Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle at Sune’s - thanks. Clear dark deep red/brown - white head. Dark malty, red berries, brett, coconut, light sourish, light wood, spicy, soil, light flowery. Nice - but a bit too much brett, needs more balsamic caracters.... Again: #22 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 01-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (6/3/6/3/14)
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pretty dark red with dirty white head. Pungant aroma of stinky cheese, dirty sweat socks, and ripe cherries. Oddly enough, all are good here. The flavor is pretty approachable. Robust vinager, lactic, a bit of fruit, and even a bit of malt character. Medium body and easy to drink. Very dry. I like this one quite a bit.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. wax sealed bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a reddish copper with a thin off white head. Nice lacing. Great sour fruit aroma. Not quite as sour as the aroma might suggest, but the brett flavor is spot on. Medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Sour cherry flavor develops, as well as a little wood in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Alcohol is not evident. Very enjoyable.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...murky amber pour with a sizeable white head. Nose has hints of granny smith apples, pears, lightly funky, a bit of sour cheese. Medium body with great carbonation...flavor has a massive amount of sour apples which leads to a bread dough and sour cherry finish. Very solid brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 9/15/2008
huge whiff of fresh cherries as the top is popped...
pours crystal clear a red cherry-ish amber color with a one inch pale tan head.
initially lots of cherry in the aroma which fades to unveil metal, blood/iron/mineral, woody vanilla and cement-like bretty funk. it smells fairly sweet (for the style).
i get a lot of cinnamon flavor... along with ripe cherries, vanilla, caramel, toasted nuttiness and mineral-y bretty stink. there is a touch of malty sweetness to start. but, by the time the sip is over my tongue is dried off completely.... thanks brett! it*s tart and sour but not overly on either. the aftertaste lingers long into the night as fresh cherries. alcohol does come into play as it warms the sinus and chest the same way wine does... it*s quite pleasant. the medium body leans heavily on full. the carbonation gives it a creamy soft mouth feel which coats my mouth entirely yet it is spicy and prickly with a twangy kick.
8/3/8/5/16/4.0 we will see...
2008 bomber via superdave on 7/4/10.
it’s not nearly as tart and fruity as it originally was but it is for sure much more funky. seems brett came in to dry the shit out of this! mmm
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, meal), average hops (flowers, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of cherry and wood. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. I;m always a little wary of sours. They tend to be a little too sour for me, but this one had a the perfect amount of sour. Nice balance of sour with sweet fruity flavors. Will try again.
GarrettB (1204) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought The Dissident without really knowing what it was. I mean, I didn’t even see who the brewer was. But the label was so cutting, so dark, so angsty I couldn’t say no. The effect was only made more profound by its solitude on the shelf - no other Dissident in sight. Very appropriate. Also, I’m not sure why, but from purchase to refrigeration, I thought the Dissident was going to be a deep, dark stout. Imagine my surprise when I saw the less than dense pour and the smell of vinegar. Instead, the beer is somewhat translucent, taken to the color of oak tree bark and a thin lily pad head of tan bubbles. Alcohol commands the aroma, guiding vinous, wine-like qualities and a vinegar bite into my nose, resembling a Flemish Sour Ale in its woody, winey, sour scent portfolio. The flavor is immediately familiar, but I can’t label it at first. Then I take a gander at the label. Of course! The Brett! This beer is all about the Brett, bolstered by a dense traffic of carbonation, flavors of black cherries and oak, and a good, sharp ethanol bite. The oak dryness and the alcohol cut almost to excess, but keep decorum where it counts, making this a very tasty, drinkable beer. It may not have been an oil stout, but it’s got a lot of good flavor, and affirms that Brettanomyces has hurdled over the “acquired taste” status into a well loved and familiar flavor.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep amber with some head. Aroma of malt vinegar. Sour black cherry flavor that is also somewhat sweet. Nice hop finish. Pretty good.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my first experience with a sour ale and I was very excited to try it out! Poured from a 22 oz bomber from the Bier Stein on thanksgiving and shared out with a few good friends. A very deep red pour, nearly brown even with a big white head. Has a vinegary essence but not in an unpleasant way, also smells of cherries and other fruit and some vanilla. The flavor at first was sweeter than I expected, but then that sour rush hits you like a knockout punch. Tasted kind of like a mild red wine but with cherry flavor instead of grapes. Interesting brew and I hope to try more sours in the future.