illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip wine glass. Strawberry preserves color, with a creamy pink/tan head. Tons of effervescence streaming up from the depths of the glass. Excellent retention and solid films of lacing.
Aroma is chiefly black cherries, with smoldering oak, crabapple, and balsamic vinegar.
An initial sweetish natural plum/cherry juice note is quickly tempered by a rush of winey tannins and fresh brettiness. The alcohol comes through occasionally, but it blends rather well with the other flavors, taking on a cabernet quality. Reasonably complex, but it’s a little boozy and young right now. This seems like a perfect candidate for a year of aging before a second sampling. The brett could fully blossom, the booze could mellow out, etc.
Mouthfeel is a little astringent from the wine aging. Good carbonation, very short finish. A very good beer, but not quite a great beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Thanks to Sparky27 for this! Murky brown pour fizzy off white head and minimal spotty lace. Brett on the nose. Caramel, leather, and cherry flavor with a slightly dry& tart finish. A little balsamic vinegar on the finish as it warms. I was expecting a little more sourness, but it is still a very decent beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of funk, fruit, berries, Brett, and light tartness. Poured deep amber in color with a small, creamy, khaki head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor was lightly sour. Tasted fruity with notes of caramel, cherry, Brett, and grains. Light to medium body. Dry texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, sweet finish.
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. copper pour with thin soapy head. apple, fig, barnyard, oak aroma. very nice aroma. full body. nice round fruity sourness. sour apple, oak, funk. very impressive.
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 Rating for draft (from Uber), have tasted (and cellared) the bottles so perhaps a comparison for later. Seemed darker appearance from draft, deeper amber/red with tight offwhite head. aroma is tart fruit and acidity. taste is wonderful tight and tart fruit (cherry) and cream. Brett dryness on the mouthfeel and especially in the finish. Lighter in body and taste than perhaps of the heavies, can’t wait to see this age. Lovely
update, +.2 on tasting an aged bottle. Oaky, cherry and dry finish. Awesome.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is ripe with sour cherries, sour cab grapes and brett. The taste is sour with cherries, wine, oak and brett. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering complex sour flavors. Overall: This is a superbly well crafted sour ale. I very much enjoyed it.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks brianK for sharing. Pours a light yellow orange body. A hint of sourness reminds me of the CL SFTO Wine barrel. Light barrel and hardly what the style suggests, mildy tart and not sour really. A bit of fruity esters. Simple and enjoyable.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In a nutshell this beer is lacking. Sourness is present but lacks good character. No real funk here, just a fruity acidicness. Mildly dry finish. It’s not terrible, just lacking.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with jake65. Thanks again Jake! Pours a rich amber beer with a nice tan head. Aroma is wonderful of cherries, earthy, caramel malts, with a hint of the brett. Taste is complex and arousing. Flavor of sour cherries, tangy fruit and earthy funkiness all come togther well. Has a semi sweet finish. Very good !
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
seems a bit disjointed....nice cherry flavor..but the acidity needs more kick and complexity.....perhaps it is because of the cherry variety choice?