mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to decoman over at tbs. pours the color of grapefruit with a white head. wood, sweet tartness, bugs, and fruit on the nose. nice on the palate, smooth tartness with a clean crisp finish.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just cracked this open and wow. This is one of the most unique beers Iíve ever had. Poured into my Duvel tulip and was instantly blown away by the pink color of the beer and the enormous amount of amazingly fluffy bubbly head. The aroma has a strong wine odor to it and the flavor is like a nice light but bubbly wine.
Very different and very tasty - definitely something I would drink again.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 (batch 2) 22 oz bottle from beernbourbon. Heard that some of these were exploding so I thought I better not take any chances. Pours reddish brown with a huge pinkish fizzy head and a fair amount of sediment. Aroma of tart funky brett, berries, oak and very light vinegar. Flavor is very sour, brett and lactic acid, some oak and very light berry flavor as well. Light body with very active carbonation and a frothy almost champagne mouth feel. This is good, wish the blackberries came though a bit more. I have a feeling this thing was on itís way to explode, it is super carbonated. Thanks to the forums for getting the word out. And thanks for the beer Vince.
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 (22oz bottle 2009 vintage bottled 8-14 thanks to mar) cloudy ruby red grapefruit juice colored pour, great head that lasts a long while and excellent lacing. Nose of cherry, funky yeast. Taste of mildly tart cherries, red raspberries, strawberry, celery and spicy yeast. Very dry finish, lots of spices left on the palate.
(22oz bottle 2010 vintage bottled 12-10)deep bright red pour, extremely tart and funky nose, blackberry, red wine barrel, wet wood, just a tiny bit of wood char, and currants. Taste of sour tart blackberries, mild acidity in just the right amount. Body has a perfect tart linger, slightly oily and dry and an awesome tart fruit and wood barrel linger. Itís absolutely incredible. 8-4-9-5-17 (original rating 8-4-8-4-15)
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2010 Courtesy of pantanap via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of raspberry, mustiness, light lemon sourness, and mild funkiness. It pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a large pink tinged head with good retention. The flavor starts with light raspberry. The finish has mild hints of lemon and faint mustiness. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Light and refreshing but a little lacking for my sour preferences.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that I opened after seeing warnings about exploding bottles from both batches 1 and 2. The warnings were right, considering how this thing shot up like a fountain for a second after opening. Open this one in the sink!
Pours a nice cloudy magenta with pink highlights. The aroma is mildly acidic and slightly malty, with a touch of cherry. Mild vinegar acidity in the flavor with a touch of paint, along with some carbonic acid. Muddy yeast bringing up the rear. Spritzy and bright yet completely dead feeling. This is a pretty lackluster sour. If people are wanting to drink this, I donít understand why they donít just drink wine. This carries all the same flavor characteristics but pales in comparison to 90% of wines out there.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to mar, pink orangish color with strawberry lemonade aroma, flavors of pepper, sour grapefruit, melon rind, sherry
kopher (592) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
gusher! hazy pink-orange-brown with crazy foamy pink head.
thick sour fruit aroma--maybe a bit mild for a sour ale--with dry wood and a hint of earth hops.
citrus-sour flavor, a mild fruit lambic maybe, with some wine and currants.
super flighty body, way overcarbonated, impossible to discern much under that, but the finish is dry and sour wood.
this is great stuff, none of that gross malt vinegar cloying-ness thatís in many sour ales, but the carbonation really messed things up.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 2009 bottle thanks to mar. GUSHER! Pours with a hazy amber red body and a white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with some berries. Taste is sour, acidic, a bit bitter and somewhat sweet as well from the indistinguishable berries. Lively bubbles. Better as it opened.
2013 bottle. Hazy pink. Funky and fruit wine barrel aroma. Flavors are vinous with mild jammy fruit and tannins. Lively carb. As I drink more the acetic character becomes a bit too overwhelming.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jan 2009 Bottle; Sampled November 2009
This pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a two-finger thick, pale beige colored head. It is a murky amber hue that shows a honey-like, somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. The aroma is funky, musty and reminds me of an overly ripe, funky farmhouse cheese, perhaps even some moldy toe-jam character as well as a musky, goat-like, huge Brettanomyces funkification; this last being the most dominant aromatic note. Hints of fruit are just noticeable underneath the Brettanomyces onslaught; berry seed like aromatics, musk berry (almost elderberry like), tannic berry skin aromatics; this doesnít have a dominant, clean or bright berry character to it, which is usually what I like to find in a fruit beer. The fruit character evokes thoughts of cherries, some rose and perhaps a touch of Brandy more than it makes me think of raspberries. There are some pepper-like aromatics here, some spicy wood character as well as a touch of toasted oak that is noticeable at times.
My first impression of the flavor is that this has a fizzy carbonation that is mixed with a lightly bracing tartness. This is quite sour and has a carbonic bite to it in the finish as well. This is quite dry feeling, with the finish leaving an oak-flavored, slightly astringent, palate drying character that lingers on the tongue. This couples with a slightly phenolic, musty cotton ball note. The fruitiness is quite dry with a slightly tannic fruit-skin character, some grass-like berry-seed flavors and the tartness evokes hints of sour berry flavors. There is a firm oak character that provides structure to this beer; it is perhaps the most noticeable character here, especially after the palate adjusts to the lactic acidity. The oak boosts the body / palate presence and provides flavors of fresh cut wood Ėplanks as well as a sometimes Bourbon like spiciness. The oak and acid combination make me think of a white wine at times, though there is a touch of berry-fruit flavors here too. Overall this has a mediumíish body to it that is not heavy and even somewhat light, but it has a palate presence that can even be creamy in texture at times.
As the beer warms up the berry notes come out more in the nose; even some jam-like notes become noticeable (a sort of cranberry, cherry and blackberry mixed jam of sorts). My second pour is a bit more murky and the aroma even gets more funkified in its wild farmhouse cheesiness. The funk is here in the flavor, though it is not nearly as noticeable as it is in the aroma; musty, somewhat musky flavors and a butyric bite all contribute to the flavor profile.
This is an interesting, funky beer that is quite enjoyable. The oak can be a bit much at times and despite the complexity, it isnít as well balanced as I would like. This is a very solid offering though, but I definitely prefer Sofie to this beer. The funkiness of the nose is much appreciated by this lover of funky beers though.