HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Caveat emptor: rumor has it that the bottle is more sour and that may well be. On tap it pours with a copper to brown color and a smaller head. It has great flavors of fruit and funk. The flavors are very balanced, there is tartness, perhaps more of a banana and caramel backbone and some more citrus in the foreground. Very smooth almost creamy palate. People who really like sours maybe a bit diappinted but I prefer these kinds of beers over an extreme one such as La Folie
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. A little dissapointed, will this get more sour? I liked the tart fruit flavors but it just wasn’t sour enough. Still very good.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via Fordest at Toncatcher’s Tasting in Santee. Pours copper with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and tart and light. Taste is mellow and sour and tart its a little light on the sour, but overall a good beer, no firewood if you ask me.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, thanks to Hophead84. Pours hazy red brown with a thin white head, no lace. Smells of funky barnyard, with wood, cherry and some malt. Tastes cherry malty and funky, nice malt flavors and sweetness. Mildly sour with lots of acidity. Full body, good carbonation.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours amber with a solid head that reduces abruptly leaving minimal lace. Aromas of sharp and sour spices. Medium nectar with superb carbonation almost reaching the creamy sensation I long for. As I ponder my notes I conclude that this beer is supreme. This may be the perfect beer, for me. Amazing balance is achieved to include all components. Mildly sour, dry, defined stonefruit, under ripened wild apple, leather, dusty granite. It’s wild and gamy yet friendly on the palate. The finish lingers with no change of flavor. TRUMP! I am pulling this beer from the shelf and hording it for myself =) You snooze you lose. Where’s the alcohol ? Totally non detectable.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Skyview for hooking us up with this one! Copper color with no head. Lightly soured malt aroma, rounded off by some oak and vanilla. Much the same in the taste. Oak is a bit stronger. Quite a bit of sour cherries come out. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Really, really good.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity/cherry aroma - lots of wood, and a touch of the tart. Really reminded me of Hair of the Dog ’Fred from the Wood’ on the nose. Coppery mahogany color with a medium frothy light-brown head. Flavor started sweet, then swiftly showed the Flanders tart/sour (though lightly), some oak, and slowly dried out a bit. Lingering tart/sweet/alcohol/oak finish. Very nice - expected more, but a really well made beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. Aroma has some definite funk with some brett clearly apparent. There is also an underlying vinousness with some old leather aromas present, too. A bit of ethanol retronasally. Body is a transparent light cola color with a very very small khaki head which doesnt leave much lacing. Starts a little roasty with some caramel notes. This becomes quite a bit astringent with some sour, funky, Brett yeast flavors. Some fruity cherry-like flavors come through a little later. The late late finish is a little woody and it also contains a bit of ethanol. Pretty good stuff right here.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crimson brown with a tight eggshell head that left lacing around the glass. Very nice carbonation percolating up from the base of the brew...releasing an very tart cherry skin aroma with the bursting of every tiny bubble that reaches the surface. Flavor isn’t as complex and funky as some, but still enjoyable and hides the 11% ABV remarkably well. Flavors of red wine, oak, cherry, plum, and even a bit of citrus. Very acidic. Will only get better with a bit of age on it.
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a fizzy head that settles to a champaign head. Looks well carbonated. Smells of cherry and looks dark reddish/slight purple. Taste is tart cherries and a little bitter. I think it will get better with age (so I will save one). The palate is very thin and carbonated. I give Deshutes a thumbs up for breaking the norm and trying something new. Hopefully they try this one again next year. I always look forward to their Reserve releases. I have to note this is my first sour ale as well so I probably haven’t developed the palate to give the most accurate review.