BelgianBeerGal (2870) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
At the brewery for pre-DLD party under the "Prickly Pear" name. Looks like this beer is hot and cold and I caught it on a cold night. My notes just say straight acetone. Just a sip was enough for me. This was pretty harsh for me.
Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
ugg. not good. medicinal bandaid bomb. boiled vinegar. some cooked bitter asparagus. something seems to have went terribly wrong over the course of the last year here. many great rates from a year ago. maybe some kind of pee infection.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the pre-Dark Lord Day event, 2012. Labeled "Prickly Pear". Pours a hazy plum-amber color with a small off-white head. This is absolutely the most sour beer Iíve had in a long, long time. Notes of oak, vanilla, and grapes are utterly destroyed by the level of sourness in here. Iím not sure what happened. Itís got initial promise in the nose, but canít be consumed for more than a sip.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft, Pours hazed ruby white head, nose of brown sugar, tart cherry, maple syrup, flavors brown sugar, earthy acidic, vinegar finish, red wine,
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Sampled at GTMW. Pours a darker caramel color with a light wispy tan head. Really nice aroma with notes of watermelon which I am thinking is the prickly pear as I am not too sure what prickly pear smells like, fruity, some acetic sourness. Medium mouthfeel. The first thing I notice is that this has a nice maltiness to it that stands up to the sourness. Light caramel, fruity, the sourness builds quite nicely, and has a slight bitterness in the end. Overall, pretty enjoyable and turned out to be one of my favorite beers at GTMW.
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GTMW 11 as Prickly Pear. Dark red brown with a beige head. Fruity sour earthy leathery fruits. Tart fruits cherries some what acidic in the throat. Good fruit flavors but a bit acidic. Nice stuff. 8/4/8/4/15
madvike (2383) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours ruby red with a little tan head. Smells of sweet toffee, light sour cherry, and a bit of funk. Taste is sweet bread and yeasty funk with more cherries and some citrus rind. Nice carbonation, slick.
Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
Now this is what a wine barrel should do to a beer. The combination of aging and inherit tartness blend into a perfect harmony that makes my mouth water just thinking about it again. Candied pears, malt, and white wine ease from the reddish brown base across the tongue and onto the palate. Without being ultrasour it leaves its calling card in an excellent finish. I hope there is more of this out there for future festivals.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at GTMW 2011. This was the highlight of my entire day. I wish I had more than one glass of this murky amber brown bodied beer. It didnít really look that great, but it excelled with aroma and flavor. White wine laden sour beer with definite vanilla and prickly pear cactus on the finish. The sweetness and flavors of the cactus really added a dimension Iíve never had in a sour beer. The palate was super sour and acidic. Nearing rip your face off sourness. I liked it a lot.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a dark amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of syrupy fruits, citrus, tropical and earthy notes. Very tart taste with citrus, cactus and earthy notes. Medium bodied. Very nice.