Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at the Tasting Room Saturday August 8, 2009. Served in a small snifter. The fruit element is achieved through the use of olallieberries (pronounced oh-la-leh), which the bartender told me are grown along the Central Coast and are made of a cross of loganberries and youngberries.
A: A slightly hazy ruby-maroon color with a low-rising head that was slightly off white.
S: While I’ve never tasted an olallieberry, the nose immediately let me know what I would be tasting. The berry scent produced a nice nose, especially when combined with the sour notes, which were definitely prevalent, but not in a way that completely overpowered the fruit.
T: Sweet, acidic, slightly tart. Some slight earthy undertones. There is an undercurrent of berry taste throughout, with a clear overlay of sour and acidic notes. Being the first reviewer, I wish I had more sour experience to be able to better explain all that this lambic had going on.
M: Fairly light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering, but nothing in the extreme.
D: Quite drinkable. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all around. Great tasting menu and the bartender was very friendly.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-10-2009
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery at the Firestone 14 Release Party. I assume this is the beer it was listed as Firestone Walker Lambic and was said by the brewer to have been in barrels two years and was listed as 5% ABV on the sign on the table. Nose was very oaky with lots of berry notes, fruitiness, tartness, yeast, and a little funk. Cloudy amber with a small beige head. Flavor was nicely tart with berries, light woodiness, and some slight horseblanket. First sour I have had from Firestone and quite good; would love to see it bottled.
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 Year aged Lambic with Ollalieberries. Pours clear reddish/orangewith a huge amount of fizzy head that quickly faded as it settled. The aroma was mildly acidic, with huge amount of musty berries, slight vanilla and oak along with brett. Up front taste was extremely sour that made your cheeks pucker up quite a bit. The sourness settled out however and did not have quite the punch after a few sips. Very fruity finish with a bready after taste, some light "dusty" or maybe "chalky" qualities. Lots of wine character mixing with the fruit as well. A really well executed sour from Firestone Walker. I tried this beer once before during San Luis Obispo’s Sour Fest May 2012. Don’t recall a fruit taste at all in the beer... I like it a lot better now given some time. Well done!
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s cafe sour fest. Pours a slightly hazy orangish red color with a small white head that leaves light lacing. Smells of berries, brett, vanilla, and oak.. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth for a sour and finishes dry. This was my first Lambic and is have to admit it was really interesting but great. I like what Frestone Walker is doing with their Barrelworks program. It was cool to hear from the brewer on how their barrel program came about and all the process and time it takes to make a barrel aged beer.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Firestone 14th anniversary party. Hazy golden orange with not much head. Aroma was super tart and funky with some cherries. Taste was super tart, with some oak, and vinegar. Low to med carbonation. Overall very great super sour.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap (listed at 11% info sent: a blend of big and little opal, down to 8%, aged in french oak vigonger barrels with bugs. enough ollaliberry added to create a lab tested alcohol of 11% -According to the brewer Matt B.) Pours with a hazed red body and no head. Aromas are spicy, red wine, french oak, huge berry notes, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, bright, light booze, burgundy, awesome! Flavors are bright and acidic, with funk, wood, light diaper, some alcohol, vegital berry and tannic oak in the finish. Dry and a bit thin. Low carbonation and a bit of astringent berry (and tannins) in the finish. Really well hidden ABV. Looking forward to the future (apparently a bright future) of FW sours! A very tasty start!
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours hazy amber, small white head, some lacing. Aroma is funk, lemon, wine, fruity. Flavor is the same, light sweet, medium tart, light funk, dry finish. Medium body, champagne-like mouthfeel. Very nice complex sour beer.
gendv138 (1201) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, consumed on 3/25/13 at ChurchKey during CBC Week. Draft poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a honey brown color with off-white head. Aromas of sour grapes, tart fruit, red wine, vinegar, oak. Tasting notes of sour grapes, tart notes, sour fruit, oak.
JohnnyJ (4318) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone sour ale fest 2012. Hazy gold/red with an off white head. Lots of berries, red wine grape, oak barrel character, berry skins, acidic sourness, caramel, and light graininess. I like it. For such a huge sour the abv is disguised amazingly well.
nimbleprop (4813) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours a hazy, pink grapefruit color with one ring of white head. Nose is classic lambic, funky, tart, grapefruit, sweat, sweet tarts, berry, rhubarb, a little dusty. Flavor is well balanced, wood shavings, berries, tart blood oranges, light cheese, funk. Medium bodied, dry, tart finish. Really nice.