nilsas (3294) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lukt: Syrlig høy og gjær.
Skum/kullsyre: Lite skum.
Smak: Syrlig høy.
Hvor: Nydt@Ølsmaking hos Bryne med Geir og Untapped Erik.
Medium: Flaske@375ml, ABV@6,2%, Når@12.12.2015
Gachupines (1242) - USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color with little to no head. Aroma is very tart with mild pepper. Flavor is tart up front with a bit of pepper underneath.
GarrettB (1412) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 31st, 2013 - Last of the three Crooked Stave beers to welcome in the New Year, and it’s supposedly the strongest, and more likely to wallop the palate. Good thing too, as the previous two sours have already put me on my heels, but there’s enough capacity to take on the Surette. Immediately out of the glass the smell is brighter, shining, and as the Japanese would say, "pikapika." Cherries are stirred in and mixed with a pungent acidity, and etched onto an oak board. The influence of the wood is clear here in the nose, and as I dip in for for the first sip, I expect it to show there, too. On the tongue this is much less a saison (thus, saison in name only0 and more like a fair-haired Flemish Sour ale, mostly on the front or fore taste. Closer to the aftertaste there’s a watered and weak saison grain blend, but then the soul of the Flemish Sour Ale returns in the aftertaste, slow and simmering and patient, belaboring the exquisite flavor inside this carefully crafted beer. It’s the weirdest of the three Crooked Staves I enjoyed tonight, but even in its eccentricity, I enjoyed it deeply. And with that a final cheers to 2013, and optimism about beers in the future for 2014.
andrewje41 (2712) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle poured. Thanks Thomas for the bottle. Pours a light golden with little head. Oaky, perfect tartness to it. Big yeast character with a hint of a champagne side. Dry finish. Cream body. Wonderful flavor. Incredible.
SeniorZozo (1092) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting session at Only Good Beer Budapest. Pours light orange with a little white head. Aroma of Brett, wood, grapes,funk. Taste is Brett, tart, sour berries, white vine light wood notes. Very tarty Saison
smith4498 (3501) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy dark golden color with white head. Tart cherry aroma with some wood. Mild sour cherry flavor with some oak and vinous notes. Medium body with lively carbonation. Good stuff.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with cloudy tangerine edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Musty, funky aroma with wild bugs, damp oak and a subtle sweet vinous barrel presence. Strong citric acidity with zesty lemon juice, acetic vinegar, lactic cheesiness, pale malt, bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some peppery clove in there as well but the acidic character, barrel notes and vinous fruits stand out. Almost Gueuze like with a subtle horseblanket smell along with lactic funk, wild bugs, damp earth, dry oak and dusty cobwebs. Some bread/yeast as well as hints of apple, pear and lemon rind. The vinous presence is there but not as strong as in the Vieille with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Decent but something is lacking that I can’t quite put my finger on.
On the lighter end of medium body with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and prominent acidic sourness that lingers over the earthier flavors and vinous barrel notes into a dry, acetic finish. Feels more like an American wild ale with little saison character to speak of. There is some funk but I’m guessing it’s from the bugs and acidity. Vinous barrel presence really stands out with dry oak and sweeter fruit notes, especially apricot and dark berries. Lots of zesty lemon acidity dominating the flavor with lingering acetic vinegar in the finish. Not harsh or solvent like but makes the beer feel a bit one dimensional. Pretty much just tart citrus acidity, dry oak, subtle vinous fruit and lingering acetic acid. Refreshing and somewhat drinkable but not very complex or interesting.
TBone (15913) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (AIH53, vintage 2013, batch 6)
Orange color, small white head. Aroma is tart fruity with balsamico and mango. Medium-bodied. Orange, mango, wood, tartness in the flavor. Wineuous with nice drinkability. Spicey hoppy finish. Mellow.
gr_pa (346) - siemianowice, POLAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, small head. Aroma: tart, stable, some rasberries, lactobacillus, citrous. Tart, lemon.
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange vistilite with a medium sized white head. Aroma of wine, bubble gum, light Brett yeast, alcohol, wet oak wood and grains. Taste is vinous with hints of oak wood, light Brett, and tart sour candies.