badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
livery 5th anniv party. one of the better ones available. dark amber pour with no head. aroma of large sourness, and oak tannins. flavor is very sour as well, with big fruit skin, acidic notes, oak, and perhaps plum. great mouthfeel
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a thin off-white head and an alcohol and fruit aroma. This does not taste a bit like a wheat wine. There is some sourness, but the plum has apparently overtaken the wheat in regard to flavor. The high alcohol content is well hidden.Nicely aged.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Rerate. 10 oz draft first beer of day. Pours a clear dark ruby red with no head. Pretty color. Let it air out and warm up a bit. Complex aroma of blush wine, tangy plumlike fruits, a bit of cough medicine, cherries, chocolate. Crisp fruit rollup like fruit parfait character. Taste is bready watered down sherry, plums, and biting tangy grape skins. Basically no carbonation. dry. booze is super well hidden. Which probably isnít too surprising. Great beer. Unique.
tap at livery 5th ann. party. pours a clear copper with no head. aroma of honey, melon, brown sugar and a fruity, earthy, acidic sourness. also some burnt toast. awesome taste of chocolate covered cherries, plums. barrel seemed to diminish the herbal hop and spice presence i remember from the original. but this was awesome. great fruit character, cherry sourness is awesome compliment. this beer has it going on. really fun and tasty beer to try. want again.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Livery 5th anniversary party. Poured a dark clear amber with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was sweet and sour plum with a bit of a sweet wheat back bone. Flavor began with sweet plums and wheat and grew in to more of a tart finish with the sweet grain becoming less and less present.
madvike (2374) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - This was one of my faves at the festival. Pours deep amber with next to no head. Nose is deep, rich, sweet malty plums, that are a bit salty and sour. Some caramel notes linger in the background. Taste is really bready, with some sour funk. Rich dark fruit notes linger, and there is a hint of chocolate bread. Smooth, with good carbonation. I loved the different flavors working here--the sour component, the decadent plum, the rich chocolate and bread. It totally worked for me and I want more of it.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap, golden orange color with no foam, lots of cranberry must and bretty aromas, flavors of stone cherries, tobacco, sour chalky, one of the best sours of the day for me
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the GTMW í10 (Madison, WI). Pours a faintly hazed deep orange copper, small frothy white head. Aromas are lightly sour plums, a touch of darker fruit, wheat bread, bready and sweet caramel malts, wild bretty yeast leaves a light dusting of funk. Simple. Initial is fuller bodied, sweet and sour plums, wheat bread, sweet toffee malts. The dark fruit plum mentality is nice, decent to lighter sour, tart on the back of the palate with sweet malts, light brett and acidity sticking. Finish is dark fruit, tart plums, sweet malts. Big, but tasty. Alcohol isnít necessarily overbearing, but the big remaining malt body seems stubborn, sweet. Tartness grows, almost a wine like finish. I rated the beer lower overall, but the plums do take over and give a pleasant sour tart bite on the backend, dark and more complex. Tasty, but why does it have to be so big ABV-wise? Perhaps the summer heat on this festival day is playing against this beer. Tasty but big with a transition from sweet malts, toffee and wheat bread, moving into a tart plum finish. Seems a bit young sour/wild wise (which seems odd after 22 barrel months).. But a nice beer here.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter at brewery: Beautiful reddish and coppery multi-hued appearance topped by a small but lasting head. The aroma has notes of wild yeast, acidic fruit, oak, toffee, wheat, herbal hops, slight oxidization but in a good old school way, earthy and even a hint of black olives.
The taste is even more impressive with a big WOW factor that nearly left me speechless and perplexed on what to write. There is a wonderful transition between sour and sweet, fruitiness and maltiness, wheat and oak. The complexity just grows and grows with a lovely hint of Scottish and English old ale notes for backup. This takes the joyful interplay that the Pippenbock had and amps it up to 11. I am just floored by this,
Steve has knocked these non-traditionally soured beers out of the park. The mouth feel while warming does a good job of hiding the alcohol found within to a dangerous level, rich, oily and yet snappy and strangely refreshing. Brillant and I hope those at GTMW enjoy this as much I do... plan on having another snifter next weekend at the Anniversary party or even two! My second highest rated Livery beer to date.