SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Publican: This poured a beautiful red/brown/maroon in color with a thin head that fades away. The nose shows a tartness with aromas of rye, berries and hay. In the mouth this has great balance. It has great tartness but also comes off quite smooth and refined. It continues to improve in the glass and is one that really needs to be consumed by the glass vs. a small tasting. It really hit a sweet spot and is something I could drink all the time. I can’t wait until they bottle this one!
thomas15 (588) - USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super beautiful blend of wood tart berry and red wine on the aroma. Pours with small quick to disappear. Lightly pink tinged white head on a rose colored beer that sit murky without bubbles. Tart bordering on lightly sour, with a bright berry tartness interspersed amongst driving sour coupled with some red wine dryness and wood that grips your palate more as you get deeper into the bottle. 2012 bottle bottled 1 26.
ekoerper (572) - Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of tart blackberries, vanilla, pepper, wine, and some funk. Pours an amber/magenta color, off-white head dissipates fairly quickly, little lacing. Fairly high acidity, sour berries, lots of fruit character, earthy, funky, some dust and leaves, pepper. Light-medium body, high carbonation. Nice.
davey101 (564) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Vintage, bottled on 1/26/2012, #1212. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.
A - Clear body that changes from red, purple, or amber depending on how its held up to the light. Thin off white edging with low amount of lacing. The color of this beer is just gorgeous!
S - Starts off very acetic and funky. Iím getting more red grape than berry notes, but there is a bit of blackberry.The fruit is very light and really overpowered by the Brettanomyces. A bit of a rye spice on the finish as well as some oaky tanninís.
T - Very tart and sour. Red wine and blackberries, acidic vinegar, oak and rye spice. Some lightly caramelized malts and brett funk on the finish. Very complex and well balanced for a wild ale. Mouth feel has that sort of enamel ripping tartness that I get from some Cantillon fruit lambics. Very awesome!
O - This beer really reminds me of Cantillon Kriek. Just strong mouth puckering sour fruit. Only it has light notes of berries, oak, malt and rye in there making it much more interesting. Certainly one of the better executed American wild ales I have tried. Well played Goose Island, well played!
dogfishho (558) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy purplish orange color with very little visible carbonation. The aroma has the funkiness youíd expect from brett combined with mashed up, fermented berries. On the palate, the sourness smacks you in the beginning, but after spending some time with it, the fruitiness of the beer comes out. The finish is long... primarily tart, but with the fruit undertones hanging in the longest.
camborne (558) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spice , funk and ripe fruit nose. Definite sour tartness followed by ripe berry fruitiness and mellow spices. So well done
nsquishee (547) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious, sour grape/apple aroma. Bright, clear amber colored pour with very little head. Flavors of tart green apple, raspberry, and grape tannin. Very light palate with a medium tart/tannic finish. Very nice!
ryecatcher (540) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Yay... my 300th rating!) Bomber from early last year (2012). Pours a clear reddish amber, little in the way of a head. Nose is wine barrels, wild yeasts and cider. Mouth is acidic up front (ironically is more like a young Chardonnay than a Cab that was housed in said barrels) then tannins and dry cidery notes fading out into some fruity esters varying from quince to wild berries. Iím not really the sour sort, so my taste buds werenít as welcoming to this one as they were to, say, the BCS varietals that GIBC puts out, but I can be objective and do respect the craft that went into it... so on those merits this really is a pretty good beer.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber poured into a snifter glass. Pours reddish in color with a pinkish white head, lovely display of carbonation.Aroma of brett, barn, and fruits. Mouth feel is crisp, velvety, with lots of carbonation. Taste is delicious, 6.7% very well hidden. Tart and sour yet no overwhelmingly sour, great balance, some fruitiness. One of goose islands finest.
ACD (528) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Probus Wines, Dublin: 2012 Vintage. Pours deep rose with thin bubbly pinky/white head. Aroma is blackberry, leather, lemon juice, red fruits. Taste is incredible: great balance between the juicy sweetness of the berry notes and the lacto sourness. Plenty of tannin goodness to add to the full-on taste profile. Slight leathery, earthy barnyard funk comes through but nothing overbearing - the tartness compliments the berry/red wine notes perfectly. Such a long taste to this: wonderful evolution of flavours linger and develop on the tongue for a long while. Great almost lemony tart zing finishes it off. This would be a great intro to sours for someone, and a real treat for sour-heads; well worth the significant cost.