VinegarStroke (262) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cloudy, hazy, brown, with no head or lacing. Wow... This is very funky. Caramel, malt and ethyl acetate. In wine I’d scream. Herbs, spice, wood. Dense and earthy. Cocoa. Dry, very sour and low bitterness. Searing acidity. Squeaky. Medium to medium dense. Long. Low or no carbonation.
Nice flavor but just a little to volatile.
tom10101 (2615) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). Vintage 2012. Reddish brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, strong balsamic/vinegar notes, wine, oak and light vanilla. Taste is very sour (harsh) and acetic with a lot of red fruits, wine and oak. Medium body. Low carbonation. Mouth puckering. Dry. This is one of the most sour beer I have encountered yet. Harsh and acetic, but still complex. Nice fruitiness and barrel presence. Not easily enjoyable, but once you are used to it, it’s really good.
NeoHippie2 (909) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with no head to speak of. Aromas of oak, plums, wine, vinegar...you can tell this one is going to be very sour. Flavor is sour upfront with oak notes and some grape/wine flavors as well. Finishes clean with residual sourness hanging around on the palate. Overall, just too sour for my taste. Every sip is like licking a warhead candy. It’s so sour that it becomes hard to notice what else is going on with this beer.
Buongiorgio00 (720) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un’acidità ingestibile che chi ama le sour ale apprezzerà senza riserve. Il tocco norreno di Haandbryggeriet si fa sentire in questo prodotto che supera nettamente la qualità di molte altre sour ale continentali. Ogni sorso è una sinfonia di gusto, barricato e citrico-acetato insieme, che non lascia dubbi sul fatto che si sta stringendo tra le mani una ottima birra.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2009, let’s try this again
Turbid brown with a velcro surface. Smells of maduro tobacco, plums, oak, tree bark, a little ocean air. Flavor is sweet malts, acetic tart, some pepper, some jerkey, lemons, and a little bit of bitterness. Full bodied with lighter carb and an off dry finish. Sooo much better than my first experience.
Vintage 2009, bottled 10 May 2010, Drunk August 2011
A: When I pried the cap from this one, I thought maybe the cap was leaking as there was no audible indication of pressure in the bottle. Then upon closer investigation, this bottle is very, very full, maybe 3/4" from rim. Anywho, rolls out a dark tawny brown with nearly no head production. A simple, tortuous peanut sheet sits atop the ale and when I can find light, the beer becomes a fiery orange and red. No lace.
S: Up front sourness, oak is raw and woody. There is some sweetness in here as well, like a dark belgian candy sugar. There are some vanilla and tangerine/cherry notes as well. Interesting.
T: Wood, sour, bitter, band aid (first time I’ve tasted this off flavor, but there’s no mistaking it here for me). Really becomes medicinal in nature for me and this overshadows the tartness, bitterness (quite bitter), and lemons. There is a great amount of chemistry here that does not meet me well.
M: Medium to heavy for the style. Medium carbonation. Finish makes my mouth water quite a bit (but because I’m really struggling to drink this one).
O: Man, I poured a glass of this, and I don’t know if I’m going to finish the glass, much less the beer. Too bad, I like this style.
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, batch 289, dark mahogany color, with a thiny bubbly ring of beige head, with a nice sweet and sour, sweet dark cherry, prune juice, balsamic vinegar, earthy musty red berry nose, with a wildberry, fruity port wine liqueur, oak bareel, chocolate note, with a fruitcake, chocolate brownie, red wine tannin accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a very nice earthy wild yeasty, sweet and sour, port wine, oky barrel, chocolate, acidic red berry, light burnt toast, roasted, black, toasted malt character, with a faint coffee, prune juice, iron, fruity burtn fruitcake, sublte touch of caramel in the flavour, leading towards a mild sweet and sour, dark cherry, iron, light burnt oak barrel, acidic burnt red berry, red wine tannin, vanilla, sharp acidity finish.
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet wine, oak and cough syrup. Dark dark red/black in color with no head whatsoever. Wow. Thick texture with a sour berry start and a very light drying sweetness. Stings the back of the throat. Amazing and complex.
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The wine barrel own s the scent of this beer, woody with heavy fermented fruit overtones. The beer is a deep dark black with red tints, very little head. This beer is delicious but i would love a little more carbonation. The flavor is amazing sour tart. Another extremely flavorful beer that they pull off.
laiti (5440) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle (7.5%) @ home. Batch 200: brewed 20.12.2008, BBE 20.12.2013
Aroma of sweetish cherries when pouring. But when I do a close-up smelling, there is mostly vinegar, tartness and some sour cherries. Flavour is rather tart with sour cherries, some oaky notes, tart berries and some pleasant(!) gluey notes. Distant lactic tones in the finish.Warming alcohol in throat. A bit better than in 2011, but no big changes here.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Been holding onto this in the depths of the fridge for a good long while. Pours a nice deeper brownish hue, a firmer hazy body shows some mellow glow, amber and orange on the edges and bottom. A darker tannish head sits atop as a decent layer, sticks around well and laces ok. Aromas present a distinct mix of sweet and sour, toasty and biscuity malts meet some toffee, red wine and touches of acidity. Red fruit, sour with some vinegar, some cherryskin, a bit tannic and woody as it settles in. Touches of vanillin, wet wood and decent sour dark and red fruit on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch more girth in the middle at times. Some firmer sour cherry meets the palate, a bit of cherryskin, lactic acidity is sour, fairly vibrant as some vinegar and balsamic elements meet a firm woody presence. Wet wood, tannic, and some vanillin. Gentle smoked biscuit and mellow sweetness into the middle. A bit leathery and firmly oaky as we round the corner. This one works, it’s not as sweet as the nose let on for me. Backend is tannic, woody, and sour. A bit more dry, shaking off some of that malt body and becoming one with with wood. Nice stuff. Not usually something I dig too much (Big, Dark, Sour), but this one is pretty solid, flows well.