pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from a trade awhile back...pours a golden orange with a medium but quickly dissipating off-white head...sour and vinegar....falvors start off on the sweet and sour note with vinegar accents, slightly funky. however, quickly dissipates with dryness and a thin watery note. lively carbonation and a decent brew overall.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the interest of full disclosure, I rated this beer shortly after downing a world class counterpart in Veritas 004, so it had alot to live up to. The pour yields a hazy golden body with glints of orange. A foamy, off-white head is small but excellently retained, leaving skinny, jagged lines of lacing on the glass. The nose is all over the place, yet supremely integrated. Notes of tart apricot and nectarine work beautifully with candied citrus, while light grains and dry, dusty brett bring the best out of the sour fruit. A surprising but welcomed edition of aged floral hops puts a unique and lightly bitter twist rarely found in the genre. Flavors again prominently feature nectarine, apricot, and grapefruit sourness, with perhaps a smattering of lemon. The subtle, grainy malts again do their job of not getting in the way of the beautifully tart fruit, and that esoteric, brettanomyces funkiness just works perfectly in this brew. More substantial in body than I expected, but still very easy going and delicately carbonated, the dry, tart mouthfeel just begs for sip after sip. This is an underrated gem of a beer, and I would buy a limitless supply if I could.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… GSRARO Throwdown… This beer rocks!… Cloudy, pear-colored ale with a large, frothy, white head. Fantastic retention. Tart, funky aroma. Light to medium-bodied and quite dry with champagne-like carbonation. The flavor is both acidic and acetic. Mid-length, raspy, arid finish. Kudos to Beerlando for providing this wonderful bottle of beer!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy light yellow with an off-white head. The aroma was mildly tart with nice lemon and leather aroma. Some woody notes as well. The flavor was tart but far from being crazy sour. Lemon, white wine, bretty, and mild wood. Light bodied with a dry finish. Nice beer. If you are looking to start somebody on sours I think this would be a good choice. If starting them on beer as I found out today...bad choice.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellowish orange pour with a large white head. Great aroma of tart brett with a touch of oak and yeast. The flavor is great as well. This beer has gotten better over the past several months. There are some light dried fruit along with a sour barnyard flavor. Yeast is present as well.
emacgee (4271) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks a ton to turdferguson for sharing. Pours a very pretty soft hazy gold with a two finger creamy white head. The nose is very pungent and forward. Jumps out of the glass. Very fruity, lemony, yeasty, bretty, mild spicy oak, vinous. The flavor has a level of acidity and tartness that I was not expecting and showed notes of lemon, spicy oak and vanillins, yeasty, some citrus peel waxyness, some tannic character and a mild vinous quality. Very very impressive sour. Very nice crisp and lively on the mouthfeel with a nice acidic bite and some tannic character. Lovely.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Years Bottle. Pours a hazy orange golden body with a massive white head. Dry brett leather honestly almost one dimensional, how disappointing. Light spice and a note of lemon zest and coriander in the finish. Dry sour with a brett dry finish. Uneventful.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Baker. Happy new years! This is an absolutely ridiculous brew. It reminds me so much of the rare biere de champagnes of Belgium. Cloudy orange body with a bubbly white head. Lemon, orange, apple, ginger, and spice in the nose. Amazingly sour, funky, dry taste. Loads of fruitiness, and the longest, driest finish a man could ask for. Dangerously drinkable. This is one of those brews that could turn a wine drinker on to the world of craft beer. This is a monster of a beer that could be a force to be reckoned with. These beers are what is next in American brewing, and not just the craft world. A step above.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks! Pours a hazy rich orange with a dull whitish head. Smell is funky, gueuze like and citrusy grapefruit. Taste is much milder than the smell and is very bubbly, and lightly citrusy with a champagne like dryness. Moderately tart, but not as much as the smell leads on.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Minnesota first annual Sourfest and shared by Stine. Pours a semi-hazy golden pale brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film. Aroma of barnyard funk, tart citrus and a touch of vanilla. Taste is mildly sour with some vegetable/corn character and tart pineapple. Finish is slightly tart, metallic, with a lingering bitterness that slowly disappears.