puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color, with a fizzy white dissipating head. Minimal wet lacing. Nose is big tart cherries, with apples, some licorice, slight alcohol, caramel and huge on oak. Very tart flavors, huge oaky, vanilla, dry fruit, citrus, with a nice chocolate finish. Burns the nose, very smooth and medium-bodied, extremely drinkable, complex, and very well-made.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Juicy red-brown appearance, creamy head. Nose of vinegar, wood, and tart cherries. Flavor is very incoherent but definitely flemish: lots of very tart balsamic that eases in the finish, some minor wood, cream, cherry, and some significant alcohol. A little watery, lots of berry in the finish. Overall pretty decent, but there’s not a lot to separate it from others that I’ve had and balsamic/vinegar bombs are starting to wear on me.
PorterPounder (6214) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orlando, Fl. - Knightly Spirits - 500 ml bottle. Murky orange-brown pour, tight off-white head. Strong, pungent, delectable aroma of sour cherries - very nice. Flavor matches the aroma - very strong sour cherry presence with lots of sourness.....that is my problem with sour beers - not much to describe - but I am liking them more and more. This is one of the better ones.
SSSteve (3950) - - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
murky purple with a red glow under a brown head. sour oaky aroma with cherry. sour cherry, oak, grape juice, vinegar, plastic, strawberry, funky. full bodied. a good sipper.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by stopbarking. Thanks Daniel! Pours dark reddish brown with beige head. Smell is juicy, fresh cherries. Taste is fruity cherry juice with a light funky, dusty end to it. Slightly vinegary and balsamic as it warms and opens up though. Medium body and normal carbonation. Pretty good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pint .9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-red body with a thin, fizzy, brown head that dissipates into nothing and leaves no head. Only a light oily streaking on the glass. Aroma is oaky and cherry. The cherries are a mix of sour and sweet, fat malts. There is some grape to this giving it a wine-like aroma as well. A moderate tartness, but the oak really holds it back from becoming too sour and allows the cherries to display more of the malty sweetness. Flavor is pretty interesting. Its as if it has two initial layers that come together in the middle and blend really nicely. Theres a big sour and tart fruit layer and then theres an underlying oaky wine flavor. They quickly come together after the initial sharp sour taste and this is when the subtle sweet malts come through. The cherries show up more and some earthy taste as well. The finish is more towards the oak and deep wine flavor with a light amount of acidic citric and cherry flavor. Finishes tart and dry with lots of oak in the aftertaste and a little bit of sweet, but sour cherry. Palate is medium bodied and really coats the mouth with a lot of flavor. Overall, I like this sour a lot. Not very familiar with the style, but the complex flavors really appeal to me. I love the oak.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a dense tan head. Tart aroma of sour cherries, grape, some oak, and just a touch of balsamic vinegar. Flavor is a lot of sour fruit, but this is balanced by a subtle malt sweetness, and it is all brought together by the oaky finish. Lush mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. Underlying sweetness makes this a more approachable brew for the sour novice, but this will satisfy the sour afficionado as well. I thought this was very good, and would definitely but this again
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma was quite sour and tart with cherries, wood and has a hint of vinegar. Flavor was rich sour cherries, soft fruitiness, light barnyard, oak/wood and some vinegary acidity with a medium body and has a dry tart finish a decent sour ale
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 4/3/2009. This sour ale pours a very dark color from a 50cl bottle. Medium sized pinkish tinted white foamy head with nice retention. The aroma is tart fruit, oak and sour cherries. Medium bodied Sour. The malts are fruity and caramel. Lots of tart cheery flavors, with some funk and oak as well. Nice soft carbonation. Nicely balanced. The oak flavors balance nicely with the tart sour, funkiness. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Poured a ruddy dark red color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was cherry, with notes of oak and vinegar. The flavor was a bit malty for a sour, but still very good. Cherry, oak and a bit of citrus were present. The malt balanced the sourness very well. This was a solid brew. Glad to try it.