bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 003 750ml bottle. poured slightly hazy golden with a meduim white head, which quickly faded. but left good lacing. aroma is tart citrus, some light hay notes. flavor is tart lemon up front light sweetness into the finish, which is crisp and smooth. Although I having trouble describing this as anything but lemony, it is not lacking complexity. I can’t think of any way this could be improved, and i would love to try it next to yellow bus or some of the other highly rated sour blondes, beacuse it hink this is hard to beat.
jcnielsen (1304) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing this bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Funky, vinegar, sour apple aromas. Very sour, acidic, grapefruit, green apple flavors. A little too puckering sour for me.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV, Day 2. Thanks to womencantsail for sending! Batch 5. Pours a fairly clear golden orange appearance with a thin white head. Cheesy, funky herbal, chewy woody, very lemony, lactic flavor. Quite sour, big lemony, very cheesy, slight pineapple, grassy/woody herbal, very funky flavor. Glad to have finally tried this and it’s fun, but not quite what I hoped for. In terms of what they seem to be going for, I think Allagash has done superior work with spontaneous fermentation. Thanks again, Andrew!
ineedbeer (418) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 5 - 011012 375mL bottle.
Aroma is great with a big barnyard funkiness and medium lactic acidity note. Hints of an herbal character are present and there is a faint oak note. Light fruit esters of cherry and pineapple. A really nice aroma - not truly gueuze-like but similar with a nice American sour quality to it.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow gold with a medium sized, thin, white head that recedes fairly quickly but a thin film lingers and is replenished by rising bubbles. No leaving our legs.
Flavor is very sour, more aggressive than most gueuzes. Medium low barnyard funkiness with a lot of citrus acidity. Some moderate herbal character with medium light oak notes. Fairly complex but lacking some of the fruitiness that the aroma had. Faint cherry and pineapple.
Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall if you are comparing this to a gueuze Beatifaction would lose but it is an amazing sour. The beer has a lot of similarities to a traditional gueuze but with a bit more acidity and an American twang to it. It lacks the gracefulness that traditional beers have, but has more complexity and is more enjoyable than almost any American sour out there.
kraddel (1893) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx to ships !
Pours fuzzy blonde . No real foam
Smells realy funky
Taste is very straight sour . With a funky back
Ok , but after supplication a bit of a downer . still awsome though
77ships (3014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Obtained in a trade with stupac2. 375 ml. bottle shared by 3. Bottled on 10/01/2012. Probably batch 5. Hazy golden with some white bubbles. Nose is pure horseblanket, bitter pure funk, white pepper, raw, pure wild hay,... much like the taste & that of Resurgam this proves that the whole regional thing in nonsence. It is all just terroire. Taste is that of puckering lemon, raw barn, hay, funk, very acidic but nicely, pure lemon juice, nice funk, white pepper, burn, acidity, light hay,... Might have used a bit more complexity but incredible never the less. Lower carb. Light body, very easy to drink.
JBPortland (185) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 375ml bottle (batch 5), thanks cparles! Shared with Lukaduke, pours hazy yellow with 1 finger head. Nose is super funky, lemon, oak, barnyard, bit of acidity. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, medium carbonation. Taste is big lemon, lime, oak, funk, apple skin. Finish is very tart, lots of barrel character, fruity lemon. Really, really good.
Lukaduke (1466) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a finger or so of gaseous foam. The nose is funky with lots of lemony funk, musky oak, stonefruit and a touch of barnyard. The palate follows with bright acidity, lots of tropical fruit with funk out barrel flavors. Nice balance and a long dry citrus pith bitterness on the finish. Tasty !
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, on the way back home from SMÖF 2013. Cloudy golden/yellow beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, grapefruit,hay, rubber, apples, earthy, caramel notes, rubber, leather, stable notes. Sour rubber flavor, grapefruit, leather, rubber, hay, earthy, floral, dandelions, apples, caramel, grassy notes. Such a lovely sour beer.
czar (3238) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to my bro tom10101. batch 5. pours unclear yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. acetic notes upfront - eventually (and thankfully) slightly fading, oaky - bit of vanilla, lemon, green grapes, medium to high acidity - acetic but also lactic and citric, bit of wheat, moderate funk, dry grassy and herbal notes. moderate carbonation - feels a tad undercarbonated, light body - oily, not necessarily puckering acidity but surely an assertive and bold one, very dry short herbal-grassy-citrusy finish. a tad hard to drink but nice.
mathieuc (687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by czar, thanks a lot man! (Batch 5) Pours a light golden with a low head that disappears into a small white ring that gives some lacing. Aroma is really potent with a lot of vinegar and wood. I think I might have picked up a little fruit but I’m not sure... This is really just intense oak and acetic acid. Taste is acid, bracingly so. I believe this is the sourest beer I have ever had. All sorts of acid, too: acetic, lactic and citric. This wasn’t as polished as I thought it would be and a far cry from a good gueuze. Not too tasty. Body is light and the acidity is refreshing. Still a bit hard to drink... Glad to have tried this one but it is my least favorite of this serie to date.