FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before December 2019
A careful pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three-finger thick (including 1 above the rim of my glass), light tan tinged head. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a Brettanomyces funkiness to it backed by a fruit and tart character. Musty, somewhat musky, lightly Band-Aid like, but this is backed by an ample fruitiness that reminds me of spiced cider. This has a wholesome, hay like, and fresh, yet to be threshed grain aromatic note to it.
Quite effervescent, and fairly light bodied, the beer is definitely light and quaffable. There is a smoky plastic note here that permeates the palate, though it is not overwhelming. The beer is quite dry, it has a nice tartness that accentuates that apple cider like flavor from the aroma (though this time without the spiced character). The tartness here is somewhat light (especially compared to a Lambic), and has a character to it that doesnít say lactic acid to me, it isnít really acetic either, and I wonder if it is not a mix of the two, and perhaps some others. There is a slight nuttiness to the finish, brought out by the malt character that also provides a touch of whole grain cracker character, and perhaps a touch of caramelized whole grain.
This is an interesting beer, not at all like a Gueuze, and I have a hard time understanding how this won any award for being such (per the sticker on the bottle); quite apple like, and the tartness isnít really all that lactic in character. Still this isnít a bad beer, and is an interesting example of a sour beer that is not a Lambic. I am definitely a bit disappointed that this is not anything like a Gueuze, but it is certainly a bit more than serviceable too.
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head: small white rim that holds on firmly
Colour: deep red golden
Aroma: wood/tanines, wineous, milky sour and malts
Taste: start is slightly malty and little sour, then comes in a beuatifful flavour of the moldy flavour blue cheeses have, also adds some hazelnuts in the taste of the bitterness you get afterwards. the beer is slightly grassy and chalky in the aftertaste, very enjoyable beer and one of my favs right now of the DVDK selection !
wchesser (1867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In line at Crooked Stave WWB Violet release. Thanks, stranger! (Adam?)...slighlty muddy light brown. Nose of funk, lemon, and bandaid. Taste was straight bandaid and naugahyde. Iíve had wines with bandaid as a subtle trait that added complexity but nothing like this..full on plastic. Pretty gross.
Sarpa (1324) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 66cl @ home. pours clear copper with a medium white head. Lemon, barnyard aroma. Nicely tart, quite carbonated.
vipinvelp (3677) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden yellow with off white foam head. Aroma is sour apples, some grain, some herbs. Taste is fresh sour apple, some citrus, some grass. Nice long lasting aftertaste. (Velp 201305)
jookos (5246) - FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
.75 bottle. Copper slight amber, cloudy. Nose has an interesting maltiness, some farmyard hay, but also darker rye/amber flavours. A tad of gluely tones, stables and old leaves. Body is very acidic, a bit thin perhaps in flavour, but has still quite a bit of hops and good funk. A nice horseblanket finish with some murky leaves. Dry, palate cleansing, mouth watering. As the bottle is nearing its end, the flavours intensify and a tart apple fruityness emerges. Very good!
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Har något rutten över sig. Känns som en blandning av en lambic och en trapist. Kul bärs. På delirium
altonbrownd (5416) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Big bottle from Malting Pot. Bold wheat body with puffy, rising head. Nose is very sour. Taste is very sour and entirely off-putting. Texture is crisp, bitter and lemony. Finish is also sour.
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Rooie Dop brewdungeon, courtesy of joes. Hazy dark orange colour, beige head. Nose is slighty sour, yeasty, pine. Flavour is light caramel, sour, medicinal, wet wood. Nice.
ration (2120) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
290313. Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden with a high head. Aroma ripe fruit, Belgian yeast. Nice overall sour taste. Full bodied. Not Bad.