Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at flossmoor station; pour is murky golden amber with an average off white head that retains on the average side. Very mild lacing is present as well. This brew probably works better than the other blends for me. The nose is slightly spicy, tropical fruits, and cheese. I guess I didn’t pull much of the mango from the flavor profile; I did pull the aged cheese, lemon grass, and a light spice note from the wit. I have to say that a metallic note is present out of the gate, but it does dissipate. Anyway, bring on the unblended version
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Fantastic, another Van Wyk sour. Pours a murky darker amber glowing hue, well hazed and a good carbonation provides a healthy bright white head that froths and laces ok. Aromas are a vibrant fruity mango essence, with some sour lemons, sour fruit, oranges, as the mango asserts itself. Some lemons, touches of lactic acid, bready wheat. Mellow. Initial is lighter bodied, perhaps a little heavier on that end. Some acidic lemons and lots of fruity mangos, with some lactic acid, touches of sourness dance on the palate with wheat bread, some yogurt, and more fruit. Potent tart and sour fruitiness grows. A mellow sour wheat base. Sourness is moderate at best, more in line with decent, with lots of fruit, good mango, wheaty bread, and lactic acid. A light dusty brett shows some straw, faint soft funky cheese, and dust. Overall, a nice sour blend. Lingering fruity sourness, lemons, oranges, and mangos. A fruity soured wheat. The aroma was a bit fake, maybe because it was so vibrant. But the beer itself was a solid enough soured wheat.