Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltons 2nd Anniversary Party. Pours with a deep red body topped by a thick head with some lacing. It’s sour and fruity with a slight bitterness and a light sweetness. Light bodied, smooth and dry.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 10/23/2008. This sour ale pours a deep reddish brown color from a wax topped 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is woody, tart, with cherries and some funk. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. There are also some tart cherry, oak, yeast and barnyard flavors here as well. The hops are floral and earthy. Lightly acidic and funky, the sourness is kind of delicate. Nice balance between the oak, fruity, tartness and funk. A very easy drinking sour ale. Very soft, yet lively carbonation. Soft and subtle tasting, one would expect more harsh flavors form a wild fermentation. Hides the alcohol very well. Its not as bold ad La Foille or Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think it does an excellent job of recreating the Oud Bruin style. It would be nice to see what this beer tastes like in a year or two. Mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and smooth. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with some sourness in the background.
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very beautiful deep garnet color. Head quickly dissipates. Bold nose of sour old fruits, mostly cherries, and malt. Not too horsey, but rainy barnyard dominated by an unattended orchard maybe, where most of the overripe fruit has split and decayed on the ground. Wet diaper underneath. That was fun, now to taste: Nose becomes slightly medicinal as it heads toward my lips, Crisp and vinegary on the tongue. Pithy fruit skins with an apple-cider vinegar, sour candy and brett chaser. In my humble opinion it leans a little toward geueze in taste just because it’s very sour and bitey and complex compared to say, the Duchess or Goudenband (RIP) Flemish browns. With the alcohol content, this is a bottle of dynamite. Way to go, Deschutes.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An absolute beauty of a beer. Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber, with a perfect, thick and frothy head. I let this one warm up a bit before drinking and had a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit off, but smells like a typical farmhouse ale. Flavor is very good...sweet and sour like a lemon/llime soda, fruity (banana, raisin), and tons of yeast. Its like a eating a perfect loaf of warm sourdough bread. Palate is medium/heavy bodied, and much creamier than I expected. I’m not a huge fan of this style, but overall this is one of the best sours I’ve encountered.
I agree with trokini and Erenest...lose the wax cap. It was a pain in the ass to cut through.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy auburn with a short off-white head. I agree with Ernest, the wax cap nearly drove me insane trying to carve off enough to open the bottle. Aroma is malty, with funky cherries and earthy wood. Not like other sours. Smooth and warm cherry, malt, oak, and vanilla. When the sour comes, it is mellow. Mostly brett and cherries, but in a vinuous/sherry way. Drinks more like a liquer than a funky, sour pucker-bomb. Excellent beer.
Ernest (6420) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (with annoying wax-coated cap, when will brewers stop this nonsense?).
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), trace yeast (barnyard), with notes of apple skin, cherry, wood.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This sadly shows little effect of the advertised 18 months of aging (other than the usual cherry and wood notes), and almost no Brett character. That said, the aroma is still attractive and without flaws. The flavor balance is good, if a tad syrupy sweet. There certainly is ample tartness, but this is about half as sour as, say, La Folie. The alcohol is hidden well. All in all, it comes up short of greatness, but it’s still a pleasant approximation of the targeted style.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber, pours a clear iced tea brown, with a foamy two finger head that lingers, moderate lacing. Aroma brings a nice nose full of fresh cherry, oak, light vanilla, spice and a hint of sour and funk; I enjoyed the aroma on this quite a bit. Flavor is stronger on the sweet and tart cherry, with background notes of oak and vanilla, followed by a lingering gentle sourness. I found this to be very easy to drink, and pretty darn tasty.
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown in color, with a small but lasting beige head.Sour cherry nose.
Flavor has earthy overtones, and as it should be, tart and puckery. Light cherry overtones, and a hint of oak.
Astringent mouthfeel, some Belgian lacing on glass.
In my personal database, this is beer #3000
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber hue with an off-white head. Great carbonation level. Smooth texture with a quenchy zing. Light toast, grains, earth and faint brown sugar. Some curious yeasty flavors and aromas. Wholesome tartness blended with some mildish bitterness. Citrusy orange and lemon nips were nice. Pleasant beer.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 V - one finger thin density head, pale yellow on initial pour, darkening to a cloudy light orange
A - mildly cherry and slight vinegar arona 8
T - malty sour mix, reminds me strongly of a sour whiskey 8
P - well balanced, a little sour lingers, palate is slightly carby, just a little zing to go with the sour.
O - very pleasent 16