mathieuc (1225) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from nate321, thanks! Pours a light copper with a short-lived head that won’t leave any lacing. Aroma is fruity and also showcase some light acetics notes. There is some red wine quality to it, too. Taste is tart but still approachable with a nice interplay between alcohol and fruity flavors. Acetic and lactic with none taking over the other. Carbonation level is medium-high and tickles the tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Alcohol is definitely there but supportive of the whole experience. Nice!
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best after 20AUG13
Pours amber with a cherry hue, etched surface with a rim of light cream foam. The smell was evident from a couple feet upon pouring - really richly cherry this year. There are notes of lacto, breat and oak with plenty of the wine character coming through and lots of nice, tart cherries. The flavor is tart up front with a bit of heat and plenty of cherry flavor. This is really remarkable in that it is very, very fruit forward and most in the style that I’ve had are more oak balanced. I think I prefer this approach. The tartness is not quite sour per se, but is richly enhancing the overall tone of the beer. There is much, much less wood and grain perceived this year than 2010 when fresh. Medium on light syrup body with limited, soft and fine carb with a watering finish. Nice beer. I am really glad I got a good stash of this vintage.
Serving type: bottle
devman171 (949) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear reddish brown with fast fading head, aroma is nice funky sweet malt, taste is light tart and funk with a sweet funky finish, tasty beer
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at FOBAB. Had several sours last night. This was the worst. Overrated. Not impressed.
MrFecesious (942) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with Tristan. Thanks bud. Cloudy burnt orange with minimal cap. Aroma is terrific. Vanilla, raisin, spices, caramel, honey. Taste is nice sour fruit, vinegar, raisin, spices. Great carbonation.
merc7186 (2031) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A:Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Bitter Cherry, Red Plum, Red Wine
T: Bitter Cherry, Boozy, Red Wine, Mild Currants
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Fruity
Overall, nice bitter cherry, red fruit and red wine taste but a little milder than I would want...possibly the age took it down a notch.
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 5-30-2009 (2008 Reserve Bottle) This beer forms a small tan head, no visible carbonation, one ring of lacing, and a reddish brown body. The Aroma is earthy, oak, sweet malt, cherries, brett, and sour. The Taste is sour, cherries, lightly spicy, boozy, and sweet. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. All-in-all, this beer is too funky and sour tasting for my liking.
Steve_0 (2575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. 2012 Vintage. Pour is murky caramel with a small cream head that quickly dissipated. Big sour fruity, vinegar, citric acid, green apples, lemons, caramelly, and bready aroma. Taste is big sour apples, pears, light cherry, heavy vinegar, citric, toffee, and caramel with a big sour finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. OK, but much too acetic for my liking.
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 26, 2013 - bottle shared by the TG lady at Darkness Day. Brownish orange pour that was partially in my glass and partially on the chair next to me as I spilled while digging the pen out of my pocket to rate this. I was geeked to finally try this and was underwhelmed. Sour, fruity and wood in aroma and taste. I would like to try again in more optimal drinking conditions.
BVery (6072) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish pour. Smaller off white head. Nice oak and sour in both the aroma and taste. Really good!