deyholla (7738) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Brad shared with others at the post EBF tasting. Poured slightly hazy brown with an amber hue with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of tart pear with sweet dark grains and a hint of caramel. Flavor had the same nice tart pear note with some underlying dry red fruits and just a bit of sweet dark grains. Really liked the pear note.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ JO. Brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is grape skin, aectobacter, light brett and oaky tannins. Tart and refreshing. Had to be one of my favs from the weekend. Eerily similar to the older la folies
alexsdad06 (6749) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at the release. Pours clear slightly hazy brown in color with a small beige ring. The aroma has a nice mix of sweet dark caramel and tart notes arising from the cab barrel and the brett addition. Some apple cider notes also come through. The flavor was much of the same with the base beer providing sweet caramel with just a slight hint of peat. The barrel and fruit interacted to give a nice tart fruity quality. Finally the brett added additional funky notes. I liked the tart and at times apple cider like qualities from the quince. This was interesting and became one of the big surprises of the event.
dmac (4558) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at the 5,000 party. Easy to sum this one up......not my cup of tea, er beer. Poured a deep blackish/brown with barely any head at all. Aroma of pepper, fruit rinds, bread, alcohol. Flavor of olives, soy sauce, acid and vinegar. Meh.
nickd717 (3602) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - thanks for sharing, Ted. Very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head and decent lacing. Tart fruity aroma with apple, lemon, Brett, and a little bit of roasted malt. Pretty nice flavor, tart in a fruity way. The base beer has mostly attenuated out but lends some good roastiness and coffee. Tastes like quince - just kidding, I have no idea what that tastes like. Maybe some raspberry with apple and citrus. Medium-bodied with average carbonation and mild acidity. Pretty good for what I’m not so sure was an intentional sour. The tick approves.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is sour, funk, fruit, grapes especially, booze. The appearance is dark brown, translucent, small white head. The flavor is sour, tart cherry, wood. The finish is sour, vinegar, resin hops. The body is medium, high carbonation on mouthfeel. This beer is a good example of what a sour should be, i.e., not like drinking a bottle of vinegar.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a hazed brown to black with a thin white head. Sweet and spicy with toast and roast on the nose. Lightly sour with a big quince tang. Tangy and sweet, with lots of roast. Lingering sour and tartness.
blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours dark brown with a thin head. Tartish bretty funky aroma, with rhubarb and pear, and a light caramel like sweetness. The flavor has a nice balance of tartness and sweetness, some sour fruity notes, brett, and some dark sugary sweetness. Pretty good.
jtclockwork (10463) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose of tart pear, chocolate malt, wine barrel, fig, toffee and caramel. Taste of tart pear fruit, dried fig, caramel, wine barrel and chocolate.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet-tart nose, lots of dark fruit. Lightly sweet, lightly tart, fruity, raisin, plum skins, light cherry, lots of toffee.