marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours clear copper with a thick beige head and a sour malt aroma. There is a carbonated sweet and sour pale malt flavor that tastes a little off.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper color with no head, low carbonation. Aroma is lightly tart, maybe cherry skins, some brown sugar. Flavor is also lightly tart, some brown ale aspects, maybe a little caramel malt also. Its alright, but overall it is mild and the finish starts to taste funny as I drink more.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed penny colored body with a head that fades quickly. Aromas of caramel, biscuits and raspberries. Light mint. Light vinous notes. Flavors are kind of nasty. A bit of a burn in the back of the throat. Rotten garbage. Caramel, some acidity, some red grapes. Short duration. Sourness seems to be all lactobacillus. Some appricot. Light carbonation. Not horrendous but not worth the calories.
malrubius (1512) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from BevMo Scottsdale. Dark reddish brown with lasting head. Mild tart caramel aroma. Medium sweet caramel cherry tartness woodiness. Lingering woody tart finish. Some cloying. Better as it warms up. Not very good, but drinkable and cheap.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2011
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 (22oz bottle). Pours clear mahogany/cola color. Aroma of candied sugar, biscuit cookies, but not sour. Taste is sweet with a metallic taste. No real sourness/tartness. This is just bad.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 2/5/2011. This wild ale pours a cheery amber color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is dark fruit and sweet, touch of tart/sourness. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, a little yeasty and estery. Some tartness and sourness going in this beer as well. Not sure just what to make of this beer, there are some aspects I like and some that make me wonder WTF is going on here. I like the malty sweetness, but the tartness is kind of weird and I am not convinced that it was planned to be there. AnywayÖ
The tartness does seem to intensify as it warms. Drinkable beer, and an interesting $4 bomber wild ale. Would buy some more, maybe want to age them a bit and see what will happen. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe thereís some bottle inconsistency problems here, because I had a much better experience with this beer than the other few have had. It pours a reddish brown with a decent khaki head. The aroma is tart cherries, lactobacillus, brown malts. The flavor is pretty much the same with only a mildly tart cherry quality and a heavier lacto presence in the finish. A touch of balsamic vinegar in there as well. I sure wish it was more sour and funky, but for $4 a bomber, I didnít expect Russian RIver or Lost Abbey. For the price point, this is a nice little sour fix. I would buy this again.
bhensonb (9830) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Natomas BevMo. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy beige/tan head. Rather odd smell - kind of sour, kind of milk? Med body. Flavor is arguably tart, but itís quite fruity. I think diacetyl is in the mix. Took that aroma for milk. Odd drink. Sour. Diacetyl. Caramel. Tartish fruits. Not saying itís a great beer. But, had it not been rushed, perhaps it might have been. Iíll wager this could be tweaked into something very good. But for now, I suspect haste made waste. As is, itís still head and shoulders above many pale lagery things.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
01-Feb-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 01-Feb-11 for $3.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) When I saw that this Flemish-style sour beer was only $3.99, I thought something had to be wrong with the pricing. $4 for a bomber of sour ale? Now I know why Ė this stuff is awful!! Did they brew a large batch of beer that became infected, and instead of taking the loss, they decided to pretend it was intentional and sell it? Really, thatís what it tastes like. The maltiness is vaguely like a toasty amber or brown ale, truly, itís hard to tell, but it tastes all wrong for a Flemish sour. The sourness tastes like green apples and the finish is like chewing on apple skins. The vile, wince-inducing medley of aromas of band-aids, cough syrup, medicine, and wintergreen/mint pummel the more pleasant scents of cinnamon and cherry. Light-medium in weight with medium carbonation, and the initial wave of acidity fades off the palate fairly quickly, leaving a dry, cottony mouthfeel. The beer does look decent in the glass, all dark amber-red and crystal clear, and the beige head rises to a quarter inch on the pour before settling to a thin, complete layer, but the visuals canít begin to save this beer. Seriously, this stuff is disgusting. Iíve been supportive of some of the BevMo-exclusive beers from Hermitage, but putting something this bad in bottles for retail sale is a travesty, and is just cause to raze the brewery to the ground. Hands down, the worst sour beer Iíve ever had, and itís worse than many of the infected beers Iíve had too!
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber Bottle. Pours amber-brown, with a small amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is straw, earthy, and a bit dank, mostly yeast and some malt notes, no hop notes. Taste is very much like an octoberfest with brett added - bread malt sweetness followed by a medium tart/sour note that lingers through finish.