brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Richard’s tasting. Amber pour with a white head. Tart peach, sweet grape, caramel, and vanilla. Hints of lemon and vinegar. Straw, alcohol, and cereal. Flavors of grape, vanilla, and peach. Grape, grass, straw, and oak. Sweet malt/fruit, lemon zest, and a light acetic note. Sweet caramel and cereal. Slight booze on the finish.
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL. Low haze orange pour. Low foam. Nose is acetic, salty, sticky orange, caramel, flan. Taste is tangy, orange, salty. Juicy orange, tannic, sharp sourness. Not too acetic. Ends up enjoyable.
madmitch76 (13409) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Martin T tasting. Hazy amber beer, little white head. Flemish like sourness, little worcester sauce. Sharpish lemon. Light floral touch. Dried fruits. Touches of white wine and strawberries! Finishes semi dry. A nice juicy sour! Not overdone but still has an edge.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at the CBC Clerkenwell
Thanks to the person who brought this out. A West Coast sour typically does not disappoint and this is no exception. It is hard to believe that it is 10% as it drinks very well from start to finish.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy bronze base filters out most of the natural light. Tart and dry, the main aspect is a combination of yeast and citrus. It is not as intense as the strongest sours but it certainly fits comfortably into the style.
Flavor / Palate - The tartness is immediate. Sticking to the tongue and throat it builds over time to a moderate intensity. Bursts of citrus cut through like rays of sunshine before the cloud of sourness envelops the palate again. This is a fabulous wild ale that probably won’t be seen again any time soon.
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Martin T tasting at CBC, 06/06/13, originally acquired via trade big thanks to James - Jredmond of NYC fame.
Hazed orange amber with no head.
Nose is sour and tarte fruit, orange, funk, mist, wood, dry rot.
Taste comprises orange pith, soured fruits, light cobweb, musty, tangy fruits, light funk, barnyard notes, light wood.
Medium bodied with bite, moderate carbonation, tarte dry finish, light puckerings.
Decent sour - really hard to believe this one is 10% + !
maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at rateeer tasting at CBC. Pours clear chestnut brown with a small off white head which quickly disappears. Nose is light funk, horse blanket, lemon and some cheese notes. Something different, I like it. Very heavy sourness and funk in the taste. Some light spice and lime. Sticky like pudding with a touch of earthiness and woodiness. Heavy sourness but doesnt pucker the mouth. Actually quite quaffable. Very enjoyable
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy golden-orange with a thin finger of off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, funky Brett, tart green fruits, Belgian yeast, some booze.
T - Sweet grainy and caramel malts, tart green and stone fruits, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, funky Brett, Belgian yeast, some sourness and acidity, and some booze.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, and warming finish.
D - Great wild ale. The balance of sourness and Bourbon barrel is very nice.
ineedbeer (554) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is interesting with some funky foot and cheese notes. There is also a touch of a nail polish aroma and a bit of a cough syrup note in the back. A touch of a barrel note as well.
Pours a somewhat murky golden copper with a thin white head with pour retention.
Flavor has a lot of acidity - lactic and a bit of acetic. Flavor has a bit of cheese, but is cleaner than the aroma. Some alcohol in the flavor and light bitterness. Low oak notes, but present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and medium high alcohol warmth.
Overall this is a good beer, but not an amazing beer. The acidity could be a bit cleaner.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bytemesis (2600) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Bottle - thanks Mrhoppy for telling me about this gem. Shared at an IPA and sour tasting in Virginia. Pours Hazy amber brown, almost no head, little lacing. Aroma is funk, wood, lemon, light red wine. Flavor is much the same, smooth, light sweet, quite sour, bit of wine, some tannins, lactic acid. Medium body. Quite nice right now and will likely mellow with age.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 Calling all sour heads!!!! You gotta go get some of this........Ooops sorry there is none left. But I have some!
Killer barrel then sour aroma. You know those beers you just can’t get your nose out of......This is one of them. Light bourbon barrel with dry apricot then full on sour. Orange amber color .A light sweetness that ties the barrel a sour together. Got it today at K&L Wines Redwood City directly from Bryan Brick before it was even put in the cooler. Tart barrel beer puttin’ a smile on my face. Wow!
Rerate: I will have to back off a bit. ineedbeer was right there is a cheese aspect to this beer. Also there is a big Jack Daniels flavor. Dill pickle? It is very freaky though. Quite an experience.