Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to EricTeusink for sharing this at the park. First Jester King brew I believe. Always impressed with their artwork. Pours dark amber. Smell is tart berries, fruits, hint of vinegar. Taste is tart berries/cherries up front with the sweet malts and vanilla barrel character coming through and lingering. Loved the barrel additivie here. Sweet and tart, highly drinkable, nice carbonation. Good stuff. Not too tart.
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Playground tasting with Westmeister and deadCATAtlanta. Scent is sour grapes with little spice. Big sour up front bite with pungent sweet finish. Lively mouthful. Bottle - Received in Trade
tmzl (74) - SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Pours with thick, large, off-white (light brownish hue) head. Relatively fast retention but leaves a nice thick layer on top, coupled with very nice lacing. Very deep amber, cloudy. Was surprised at how dark it is. A bit dull but still good tho.
Smell: Clean fruity sour, cherry, some wine character, light vanilla and counterbalance with musty, earthy funk. Some tartaric, acetic acid. Light caramel, amber malt sweetness underneath. Everything that was expected, well executed, balance between sour and sweetness plays out nice. When the temperature rises the funk gets stronger, but not annoying.
Taste: Relatively fast but smooth start with medium sour (cherry dominant note with lemon and raspberry notes behind) rises towards the end. Sour isn’t annoying, but still relatively in your face. Sour part stomps over the light caramelish middle, the balance is a bit off. Yoghurt lactic acid to detect. Very light tart, acetic also present - gives that wine feeling, doesn’t go into vinegar mode. Funk goes down compared to the smell. Full on clean fruity sour holds to the end, no hop bitterness to detect and at the far end some oak comes into play.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation, makes it fresh and easy to drink. Some coating with light dryness. Alcohol well hidden.
Overall: Clean, fresh, fruity sour with some light funk to play along but still meaty enough to stay relevant. Good representative.
cgarvieuk (13188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at redlight... Deep red... Soft funky fruits... Light creamy malrs nose... Soft fruit... Light funk... Almost lactose.. Fruity... Not me but nice
superspak (2205) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, January 2013 bottling. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, toast, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, hay, straw, red wine vinegar, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, prune, red grape, clove, oak, hay, straw, vinegar, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour red ale! All around great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
GODiSSOUTHERN (343) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown. Cherry notes and some vinegar sourness. Medium dryness.
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 2 bottle, thanks to beer_no_evil. Pours a nice red, with brown hue. Medium carbonation and a small head. Aroma is mild. A nice tart cherry smell, some bread and some oak. Nothing standing out too much. Taste is tart. takes a minute for the flavors to come forward. Getting some nice oak character in here, but nothing too funky...mild cherry...an almost lemon zest to it...some hay/grass in there as well. Finishes nice and dry with a lasting tartness.
christoph (18) - littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
this was a pretty mediocre beer for me sure it was sour, it also had a weird metallic blood thing going on not really my favorite beer from these guys sweet label though
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received in trade. Batch 1.Thank you Jeffrey (non-rb)! Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a rather small fizzy reddish pinkish white head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. smell is sour and tiny malty with dark bread, raisins, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, moist hay, dry soil, moist wood, cherry skins, marzipan, oatmeal cookies, ripe gooseberries, lemon zest and orange zest. Taste is sour, tiny fruity and tiny malty with dark bread, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, moist wood, moist hay, mushrooms, dry soil, lemon zest, raisin bran, sour cherries raspberries, ripe gooseberries and orange zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, slightly mouth-puckering and light to medium bodied. finish is sour with grape juice, lemon juice, sour cherries, moist hay, moist wood, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, soil, oatmeal cookies, orange zest, gooseberries and raspberries. Enjoyed in the shower. Damn refreshing! really well balanced flanders style red.
erickok (3185) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red wine, funk, woody, raspberries, cookie dough. Light fruity sourness, compote of peaches, very smooth, light plucky ending. Smooth, delicious, rich and most of all unique. Love it. (On tap at the brewery)