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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Youíve made it to 547 Haight Street. This destination is more San Francisco than Rice A Roni, Chinatown, and Lombard Street combined. Welcome to Broadway for brewers everywhere. Everyone who is anyone has poured their kegs here. For the last 20 years, this place has launched careers, confirmed legacies, and since 1987 the only name you need to know is David Keene. Take a seat. Tip Strong. Nod appreciatively and donít ask stupid questions. Welcome to Big Daddyís House known to most simply as "The T-Room." Here the bartenders are fluent in English, German, Flemish, French, Waloon and Czech. But theyíre most known for their American Lip Service. Watch it. The lady with the jet black hair behind the bar eats idiots for lunch. At 547 Haight Street, you wonít find any Cable Cars except for this one. But if youíre standing outside the Dutch Doors of the World Famous Toranado, you surely found the most interesting place in all San Francisco. Itsí about RESPECT. Dave you continue to have ours. Hereís to 20 more years of punishing livers everywhere. Cheers Gina, Jim, Tomme, Vince and the Brewers of Port Brewing


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Review number 360 on the quest to 365 is a very special number, and one I had been trying to acquire for a while. This 09 vintage comes from a trader over at BA. First impression of the aroma is very good. Funky lemony/citrus notes and some wood. Not an overly sour or funky smell but a fine balance between the two. Appearance is also quite good. The head is only about a half an inch but has quite the staying power. I poured this one extremely carefully as to keep the yeast in the bottle, so the murky golden liquid looks great. Flavor is thankfully not subtle. The leathery brett compliments nicely the sourness here. Wood, lemon, funk. Really excellent and nearly worth the hype surrounding it. Palate is suitably bubbly and medium in thickness. I know a lot of folks are not big fans of the brewery, but I can say the good to bad ratio, for me anyway, and keeping in mind I have sought out mostly special releases, has been quite excellent. Probably wonít be able to try this one ever again. Was worth what it took to get. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Batch 3 bottle. Thanks to Brian for this rare treat. Pours a nice clear golden leaning toward orange with a large eggshell head. Nose is soft and funky. Brett and white grape jump out at me. Soft apricot and peach. Pretty tart and sour. Iím finding a bit of that signature dry, salty edge that really shines in Veritas 4 and kind of in Duck Duck Gooze. Kind of similar to Isabelle Proximus too in its biting edge, almost geuze-like at times. Much more sharp than I expected, and not hugely fruity. Acidic and just a touch sulfuric. Very good but nothing mind-bending.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
750 ml bottle - 2008 vintage; pours cloudy, glowing orange with thin white head; leather and funky cheese aromas; soft texture, bone dry and mildly sour flavors; overall the flavor profile here falls flat and not nearly as complex as the Cuvee de Castleton IMO; love the soft texture, but quite basic; let down city

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle. Not so sure about this. Pretty awful appearance, very murky, peachy in colour and just plain murky, not head whatsoever. Aroma is quite nice, citric, slightly funky. One dimensional citric flavours, with nothing else really standing out in the flavour, but still pretty tasty it has to be said, just not a sour i would really like to try again.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Firstly I have to say a HUGE thanks to Ken for giving me the chance to try this without trading something crazy for it. Firstly, itís not the best looking beer I have seen. Murky dirty orange with a fizzy alka seltzer type head that lasted all of three seconds. Thankfully the rest of it means this is of no consequence what so ever. The aroma is a straight ten. A perfect blend of sweet fruity, elegant funky sourness an a simply spectactular lemony acidity. The flavour flows on in much the same vein but as with many American sours I just feel the lemony acidity takes centre stage giving the amazing lactic sourness underneath no real chance to really sing itís song. Itís a story I have witnessed before, especially with the CDC. I canít help but feel this has SO much more to give. Either way itís an extremely good beer. Utterly superb mouthfeel and the finish is almost beyond description. A glorious hit of sour lemons and fruity lip smacking goodness. Loads of length too. Excellent beer no doubt but if there was less of the lemon it could be truly a world beater. Thanks so much Ken. Instant hero status.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
2008 Vintage. Pours a clear, pale orange-gold with a very thin, fine white head. Very forward, clear sour brett aroma which is focussed, but not overbearingly strong or opulent. Fruit aromas abount with underripe peach/stonefruit, green strawberries, light apple juice, and soft lemon. The flavor is dry, very sour, and crisp with a clean barrel fermantation characte. Delicate barrel-aged aspects are present as well and are harmoniously blended into the very tight flavor profile. The body posesses incredible balance, amazing structure, and really shows of the supreme blending skills of the brewer. This well-composed body delivers the flavor profile with precision and poise. This is one of the best aspects of this wonderful beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at Toronado 22nd anniversary. This hazy golden ale poured with a decent off-white head and a strong citrus aroma. There is a sour lemon flavor from the brett and a nice oak finish. It sticks to the palate in a very pleasant way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sampled at MuckFest 09! Not a huge fan of ther sours but this wasnít horrible.It was more tart than sour.It had some barnyard funk to it with a tart finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Batch 2 bottle sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 1. Cloudy orange pour with a thin white head. Tart citrus aroma, but not offensively funky. Reminds me of a really good Berliner Weiss. Super sour (but still not overly funky) flavor with some nice crisp lemon presence and an acidic finish. Not a fan of sours, but this one is one of the better Iíve had. Crap! I rated a sour a 4 or above?! Dammit, I think Iím actually starting to maybe like this style. Or at the very least I can appreciate when itís very well executed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle shared at Muckfest 2009 in Lancaster Ohio. Aroma of spoiled bread. Flavor was sour apples, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, and sour tarts. Not nearly as horrible as I was expecting for a sour. But not sure what all the fuss was about this beer.


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