ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer. Bottle courtesy of nbutler11 in his newly minted pad. A thick, ruby-brown pour. Aroma of the expected Flemish variety but with a tart caramel balance to it. Flavor of the same but the brown really comes through. Wood, yeast, cereal as well. What a fine, fine job.
Nik925 (783) - USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg version, no way this is 11%, tastes like 7. Surprisingly malty given the sourness. Not much oak comes through until it warms a bit. Good sourness and a good level. there of. A candy sweet taste shows up but fades out when it warms. A bit of oak character shows up and all the flavors meld together and everything really comes together as it warms a bit.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet, red fruit, vinegar.
Light amber, red fruit-beer puree color.
Taste is sweet, flabby, sour and sweet vinegar.
Just not sour enough. Dammit.
Personal taste aside, Lightly dms, slick mouthfeel, some sweet sourness...
Just very okay. Nothing challenging, easy-drinking.
No way this is 9 percent.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stunning brew with tons of complexity. Odd also, with a malty but a sour that creaps in but not like any other sour I have had. Should age nice for a couple years. Better out of bottle than Keg. Aroma and the unique sourness makes this beer outstanding.
bierkoning (11862) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mashmaster, thanks! Reddish brown color. Vinous aroma with caramel, cherries, marzipan. Malty, fairly alcoholic, quite oaky flavor with hints of marzipan and cherries. Sour with caramelly and coffee notes. Horseblanket. A good complexity, but just lacking a bit in balance. Nevertheless a great beer.
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aromas of oak, brett, and a little lighter aspect of tart cherries. Pours auburn with a thin head and sticky lace. The flavors has notes of tart cherries initially, a touch of sweetness. Oak follows and creates a dry sourness. Bretty funk comes in the finish and lingers with a touch of booze too. The tartness level is medium, the carbonation is rather bitey.
hayduke (4435) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darn. I paid a lot for this ($10) and was really hoping for something really special. From the 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Nose was of sour cherry and vanilla. Mouthfeel medium and somewhat fizzy from what I assume is the carbonation. Flavor is of sour fruit and the finish is a bit acrid. Overall it was interesting, but I had a little trouble getting it all down. For me a bit of a disappointment. Maybe aged it would get better, but this is the only bottle I had and at this price probably the last.
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: This beer is a cloudy ruddy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the outside. Stringy lacing. The aroma is sour cherries and apples, plus touches of vanilla. Medium-bodied with flavors of sour fruit, yeast and earthy malt. Interesting spice character in the background too. The finish is fruity with a vinous aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a sour fruit scent. Color is a deep dark reddish brown with good carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is big, bold and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp twang. Finish comes in with a bold sour taste that has cheery and oak tones, then there’s a dry vanilla taste. In the after taste the sour feels almost sweet and yet dusty. This is an interesting sour its complex but yet its delicate and bold all at once.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear dark amber color with a soapy, medium sized off white head. Has the appearance of a traditional Brown Ale. Aroma is sweet maltiness, caramel, slight sour cherries. This smells like a Barley Wine with just a touch of cherry tartness and a dash of acetic acid. Some vanilla and wood notes are also noted. Taste is malty, very slightly tart with some cherry fruitiness though it is subtle. I expected this to be much more sour. One positive note I can say is this hides its alcohol extremely well. Other than that it pretty much tastes like a brown ale with some cherry syrup added. I have another bottle of this that I’ll give some more time to age and hopefully this will sour up. As of now this is hugely disappointing.