DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Night of the Funk. Pours a solid cloudy yellow with a tall white head. Aromas of citrus, witbier-like spice, and a ton of barnyardy funk. The flavor is heavy on the lemon with cumin, more funk, and some white wine-like notes. There is substantial sourness here that cuts through the funk and reminds me of Cantillon’s lambics. A very fine effort.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ BBF Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, a bit of spice, and a whole lot of that wonderful funk. Flavor is spicy citrus up front (coriander, perhaps a few other spices) with a wonderful explosion of funk at the end. Beer remains sublimely smooth and supremely drinkable, a characteristic that belies the heavy, heavy funk. It wasn’t the Yellow Bus, but man did I love this beer.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at NotF 2009. Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a small frothy head. Nose is light funky esters with some lemony notes and a bit of spice. Palate is crisp. FLavors of light lemon and spice with some funky, musty notes.
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle from Toronado SD ($45!) shared with mspindler and joetheyounger. Pours a honey amber color. Bottle foamed a lot when opened resulting in big white head when poured. Aroma includes sour lemon, musty yeast, vinegar, spice, under ripe fruit, and Brett funk. Flavor is tangy and tart and contains vinegar, lemon zest, leather and more funk. Finish has more acidic sourness and funk. Sours are certainly not my favorite style, but I found this smooth and quite drinkable.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark golden ripe banana color that is slightly murky with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. There is very minimal lacing, only small spots here and there.
Very funky aroma with some nice barnyard, horseblankety goodness. Lots of crisp golden fruits, apple, pear, grape, etc and a nice dusty earthy oak character. Just the smell of this beer made my mouth water. I literally sniffed my glass for several minutes before even taking a sip.
This beer has a perfect balance of intense puckering tart barnyard funk, horseblanket notes, slightly lactic and acidic but not too much so. Tart and sour intensity up front that settles into some beautiful light crisp golden fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear, grapefruit, light grape followed by more funky brett oaky sourness which lingers into the amazing mouthwatering finish. Very dry yet sweet and crisp with an amazing crisp dry tart puckering finish.
This is an amazing beer that for me truly lived up to the hype. It is just a perfect blend of tart/puckering sourness, crisp delicious fruit notes and a dry sweet yet tart delectable finish. This beer tasted better with each sip and my mouth was literally watering in anticipation of each sip. This is one of the most complex, flavorful sours I’ve ever had and I cannot recommend it any higher. I only wish I had more.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Bottle from Toronado in San Diego. Poured a light golden color with nice foamy head. Aroma of vinegar, spices, dried fruit, lemon. Nice tartness with some brett present. Very nice carbonation surprisingly. Overall very good, im glad I had the opportunity to get this.
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at MesandSim’s tasting Aug 09. Thanks to MadMitch for this, cheers Ken, this was on my must have list. Unattractive thick gold cloudy beer. Lacks a bit of farmyard funk on the aroma which I want from my sour ales. Some funk and lemon, but more muted than Belgian lambics. Very sour finish. Smooth lemon. Very drinkable, good funky lemon and good flavour in the mouth. I suppose a bit unfair to compare an American sour with Belgian lambics, but this doesn’t stand up against lambics. That funk just isn’t there. We had a Girardin black label gueuze earlier in the day and then a J&J Blauw afterwards and the aroma of those 2 just blows virtually all American sours away. Russian River beers are just about the only ones that even get close.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Funky, with dusty lemons and worn burlap in the nose. There is even a hint of sweet-cream butter and biscuits amidst all those ’cobwebs’. Beautiful pour ... pretty as a translucent peach ... with a thin and persistent cloud-soft head. Sour apricots and bright citrus fruit are layered with notes of oaky, buttery chardonnay and green moss. Great body, and the finish is just long enough to let you ’wonder’ for a moment before you are compelled to take another sip. An absolute treasure.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cant help but think this tastes shockingly similar to DDG in flavor profile.
Poured an orangy yellow with billowing head.
Nose was heacy on citric acid and sour pedio.
Taste was complex, nice tart front, a little bit of lemon, chardonnay, and peches. Then a big sour middle, like an unripe orange, with strong but targeted wild fermented flavors. very rich in its sourness, and then a finish that is just the slightest bit hot with vinegar. There is a lot to this beer and t $30 I couldn’t say no.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 won’t be able to try this one ever again. Was worth what it took to get. Excellent beer.