Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I must first thank metallitone1 aka (deftim13) for this spectacular treat. A better man have only walked the earth once, since the beginning of time. Tim you a great man and good friend, and I feel honored to have made your acquaintance. I sure hope Tomme Arthur makes more of this beer. It is worth the price you need to pay whatever that may be. I *love* sour wild ales and this is a masterpiece.
This beer is quite different from but as good as “Supplication” [also provided by metallitone1]. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share this beer with Hopdog, egajdzis, weeare138, froggyfrog, and Risser09.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with magnificent lacing on the walls of my snifter glass. The head is slightly off white and the carbonation is lively.
Smell: It has a huge bold sour cherries and Brettanomyces funky aroma that flood the nose with aged lambic like acidity is that the Pediococcus, I believe. Who cares! It is sensational. The citric rind, apple-cider vinegar woodyness and the plethora of magnificent indescribable aromas left me salivating like a dog.
Taste: How could the flavor live up to such a grand aroma? IT DOES! Sourness, abounds with fruits and sweet and tart flavors that run the gamut. Apricot lemon cherry wood and large sour apple with a funky yeast and Lactobacillus presence that gives its spectacular sour attribute. It makes my mouth pucker in pleasure on each and every sip. There is a spice element clinging to my cheeks in the aftertaste, like cinnamon, vanilla and ginger along with the sourness. Each tastes beckons the next.
Mouthfeel: The sour sting and the light carbonation a fairly acidic body give this a very lambic-like mouthfeel. Dry and long-lingering.
Drinkability: If the Egyptians had it right with their tombs. I want my sarcophagus placed in a conditioning tank full of Cable Car so I can drink it for eternity. Otherwise, I am certain this will be the flavor of my heaven. This is a beer I could drink day and night, if only it were available.
Hope this is helpful.
OldMrCrow (2156) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Toronado Seattle.
Another beer I thought I might never try, but then Toronado Seattle came in, they have it in bottles, and it was just a matter of time. (My understanding is that it will pretty much cost you a left nut in trade to get it anywhere other than the two Toronados). Well, the time came. Beastie bought this one to celebrate the birth of Prufrock’s daughter. (Congratulations). They ever so generously texted me and asked me to join them, which I quickly promised to do in exchange for taste, which turned out to be a whole glass. Thanks, gentleman.
Beautiful yellow pour, modest head. Rich sour nose, not funky, just sour in a delicious way. The flavor is extremely accessible. None of the latrine or any of that business, just an enjoyable tartness that is far from the acidic overkill of many early American sours. I see how this one exploded to the top of the Ratebeer rankings! The sour is complemented by a lovely undercurrent of sweetness that rewards each sip through the late palate. Wow -- this is just so approachable. I don’t know that I could pick a better sour with which to introduce a friend to the style. Great stuff.
Prolitariat777 (50) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wired murky reddish brown really flat no head. Smell of yeasty and lemon rinds. Kind of a acidic sour milk character. Will try again as well heard so much from this brew. May be stored improper.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours thick pineapple viscous golden orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly. According to Stephanie, Aroma brings old bar dirty beer glass, which I would say is accurate in a tangy fermenting head way, quite pleasant. Flavor brings tangy dry tropical fruit with a delicious dry tamarind ending. As good as the hype!
ctipping (214) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with the briefest of white heads. Nary a collar as it settles. Fruity acidity on the nose. Some malt and oak. Fruit is like a light grape, white wine aroma. Sweeter than I expected. Oak is strong. White wine notes all over. Lactic sourness. Malty. Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Oaky and moderate sourness. Not a complex sour, but very well made. More than the sum of its parts.
knickskicks (908) - - JUN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Golden pour. Nose is lactic, some lemon rind, not very complex. Taste is lactic, some lemon, sulphur, slight funk.
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at tasting, thanks for sharing all the beers! Vintage 2012.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: funk, sour, oak, lactic, little fruity, citric.
TASTE: funk, sour, fruity, citric. Nothing short of amazing.
Zakoon (238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Bottle enjoyed @ Toronado, San Francisco. Pours cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is citrus, apricot, grapes and apples. Flavour is light sour and tart. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Finish is dry and a little sour. Highly drinkable.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 vintage 750 mL bottle at Toronado. The pour is a beautiful foggy golden cod with a nice white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. The smell is unbelievable. There is a great grape and sour presence. An awesome funk and little citrus is also present. The flavor is amazing. The sour is there, but allows the grape and lemon to come through without control. The oak exists a little on the back end. The mouth feel is prefect. Thin, but not watery, carbonated, but not champagne-y. The aftertaste is lingeringly sour and fruity. Such a damn good beer. I'm glad I got to try this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Cloudy yellow. Lemongrass, horse blanket, straw. Significant pucker. A bit of apricot and unripe nectarine. Nice and fuzzy. Just a *tiny* bit dilute on the finish. Delicious. But also good to know the rating is largely novelty.
tcon25 (251) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pour at toronado seattle. So happy that they finally got this beer, Been waiting for this one for a long time. Foggy cream golden pour, sour oak lemon juice, orange, and apple aroma. Taste is absolutely amazing, sweet hops, oak citrus, apricot, lemon, not to much sour, just the right amount, smooth finish, no bitter after taste. Absolutely loved this beer.