EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Hazy dark red-orange pour with a nice tan head. Intense sour aroma. Lots of funk with some grape and apple. Woody and musty. Very sour flavor with intense fruitiness. Creamy finish with some spicy bite and funk. A little bit of sweetness to it. Fantastic! Thanks Ryan!
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: earthiness, woodiness, sour, some dark fruits
Appearance: muddy brown, very small head
Flavor: oak barrels, wood, minerals, lactic, sourness, sour cherries, dark fruits
Palate: very tart, very sour, prickley at back of throat
Overall: Probably the best beer they make by far!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an amazing treat. This beeris delcious!!! Pours a deep auburn color with small fizzy headup top. Nose breaths bourbon, sourness, cider like notes, cherry, just fantastic. Flavors are dominated by the sour funk, cherry, light fruitiness. And it certainly goes down really easy. A damn fine brew.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Schroppfy for the gift. This beer is amazing. Beautiful red color, quickly dissipating small head. Fruity, acetic aroma with some oak and vanilla in the background. Excellent intense sourness and touch of oak balanced by a firm malt presence. Great mouthfeel. Some similarities to La Folie, primarily in the acetic qualities. This beer is just plain amazing. The only thing that would make this beer better would be a touch more carbonation and a longer lasting head. Who cares though?! It’s incredible as it is!
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Styles. Thanks VERY much. The beer wanted very much to come out of the bottle. I had to put my thumb over the top. Fortunately, it was just a little extra carbonation and had no trouble after 10 seconds. The beer pours to a red-hued brownish body that’s hazy, carbonated, and has a dense off-white head. It irradiates a glowing feel. The aroma is lemons, cherries, brettanomyces, pie. Interesting and nicely balanced. I wouldn’t say Bičre de Garde at all. More of a Flemish Sour mixed with an Old Ale given the aroma. Either way, it’s really good. The flavor is oak, dry leather, very-light bourbon, orange peel, pepper, tart cherries, floral hops. I sampled this at room temperature. Thank goodness too. So many components of this might have been muddled by coldness. I agree with Mike, this is perfect. The palate is tart, medium-bodied, very easy drinking. Warming feel even at only 7%. Yet again, Jolly Pumpkin makes me a very happy person.
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 batch 65. hazy pour, med carbonation. color of a roasted cinnamon stick
nose: caramel and apple cider vinegar. cinnamon, apple pie with a buttery crust. any malolactic fermentation on this guy? baby doll hair, but not floral sweet plastic like my little ponies. parrafin, old lipstick.
mouth: upfront sweet/sour like lemonade, light, mid caramel oakiness. fuller weight. initial sourness dies and gives way to a slight creaminess. again, malo?? yeastier pours give good texture and body. back palate is sour, finish comes in BIG, cider vinegar overwhelms other flavors, but caramel/oak/dill comes through as acidity dies. finish is nuanced with lingering caramel apple.
OMG DELICIOUS EAT IT
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 65, aged 27 months. Pours a hazy reddish amber. Aroma has tons of oak and sour funk, with a bit of cherry. Taste does not have as much vinegar as I would expect for something this acidic. Vinous, with tons of oak, tart fruit, medium to low sweetness, sour and tart. Finish has tart lemon and grapefruit peel with oak and barnyard funk.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
355ml bottle from northernbrews. aged 16 months. big bold flemmish red. shows a ton of barrel character but the base beer shines through the barrel. huge sour, berry forward, complex aged red ale. a great late night sipper and truely a world class flemish red.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Chris for the hookup, served in my NB worthy glass: The brew pours a crimson imbued brown with a small tight fizzy head and very good lace. The nose detects brett and horseblanket, cherry and plum, tannin, rye and biscuit malt, mild cardamon and clove, and just a hit and run of bourbon, smell very inviting.
WOW, I was worried this would have become a brett sour bomb but it has kept just enough of it’s past life to make me really enjoy the new infusion of oak and bourbon which was done light handed, oh so YUMMY! Tart when it has to be and dry and flowery the next go around. THIS IS MORE A FLEMISH SOUR and a DAMN GOOD ONE!!! Some spice and even a bit a earthly yeast is noted as well. The mouth feel is light , airy and refreshing, much more approachable than many "sour" beers.
This is it Ron, please don’t over do that aging, this is what I want....I NEED MORE!
Oh, Thanks again Chris.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, Ba#65. Pours a clear golden straw color with a small off white head. Aroma is light malts, bourbon, tart cherries, oak. Flavor is tart cherries, oak, vanilla, light bourbon, grass. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished tart and refreshing. This was a fantastic brew! I had thought that 27mo on BB would add too much bourbon and oak flavors, however it was just about perfect, the bourbon only added complexity. Nice and refreshingly tart, with an aroma to die for!! Spectacular all the way round.