PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a maroon/ruby with a brown hue and a creamy tan head. The aroma has some dry yeasty notes- mild oak, sweet & tart fruit suggestions (cranberry), dust and mild acetic character. Light fell on the palate. The flavor has a mix of sweet and tart fruitiness (cranberry, mild passion fruit), as well as earthy qualities of oak/wood and dry yeast hints. Not a very complex example of the style, but not bad.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cL bottle. Pours a very dark, reddish-brown color; light tan head with solid lacing. Lots of overripe red fruits, soft balsamic vinegar, and lightly toasted oak barrels in the aroma; minimal tartness; most definitely a Duchesse-like rendition, though without the sticky sweetness and overbearing balsamic notes; nicely fruity and oaked. Relaxed carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: lots of chewy, overripe red fruits, touches of funk, toasted oak and light vanilla / buttery wooden notes, and some balsamic characteristics; again, the red fruit and woodiness take a very prevalent role over the vinegar; not tart, but balanced with a light citrus acidity; not bad at all, and certainly better than Duchesse. Lengthy finish: red fruits, light tannins, toasty wood, and balsamic.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The missing link between Duchesse de Borgogne and Rochefort 10... not necessarily a sum of those two, but worth trying!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but nowhere near as good as other sour ales I’ve had. Definitely different, but too much wood and not enough sour.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was mostly wood, some grape, prune, apple, smoke, sour fruit, slight vanilla and dust/chalk. There was also some sort of mocha coffee as it warmed. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and bitter, and sour with an average to short duration. The medium to full body was slightly syrupy, but also a little oily with extremely fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured murkey brown. Aroma of prune juice. Definitely sour. Green apples, dark fruit. Yeasty. Noy my thing at all.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown and has a white head. Nice round body. Malty, a bit sweet, brown sugar, glue (in a good way), light sourish, wood, red berries. Very nice and well balanced.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle: poured brown with red highlights and a thick light tan head. Light dark fruit aroma with some cherries and sour notes. Flavor is mildly sour and just a hint of sweetness. Actually quite drier than I would have thought. Nice body though. Decent.
imdownthepub (12909) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 330ml at A Cappella, Ghent. Clouded brown, red hints with cream head. Interesting that this is a sour ale, it is definitely tart and fruity with old ale flavours. Added in to this are sharp citric notes. An odd but in the end, satisfying mix.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6536) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Sampled from a 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy blood red with a small khaki head. The aroma was spritzy apple and cherry with a hint of vinegar. The flavor was nutty, woody, very tart, extremely dry and had a light cherry element. The finish was long, tart and woody. The beer was a bit thin and watery. Interesting. I may revisit this one again.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep, deep amber with a light brown head. Mostly cherry, grape, and some red currant in the nose. Moderately complex body with more cherry, grape, rhubarb, toffee, dirt and vinegar. Mouthfeel is kind of flabby with a fairly full body and little to no carbonation. Decent, but nothing like some of the spectacular sour ale efforts out there.