Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very large sour ale... I do not have a lot of experience with sour ales, however we (my family) enjoyed this one over ribeye steak with potatoes... it actually did a nice job of matching the meal. Deep nose of sour Washington bing cherries.. since I live in the state and ate a lot of those things off the tree, you can definately feel them... to continue, the taste was definately dark fruit dominant due to the aging and cherries. The fragrance is a little perfumey with the cherries’ sourness... palate was smooth and creamy with nary a hint of alcohol... this is the best beer that the NW has to offer and it is fantastic... squirrel it away folks.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice sour cherries aroma from the start.
Appearance – Reddish amber in color, clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – This was a deep sour ale flavor. Huge cherry flavor which where very sour. With a light lingering of fresh cherry flavor. Some oaky and wine flavor.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Good texture with a dry sour finish.
Overall – One of the best Sour ales I have ever had. This had flavor to give and was just right in all ways. I loved this beer.
jake65 (2594) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a gorgeous brown with a crimson tint, a large and creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with vinous and barrel notes. Some tartness. A great predecessor to the taste. Very rich with oaky and barrel notes, vinous qualities, and a sweet/tart sensation. Nice blend of flavors and mellow balance into a light lip-puckering finish.
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brett aroma, like a Jolly Pumpkin beer, but also with balsamic vinegar. Light red color. A little sour. Still lightly sweet, some sugar. A good sour.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark burgundy, maroon in color. No head forms on the pour. Smell is dark fruit and some tartness. Smell is very nice. Taste is very dark, ripe fruit. There is a good amount of carbonation and a nice tartness as well. This is a surprisingly very good beer. I went in with a bit of reluctance due to the Abyss, but this is a very solid beer. Very nice and well done.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber appearance with a long lasting thin head. Sour scent/taste that resembles a jolly rancher. Fruity palate.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught: The aroma literally made my face light up with joy. Very complex but not to overpowering. The grapes and cherries bland so well with the oak and hops. Decedent.
Dark ruby red, almost velvety, a delicately carbonated head. Gorgeous.
Flavor: starts off with sweet berries, cherries, blackberry, fructose, and strawberries. Mellows into this oak like syrup and then balances into a smooth hop finish.
The palate is fantastic, it’s complex. but smooth, full but drinkable. Very solid beer.
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 (5077) - 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 (11933) - 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.