tmoreau (2933) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared competition bomber cellared since the WBC in 2010, and poured to snifters with a murky mahogany color, a light layer of soft white foam that diminished quickly to a ring & film, leaving light spots of lacing. The nose was sour, dark fruit, with tanniny and vinous notes. The taste again was sour, prune like esters, with a fleeting hint of salt, advanced dryness, and astringency that was just under control. Cellared quite well, was rather tasty, with a lot of pucker power!
anders37 (19374) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a slightly hazy brownish reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour lactic funky aroma. Dry woody sour tart funky flavor with hints of vinegar. Has a fruity sour tart funky woody finish.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy brown, tiny off white head, hint of lace. nose is sour fruit and vinegar. flavor is less astringent than the nose led me to believe, with strong fruity notes, and a much more subdues acidity. fizzy mouthfeel, light sour finish. well done lambic, which is not a favorite style of mine. sampled at FoBAB í09.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Flossmoor...then a snifter...then another snifter...then two days later came back for one more snifter. Hazy red pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sour cherry and sweet malt. Tart cherry flavor with some malty sweetness before a slightly vinegary finish. Very tasty sour.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. Cloudy, dark red pour with a thick, tan head, and a nice grapey, malty nose. Strawberry and lemon dominate this one, citric acids, unusual. I donít know if Iíve ever had this style but I couldnít drink a lot of these.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red-brown, off white cover. Sour tart aroma, sweet, but sour cherries, light vinegar. Taste is drying sourness, sour cherries, vinegar, fruity, woody.
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Flossmoor. Hazy red brown pour. Sour / vinegar on the nose. Some cherry aroma also. Not overly sour, drinkable. Medium mouthfeel.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 Sample at FoBAB, and later a snifter at FS. Pours a murky reddish-brown, little head. Tartness is evident in the aroma, as is funk, vanilla and earthy cherry. Flavor is similarly dirty in the best way possible. Tart cherry cedes to wine-like flavors in the finish. Soft mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely a small treasure of a sour.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Smells sour. Tart fruit. Candy like. Some hard to detect wood notes.
A - Brownish red into snifter, with a white head.
F - Sour cherry, fruit, funk, and a dry oaky end.
P - Champagne like. Crisp, prickly, bitter tingle. Thin. Nice carbonation.
O - Nice sour/lambic. Not overly familiar with the style, though Iíve enjoyed a few. Will be a New Years Resolution. MORE LAMBICS! No solid base or benchmark for comparison, and canít really pick out subtle characteristics amongst. Was not offensive. Enjoyably fruity as a beer. Though I despise when bartenders ask "Have you ever had a sour? Would you like a taste first?". Ow. Rookies.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a couple of these at the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, Chicago 2009. Why? Because itís damed tasty. The aroma had both sweet dark grapes and tart red grapes along with some sour cherries and a splash of vinegar. The flavor had an addition of Brett funk and trodden dry grasses along with a besmirched crabapple. Very nice.