adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/10/12 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a light honey gold with a 1-2 finger sudsy snow white head. There is a fair amount of sludgy buildup inside the bottle where the cork came out, but it doesn’t seem to pour into the beer. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the edges before finally disappearing altogether. Little to no lacing once the head dissipates.
Smell: Tart, but not overpoweringly. There is a hint of barnyard funk to go along with apple cider, sweet white wine, lemon, vinegar and a touch of oak. Extremely complex aroma which balances sweetness with tartness.
Taste: Wow, that’s one intensely tart array of flavors! Vinegar and wine grape hulls up front followed by sweet cider and touch of funk in the middle before ending with lemon zest and just a faint hint of oak. Aftertaste is bitter, tart and very dry with notes of earthiness, oak tannins and a little funk.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with an very high amount of prickly carbonation. The mouth is coated by the puckering sourness.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink a lot of this beer if only I were lucky enough to have multiple bottles.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. Russian River really knocked it out of the park with this one. I can’t imagine a sour beer getting much better than this. I can’t recommend it enough.
hackobock (3218) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, batch 6. Received in a trade, thanks!
Clear golden with a very small white head. Aroma is funky and fruity with lemon juice, green apple skins, gooseberries, white grapes, funky barnyard notes with an earthy touch, oak, leather and hints of minerals. Taste is tart, fruity and funky. Finish is sour, dry and fruity with lemon, apple, oak, minerals, light grain notes and funk. Light bodied, dry texture, average carbonation.
Very good, fruity with the funkiness and complexity of lambic.
biirusaikou (2332) - - JUN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Mechazilla’s epic insanity tasting session. Lovely sour fruit character with berries and lemon, good tartness, funky notes, oaky dry finish. Pretty smashed at that stage of the tasting but remember loving it.
willisread (2173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Mechazilla event. Huge sour white grapefruit and apricot aromas with tons of oak and bit of gooseberry-like tartness perceived. Bone dry with lowish carbonation. The sourness with the oak notes are just marvelous. More apricot and grapefruit, some lemon too in there. Finishes dry with a fresh fruit and bright tartness. Fantastic. My favorite from the night.
TimE (4839) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super sour oaky vanilla. Dry light with peaches and cream, sour with low carbonation. Excellent
gregwilsonstl (1899) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tart. Dry. Very dark straw. Very puckering. Tasted at my Outdoor bottle share.
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry tart funky goodness. You would think this beer was a gueze from Belgium. One of the best American barrel aged sours I've had. Thanks Brian
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thepatrickman (699) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, I’ve wanted to try it for a long time! Blind taste test at home with this and Allagash’s Coolship Resurgam, and Beatification was the unanimous favorite of everyone who tried it. It’s a beautiful clear yellow with a tiny bit of a head that fades away almost immediately and a great spritz carbonation. The taste is unbelievable -- bright sour apple notes with a clean, light body and just the right type and amount of funk. Really reminiscent of the best Belgian lambics. Mind bogglingly good!
linusb (649) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Yellow coloured with a white lacing. N: Orange, cardamom, white chalk T: orange, acetic acid O: This is so nice!
GRM (3646) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white, head, no lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity; mouth: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity, astringency, refreshing, semi-dry finale in green apple with presence of acidity, full body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité; bouche : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité, astringence, rafraîchissante, finale semi-sèche en pomme verte avec présence d’acidité, corsée, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien
JJMBeer (48) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of grapefruit on the nose, and one of the best american wild ales. Not overly tart, but a little less going on than Supplication, IMO. A wonderful trat that I would love to drink again!