CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at GABF and at kp’s: Pours a clear bright golden (unless you get the sediment) with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Aroma of tart, lightly cheesy, citrusy, and funky yeast with a nice biscuity Belgian maltiness. Body starts with nice light malty sweetness and incredibly balanced funk and tartness toward a crisp, semi-dry finish. Very balanced and drinkable with a refreshing tart character throughout.
MesandSim (7119) - 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, it’s 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 it’s song. It’s a story I have witnessed before, especially with the CDC. I can’t help but feel this has SO much more to give. Either way it’s 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.
Ughsmash (6969) - 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 can’t 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 that’s being very picky.. a little age and this will settle in with the best beers out there. 8 3 9 4 17
jtclockwork (6924) - , 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 Mikey’s tasting. Pours cloudy orange. Nose of orange zest, tart fruit and funky basement. Taste if funky tart fruit, zest, lemongrass and farmhouse yeast.
Fin (6893) - 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 Craig’s 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
j12601 (6585) - 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.
bb (6532) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (6471) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to the birthday boy for sharing this one !
Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head that clears edgeward.
Nose is sour tarte berries, wood, lemon, light vinegar notes, musty funky tones, sugars, burnt notes.
Taste follows - lemon, citrus, sour apples, grandads shed, old beano’s, grape, light vinegar, wood.
Medium in body with moderate carbonation lending towards a tarte and puckering finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - 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.
Cletus (6322) - 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.