superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, tart apple, grape, pepper, lemon, earth, herbal, floral, clove, grass, hay, and light yeast funkiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and decent balance. Taste of pear, tart apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, hay, earth, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, earth, funk, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; nice fruity/peppery flavor balance; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale wild ale. Nice flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on for 9%. I enjoyed this offering quite a bit.
slowrunner77 (1610) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Surly Bird: pretty weird beer. Not wild.sour in the traditional sense, but thereís all kinds off odd fruity flavors and aromas, some tart, some floral, some sweet. Definitely unique enough to make me want to try other versions of this stuff."
rbrazell (1646) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surly Bird version on draft at Edmunds Oast. Slight haze on this golden colored brew with a small bubbly white head. Earthy, slight musty aroma with hints of tropical fruits, phenolic spice and a light honied sweetness. Flavor is a bit oxidized and one dimensional with similar characteristics. Not terrible by any means.
boxofrane (2108) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bottle from mari?s. Pours clear yellow with a huge white head that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. The aroma has vinegar, apple, acetic notes, lemon. The taste is earthy, funky, mushroom, dirt, Meh.
Gription79 (2262) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. The aroma is earthy, mushroom, barnyard. The flavor is better then the aroma. Earthy, citrusy, mushroom, barnyard. Interesting.
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14, as Reinaert Flemish Wild
Aroma: Nose is yeast/spice, some funky notes, and fruit
Appearance: It pours an orange color with a medium off-white/beige head
Flavor: Sweet and yeasty flavor, some funk, and some spice as well
Palate: The body is medium, with a decent mouthfeel and some funky feeling finish
Solid, but not amazing example of the style. Just good enough to not be completely forgettable, but not all that memorable either.
bubblehouse (382) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice beer. Good and tart with a nice aroma. A really big head when poured but delicous
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle. The pour is a pale orange with a white lace. The saccharomyces I imagine is more over powering the. The brettanomyces and give of this sour chalk taste with fruity, cherry-ish.
pdx77 (1366) - Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle at Higgins. Fizzy, light rose golden color. Aroma is sweet plum and lightly tart yeast. Taste is bitter grass, lightly funky yeast, sweet pitted fruit. Aftertaste is more funky with the plum note remaining.
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is fucking confusing: I think this is the right beer. Unknown bottle date.
Pours cloudy apricot with a persistent cream pillow. Smells of apple skins, some funk some sweet malts, some musk. Flavor is sweet with some florals, some funk and corn, but mostly florals and moth ball. Medium bodied with moderately tight but reserved carb. Meh.
Frank (2863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is blond and cloudy w/ a dense and long lasting white head, just about perfect for the style if you ask me. This is a decent wild ale that strikes me as rather complex but in a way that is interesting more so than good. There is a bit of a musty basement funk to and itís bitter to the point of being borderline metallic. They seem to have been going for something Orval-ish here but miss the mark.