MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Sparky27 at Hellbillyís tasting. Yeasty, sour aroma. Gold body with a white ring around the glass for a head. A sour beer but somewhat waterly. Maybe a bit overhyped.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at 2009 DLD: Honestly not many notes on this one, I think I got distracted by someone. Hazy golden hue, good head. Sour cherries and apples, some brett funk and oak. The taste is acidic and fruity with some barnyard tones towards the end. The mouth feel is soft and lets the beer sit upon the palate quite awhile, dry finish. Very nice brew.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado for Belgian-Inspired beer dinner. Hazy golden color with a white head. Funky aroma with Brett, wood, and dry white wine. Flavor very sour and funky with lots of lemon, unripe white grapes, and barrel notes. Low carbonation, medium body with sharp sourness on the palate. Good but a bit overhyped.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
batch #2 bottle shared by sparky27.
pale orange brown pour with a smidge of a white head which doesnít want to stick around.
it smells...smoky. i wasnít expecting that at all...intoxicating.... woody, tart, dry crisp white wine and just a touch of stink.
loads of barrel toast/soft smoke in the flavor as well... tart grapes, white wine/leaning on ml chardonnay, yeast, tart lemon and a pineapple-like sourness which grows as it warms. the tannins fight the tartness and battle it out on my cheeks.
very low carbonation... almost nil which makes it insanely smooth and lux. unusual for sure but i really dig it! 9/4/8/5/17/4.3