BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by a local. Poured a murky reddish-brown with a thin beige head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of tart cherries, light barnyard funk, sour yeast, and some oak. Smooth, tart entry leads into some sour cherry with a funky, sour middle transitioning with some earthy yeastiness and a bit of drying oak. Moderate carbonation, dry and biting on the palate. Pretty good for a first try.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Batch 49, Brewed October 2006; Sampled November 2008
A reasonable pour easily produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is quite a bit darker than I was expecting with a deeply blackened, concentrated amber color. When held up to the light the beer shows a fairly clear, deep red / concentrated cranberry color. The aroma is nicely sour with a solid funkiness to it as well as well as a solid oak contribution. Sour notes of tamarind, red-wine vinegar and sour berry notes up front are offset by a spicy oak note towards the finish. I like that the sourness here is both acetic and lactic in character, there is also a nice funkiness to this beer with light notes of mustard, some acetone and a touch of mustiness. As my nose gets used to this some bright cherry notes start to become noticeable, the oak takes on a nutty note as well as accentuating a spiciness that make some nasal warming character (even a bit too hot at times) a bit more noticeable.
Tart and dry up front, though it seems to pick up a touch of sweetness that is just faintly noticeable towards the middle. This has a medium heft to it that is akin to a Flemish like sour; the light acetic notes also contribute to this. The oak character is a bit more mellow than the aroma would have suggested, still there is a nice light tannic character here, a touch of spicy oak, and perhaps even a touch of butterscotch. I like how the tartness here brings out flavors of red-wine vinegar, perhaps a touch of balsamic, some raspberry touches and some pale cherry notes. This has a nice malty backbone that contributes a solid caramel note, a nice nutty note (almost sherry leaning at times) and a solid, soft toasted grain character.
This is a nice example of a Sour Brown; it captures the richness yet quaffability that is requisite of the style. Definitely quite tasty!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 49. Brewed 10/10/06, best by 3/4/11, consumed 11/16/08. A dark and dense cherrywood body is capped with a thick, lasting layer of creamy, tan colored foam. The head leaves solid walls of lacing that slowly dribble back towards the body, scant lines and spots remaining behind. Aromas are beautiful, notes of sour cherry, fig, funky, musty oak, and chocolaty tobacco kick things off. A touch of balsamic vinegar lends a quirky tartness, while the saturated oak offers up a warm, sherry-like quality. Flavors are similar, starting out with sour, funky wood notes, cocoa powder, tart cherries and sweet fig. Cinnamon and clove enter the fold, lending a distinct, earthy spiciness. The oak influence is very vinous, overall, which works well with the sweet-tart, fruity elements at hand. Substantial and smooth, almost creamy in the mouth, the sourness really starts to hit underneath the tongue. This reminds me a lot of Struise Earthmonk, just not quite as masterfully done. Still, this is a might good Flemish red. Bravo.
fonefan (32791) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50cl. @ TFODRBSG 2008, Ulfborg, Denmark
Unclear medium amber red brown color with a virtually none head. Aroma is berry, sour, wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and sour with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. (230808)
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (BB Apr/2011).
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is cloudy dark reddish-brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (roasted nuts, toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of nutmeg/allspice, wood, cherry, sour apple skins.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
It didn’t really knock me out like I hoped it might, but it’s a solid, fun beer.
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Weepster. Nice sour nose with hints of cherry, oak and a bit of sweetness. Nice dark red / brown color with a decent tan head. First punch is pure awesome sour, which I really love. Then the follow though is the smooth double style with raisin, oak and caramel sweetness. So well rounded and a good way for people to experience a great sour punch without totally going over the top. Really a great beer! Will buy again for sure.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of sour cherry, wood, and caramel. Flavor is a sweetish sour. Nice mouthfeel.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by theisti. Pours dense with assorted shades of reds and browns. Light brown head on top. The nose is packed with tangy fruit and enough oak to choke a termite. Aggressve oak flavor as well. Sour tand with rubarb and horseradish? Full body and high carbonation. It big and sour and aggressive. Glad to try it, but gee whizz.
theisti (3062) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle purchased at Zipps in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pour is cloudy brown orange ruby with a 1 inch off white head. Nominal lacing. Aroma is big sour fruitiness, soft, flavorful and nicely perfumed. Taste is sour tart cherry fruitiness, layered with a really earthy edgy taste that jumps out a bit from the sour. Some oak wood with red wine notes. Palate is dry, mouth coating with lingering wood flavors. Nice complex sour beer.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 10.26.08 I’m not sure if there is anything better than transitioning from the rich earthy bitterness of an Imperial Stout to the sweet tartness of a Sour Ale. Batch 49 brewed 10/10/06. Its a gusher, pours a clear very dark chestnut brown with a silky fine medium beige frothy foam 9/10 for appearance. I love sour ales! What an aroma, rich and tart varnish, vinegar, nail-polish remover, it takes me back to grade-school and sniffing markers. It tastes just like it smells, very acidic with strong cheesy woody notes, not refined like De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, but very much an in-your-face brew. Burns the nostrils as you swallow. Addicting in a masochistic sort of way. Tastes of tart cherries with light strawberry fruitiness. Medium bodied with a fuller mouthful, fluffy very smooth carbonation while still being crisp. Yum. 22.214.171.124.18 . . . . . . [okay, I’ve had this a few more times and realized it’s not quite as good as I thought initially, still love it, supper aggressive and unique, 126.96.36.199.17, still being generous]