trevor211 (1339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy light orange with a thin film on top. Lemon meringue pie, grapefruit, and a ciderey vinegar on the nose. Flavor is great, but a little one-dimensional. I really wish this had a bit more depth to it. Itís sufficiently tart, but doesnít have the real barnyard funk Iíd expect from a gueuze, or anything with brett, for that matter. Nowhere near Isabelle, and a bit thin. That said, this is still really tasty - a good blend of citrus notes in the flavor profile, and itís certainly refreshing.
sebletitje (6917) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of BA trader.
pours golden hazy, thin fizzy white head.
aroma mild tartness and notes of oak wood, mostly tart fruits and lactic with mellow grainy nose; wheat.
flavor, just the right blend of sour/tart, leaving a mild acidic/funky character and tingly spicy oak on the palate. Some fruit elements of white grape, citrus fruits; mostly grapefruit/blood orange sourness.
Not sure what the funk was, leaning on champagne yeast, but it appeared more of lactobacillus acidity giving a nice dry finish.
Great finish and med-high carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy, honey-golden color; creamy white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; very nice-looking pour. Pleasantly complex, funky, cobwebby aroma here: lots of tart citrus, gueuze-like notes of brett and aceto and mildly husky wheatiness; the complexity of the nose is much more significant than in mouth, certainly: generous funk and sourness and lemony notes; really lovely, and reminiscent of Isabelle. I was heavily concerned by some peopleís notes regarding the complexity of this beer: it really is lacking the intricacy and subtle malt and funk complexity at the core of many great lambics, but itís not like this is claiming to be anything other than an off-key homage to those beers (and it shouldnít matter anyway): this is delicious. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of lemony and citrus tartness, cobwebs and a light woodiness, alongside some husky wheat character (a good sign) and plenty of well-developed funk; mouthwatering, medium-to-high acidity, and lots of funk; the sourness and acidity here really builds halfway into the glass: while this doesnít have the complexity of something like Blauw or Isabelle, it is gorgeous and nicely done, with some white wine vinous notes appearing, soft vanilla barrel character, and plenty of citrus through everything; a really nice, well-developed and heavily soured ale. Lasting finish of funk, citrus, brett and aceto and scraping wheat notes; very nicely dry and long-lasting funk. A very delightful, gueuze-like sour ale.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pourd dark modestly opaque grapefruit juice with off white head. The aroma is lemon, acidity and little else. The taste is sharp with acidity and mild sourness. I really donít sense anything else going on in here and therefore lacks much interest or depth.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best sours Iíve ever had. Pours a straw yellow with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is brett, funk, lemon, citrus. Flavor is such a clean sour and the palate is absolutely perfect for the style, high carbonation but not too much. Fantastic beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by rustychiles in the great big bottle showdown 11/27/2009.
pours like an unbalanced arnold palmer... really pale brownish yellow with a soft white head... just like the man himself.
initial blast of flowers in the nose... not florals, flowers... mixed with instant lemonade powder, mineral, wood, earthy umami and lactic sourness. actually, it smells like it is going to be sour.
it tastes of really poorly made lemonade... someone forgot the sugar... lemony, milky, slate/minerals, lots of herbs and grassy outdoors-y goodness. itís really tart.... almost overly but it finishes clean leaving behind a wild yeasty tinge.
the body is medium but the abundance of sour keeps in feeling thinner. there is a chalkiness in the texture as well. 8/4/8/4/17/4.1
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chrisoís Kook Tasting 09. Typical American sour aroma, sour with lemon, but no real depth. Just too uncultured. Too much like lemon juice.
sloth (2535) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer of the evening supplied by GMCC2181 Thanks Gabe! LA does a nice Sour. All the lovely fruity, citric, woody, right on tartness, earthy, yeasty, funkiness i,ve come to expect from them all well put together in this lovely sippin Sour. One minor complaint was the co2 level (imho) but hey, i can get past that. Nice brew fellas. Thanks again Gabe!
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
cloudy gold color with a white head. nose is wood, tart, wild yeasts galore and a whole lot more. very nice on the palate with a great sour/acidic flavor that will make your mouth pucker in a heartbeat. great tart finish, would love to have more of this great beer.
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hophead22, thanks tim! Hazy yellowish in color, decent head. Nice aroma of tart grapes, some lemon and straw. Lots of flavor, a nice overall tartness, white grapes, lemon and some light straw. Texture is light and fluffy, nicely carbonated. Overall this isnt my favorite style but I liked this alot. Thanks tim