phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 First beer I sampled at FOBAB 2010. Pours a semi-cloudy gold color with a massive khaki head. Notes of lactic acid, wood, sour yeast, white grape skins, pears, bourbon, and musty funk. Dry, acidic, and woody. Light-medium bodied. Pretty interesting beer, and I initially thought it was the Blackberry Dominique, which I just missed at an event down here in St. Louis. RE-RATE: Tried this again on tap at International Tap House in Soulard. Served in one of those Goose Island wine-looking glasses. Vanilla and sour grapes dominate both aroma and flavor and the beer is a nice balance of each. The acidity is lower than I remembered, and it’s sweeter and chewier than remembered. Nice, unique beer.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FoBAB 2010: Pours a hazy deep golden near amber hue with a small frothy head. The aroma has notes of vanilla wafers, wet grains, slight acetone, used coffee grounds and teabags, pear and apple esters with some oak. The taste is quite sweeter than I expected from a "sour ale", heavy grainy tones and vanilla. Some cheesy funk but it is quick to dissipate and even a touch of fleshy fruits. Finishes with a medicinal character. The mouth feel is aggressive around the edges and a tad watery. A muddled and confusing brew, I honestly do not know what the BCS barrel is doing here, no real char, chocolate, dark fruit character of that beer to be found. Is this wild yeast soured? I am just not sure what the say but I was not really disappointed since I did not have much expections to begin with.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a murky pale brown with thin white head. Nose immediately hits you with some light spicy hops and vanilla. The vanilla seems to dominate, then is followed by doughy malts. On taste, flavor is a bit muddled and needs more integration. Vanilla and donuts come through, as do some odd out of place almost tart notes. Dusty brett as well. Strange beer.
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a golden hazy dulled hued, darker, apple juice, offwhite frothy head. Aromas are light tartness, funky and dusty brett, pear, apple, some dust and touches of bourbon and wet oak peek through. Mellow fruit, citrus. Initial moderate tart, citrus and blue cheese, bretty dry dusty funk. Lighter, wet wood, vanilla, sourdough bread. Finish is dry and tart, more brett dominant with lighter tartness. Oak and dryness linger, certainly an interesting beer but I thought it would be fairly different I guess..
deyholla (7302) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured near clear golden yellow with a tan head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a light but dark bourbon note with slight sour fruit note accompanied by a slight sweet malt note. Flavor had sour fruits that clashed with the dark grains and bourbon that were present. A bit odd.
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at FOBAB ’10. Pours a yellow gold with a white head. Nose of fusel alcohols that might be bourbon with light pale malts. Sweet alcohol fruit malts that are thin and falling apart. Not good. 7/3/5/3/12
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Birdsall House during their Goose Island event. Pours a light hazed ruby brown, no head. Lightly floral, tart chewy fruit. Nutty and floral, light bourbon aromas. Tangy and sweet, light funk, wood and bourbon. Long bourbon and wood on the finish, tangy and interesting.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Birdsall House. Pours golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of bourbon with some acidity. Flavors of the sour do find its way through the strong flavors of bourbon and vanilla. There is some lip smacking sourness up front but towards the end of the glass the bourbon barrel had completely taken over my palate. Very interesting beer.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft @ the Goose Island Belgian Fest
They described this one as a Belgian Sour aged in Bourbon County Stout barrels - odd combination huh? But I have to say it smells and tastes just like you would expect it to from that description, which, in my opinion, was FANTASTIC!
Somewhat clear amber-yellow colored pour with just a small bit of head and minimal spotty lacing left around the glass. Aroma is mostly bourbon county stout at the onset with the sour notes only peeking through in the end. Taste follows a similar pattern but with the sour aspect holding its own much more as the flavors linger and mingle. Also has some slightly fruity elements that come through. The aging seems to have smoothed it out quite a bit providing a nice slightly chewy mouthfeel to this VERY drinkable beer.
A crazy experiment, but one that works amazingly well in my opinion. Really hope I get another chance to try this one!