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.
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 !
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ Tucson Tasteing courtesy of highibus. Fermented sour aroma hits the nose. Amber body with thin head. Has a sour flavor like style dictates but little too tart and dry for me anyway. Some fruity flavor in the mix also. Thanks Tom.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Initial impression of the beer was rather positive, but as the beer opens and warms slightly, things start to fall apart a bit. Still, a rather enjoyable beer. Pours a heavily filtered dark copper/amber with some ruby throughout. Nose yields an immense blast of pinappley brettyness. Raspberry and cherry skin. A rather thick malty base. Some earthiness and leaf pile. The smallest hint of barrel tannin is detected as well. Flavor is fairly tart and acidic. Fruit skin tartness. Pineapple. Apple cider vinegar. Light tannic wood notes. The brett and oak are quite nice, but the malt body is rather flabby and cumbersome. Medium to full bodied. Very creamy with average carbonation. The acidity is rather clean on the finish. I would like to see a little more length and grit. The malt profile is rather distracting from an otherwise better than average sour. Thanks Jake!
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?
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought a bottle to Toncatcher’s tasting. Tart aromas of cherry and other fruits. Flavor was a little less sour, but still a decent funk was detectable. Pretty yummy.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-hite head. Light tart, light fruity aroma. Tart flavor without being very sour with some cherry fruit, oak, and malt. Medium body. Lingering tartness, cherry, malt, and oak. I hear the bottles are better than the draft version and this left me slightly disapointed.
jazz88 (2607) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A reddish brown color with foamy lush tan head. Caramel, rich sour berries, cherry, earthy aromas that are quite inviting. Sour, tangy, acidic, earthy woods, and full of rich berry flavors. It finishes strong with plenty of pucker. Quite nice.