3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazed glowing yellow body, small white head. intensely strong nose of sulfuric and fatty lacto, strongly and excessively caustic. what seems like caproic and isobutryic acid are both far too strong, giving it that sweaty, fatty and rancid scent that tends to play nice when itís produced at a level low enough that the malt and wheat and especially the brettanomyces can play a little more. instead itís overtly lactic and reminds me of moldy pineapple and rubber. not to say itís bad, it just fits so perfectly into this new world lambic/sour paradigm that US brewers seem to like - make the beer more accessible to american palates by forgoing nauce and complexity and wow the audience with bigger, bolder, more acidic brute force. itís overly acidic and overly citrus-like without the roundness and delicateness of a true belgian lambic. itís a clever trick, really, and kudos for them for knowing their customers and knowing what will grab their attention. for the rest of us, this beers comes across as an adolescent grasp for attention, a loud and ugly display of beefy, fatty sourness with subtlety, nuance and most-importantly flavor all suffering. the characteristic lost abbey filmy and waxy texture of their yeast is noticeable, though thankfully itís less of a nuisance than in beers such as proximus, vertias 4 and red poppy. still it tends to muddle this beer and mask what may be a more interesting beer were it not so turbid (and this after being extremely careful with the pour, knowing how easily lost abbey yeast can neutralize the beer). overall an interesting beer that falls short of what I would consider good, but at this point I know that Iím not the intended audience.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not bad, by any stretch, but lacking the finesse i like in my sours. Very down the middle sourness, with some messy edges to it. Tart, sour, apple and lemon acidity, with a good amount of funk. Sweet and sour in flavour, lots of acidity.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at chris_oís "smash Kookís granny tasting". Alround rating: Sour acidic yeasty chatacter, a bit woody, citrusy lemon(subtle), carbonation is lacking a bit which is strange for someone who donesnt like carbonation. But alround i was soo looking forward to this beer and was massivly disapointed by it, just lacks the complexity and cleanness needed in a sour.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2009. This poured a slightly hazed straw body with a small frothy head. The aroma was lemony and funky with an acidic tartness. The flavor had the addition of tart nectarines, oak, wet hay, and citrus rinds. Very sooth and refreshing, wild but not crazy.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FOBAB 2009. Poured a cloudy yellow color. Aroma was fresh lemon juice, acidic, and earthy funk. Taste was much the same, more lemon, hay, grapefruit citrus, with a very dry and crisp finish. Nothing crazy complex, but very well put together and a nice refreshing sour for sure. Bright flavors throughout that are lively in the mouth. Fun to drink.
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 2009. My fave of the event. Cloudy yellowish golden with a wispy white film. Nice bretty aroma with bright lemony acidity, as well as acetic acidity with rustic leathery character also. Slick acidic body. Some mild acetone in the flavor with vinegary and lemony tartness. Underlying bretty earthy flavors of cherry pit and leather. Itís good minus the acetone/chemicalish characters. Loved it!
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2009. Pours a golden livey hue, nice light haze, decent whitish bubbly head that laces a bit. Aromas are sour, grapefruit and lemons, a nice bretty funk, wet wood and vanilla, but largely citrus acids. Light hay, graininess. The initial is light bodied with a powerful tartness that washes the palate. Lemon, grapefruit, zest, meld with lactic acid, hay and brettanomyces, a nice tart palate sticker with deep woody and barrel notes coming through. Tart, a bit spicy, vinegar-esque. I really enjoyed this, and can see age being kind to it overall.
HonkeyBra (3797) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 09. Knew this was going to be limited and I was pretty excited. Golden, cloudy pour with white head. Funky, citrusy and earthy aroma. Definitely strong sour flavor with citrus and funk. Really nice palate. This lives up to the hype: it was pretty amazing.
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB. Sample from bottle. Pour is cloudy yellow with medium white head. Aroma is funky, acidic, earthy, lemon, and barnyard. Flavor is sour up front with a subtle fruity sweetness. Finish is all funk. The most impressive part for me was how full the body was. A nice round flavor even with all the strong components. So good.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 FOBAB 09 - first beer of the day. poured from a bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. notes of lemony tartness, brett, barnyard, bread, earth, cobwebs. Dry, crisp, and refreshing, but i could go for more dryness (but that probably is unrealistic since this isnít really a gueuze.) very well balanced. Great beer!