Hair6a11 (1320) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the flossmoor station; pour is murky golden with a modest off white head that retains on the average side; sticky and spotty lacing in this tulip. the nose is wild yeasts, apple skins, and fresh bread. The flavor profile feels a little artificial thanks to the addition of apple juice. Tart, acidic, lactose, apple rinds; its really both good and bad for me.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Newest sour blend on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). I stand by my boycott, but will not pass up the Van Wyk sours. Pours a darker amber pour, dulled, light orange glow hits the eyes but a good murkiness, with a decent frothy offwhite tannish head atop, loser and cakey, with a pretty good lacing. The head sticks around as a thicker film. Aromas are a nice pungent blast of sour fruits, lactic acid and lemons pair with some peach, a chunk of sour apples, a touch of metallic twang. Some light dusty brett, faint touch of oak. Some bready malts, pears, biscuits. Sour almost apple vinegar like feel is what that must be. Smells more sour than the other blend, touches of funk. Initial is sweeter up front, apples and crisp pale bready malts, apple juice, some cidery qualities, sweeter with sweet bread, grainy malts, pale, sweet apples and a touch of butter. This beer really lacks what I wanted. The nose offered some power, some oomph, but only leaves a fizzle of acidity, carbonation, and sour lactic acid on the back of the palate. A lot of bready malts come into the fold with an apple vinegar feel. Finish is a good chunk of apple juice, some light acidity grows just a touch, some bretty funk, and lots of sweeter malts that interfere with the base. I I just don’t understand why these were cut. Waste of a sour over 2 years in the making. The Candor was much better. It grows on me a touch, but the malt base is too dominant (a similar complaint from the last blend - but this takes it several steps further) and is dissappointing. Lacks complexity, a true solid sourness, and is too sweet overall.