FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barrels 25-27, 35-36; Batch year 2013; Sampled March 2016
A stead pour produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer is quite aromatically fruity, I can smell it even as I visually inspect it, with notes of plum, berry jam, and perhaps some raisin. There is a smooth, acetic & lactic acidity here that accentuates the fruit character; notes of strawberry, and cherry join the other notes. There is a solid oak character here, without getting overwhelming it contributes a solid wood-like background note, a bit of spicy oak, and a suggestion of vanilla and toasted coconut. A solid, dark malt, nuttiness becomes more noticeable over time, and there is a certain, musty oxidation character that is also found in the nose.
Somewhat dry up front, but there is a very soft, rounded, caramelized malt character here, that I wouldn’t really call sweet. Nicely tart, with a touch of spicy acetic acid, and a solid base of lactic acidity. The tartness accentuates a fruit character that has touches of caramelized cider, prune like notes, some tart raisin, as well as a sort of berry / cherry character. Some nutty notes linger on the palate and seem contributed by some dark malt notes, as well as from some touches of savory oxidation.
Again, this is a really nice sour beer from this brewery. I will have to keep my eye out for more of these, as they are certainly worth trying.
superspak (4674) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/14/2015. Pours hazy nearly opque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/sour/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sour/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders brown ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; even with the high level of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish dark pour from 16o bottle at home. Aroma is cherry and red wine. Taste is similar - dry, tart, really fruity, berries and a little red wine and vinegar. Good stuff
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 16.07 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a fairly clear, mahogany color, with a presentable layer of bubbly, tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was woody/oaky, esters as dark cherry & concord grape, with a rather vinous nature. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was on the sour side of tart, along with a finishing dryness that created a pleasant puckering on the palate. A fine example of a quality Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin.
DialSquare (4293) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old note. On tap at Crest in Clintonville. Random notes: leather, light vinegar, cherry, wine, bit muddled, little tinny. fairly thick. light to moderate sour.
Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown cola with ruby orange highlights. Sweet toffee, malty, slight sour, some wood as well in the aroma. Flavor is more interesting, balsamic sweetness, acetic burn and some vinegar. Medium to fuller body.
Dogbrick (11498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 09/26/2015, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of cherries, oak and malt. Medium body with flavors of funky cherries, yeast and malt. The finish is fruity with a dark cherry aftertaste. Above average overall.
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was a hazy dark red with oan off-white to beige head. Nose of cherry, funk and wood. Medium body. Flavor is tart, lots of funk, wood for sure, and a tart funky finish. I like good sours and this one is great.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a hazy brown ruby with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong wood, dark cherry, vinegar. Medium mouth, funky, cherry skin, vinegar, tart, good.
slowrunner77 (10128) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a well done if not standout sour. pleasant funk and oak sour twang on the palate and in the nose. some fruit, leather and cola in there as well. would be a great intro to the style beer.