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 (6542) - 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 (3483) - 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 (3482) - 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
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red/brown with no head whatsoever, even with a vigorous straight pour into my Orval goblet. I could already smell the ample aroma wafting out of the bottle. Once in the glass, the aroma opens up even more. First impression is of Rodenbach (which makes sense). There is some other complexity underlying in there. The funk and sour smell is more subdued, but there is also ample cherry, oak, and vanilla aroma. Taste is quite sour, though not Rodenbach Grand Cru sour. Fairly easy drinking for a sour beer. The oak and cherry flavors are more pronounced than usual, which is nice. I think that this may be a great gateway sour for people. Would pair well with cheeses and spicy foods. There is a little tiny bit of sludge in the bottom of my bottle, but I have heard from multiple sources that it is pasteurized/not bottle conditioned, so I don’t have very high hopes for aging this one, which is a shame. In fact, I heard that Deschutes is doing that to all their beers, even this sour and their high alcohol special releases...they need to get with the program for cellaring enthusiasts.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours light brown with off white head. Has a medium body. Flavor is fruity, sour, has some funk, and is a real nice drinking sour. There is some cherry, oak, vanilla, brett, and vanilla. Its really smooth. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It has other flavors not typical in sours and I can’t wait to age one. Thanks Eric!