golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a little off-white head. Aroma is light sour cherries, slightly tart, some caramel malt underneath. Lightly funky tart taste, just a small amount of sour fruit, a little sweet and maybe slightly roasted as well. Wet grainy finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BBF 08. Sample from Bomber. Pours a nice deep woody amber with some ruby highlights slightly hazy with an ok lasting fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and sour cherries, cherry pit, almond-like- slight acetobacter- typical young flemish red-like with some malt sweetness remaining. Flavor is more oaky and earthy, some toasted malts, sweetish caramel malts, light char, wine-like astringency- tannic, sour cherries- some aceto light vinegar at this point but should increase with time. Good overall funk to it, but still a bit low as of now- again should pick up with age. Smooth finish and a nice acidity almost sour but will continue to get more complex with a lot of age. nice beer, but needs time to develop. There were about 3-4 other sours like this at the fest and all were about the same or better at this point.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of barrel, leather, sweet tarts, vinegar, and cherries. Flavor of leaves, earthiness, and mild sourness with a dry oak finish. Quite bland for a sour at this time, but would like to try again after the brett has developed and the oak has subdued.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
First of all I would like to say that I hate the wax on the top of the bottle. Ok. With that out of the way I must say that I am more than a little pleased with this fine beer.
Pours a deep red with very little head. Carbonation allowed this beer to remain smooth on the palate. The richness of fruit and sour linger for quite a long time. Aroma of cabernet in the barrels is wonderful and I am going to buy more to age. Thank you Deschutes.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a clear maroon with one finger light tan head. Nose is unripe cherries, lemon juice, vinegar and a light malt background. Taste is oak, sour cherries, a touch of funk and a dry wine-like finish. Not as funky as most sours I’ve had and a lot more malty. It’s an easy smooth drinker and hides the alcohol completely. Medium, prickly mouth feel. This is very good. The sweeter cherry flavors really come alive as it warms. I’ll age my other for 6 months or so and revisit. Thanks Jason!
twoskylights (11) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! What a shock to the mouth! Not exactly the kind of beer I’d go out of my way for, but I appreciate a good jolt. Everything leading up to the tasting was sublime. Amazing appearance in both keenly designed bottle and handsome, amber, copper, rust color. The head wasn’t much of anything, but that seems normal for this style. The aroma! Delish!! Earth, chocolate, rain, orange and lemon peel, coca cola even! Very complex and very alluring. But watch it! When the juice hits the tongue, you are in for a whopping surprise. This is a remarkably sour beer--not so much in a bad way. I do appreciate that this is quality all around. But I do believe that it fully lives up to its name. The taste is not only sour, though. There is a wine element to this which is unmistakable. And there is an unmistakable bite that comes from the 9% ABV. This ain’t your pappys beer...nor is it your comfort beer. This is a dissident. and very much worth trying.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared by hopsleeroy. Thanks!
Porus a gorgeous cranberry color with a light beige head. Very rich looking for a sour. Smell is sweet, and tart cherry. Also, some light funk is in the nose. Taste is tart, and dry cherry like with a rich flavorful and almost lightly chocolatey subtleness going on in the background. Light alcohol, but not bad for 9%, and still feels like a sour, however with perhaps a bit richer body and slightly less bubbly carbonation. Pretty good.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Bottle. Poured a deep garnet-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of tart, funky brett with some fruit including light apple and cherry. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light cherry and grape fruitiness leads into a lightly tart brett funkiness and a moderate acedic character that finishes dry with a bit of light fruitiness and just a touch of oak. Smooth on the palate with light carbonation, not much tart bite. Sour? I don’t know, it was somewhat funky, but I don’t think I would say sour. Not much oak present either, and the alcohol was pretty obvious for the style. Worth the hype it is receiving? No.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a bright, clear ruby-cola color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Very nice, delicate nose showing red wine notes, pepper, and toasty barrel notes; lime and toasty citrus from the brett; not overly tart, but complex and quite delicately aromatic. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lively carbonation; lots of pitty, vinous red fruits, tannic wine notes, peppery cabernet and shiraz; very nice vinous presence coupled to solid brett (lime, toastiness) and basic citrus acidity; not an especially good sour ale, but solid wine-barrel aged beer overall; vinous, complex, and drinkable. Medium finish: toasty oak barrel notes, peppery red wine, and tannic fruits; lightly chalky and balanced overall.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/ light brown with a thin white head. Aroma is oak, brett, sour cherries, light alcohol. Taste is a sweetness from the alcohol followed by the sour cherriness, light brettiness, oak. Pretty decent.