corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage, 12oz bottle received in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy!
Pours a cloudy golden honey yellow color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Visible carbonation bubbling up.
Funky, earthy aroma with lots of barrel character and dry bret effervescence. Lots of earthy oak with faint vanilla and a prominent wine presence in the nose. I’m not sure what kind of barrels they used but based on the color and aroma it must be a crisp white wine. Maybe chardonnay? Hints of crisp light fruit, mostly apple but also vinous with a strong grape, light raisin character.
Medium bodied with a good balance of tart sourness, earthy funk, oaky wine barrel character, dry bret and crisp light fruit. Slightly puckering up front but not too funky, sour or acidic with a very prominent vinous wine barrel presence. Earthy with oak tannis and hints of apple, grape and light raisin as well as a silky buttery presence that adds complexity and helps the mouthfeel. I’m also picking up some subtle honey that adds a bit more sweetness. Slight dry finish.
This beer is very well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. It’s not intensely sour or abrasive with a very nice wine barrel flavor that I really enjoy. I’m looking forward to trying more wild ales from Freetail.
jtclockwork (8248) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours cloudy golden apricot. Nose of grape skin, apricot seed, sweet and tart fruits, and musky basement aromas. Taste is apple core, mildly sweet apricot and grape skin followed by tart fermented kiwi and yeast. Very nice well balanced brew.
bierkoning (10163) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Blonde, head disappears almost immediately. Vinous aroma with oak and traubenzucker. Soft tart flavor with citrus, oak. traubenzucker and melon. Thinnish, but very well balanced.
brokensail (10804) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a thin ring of white foam.
S: Pretty decent tartness to the nose to go with a nice little funky character. There’s still some malt character to it, but also what seems to be some white grapes. I get somewhat of a lemon-lime soda smell and a lot of CO2.
T: There’s a quick bit of lactic acidity on the front end. Seems to be some white grapes, lemon, and green apples. The malt/bread flavor is there also. Pretty simple on the flavor, but it is nice.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation.
D: A pretty decent sour, especially for a first attempt from Freetail. I would be interested to see how this beer ends up aging.
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Due to our tight fiscal situation, we regret to inform you we are still going to have to close your station. Good luck in Sherbourne, John. And give your men my best. Sincerely, Governor Fuckhead
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jeff for this 12oz bottle.
Pours a light cloudy golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing.
Aroma is nice and sour with lots of lactic notes and tart lemons. There is also a bit of funky, earthy brett and some doughy malts. Throw in the wine notes and you’d got a really great nose.
Taste is a little less sour with a mixture of sweet and tart fruits, lemons mixed with sweet Belgian yeast. The finish is dry and oaky with a tart lemony aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is spritzy with good carbonation and fairly light bodied overall.
This is certainly a great effort from Freetail and if the taste had measured up to the nose, this would be an excellent beer. Still, highly drinkable.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I cant believe I have not rated the first sour i tried from Freetail. Tap at the brewpub. Its a hazy golden beer with a small head. The aroma is sour, lactic, and has a lot of citrus in particular lemons. The taste again is moderately mouth puckering, more lemons and it causes you to lick your lips>nice. Not to draw comparisons but this really reminded me of RR Temptation. This is a very good sour and I am impressed at Freetails ability to produce something this refined. Especially considering how young they are.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy golden body and a medium sized bright white head. Aromas of honey, sage, pineapple, herbal notes, white wine (sauvignon blanc or a super spicy american chard), anise, vinous notes, wood. Very complex, different and nice. Taste is very nice. Strong lactic sourness, medium pedio notes. Light brett funkiness, but huge pineapple; Brett C characteristics. Pineapple acidity as well. Quick soda like finish (like white wine with club soda). Lively carbonation. Lingering honeysuckle flavors, some nectarine as well. Quenching. Very proud of this Texas sour! Please make more!
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgianbeergal with another surprise box and wants list beauty! Hazy yellowish pour. Small white head. Dusty aroma, tart, vinegar, barnyard funk. Some tart stone fruits. Flavor is sour with some sweetness in the mid palette. Flavor of stone fruits, funk, wood, yeasty. Great intro sour for the aspiring sourhead. Really enjoyable. Good work from Freetail.
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy mar. Very clear golden yellow color. White fizzy head. Aroma is sour and tart. Grainy with heavy light fruit. Flavor is quite tart with mouth puckering sourness. Dry finish. Interesting, but no surprise is out of my expertise range.