulk_Carrier (3712) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. No lacing.
The smell had some big sweet to sour cherries up front with a dry woodiness underneath.
The flavor takes the sour to the sweet to the tart and brings it around into the woodiness. Light dry to wet cherry to woody aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fantastic sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation seems to run nice and fairly low. Tartness really hits in the feel, long sour harshness feels good.
Overall, what a wonderful American wild ale as that’s what I see. I don’t see this much as a flanders, but hey just really good stuff.
superspak (4663) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 project bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light tan/pinkinsh head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge tart/sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light vinegar/funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light vinegar/funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lemon peel, green apple, cherry skin, oak, hay, straw, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt flavors; with a nice sour/tannic/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Very dry from acidic/tannic notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic/puckering, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible fruited Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate dark malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the high amount of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
chinchill (4265) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery brewpub: 2015 version in July 2016.
Sour aroma with loads of black and sour cherries. Lovely red-brown body with a lasting off-white head. Moderate tartness. Less cherry in the taste than the aroma, although it’s not subtle in either.
Overall: excellent version of the style.
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a fantastic beer (and it had better be for the price). Aroma was sour cherry, funk and notes of vinegar. Pour was a beautiful dark red with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was near perfect. Mouth puckering sour with delicious sour cherry and sour patch kids. Not the candy but the little white balls stuck to the candy that makes them sour. Earth and funky notes came out as it warmed. Nice carbonation rounded out this beauty.
ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle. Clear chestnut brown, brief head. Fresh cherry aroma, some red apples and vinegar. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium acidity.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Dark red pour big sour cherry all around. Also big oak in the flavor. Good stuff.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classic Cascade beer and classic American ’oud bruin’ or Flemish red with cherries - so I expect something along the lines of Liefmans Cuvée Brut or Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier, the last remnants of the regional ’oud bruin-kriek’ tradition in Flanders. The deScription in any case sounds promising. From a champagne bottle which opens with a bang, but there is no gushing (just smoke rising up from the bottle). Loose, pale greyish beige head losing its volume quickly and eventually reduced to a very thin, but more or less steady rim around the glass; initially more or less clear, warm red wine-like robe with deep reddish purple hue, turning increasingly more cloudy and chocolate brownish as the bottle progresses. Rustic, subtly funky aroma of sweet cherries macerated in brown rum, unsweetened fruit yoghurt, wet (even moldy) wood, damp forest floor, passion fruit, overripe blackberry or even elderberry, dry hay, some FFF but not disturbing me at all, sweet red wine, stewed plums, lemon zest, cherry pits, maraschino cherries, balsamic vinegar, dusty (but not damp) cellar, blackcurrant, dried mushroom - the longer I sniff it, the more it finds balance and beauty. Spritzy onset, perhaps even a bit overcarbonated at first but calming down after a while, very estery, with a ton of lively fruit acidity ranging from the obvious sour cherries over juicy redcurrant to ripe blackberry, only faintly sweet but mostly (lactic) tart, a sour yoghurt-like tartness with a lemony edge even, drying the rest of the palate till deep into the finish. Mouthfeel remains surprisingly light and elegant for a 8.17% ABV beer, a little bit oily though, but hadn’t I known this beer’s ABV, I would have estimated it at no more than 6-7%. Caramelly and lightly nutty malt sweetishness underlies, with a very softly bittering accent at the back. Finish has a lot of retronasal fruit flavors, again cherry, blackberry and redcurrant, lush and fresh even though this is a vintage bottle of several years of age, as well as wet woodiness, but not so much vanilla tannins (actually more of a ’varnished’ wood-, vaguely solvent-like effect); hops are only virtually present but bring neither aroma nor true bitterness - both of which would only interfere in this case. There is a certain alcohol glow at the back, but it remains perfectly in place, clean and subtle, with only structural purposes without interfering with the taste. Drying wood supports the fruit and lactic tartness to leave one literally mouth-watering for another sip, while a late, strong, grape peel- (or indeed cherry pit-)like wryness shows up after swallowing, perhaps just a bit too strong - this beer demands to be accompanied by some or other creamy, ’beefy’ food dish, as by its own and contrary to the better Flemish examples, it is perhaps just a tad too wry, impairing its drinkability a bit. Otherwise a great apéritif though, like the other sour Cascade fruit beers; once again it is clear that this brewer has well understood the essence of Belgian sour fruit beer traditions and has cleverly transplanted the concept to Oregon, where it has apparently received a drier, more effervescent, less sweet identity - and in that sense its own personality, instead of being a clone of the aforementioned examples. Recommended, though it did impress me less than the Apricot from the same brewery, but that is probably because being Flemish and familiar with Belgian traditions, I more or less knew what to expect in this case. Still: great sour.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy reddish with pinkish fizzy head. Aromas of sour cherries, wood, and vinegar notes. Tart, sour cherry with some funky acidity.