MesandSim (7121) - 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.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 750 mL 2007 ed batch 1. This is very different from the 2009 version, which I like much better. Batch 1 has held up very well but has become more like white wine and is more sour and full of white grapes. It is bright with citrus/lemon acidity, which shares almost no commonalities with the 2009. 6/10/2010 8/4/8/5/15=4.0
750mL 2009 ed batch 3 courtesy of ucusty. There were tons of hyped beers at our Carolina sour tasting- many of them did not live up it. But this certainly did. Pours just a beautiful glowing, hazy light orange/yellow with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is simply incredible: pineapple, coconut rum, papaya, cotton candy (fairly sweet) layered atop geuze notes of leather, funk, tart apples, lemon zest. Taste is sour with lacto and pedo plus a rich array of tropical fruits and a bit of spicy alcohol. Nice sweet and sour mix. Buttery, rich palate. Light to medium bodied. Just whoa. 3/23/2010 9/4/9/5/17=4.4
750mL 2010 ed batch 4 at Toronado SD. Pours a fizzy, clear, white wine color with a diminishing, bubbly white head. Moves tyo muddy, glowing orange with the yeast. Aroma is sharp geuze funk, green apple skins, lemon, key lime, moving to some really incredible sweet complexity akin to baba rhum and marzipan. Taste is soft lactic, very easy to drink with a quick, sharp sour beginning moving to long, lactic beauty. It is almost like glorified Berliner weiss it is so soft and not slap your face sour like some geuzes. Maybe a bit too much lemon. No acedic comes forth that I find with the Veritas 007. Great cotton candy character develops at it warms. 10/10/10 9/4/8/5/16=4.2
750mL 2010 ed b4 at Toronado SF. The pour is a bright yellow with a medium, white head that leaves incredibly sticky lace. Pretty much a 5/5 for sour beer where the near zero sugar content makes it tough for lace to stick. Aroma of cotton candy, caramel, pink lemonade, sour/acetic impeding funk, fresh grapefruit, lemon, and acetic spice reminiscent of Hanssenís Gueuze, funky white wine. Taste is incredibly soft, not truly sour as much fresh and tart. Bretty earth comes into play atop a beer that exhibits a sweet and sour play on the tongue that is hard to describe with sufficiency. Fresh caramel and sweet oranges take center stage rather than lemon or vinegar. What a perennial treat. 2/4/2011 9/5/8/5/16=4.3
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Scott for procuring the bottle, Batch 1. Poured relatively clear, brighter golden with a light dusting of white head. The aroma opened with brilliant, yet still approachable sour vinegar, green apple skin, and tart cherry hit with a bouquet of lighter fruits beneath. The flavor had sour, funky Brett as a primary characteristic along with pears, green apples, and dry, tart wheaty notes.. finished sour, funky, and refreshing, picking up some cherries. Moderate-plus tartness on the palate, and again it was entirely approachable.. bone dry on the back and well-balanced all the way across. This was most excellent!
Batch 2, summer 2008 bottle. I canít thank Tomme and the gang enough for treating us like royalty! Poured clear apple juicy golden with zero head sticking around. The aroma had a low-lying apple vinegar acidity paired with tart light fruit skins.. wheaty tartness and aged oak on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tart malt and apple vinegar, followed closely by pears and green apple skins.. complementary oak tartness rode the edges and paired with more lighter fruits.. dry, lengthy, memorable finish. Medium-bodied with a great feel on the palate.. the acidity was approachable and very engaging.. there was some discord among the elements, but thatís being very picky.. a little age and this will settle in with the best beers out there. 8 3 9 4 17
Fin (6642) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigís bit tasting, Edinburgh, 21-03-09 thanks to Craig for hosting and for getting hold of some great beers. Pours warm gold with a white head. Tart and citric aroma touch musty and some wet wool. Feels nice and bubbly in mouth little champagne like in fact I get asti spumante (attended too many cheap and cheerful weddings where champagne was obviously not an option) Finishes quite dry and fruity. Very likeable. A8 A5 F8 P4 OV15 4.0
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Peachy fruit, very tart flavor with some oak. Lingering oak and tartness with lots of woodiness and almost some tar. Nice. Slightly harsher woodsy tartness at end.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 09 on tap, pouring at the Night of the Funk event in Boston. Pours a slightly murky and hazy golden straw yellow. A bit nutty, with hay, straw, and brett. Medium bodied, and a bit more of that nutty almond flavor. Light solvent notes. Long slow finish with some light aicd. Buttery, bit of DMS.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 Pours gold with a diminishing white head. Smells sour with sugary undertones. Tastes tarte with some sugary hints. Some grassy tinges and citrussy touches are also there. Decent, but not a top 50 beer.
jtclockwork (6235) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle shared at Mikeyís tasting. Pours cloudy orange. Nose of orange zest, tart fruit and funky basement. Taste if funky tart fruit, zest, lemongrass and farmhouse yeast.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours hazy deep gold with bright white head. The aroma is big tartness up front and right up the nose followed by smooth grains, a mild bit of lemon, apples and a touch of oak. The taste, like the nose, starts with bold tartness building quickly to a full rolling boil of tart daggers. It then seems to even out a tad with faint fruity notes of apples and lemons. The tartness rides right into the finish.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples, GABF 2007.
Body is hazy light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of lemon zest, sour apple, pepper, clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Sanctification and others in that vein, and you canít really have too many of these kinds of beers if theyíre done well. And this one certainly is.