madvike (2128) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours hazy rosy amber with a thin bubbly white head. Nose is real tart berry, gentle citrus, and Smarties, with vinegar tartness. Taste is Sweet Tarts, not overly acidic, but citrus is present, with sweet, gentle berries. Fluffy and smooth...wow.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2011. Clear red orange with a thin head. Acidic fruit in the nose. Tart fruits simple lactic. Reminds me a little of a tart rose. tart ok a little bland. 7/3/7/3/15
wedgie9 (1596) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours pink/orange with an average white head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is delicate sour berries with some sour lemon, light bread malt, and a touch of white wine vinegar. The flavor is more sour with the red berries coming through more dominant, some sour lemon, light bread malt, and the same touch of white wine vinegar. The body is light and oily with average carbonation and a long, sour finish.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FOBAB, 2011. Ultimately, a fairly basic farmhouse here, though well made. Deep orange-grapefruit in color, a starch white head, and a bright, pretty pour. Some funky sour berry, hazy oak, and light vinegar in the nose. A good, tart fruit, berries, funk, and a creamy, light spicy grain in the flavor. Slightly too sweet for me overall, but I still enjoyed. Not as good as I was hoping.
Pawola22 (3180) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FOBAB 2011. Pours a crystal clear, very pretty colored copper-gold with a slight pinkish hue. Finger-width, soft, frothy, pink-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid, soft lacing on the glass throughout. Aroma is pretty solid with a nice raspberry tartness and a slight sweetness from the fruits as well. A light pale malt sweetness with a touch of funk and a nice oak. I get a few vinous fruits behind the raspberries as well. Flavor is similar. Some funk and tart raspberries up front with vinous fruits in there as well. A touch of clean pale malt before the oak dries this nicely and finishes fruity and tart. Very clean and lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a nice, moderate, somewhat lively carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Refreshing raspberry tartness with a solid oaky funk throughout. This was very well done.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 9. Fiery amber pour, thin white small-bubbled ring. Nose is sublime: oak dryness competes with vanilla sitiing atop the raspberries, which create a sour dessert note while simultaneously enhanced by the base saison dryness drawing a pith out of the raspberries. Flavor reminds of Troegs Splinter Blue, more fruity, bright acid highlighting the raspberries, bit simple with a soft, yeasty dryness through the finish, effervescent but not as badly muting as Splinter Blue was. The nose reminded me of Terry Hawbaker’s talent, unfortunately not followed up in the flavor.
jrallen34 (3466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft... really solid sour saison that brings out lots of fruits, one of their better sours
lushawn (2713) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at fobab. ky’s favorite beer of the day. nice clean blueberry/raspberry fruit character. light cobweb musty funk. touch of oak. well made, great beer.
NobleSquirrel (3336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating number 2000! Draft at Beer Bistro Invasion. Pours a very attractive clear reddish with a dissipating white head. The nose is fresh raspberry jam, tart with soft Rosé wine notes and a clean malt profile. Light fruity funk as well. On taste, it really comes across as a light and jammy wine with a raspberry infusion. Dry and tart, light bodied and incredibly refreshing. Nice Brett funkiness to it. This is an absolutely fantastic beer that keeps you coming back.
TheAlum (4359) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at Beer Bistro for their Invasion! (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice amber hue, a pinkish red tint with good haze, frothy offwhite head sits atop and laces ok, a bit cakey, decent sized overall. Aromas are raspberries, a decent kick with a almost a smokiness, wet oak, funky dry brett, dust. Some more raspberries, a bit gentle with lingering brett, wet red wine. Weird peaty smoke or plastic kinda essence on the backend. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering raspberries, decent amount of oak, toast, and smokiness. Touches of red wine, tannins, perhaps the barrel lends itself to this smokey earthiness on the back. Touches of dryness, funky brett, dust. A touch of pulpy berry as I get further in. Touches of sourness kick up front, but more gentle as the backend kicks more brett, funk, and leather. A strange beer, with touches of bandaid or earthy carmelized smoke. The raspberries linger with light sourness, decent to moderatr funk, and a light barrel presence. A strange trip, the backend making things weird. It seemed promising and then fell off a bit. An ok enough beer, interesting, has some nice bits with the raspberries, oak, and brett but also has some oddities about it. Average wild ale. 7, 3, 7, 3, 14: 3.5.
A 2nd pour warranted a much different experience, I believe due to a dirty line. Pours a similar hue, with a darker berry red presence. Decent haze, rich ruby glow. Aromas are sour raspberries, a nice framboise presence with brett, wet oak, touches of vanilla, and bread. light lactic presence. Initial is a solid sourness, lactic acid and sour raspberries, tart and delectable, with rich pulp. Sour tannins, tart, dry. Barrel throws a touch of wine, with oak, touch of butter. Finish is lingering tartness, dry brett, citrusy orange peel, bread, and touch of spice, nice sourness grows on the palate. That had to be an infected line earlier. Lingering rich red tart raspberries. Yummy. Much better, much closer to Ava.. Even better with a clean sour raspberry sourness, those gritty tannins. Mmmmmm. Aroma come through much more powerful, strong, rich. Really, a great beer. 8, 4, 8, 4, 17: