ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Beer on the Pier. Sour aroma, like a Flemish Sour. Cloudy, yellow, large bubble head, very different. Very dry, served warm. A little sour; there are some hops which provide a little bite. A little like lime juice. If I understood the style better or had more experience with it, I may have enjoyed it more. Iím sure itís well done for the style.
kramer (5174) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via MikeMac. Pours a hazy gold with a large fizzy white head that faded quickly. Aroma is tart and crisp with some fruitiness, especially tangerine. A nice funky undertone with some brett and dry sugary notes akin to a gueuze. Nice dry, crisp, and slightly tart flavor up front with a finish laced with brett and soft malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively pinpoint carbonation. Finish is crisp and sharp. Just a great refreshing beer. Has some gueuze like aspects, but much more approachable for many folks. Iíd drink this alot if it were available to me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, fairly fresh: easily half of my pour is a wonderful, Duvel-like, fluffy, cloud-esk foam, that grows right out of the glass into a plateau. Sweet and lightly sour grapefruit aroma, laced with all sorts of floral notes alongside Belgian candi sugar, fresh grass, lemon zest and funky-tart yeast. Flavours match the beautiful aroma perfectly: rustic yeast elements, notes of iron, brett and bitter orange zest. A fantastic effort and one that I would happily drink all night longÖso seemingly simple, but wonderfully complex!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle thanks to Mullman. Hazy golden color with a large white head. Yeasty, citrusy aroma with some fresh cut grass thrown in as well. Flavor pretty much mirrored the aroma but was much drier than expected. Very good.
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Hazy pilsener golden with a huge and frothy, white head - shaving foam style. Marked sourish nose. Rather light body with a vague accent. Fruity accent of Brett - perhaps even some banana. Extremely dry. 220406
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with thick white head. Aroma is of citrus, earthy and sour notes. Slight hops on the nose as well. Flavor is strong of earthy tones and citrus. Finishes with a slightly sour taste. Better then I was expecting on this one, not my favorite but a decent brew.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well carbonated with a very lightly hazy straw color. Funky sour fruit aroma with musty yeast. Crisp overall, with light grass/straw hints. The flavor has a light sourness and a light hop bitterness underneath. Funky farmhouse yeastiness. I wonder if that flavor Iím getting is horse blanket. Lightly bitter/crisp and refreshing mouth feel. Not too bad, but nothing Iíll be having again.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít remember who brought this to the Pre-Tap gathering, but thanks. Poured a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of orange and lemon citrus with a nice spiciness to it. Taset is somewhat thin compared to the aroma, with mostly a dry spicy character. Straight-forward and pretty good.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer decants a hazy gold with a fairly small white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace.
fairly tart nose with smells of sour grain, barnyard funk and a bit of plain yogurt. perhaps some wet goat.
flavor is sour but not vinegar-y, with lots of grassy/hay notes and a fairly firm bitterness at the end.
very dry and tangy beer. stays fizzy the whole time you are drinking. very good and very refreshing.
DocLock (8098) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Thanks to OhioDad for this one.
First of all, let me say that I consider Ron Jeffries to be a visionary . He is to beer what Da Vinci was to science.
Secondly, let me say that I am Goddamned sick and tired of certain people downgrading great beers such as this. In fact, the ratings given by certain people to this one cause me to lose absolutely all credibility for those certain people. I wonít call people out, but they know who they are, and it seems funny that the beers that get screwed are all American beers on the brink of greatness. To give a beer as good as this a below average score is inconscionable to me; a travesty of this site, and Iíd like to see it investigated. Perhaps we need Olympic scoring, with a sliding scale based on # of ratings and the top and bottom few scores are thrown out. If this was an isolated incident it would be fine, but the same 3 or 4 guys keep preventing great beers from getting a fair statistical rating, downgrading good beers like a pack of hyenas ambushing and downgrading the lifespan of a limping antelope. Enough is enough!
On to my rating. The pour is hazy dark straw colored, with a 3-finger foamy white head. The aroma is heavily citric, with a great lemon/orange/grapefruit trifecta coupled with tropical fruit, floral notes, and some funky, cobwebby malt. The taste is citric and hoppy and floral, with some candi sugar, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, and apricots. The palate is extremely complex, with a lively density and very intense flavor components. The dry floral elements come out a bit more as it warms, and the substantial malt base reasserts itself.
This beer is awesome. Period.