anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ PapsÝ. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart citrus aroma. Fruity sour tart acidic woody flavor. Has a sour tart woody citrus finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Todd for sharing this one to kick off the tasting! Pale Quad, eh? Perhaps that makes a bit more sense than a conventionally understood wild ale. Dark amber pour, fairly moderate head. Nice bourbony nose, not too aggressive and so the wet wood and tartness are still detectable. Medium, semi-playful palate with some heat and a still somewhat dry finish. More wine character emerges in the taste, not as buggy as a lot of wilds, and it combines interestingly with the bourbon to make this a distinctive strong sour.
changeup45 (1724) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I ordered this a while back from Cascade and it took me longer than I thought it would to crack it open. The pour is a rustic golden color with a solid white head that settles as a long-lasting thin layer. This is funky and fruity in the aroma with cherries, apple, some white wine, and barrel notes. The bourbon is burried in there and takes some digging to find. This is far more drinkable and easy going than I expected for a 10%+ beer. Tart citrus and lactic sour flavors; funky peach and oranges, along with barrel notes, and soft bourbon in the finish. The bourbon is more noticeable in the flavor but itís still not overly strong. I donít pick up any Quad flavors. Not sure if I am supposed to or not. This is a very interesting beer and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. Again, itís far more delicate and drinkable than Iíd normally expect from a beer with this much alcohol, which is a good thing. As with every other Cascade Sour Iíve had, this one is plenty sour and good but itís not intensely sour or anything.
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 A good sour beer with a lot of sweeter fruity and sugary flavors that sets it apart from the pack. Lactic tartness is nice and light acetic acid adds a good amount of burn without being too much. Really freaking awesome beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a snifter.
Pours an amber-brown color with a single-finger head that dies down somewhat quickly but leaves a bit of lacing behind and has a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a decent amount of lactic character plus some citrus and a fairly-strong amount of green apple skin. The flavor is sour with a bit of funk as well as some oak and a light amount of acetic acid. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a good sour character. Fair amount of carbonation plus a really nice level of drinkability. Nothing really stands out about this brew, though in the end I simply want more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010
malrubius (2182) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trying to catch up on old notes. Gold amber with head. Tarty peachy fruity aroma. Fruity sweet tart peach dry tart farmy barn. Soft effervescent palate. Very good.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head with average retention and good amount of lacing.
3.5 S: The aroma is much more reserved than the Plague, but the barrel aging works much better. The bourbon is very light and barely noticeable. However, the wine contributes much more strength, lending a pleasant vinous character to the beer. Musky funkiness with a moderate lactic component. Not as fruity as Iíd expect given the blend, but there is some peach and apple aroma. Just a touch of spiciness with clove and black pepper.
3.5 T: Just like the Plague, the bourbon and wine components donít mesh well. Take note: leathery and vinous flavors cannot coexist in harmony. Moderately sour with a healthy tangy lactic acid component. Lots more fruitiness than in the nose. Foremost, cherries are detected, followed by lemon, green apple, red apple, and peach. Leathery bourbon contributes a touch of melon. Moderate tannic astringency, oak, and vanilla. Super complex and fairly tasty, but would be much better without the bourbon barrel contributions.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is nice considering the Plague gushed on me. Could be creamier, but it feels appropriate for what it is. Lightly astringent aftertaste.
4.0 D: Pretty good, though trying to do too much worked against this beer. I donít think bourbon barrels should have anything to do with sours (though sour Abyss wasnít too bad). Anyway, decent taste that gets better as you progress through the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-29-2011 23:43:55
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Todd for sharing. Darker pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is lactic with hints of toffee and dark fruit. Light vinegar with big malty hints. A little astringent. Weird marriage between blends
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Got to admit, this beer suffers from the greatness that was the previous bottle, Ithacaís Le Bleu. But thereís an unpleasant sweetness that emerges as this beer warms, one that proves cloying and almost artificial. Hereís what I mean: you know how those shitty fake liquor drinks in bottles have that weird, saccharine alcohol flavor? The combination of bourbon barrel and wine barrel aging produce this effect. The sweetness of the bourbon smashes up against the bitter oak of the wine, resulting in, well, ickyness. So I advise you to either drink this beer very quickly, or devise some sort of liquid nitrogen-injected tulip glass chiller and breadmaker so your beer stays nice and cold.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Todd, shared at a Carolina Crew gathering... the first of many, many beers. Pours bright amber with a moderate head. Starts with a wine barrel-like sourness but hits with a bourbon-y sweetness at the end. I love how it starts, but feel let down by the finish.