livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lovely salmon pink hue - Sour blackberries, grass, hay, funk, vinegar. Very dry, acidic, crisp.
pcstuck (26) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up. Hadnít had it before but decided to give it a try. Not much experience with sours either Smell of sour berries and slight oak aromas. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Taste is tart, sour with a lasting impression of the berries and wine. Not bad, definitely not my palate but worth a try.
ryecatcher (352) - 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.
fup007 (16) - - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells and tastes of vinegar. Very sour but do also have taste of fruite, though l can not say specific with ones.
heemer77 (5011) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Noogfest High 5. The aroma was cloudy dark copper with a near pink colored head. Nose of funk and wood. There was also some raw plant matter, like a pile laying in a greenhouse. The taste was fairly tart with some hay. A sweet finish.
deanso (3194) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
66cl botttle courtesy of jmgreenuk.
No head. Sour aroma. Hazzy red pour. Too sour for my taste. The sourness overpowers everything
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
31st October 2009
Post Borefts I Invasion of Fonefan and Charlottes room tasting! Cloudy amber beer. Crisp dry palate. Sour and fruity and a little sharp. Finsihes very dry and with some minerals. Decent sour, a bit dry but not too puckery!
DavoleBomb (1389) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to someone (I forget who) for this. 2009 vintage bottled on August 14th.
Looks like GI carbonated the pooch on this one. Strong gusher (though nowhere near the worst Iíve experienced) was handled with care over a sink and I only lost a small portion of the beer.
3.0 A: The appearance resulting from the gushing is a mess. All of the yeast and blackberry slurry mixed well throughout the whole bottle. Opaque amber brownish color. Frothy white head, which retains fairly well, had plenty of blackberry and yeast particulates throughout and especially on top, giving the appearance of a cappucino with a healthy dose of cinnamon sprinkles on top. The beer, like the head, has particulates throughout.
3.5 S: The nose is rather boring for a beer put through what this one has been. Equal parts brett funk and sourness, but neither are very strong. Lightly acetic, a bit more lactic acid, and a light berry component. If I hadnít known about the wine barrels, I probably would have attributed the light grape vinous component to the berries, but it sticks out with the a priori knowledge. Light woodiness with a touch of astringency. Overall, itís a good aroma, but it doesnít have any balls to it. Far too subdued.
3.5 T: The taste suffers from the anemia of the nose. Itís tasty just like the nose is pleasant, but no power at all. Thereís a light tartness, but the acetic sourness is all but gone. Compared to the sourness, thereís a decent amount of funk featuring a basement muskiness, leather, and wild apple. The tartness of the berries shows that they are there, but there isnít a lot of berry flavor. Woodiness and astringency are there again and in good proportions.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Aggressive not-quite-spritzy carbonation. Could be smoother, but thatís mainly due to the overcarbonation.
3.5 D: Itís an okay brew if thereís nothing better around, but a bomber of this is a rather boring experience. The aromas and flavors are okay, just too weak to make this a truly enjoyable experience. The overcarbonation and the price didnít add anything positive either.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2011 05:42:44
suprchunk (1393) - Heinsberg, GERMANY - APR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I would have written this review ten minutes ago, but I was cleaning beer off of my entire kitchen. This thing looked like a volcano as soon as I cracked the crown. Lost over half the beer. Oh well, wonít waste money on a beer that is half gone before I even open it again. I know itís a wild beer, but this one might be a bit more wild than it was supposed to be. Pours, after foaming, a cloudy rosy amber. No head, weird, and no lacing. Smells sour and citrusy. Not much in the way of blackberries. A little woody. Acetic and very, very dry. No fruit in the mouth. Taste kind of like a spoiled sekt. Carbonic nose and mouth. Thin and bubbly. Not the best.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blah. Wish I had another bottle for saving to see if them wild yeasts would liven this thing up at all. Found it to be extremely bland-O. Light berry aroma and flavor, extremely dry, barely any noticeable sour or tartness. Just felt dead to me. Blah.