zach8270 (4000) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: Growler) Copper pour with a mild head and very mild carbonation. Semi-sweet and tart aroma of cherries and some dark fruits. Very wonderful smell. Nice and tart flavor. Beautiful tart and sour combination with a mild bourbon flavor coming forward. The sourness is a little mild but still is enough to really give you that feeling that you’re having a nice wild ale. Smooth and lightly sweet and tart finish.
BrewBoxer (2489) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at double windsor in brooklyn. Deep read color, no head. Smells of bourbon, cherries and scotch. Taste is a mild tart with a hint of booze. Not overly sour or sweet. Tastes a litlle watered down. I love how goose island is experimenting with this style and each one differs from each other. This is not my favorite of them though.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 Tap at Churchkey. Wow- I’ve been wanting to try this for so long and had some high hopes. The pour is much lighter than expected- a clear, fire ruby to amber with a fairly sticky, lacing, yellow head. Pretty giant lacework for a sour beer. Low carbonation. The aroma is outstanding: mouthwatering Flemish red notes of cherries, vinegar, red wine reduction, butter, wet oak, spicy sourness, and not totally dominated by the BCS barrel’s buttery bourbon. Taste, however, is all bourbon forward with more of a watered down Jack Daniels character than Flemish red. There is lemon ice tea in there, spices, sharp tartness, but no real full sourness or Flemish red lactic or even acetic qualities. It comes across more as watered down Jack Daniels with iced tea. Pretty disappointing. I think the real problem here is that the base beer is not rich enough. In fact, I had originally assumed the beer would be nearly black instead of amber. I think this is a great place to do something akin to Struise Earthmonk or New Belgium La Folie. 8/4/6/4/14=3.6 2/9/2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Maybe a better keg or just better glassware, but the nose on this pour is incredible- much more sour heavy, very funky, white grape vinous, lactic acid qualities, and buttery bourbon very present but not taking control of the aroma. Taste is more lactic forward, bourbon adding warmth, butter, oil, and body but not taking away from the slick sourness. Super easy to enjoy, very sour and funky, but beautiful. What an odd combo but what an achievement! Yum! 8/4/8/4/16=4.0
Lubiere (11884) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. A classy sour ale aroma, with ground cherries, epsom salts, horseblanket. In mouth, a smooth sweet berry malts with light lemony wedges, light buttery notes, a bit too sweet. On tap at Sunset Grill, Jan. 16 2011.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at churchkey. light to moderate grape skin sourness. bourbon barrel is nicely intergrated. good compliment. some light funk. dry. some light chocolate and cherry fruitiness. pretty good
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Translucent medium orange body, thin, discontinuous buff head. Tart, funky, peachy nose with buttery oak and sharp bourbon. Funky body, with wet socks, vinaigrette, and old band-aids, finishing with warming, stout oak and bourbon. A solid, clinical sour.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hand bottle courtesy of pwoods. Pours a nice clear copper color with a slight collared head. The aroma is interesting. Caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, and some fruit type notes. The taste is interestig as well. I can for sure pick up the BCS barrel flavors along with Belgian notes of white fruit and slight spice. Not overly sour by any means. Almost has an almond or nut flavor as well. Decent.
wilnatp (647) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean and clear gold pour. Sour cherry aroma with a faint cherry, oak, and bourbon flavor. A supprisingly light color and palate for such an oaky flavor. Well done.
tmoreau (3258) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The highlighted beer of the evening, on tap at John’s Buffet in Winfield, IL., and served to a GI chalice with a hazed, light brownish amber hue, a decent, but modest amount of off white head foam that slowly diminished to a ring & film, and left some nice, etched lacing. The aroma was some fruit, maybe a little citrus, light sweetness, but mainly, expressive sour cherry. A little "pucker power" worried as I entered the flavor, but was greeted to some nice, malt and barrel restrained tartness, the other aroma notes, a wisp of vanilla, and well hidden alcohol presence. The lighter than medium body made the beer rather sessionable, but a little thin going into the finish. Still, an enjoyable "waltz with Dominique".
ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum - sour beer! Almost didn’t order because of the bourbon aging - but it is subtle!!!