crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml green corked and capped bottle.
IT pours a murky brown with hints of plum and lots of sediment. The head is foamy and of white and rather large. It recedes pretty slowly but with not much lacing.
The smell is hard to pinpoint. It smells a lot like strawberries. There is perhaps some currant as well. It has a noticeable funk that almost brings up acidic vomit. It also has some lemony acidity to it. There is also a decent amount of spiciness to it.
The flavor is utterly bewildering. It is like mint berry. It has like a mintiness about it as well as some fruitiness, mainly tart currant/cranberry. There is a mild sourness and also some cherry. It has a very medicinal flavor as well. It isn’t too sweet, but has a lingering sweetness amidst the funk and sour. The other component here is the spices, it tastes a lot like maybe some sage, nutmeg, ginger, and definitely mint. It definitely has a holiday tinge to it.
Overall it is a quirky beer that I can’t say I will ever go back to but it was interesting.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 04:28:01
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Derek. Pours with a brown body and an off-white head. Aromas of strawberry, mint, dried stone fruit and light caramel and vinous notes. Flavors are minty with strawberry, a rustic grainy note, and agave syrup. Lively, dry, unique and good.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy, ruby red with one ring of off white head. Nose is tart, herbal with some tomato. Tastes like pizza sauce, oregano, tomato, light lemon, caramel, blood orange. Medium bodied, pizza finish.
Nickls (1748) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy light brown color with a very light tan head. Ginger and a light sourness in the aroma and a light yeastiness. Ginger dominates with a slight unripe fruit sourness with a very dry and almost puckering ginger-sour finish. Lighter to medium body with very subdued carbonation. Almost a little slick, and I don’t mind the ginger-sour combo (even has a slight woodiness about it), but it gets tiresome for me after a while. Meh
Damico (2303) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Paul for bringing this up a few weeks ago. This beer pours murky brown with a light tan head. There is a strange funk for sure in the aroma with sweet light notes. The flavor is earthy, light tart, with almost cider notes. There are spice notes on this medium to thick-bodied Belgian brew.
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a foggy caramel brown; lots of large suspended yeast sediment even after decanting. Aroma is earthy, funky, spicy, herbal, and fruity. Taste is tart and complex– there’s something new with every sip. Builds on elements of smell; lots of caramel, Belgian yeast, and herbs– ginger and cinnamon stand out. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable and quite unique when compared to all other beers I’ve sampled; pick this up if you get a chance/you have a good chunk of spare cash.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Julia. Pours dirty brown. Nose of dandelion, grass, figs and brown sugar. Taste of wild flowers, dried apricot, dates, fig and lemon grass.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2010. Opened on 12.30.2010.
Pours a red-hued umber, like the color of clay, with a slightly vanilla head. There’s some lacing, but it’s thin and recedes down the side of the glass quickly. Second pour is cloudy, like dirty water.
Lovely nose. Some lemon acidity, a strong aroma of green apples, some light fruitier notes, and some herbal spiciness. Surprisingly sour on the nose.
Some acetic character in the mouth, but a stranger mixture meets the tongue; I get some ginger, pepper, old mint, grassiness, muted muskiness, and other earthy notes. The sourness is more muted than on the nose, but I do pick up on some maraschino cherry and apple. Medicinal bitterness runs throughout the palate, which can be off-putting, especially early on, but the tongue grows accustomed to it. An interesting combination.
Herbal, slightly dry finish.
I expected a little more body given the color of the beer (which suggested some maltiness), but SG drinks well for its ABV. I like this, particularly in the nose, but the odd bitterness distracts, and the spicy, herbal notes are indiscriminate and run together. It tastes a bit like the kitchen sink; though this was partly my expectation, I wish the clean sourness in the nose came through more in the mouth. Still, very different and worth a try.
Hair6a11 (1257) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Steve’s 1st Annual Sour Fest (amazing); Pour is cloudy brown with a thick frothy white head. Interesting aromas - spices, berries, vinegar. It really does seem like one part christmas/spiced brew and one part sour fused into this really interesting concoction. Dark fruits, sweet bread, vinegar, sage, cinnamon, earthiness, and general funk. Strange Ghost, how I love your bottle art and I think I know what to have for Halloween next year.
CamdenD (1054) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer. Tastes a bit like a sour, a bit like a saison. It makes for a wonderful winter "warmer" and wow, smells like spice.