Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
HUGE thanks to bytemesis for sending me this bottle. Thanks Mike! This 2013 vintage bottle was shared with my new fiancé after I proposed to her, only minutes prior, while we were out on a walk through our woods!
I had it all planned out: She was dropping her brother off at the train station and I was chilling this beer, getting the ring positioned in my pocket...and of course, calling her father and asking his blessing. (Which he gave me!)
After she returned home, I suggested that we take a walk with our dog around the property. We often take walks, so this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Even as I began to discuss the ideas I had for our wedding, she didn’t suspect a thing. We have had this discussion many times as well. By the time we made it through our ravine to the spot where we want to have the ceremony. I dropped to my knee and presented THE RING and popped THE BIG QUESTION........she said yes, of course!!
After some private moments **think Princess Bride mega-kiss**, we returned inside to have a toast!
This beer was perfect in every way for the occasion. It felt good to pop the cork in celebration! Aromas of Brett-tinged oak gave a nice and dry funk followed by light lemon peel, green apple, brie, hay and a slight hint of blue cheese. As I let the aromas waft out of the bottle and I poured this beauty into 2 New Glarus glasses for sharing, the memories of our 4.5 year relationship came flooding back. This reminded me of how I turned Kacye on to Sour/Wild Ales.....literally creating a sour-freak....and a conundrum of not being able to open them without her there! It made me smile....looking into her eyes....it was hard to hold back the tears of joy!
A gorgeous golden ale, slightly hazy yet vibrant..... a white-as-snow head that gently pillowed up the glass before settling into a nice ring around the glass with some spotty lacing. A medium carbonation gives this beer life. Dances nicely.
The taste was incredibly fulfilling. Balanced. Solid. Steady. Relentless. The tart pucker was coupled nicely with a dry, oaky funk. Beautiful. Notes of under-ripe fruits....green apple, lemon, white grape....it pushed a nice light undertone across the palate, elating the senses. So elegant. Notes of brie and hay lend to a quick malted sweetness that melds into another dose of deep funk. Notes of cheese and barnyard. Love it. The finish pushes with the medium carbonation, nice and lively...never fizzy. Dry vinous notes, couple with the oak, funk and additional sour note that culminates this beauty of a beer.
Such a magical day, such a magical beer.....I don’t think I have ever felt Cloud 9 until now. I am looking forward to sharing many more beers with Kacye.....I am just not sure how we can top this one!!
And so, the challenge begins......
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly hazed sour ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice fruity tart apples and Epsom salts, Brett, very sour and beautiful. In mouth, a nice tart puckering malt with Epsom salts, ground cherries, horse blanket, lactic acid, very nice. Bottle at 2014 Ottawa Xmas gathering.
MrHangover (3214) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2007 vintage, courtesy of kermis. Pours a hazy brown beer without any head on top. Aroma of funk, fruits, barnyard. Age is noticeable here. Flavor is mildly sour, mellowed out a bit. Fruits are still present, some red fruits, raspberries and such. Little to no carbonation present. Aftertaste is light sour. Quite okay!
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a murky medium amber with no head. Aroma of sour berries. Medium body, flavour is very sour with a dry, sweet end.
jmgreenuk (5804) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of Kermis. Poured a cloudy light amber with little life. The aroma is acid citrus. The flavour is light acid sour with a smooth crisp fruity acidic palate. Light bodied with average carbonation.
deanso (6605) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 vintage bottle shared courtesy of Kermis, thanks.
No head. Cloudy organe pour. Barnyard aroma. Light tartness. It’s matured very well.
Countbeer (5309) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting:
Bottle: 2007 vintage: Thanks Chris: Served in a taster:
Hazy orange colored beer with a small white head/lacing.
Aromas of funk, wild yeast, wood, light fruit, light dust, light cellar and some horseblanket.
Flavour has a light subtle tartness, fruits, woods, wild yeast, light funk, some horseblanket, yeast bacteries. Soft for it’s style, but nice!
Aftertaste is smooth tart with wood and wild yeast.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.
Benzai (10012) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [2007 vintage, first bottling] shared @ tasting. Hazy orange pink color, small off-white head. Aroma is a little faint but there’s a nice subtle fruity touch there with a slightly sharp fruitpeel sour-bitter bite. Tastes like that as well, a little touch of sour-bitter in the beginning but a very smooth subtle fruity sourness underneath. Soft, peaches, a hint of orangepeel. Nice!
kermis (6989) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage bottle shared. Pours cloudy orange with a ring off white head. Aroma of citrus, light barnyard, soft funk, peaches, light woody. Flavour is light moderate acidic, surely softened with age. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, it’s really good but this is surely very much softened with age in every way.
charule (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to dfonorow. Poured golden orange with white head. Aroma is slight sour acid citrus. Light carb med bod. Taste slight sour well balanced.