brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue. A quarter inch head rose up before settling down to a placid surface, with a few errant dots of lacework.
Aromatics hit the nose as soon as the beer goes into the glass, with fruity acid wafting up.
Cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, ripe malt, and warming spice. Hints of cinnamon, peppercorns, cedar, sherry, and rhubarb follow through.
Medium bodied, with a lightly prickled mouthfeel, and drying.
Ripe, red fruits, acid, and oaky tannins are supported by a malty base on the palate.
As the brew warms hints of subtle spice step forward. Nutmeg, anise, and Schezuan peppercorns. Plenty of acid without being lactic or sour.
Finishes with cherries, sherry, balsamic, pepper-studded earthy cedar, and warming alcohol.
Wowza. Great beer now, but just wait a few years for this one to really meld, mellow, and complexify. The Pinot Noir barrels add a tremendous depth that is not typically found in Oud Bruins.
The tartness level now is firm, but allows the brew to be very drinkable. I’m curious to see if some cellar time will add much sourness.
Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up to room temperature.
Big ups to BA Urwatuh8 for answering the call once more!
Brentv (401) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery’s Portland pub. Chestnut color with small white head and slight lacing. Huge aroma of fruits and wild yeast. Taste is fruity with a bit of sour. Nicely sweet. Delicious!
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is oldish, cherry, wood, cheesy, vinegar. Flavor is fruits, cherry, red wine, barley sugar. Finish is very tart, fruity, dusty, oldish, woody. Lingering cherry, red wine and wood. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, average carbonation.
gramity (1452) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red copper pour with an off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, wood,a hint of vinegar and funk. Taste is sweet and sour cherries, wood, just a hint of vinegar, and some funk. Finished with sweet cherries. A little acidic. Damn good.
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is hazy gold..Nose is spice, vinegar, cherries, funk..Taste is cherries, spice, funk, oak, dry, tart..
BiiruBierBeer (246) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent sour red with cherry smell. Medium carbonation with some foam. Taste is sour brown with a bit of tart cherry and some oddness to it.
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - red wax - from hoppypocket, thanks bro! pours unclear bright orange with a reviving off-white head, some lacing. leathery and cherry bretts, cherry meat, raspberry vinegar - aceticly not overdone, very spicy - cinnamon and pepper, bitter herbs, zesty citrus, chocolate hints. light carbonation - slightly foamy, medium body - oily, some sweetness although medium acidity, almost pungent, cuts easily through, semi-sweet, assertively tart if not sour and fragrant citrusy-spicy finish. very nice!
Countbeer (4739) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@HWT’14: 2010 vintage: Served in a taster:
Medium sized creamy head. Hazy amber red colored beer.
Aromas of red fruit, light dusty, some wild yeast, syrup, berries, light wood,
Flavour is a subtle mix between red fruit and yeasty woody smooth tartness and is completely in balance.
Aftertaste is a mix of red fruit, yeast, tartness, light woody, light funk.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied and a creamy texture.
Benzai (8986) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2010 Vintage [from trade with Scopey] shared with Countbeer. Hazy reddish color, full sized fairly quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is lightly sour and a lot of red fruits, mainly cherries and strawberries. Taste red fruits, strawberries, cherries, lightly sour, slightly yeast. Very balanced. Very nice!
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle -
2012 bottle, red wax. This was still a rather young beer, with the brett character just getting it’s foothold. Flavor is very dry, has a good amount of funk to it with lots, and lots of lemon-rubbed leather. Not a kick-you in the nuts sour, but quick complex even right now. Some light wine notes and green apple also showing up. I didn’t get much cherry, but did get a fair amount of citrus. Very nice from Deschutes!
bytemesis (3514) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 2012 vintage. Pours hazy reddish hazel - really a weird neon candy orange actually, medium fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is hella oak, some basement funk, lemon, tart cherry. Flavor has a bit of initial sweetness, then dries out to light plus tartness and a light funk. Flavors of cherry, oak, basement must. Medium body, rich mouthfeel. After the first few sips and as it warms it gets very woody and a bit harsh; some floor cleaner notes coming through.