DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The taste is incredible but extremely restrained. The backbone is vinous, but not terribly acidic or overbearing. Then suddenly flavors of freshly mashed tart blackberries start to bleed through, leading to one of (if not) the cleanest finishes Iíve ever experienced. Finish is incredibly crisp, dry, but refined from the oak. The whole thing just works.
Lemke10 (771) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got a 750mL bottle of the 2012 in Spring 2012. Pours a copper orange that is hazy and has a slight but quickly disappearing head. Scent is strong of aged blackberries. The taste is mostly of fermented blackberries that are fruity, delicious, and has a good drinking texture. Mixed with some wine but Iím not sure what kind of wine. Has a dry finish. A delicious beer that doesnít really taste like a beer.
ryecatcher (766) - 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.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, shared. Pours what looks like a ruby red in the low light of the bar (could be wrong, maybe itís lighter), with a small head. Aroma is largely wild yeast with a bit of sour cherry and light fruit detectable as well. Taste is fruit and citrus up front, with a vinious characteristic, and the beer has a wonderful sour/tart finish. It remains clean, it does not get overwhelmed by any of the flavors, and the alcohol is well-hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer; another winner from Goose Island.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a reddish copper color with excellent vibrance and lowish clarity. The head sucks - as soon as it tries to form, it fades to nothing in no time.
S: Light vinegar, rye malts, pleasant earthy funk, tart blackberries, and other assorted fruits. Lacks the restrained intensity of La Folie, but I still like how it smells a lot.
T: The first sip brings intense tartness, but it balances itself well with the ryeís neutral bitterness and the ever-so-slight dark berry sweetness. The barnyard funk appears on the aftertaste and exhales. There are some light subtleties throughout, as well, aiding complexity. I said that the rye and mild sweetness helps balance it out, but it still seems a little harshly acidic at times. Otherwise, itís damn good, with a nice Flemish-style quality to it.
M: Very dry and mouth puckering, which is expected given its wild characteristics and rye backbone. I really like how the prickly, lighter texture becomes slightly creamier after swishing it around in the mouth. Itís more of a sipper than a chugger, to be sure. And while carbonation is high, itís never overdone. If I have a complaint, itís that the oak tannins are a little overdone on the back end.
O: The only other sour Iíve had apart from La Folie - and it ainít La Folie. This is best split amongst multiple people, because a little REALLY goes a long way. Despite that, itís still a wholly solid and unique wild ale that any sour lover(s) would enjoy.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Bronze in color with a small white collar of foam. Strong blackberry aroma, sharp tartness, slight cotton candy flavor. Nice. Great mouthfeel on this. Acidic, sharp, nice carbonation. Fruity, tart, some noticeable blackberry. Very nice. My favorite of the ladies.
JBPortland (736) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle (2010 vintage) pours clear dark violet red with small fading fizzy head. Nose is musty tart acidic blackberry and funky barn oak, a touch acetic. Taste is tart semi sweet juicy blackberry, grape juice, touch of syrup, wood, subtle wine. Finish is semi sweet tart fruity blackberry and mixed berry juice, paired with dry old wood, and they play nicely off each other. Holding up very well for a bottle this old!
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to fishingnet for bringing this outstanding beer to the BA Bolita release. Pours a burnt cloudy copper with bits of fruit seed floating about. Deep raspberry/blackberry aroma. Light acidic notes on the nose. Strong malt backbone with some toffee notes in the beginning before the fruit and sourness comes in. The middle of the beer has a very velvety smooth berry flavor and some slight vinegary sour notes top it off. Fantastic!
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Poured from bottle into wine glass.
Slightly hazy orangish-pink with a light pinkish head that foamed up excessively at first but settled back, leaving some light lacing behind.
Very tart aroma with a strong fruitiness, especially apple and blackberry, but some clove and earthiness comes through as well. Slight alcohol detected.
Tart fruity malts with pepper and only a slight blackberry taste, at least at first. As I made my way through the bomber it opened up and became more complex, and the blackberry, oak and wine-like characteristics became more noticeable.
High carbonation, with a light body and dry-tart finish. Feels spritzy when first poured but turns smoother as some time passes.
Very drinkable sour ale that is a little more simple and approachable than many others. Quite excellent.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours red with a small ring of white lacing. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of cherries, wood, yeast, funk, and spice. Taste starts off very sour with lots of tart cherries and apple. It slowly mellows after a few sips, allowing a lot of spice, yeast, and oakiness to come through. The finish is very dry with some hints of tangy fruit and hot spice. Body is light. Mouthfeel is light, almost fizzy due to the carbonation. I definitely enjoyed this beer.