xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Dirty red/brown color with no head. Aroma is slightly sour fruit and a little funk.. Flavor is sour, a little like grapefruit gone bad with cranberry and big tart, a little dirtiness. Medium to thin body with some pucker. I can appreciate the effort but not absolutely my thing.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft at FS. pours hazed red with off white head. aroma is sour, yeasty, cherries, and musty. flavor is sour sort of rotted cherry fruit, watery body. this didn’t quite to it for me.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub 6/27/08. Once I saw this was on tap, I knew I had to add a couple miles to my bike trip and make a stop at the station. Pours a hazed amber with a thin beige head in a tulip glass. The nose is light and tart with cherries, hay and a sweetness that shows itself as this reaches room temp. Sour cherries, and cherry pits that are tart and drying with a slight earthiness and subtle sweetness. This reminds me of New Glarus Sour Brown but not as rich and sweet. A tasty and drinkable sour.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flossmoor served in a tulip. Dark reddish brown, slight haze with a moderate head. Aroma was tart fruit and yeast. Taste was very fruity with a strong tart cherry finish. Very drinkable, but a bit one-dimensional in flavor profile. My first sour, and I’m intrigued enough to try more!
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured draft at the brewpub. My first real sour beer and man, did I love it. Hopefully this opens me to a new world of sour beers! Poured a cloudy, murky brown with some red notes with a tan sizeable head. Aromas of some light malt but dominated by a winesque sweet and sourness. Initial taste is smooth and mellow, having some oakey/vanilla characteristics, moving quickly to a wonderful white winey sourness that is dominated by fruits and a nice pleasant dryness (Imagine that: A beer my mother might like!). Nice sour and dry finish that I absolutely love. Wonderful brew. Hopefully, this becomes my gateway. Cheers!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a tulip. This beer poured a light mahogany with some golden amber highlights and a thin head of tan foam. Decent retention, along with a small amount of slippery lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of a lemony tartness, grapes, and a bit of wood. The flavor included white grapes, pear, sour cherries, citrus, and was moderately acidic and tart. The mouthfeel was fairly crisp and lively. Light to medium-bodied. A nice balance of sweetness and sour. Refreshing. Well done
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours cloudy amber, off-white head. fruity, tart aroma, followed by tart cherries, and only a hint of sourness. finishes sort of like a wine.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Three Floyds on 9/29/06: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, frothy, lightly-lacing off-white head. Complex, tart, oaky and lightly fruity aroma has a touch of sweet biscuity malt. Body starts lightly sweet with lots of tart fruity strawberry and cherry with a sweet grapey oaky balance. A unique and authentic Flemish sour.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub: A brilliant ruby red hue topped by a small white head and some lacing. The nose displays a note of sour grapes and cherries, grassy hops, oak tannins, and biscuity malt. The taste starts tart and acidic with a moderate sour interplay with a woody and dusty components. A bit cheesy and yeasty but hardly approaching the levels of the extreme beers from Russian River or the La Folie. Really an entry level sour ale that shows the characteristics of the style without beating you over the head or trashing your palate. I really liked the bone dry finish and the crisp refreshing mouth feel this brew has. More a sour red ale than a Flemish brown, perhaps a bit more caramelized malt would have taken this to that level. That said, I really dug this beer and quite the contrast to the Baltic Porter I had moments before.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Map Room: Pours with a reddish brown body and a loose off-white head the dissipates quickly. The aroma is of raspberries, cherries, vanilla and acidity. The body is thin and lacking in CO2. The flavors are pleasantly sour, but not pungent. Their is a large oakiness that somewhat dominates the overall character. The beer finishes exceedingly dry. Nice attempt but I feel their needs to be a bit more in the way of caramelized sugar, Cara-Munich, and acidity as well as less time in oak for this to be a great FSA.