Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A full on, kick-in-the-crotch onslaught of sourness. Vinegar, fruit, funk, repeat. I understand why this beer is revered, but It’s simply too much for me. I would have liked to get just a tad inkling of sweetness to balance out a little bit of the sourness, but I know i’m in the minority.
thewolf (12023) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours deep red with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has strawberries, light tartness, cherries, caramel base. Highish carbonation, kinda thin mouthfeel, well dry though. Flavour is tartn light caramel, good fresh cherries notes mixed with a lingering strawberry note. Light bitter. Quite nice.
phaleslu (9296) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via trade with michael-pollack. Thanks again, Pollack! 2009 vintage. Pours a murky brown color with some red-orange highlights and a finger-thick off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma of apple cider, balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, oak, and lactic acid. Flavor of tart cherries (more so than in the aroma), apples, lactobacillus, vinegar, oak, and lemon juice. Medium-bodied, with a tart mouthfeel and carbonation that is mild early and a little sharper late. Sour aftertaste. I was worried that I had let this sit too long, but this is still tasting awesome and the cherries haven’t left.
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of strong cherries and real fruit. Some mud and earth tones in there as well. Murky red with a thing pinkish head that lasts. Taste is fizzy cherries at first burst, followed by sour fruit / cherry, and finishing with some subtle chocolate Smooth and not overly sour. A great kriek and beer.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (I think he said 2010 bottling). Deep red brown, thin head. Aroma is cinnamon and sour cherry, flavor is sour cherry, light sweet, cinnamon, nice and puckering. There’s a lot going on with the cherry and sour, they play off each other very well.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red brown, some bubbles but no real head. Acetic nose, some barrel funk, hints of cherries. Flavor was dominated by lactic acid, very hard sour, more barrel funk, hints of cherries. A bit cheesy, like a blue cheese. Moderate sweetness. I thought they did a good job with it, but the acidity was just a little too much for me.
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Red-brown in colour with a bit of haze and medium carbonation. Big sweet cherry aromas with backing notes of almonds, herbs, and funk. Flavors are of fresh sweet cherry, raspberry stalk, lemon, funk, and mild malt. Quite tart. Medium to light bodied. Not quite as complex or polished as other American sours I’ve tried, but enjoyable nonetheless.
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at stone sour fest 2010. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Sweet dark malts, juicy red cherries, caramel, extremely tart, and lightly funky. Delicious.
Drake (11565) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart cherries and a light mustiness. Very, very tart cherry taste with faint must. Medium bodied.
bvc (1239) - Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged 08 bottling that I have been sitting on...but today called for a little bit of a celebratory beer and I thought this would be a good choice. It is Friday, the end of the work week, I am liking what Chuck is telling me...so let’s get into rating this beer. Pours a slight ruby tinted light mahogany brown with small dense head that settles to a film rather quickly. The aroma of tannic tart pie cherries just fills the air in my cube as I pour it. Upon further evaluation, more tart dark pitted cherry, light oak, hints of tart strawberry and balsamic with a bit of damp funkiness. Quite a bit of cherry and oak tannins up front, drys out in the mid palate with the oak coming through more and the cherry being more of the pit flavor than the skin, flesh or juice. Hints of vanilla from the barrel come out that I didn’t really get on the nose. Finishes up with more tart balsamic cherry notes and leaves the palate quietly, yet makes me want more. Excellent stuff Ron!