Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep clear red color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of notes of funk with some very light oak. Taste is also a mix between some light tart notes with some funk. Interesting experiment but lacking some of the sour and tart notes that I enjoy so much in the style but I also applaud the brewer who is swilling to try this style.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks to Tupalev, thanks Jeff! Pours a murky brown with a small cream head. Aroma: Blackcurrant, wheat, some sour-malt, allspice and melon. Lovely. Flavour: Malty, coffee, bready, some blackcurrant in the finish. Very very enjoyable.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Matt7215. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of sweat, dry malt, some sugar. Tastes bitter and basic with some dry funkiness. Strange and not at all sour.
Spab (1974) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a slight tan head (decent lacing). Sour aroma of cherries and hops. Tart fruit in the taste with some sweetness and light hoppiness in the finish. Lightish verging on medium body. Nice mouthfeel. Another strong showing by Grand River, but I respect it more than I like it.
GRM (2692) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 341 ml, purchased at the brewery by my mom on May 18 2008, savoured on November 27 2008; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, white head that disappears almost completely and turns into a tiny ring, no lacing; nose: lots of malt, dusty hay; mouth: lots of malt, dusty hay, slight sugar, finale in malt with a good presence of dusty hay, thin, average carbonation, lightly sweet, no bitterness, medium-light body; overall: disappointing
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, achetée à la brasserie par ma maman le 18 mai 2008, savourée le 27 novembre 2008; œil : dorée, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse blanche qui disparaît presque complètement et se transforme en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez : beaucoup de malt, foin humide; bouche : beaucoup de malt, foin humide, très léger sucre, finale en malt avec beaucoup de foin humide, mince, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, aucune amertume, corps moyen-léger; en résumé : décevante
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Earth-covered sour cherries and heavyset caramel somehow coexist amidst the wild tartness of this rich yet drinkable Sour Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A beautiful mushroom cloud of a head rests atop the muddy reddish brown. A balanced appearance?
-The mouthfeel is quite hefty, which is unusual for the style.
-Light wooden hop bitterness is found within the mostly tart finish.
-There’s lots of suspended matter in this pint. The flavor profile might benefit from some cleaning up (loose filtering?).
-The expansive effervescence enlightens the mouthfeel, which is appreciated.
-The yeast is also earthy and bready; a very expressive strain overall.
-Caramel sweetness surprisingly lingers.
Bottle; thx Dany!!
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A weird fruity, spicy, woody, all over the place not-sour ale. Original and almost fun, almost.
How: Bottle 500ml from matt7215, thanks a lot Matt. Consumed very fresh within a week of receiving it
The look: Cloudy dark amber topped by a creamy medium beige head
In long: Nose is cranberries, some extra-ripe fruits and spicy notes resembling cinnamon. Body is grainy, a lot ripe fruit flavours, unsalted pretzels, cherry skin, caramel, dried cherries and some woody notes of cedar and oak. Too sweet for its own good. Finish has a whole lot of leafy hops mixing tea-like leafiness, dry wood and citric astringency. Strong spicy impression with cinnamon and those other spicy flavours you get from spicy hard candies. I find just about every beer from this fine brewery underrated but I’m disappointed by this Vlaams Rood. It’s unfocussed, messy, all over the place and not even a sour ale. Tasty and original enough to get the 3.0 passing grade but that’s about it. A sour Ale? This thing is about as sour as a, I don’t know, something that isn’t sour, like a banana, or maybe a doorknob, most doorknob are not sour aren’t they?
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy brown-red with small but thick beige head. Aroma of wet wood, overripe black cherries. Soft mouthfeel. Good palate and low carbonation. Alcohol well-hidden. Finishes very poorly, ruining the entire beer. Pungent and rancid bitterness like fruit pits. The tip of the tongue has a nice fruitiness and the tannin content--much like oversteeped tea--is intriguing and intense, but the whole beer is punctuated by acridity in the back of the tongue. Memorable, but not in a good way.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish-brown and muddy. Balsamic, woody, with a slight red currant fruitiness and brown sugar notes. Tart front gets sweeter but is fairly dirty, like sawdust with some pedio. Alcoholic dryness comes in late. Lots of hop - you get this long, pithy bitterness and some leafy character. Quite an interesting brew, but finishing a pint is way too much work.
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery (now I’m really frustrated that I didn’t take notes on my vat sample from a couple months back)
Pours a murky brown with a fairly persistent head and good lacing. It’s got a slightly hoppy attack followed up nicely by the sour fruityness. The bottle doesn’t quite do it justice compared to (granted my memory of) the vat sample but it is certainly enjoyable. My daughter certainly doesn’t share this sentiment and spat it out all over her shirt but that just left more for me!