FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled lightly chilled, December 2004
Pours a hazy amber color, and is topped by a frothy full tan head. As I pour I get hints of apricot, orange, dust, and musty wood. Interesting enough to go in for a deeper contemplative smell. Hmm, this one smells wild and musty, almost has the aroma of a beer that has been in a corked bottle for a while, though this hasn’t. I get fleeting spicy notes that are perhaps reminiscent of grains of paradise, ginger, clove, which then moves into malty notes mixed with musty wood notes. Quite an interesting mix of aromas, I am not quite to sure if the taste is going to be good or bad, it depends on which notes come through the most.
Ok, the taste, it is soft and lightly sweet up front, and then moves to a tangy, orange-like middle, then finishes with some astringency. Definitely an interesting beer. This beer is rich with a healthy dose of malt notes that are full of caramel, biscuits, and crusty French bread. The malt mixes with spicy notes of pepper, ginger, clove, and orange peel. There is a musty tartness to this beer that, though not overwhelming, certainly contributes to this beer. This beer finishes with a slightly hot, astringent finish that I am not quite able to pinpoint.
Ultimately, I think that this beer is a little out of wack, it is sort of in the gray zone between conventionally fermented single yeast strain fermented beers, infected beers, and beers that are fermented purposefully with wild, yet house derived character. This beer needs to decide which way it wants to go, and I would certainly be in favor of it going fully funky, if it can be kept in balance. Right now it is certainly interesting, certainly drinkable, and even enjoyable, but it seems a bit muddled by various competing fermentation by products. I could see a bottle of this beer being laid down for a year or two and becoming quite stellar, if not intriguingly different. While I am being quite critical here, this is a beer that I am quite enjoying, and I will look forward to procuring some more bottles of this beer. Cheers to Jolly Pumpkin for pushing the boundaries in the middle of America, and cheers to my personal Santa who delivered this treat to my doorstep.
Gerbeer (1249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown with lots of carbonation but light head. Aromas of brett and citrus. Flavors of sour grapes, some oak, and vinegar. Flavors are up front but dissipate quickly.
gschrade (355) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish-orange with a white head. Taste sour, fruity, slightly sweet. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again.
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JBPortland (225) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours clearish red brown with little head. Nose is cola, berry, tart funk, acetone. Taste is tart woody cola, pepper, oak, funk. Finish is tart funky dark berry, oak. Nice.
HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown wth lace. Nose of cherry, vinegar, caramel. Light sweetness, medium sour aspect. Flavors of cherry, caramel, a touch of chocolate and vanilla, wood, cinnamon, other spices. Very nice, clean.
Markkind (42) - - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours red and hazy. No head at all. You can smell the sour from a mile away. Moderate carbonation. Puckering sourness! Must have for sour lovers. No hops to speak of, but you do get that real sour cherry and a bit of lemon bite as well. Finished surprisingly dry ad clean, get another sip!
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bubblehouse (131) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color. Very tart aroma as well as taste. Really enjoyable if you are into these kind of beers.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the November 2013 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a medium sized foamy tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was tart vinegar, cherry, plum, oak and pepper. The flavor was tart and sour but was a bit thin with a tangy cider vinegar presence. Very long sour cider vinegar finish. Medium body. Ok.
banii (220) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lightbrow, with some red in it. Low carbonation. Taste is red berries and faint oak. Not at sour as i like it. Light body. Thirstquencher.
Cousin_Larry (191) - - NOV 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Very similar to Monk’s Flemish Ale but much more seltzer like and drier. Decent but not as good as Monk’s.
Inbreak (1108) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
23.10.2013, 0,75l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Small creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish, red berries, butterscotch, oak, sorrel, almond essence. Taste is slightly sour-ish, mild vinegar, oak, sorrel, grass, almond essence. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.