rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours from bottle a dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is soft with caramel, grass and citrus. Flavor is short lived with a bit of malt sweetness upfront followed quickly by a tart grapefruit citrus and sour cherry. Palate has some sweet and light sour with a rather thin body. Overall, not awful but, the flavor runs by so quickly I had to take several sips to just get a sense of the beer, and I was hoping for a little more lingering sour flavor that was just not here.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some light caramel, some brown sugar, and a bit of acetone. Not good, but certainly not terribly offensive. Taste is quite bland with some caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and a bit of acetic acid. Not particularly sour. Medium body low carbonation. Not very enjoyable, but not the worst beer Iíve had either.
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark cloudy amber with small head. Faint aroma of citrus. Flavor of cherry and grapefruit
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is easily the best cheap sour ale there is. Then again, itís the only cheap sour ale Iíve ever seen for sale. Itís less sour than some of the more expensive sours. I thought it was good, but not great.
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At Max and Jessís tasking - Dark red pour, a bit sour and fruity. Cherries and oxidation. Tart, dry finish. Meh.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my large Triple Karmeliet Tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged tan colored head; it even leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown color that shows a bright red, somewhat hazy hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with lots of tartness and fruit character that reminds me of cherries, lots of tart raisin notes and even some dark plum notes (this last seem concentrated, though not quite enough to be called prune-like). Brown sugar and pale toasted whole grain aromatics serve as a backdrop to the up-front fruitiness; if you really dig the malt character becomes a bit more present, but it never completely shakes the tart cherry notes. The tartness here in the nose seems more fruit like than either acetic or lactic for some reason.
Nicely tart tasting up front, the beer even gets a little more tart as it rolls across the tongue. The tartness tastes strongly of cherries; again it makes me think that the sourness is from fruit rather than lactic or acetic fermentation, but there is a brighter, somewhat thin acidity in the finish that doesnít really seem fruit derived. There is a nice, soft, browned malt note to this that adds a touch of almost burnt grain bitterness, as well as touch of toasted browned grain character. Some of the rich malt character seems to be contributed by some oxidized malt flavors that provide some nuttiness as well as a hint of sherry like notes; though with the fruitiness this definitely seems to have some flavors of port to it. The body of this beer has some fullness to it, there is not a lot of viscousness here and the beer actually finishes pretty light on the palate. The cherry character in this beer almost tastes as if cherries were added to this beer; the type of cherries seem more like bing type cherries rather than the rich sour pie-type cherries that provide the best flavor.
There is not much information about this beer that I could find, given that it is such a departure for this brewery, I almost wonder if the acidity was artificially added. The tartness here is quite a bit different from what I am used to, but that doesnít mean it is artificially added; it just has me wondering. Even given my questioning, this beer is actually probably a bit better than I was expecting.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle sweet-fruity aroma. Flavor is equal parts malty and sour, some fruit flavors, apple and pear maybe. A little sweet/sour/dry on the pleasant lasting finish. Not even close to sour enough to be labeled "flemish-style." (See here for digression: Flemish is a language, or sometimes a name for the people of Flanders, NOT a beer style. They might have meant Flanders-style, but there is no way of telling because they brewed nothing of the sort.) The other reviews of this beer are unduly harsh IMHO, it doesnít taste bad, itís just a little confused.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo - Pours a clear deep copper color with a half finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is light caramel malt and very light tart esters. Flavor is much of the same. This beer wasnít as tart or sour as I expected. Which for me, is good. Medium body. This beer is neither good nor bad. Worth a try.
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at the 1st Israeli Sour Tasting. Thanks Dagan. Clear amber-brown. Malty smell, somewhat oxidized, with caramel, and some cardboard and sherry. Sourish flavor with some slightly sweet malt and fruits. Medium-bodied.
zvikar (4130) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the sour tasting, thanks Dagan, pours cognac color with a beige head, aroma of malt, toffee, light acidity and cherries, flavor is spicy, with some sour cherries, malt, hops and herbs, medium bodied, not too sour