Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle at Bruce’s 30th, massive thanks to the birthday boy for this. It pours hazy golden-orange with a thin off-white head. The nose is sour lemon, Granny Smith apple, light funk, tart white grape, oak and subtle vinegar. The taste is fresh lemon, Granny Smith apple, sherbet, lip-smacking tartness, sour white grape, prickly citrus, tart apricot, oak and light vinegar with a dry, tart finish. Medium body, spritzy carbonation and moderate acidity. Flavoursome and very well balanced. Ok it’s not as complex as the best lambics, but it makes up for it in drinkability. Delectable.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 2012, thanks Justin! Whoa, massive lacto aroma burst right off the bat. Previous vintages don’t have this, and wow is it awesome. Settles quickly, not too carbonated, perfect. Huge citrus and yeast on the palate; certainly an American style sour. Damn, this stuff is fantastic. First rate.
bytemesis (2150) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle - graciously shared by Mike B on his birthday. Thanks Mike! Pours a clear golden with a medium fizzy head that dissipates quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is tart with notes of cherry, lemon, wood, and a bit of funk. Aroma profile really opens up as the beer rests. Flavor is about the same, a bit oaky, very light sweetness and medium to strong tartness. Light to medium body, prickly carbonation, almost champagne like in the mouth. Very clean well crafted beer that finishes dry. Very nice, although lacking a bit of the complexity of some of the Russian River sours, IMO.
barn0216 (305) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear, pale orange/golden color, no foam or lacing. Tart cherry aroma with some funk. Sour cherry flavor, green apple tartness, dry, oakiness from the barrel aging, very slight funk. Very clean.
tcane7 (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with Chris at Toronado. Poured a murky orange-amber with thin off-white head. Nose of tart lemon, lactic acid, and some mild sweet malts. Very tart with flavors of oak, peaches, lemon rinds. Really tasty
Koelschtrinker (9467) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holzig-säuerlicher Beginn. Fruchtig, leicht nach Kirsche, rund. Die meisten Aromen verschwinden recht schnell wieder, die Säure wird milder, breitet sich dafür aber gut im Mund aus. Mild aber gut. 8/10/12/10/12/11
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle. Gold with a nice white head. Aroma of vinegar, leather, hay, sour apples. Not as sour as expected, hay, lemon, lactic zing, general funk in the flavor. This was a great American wild, but it fell far short of the hype.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured a hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.
VsXsV (1625) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Toronado. 2010 vintage. Clear, golden liquid with big fluffy white head. Aroma of sour apples, barnyard, lemons, lacto, fruity brett and some light oak. Delicious and balanced. Taste is dry (or very light sweet) with medium sourness and notes of apples and lemons. Also very balanced. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice to have tasted but I’ve had many belgian sours that’ve been better.
b3shine (3510) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml to snifter (BIG THANKS to brew3crew for bringing this to the tasting!). Looks great; yellowish-orange and hazy with ample carbonation and white lacing. Smells excellent; citrus, sour, and some oak. Tastes great too; much like it smells with a great mouthfeel. World class!