Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 On tap. Much lighter in color and aroma than I expected. Flavor is predictably sour, with lots of vinegar, salt and a touch of white wine. Aroma was nasty. You call it funky, I call it diaper. This was better than other sours I have had, but a couple ounces and I moved on.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic. Light sour beers are by far my favorite beer today. Lots of flavor and yet still easy to drink. DDG has a fairly high acidity, consisting of mostly lactic acid, but with a wonderful level of acetic acid, much like cider vinegar. No floor cleaner ethyl acetate that I donít like, which Iím now thinking is only present in high ABV sours. A bit of lemon. Some throat burn like grapefruit juice. Another LA hit along the lines of CC, Isabelle, and YB. I could easily be fooled into thinking I was drinking one of these. Excellent formula for success.
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap; poured a hazy gold color with a smallish white head, that did last a while. Aroma wasnít overly assertive with some funk, yeast, lemon and perhaps some citrus snuck in there. Flavor was very solid, if not amazing. Funky and lemon, with not a huge amount of sourness (or maybe I am getting more used to sour beers). Very nice beer.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint glass at the brewery. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium white head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with citrus, pineapple, melons and some funk. The flavor is overtly sour with citrus(lemon and grapefruit), melons, walnuts and sour grapes. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering sour lemons. Overall: It does not blow you away, its not a big beer, but still it captivates your interest and you want to keep coming back for more.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone Sour Fest 09. Cloudy golden yellow, decent carbonation, big frothy head with some lacing. Sour, funky aroma, hints of citrus. Funky flavor up front, tart, citrus, some earthiness/barnyard elements on the finish. Lingering finish a little off-not sure how, but a weird funky element (not usual sour funk) that may mellow on aging. Would love to try again in a few years--think this will be truly great with some more age on it. As it stands, very good.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone Sour Fest, San Diego 2009.
Pale cloudy yellow in color. The palate was smooth and crisp but the overall aroma was funky sour and some citrus, but somewhat underwhelmed.
daleharshman (943) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stone Sour Fest 2009, one week ahead of the official release. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, looking much like the Isabelle Proximus. This had a lot more head than most of the sours I sampled. Aroma includes some funk and quite a bit of tart lemon. Flavor includes more tart lemon. Itís sour but not too strong on the funk side. Good, but I canít imagine paying whatever they choose to charge this weekend for a bottle of it.
tlay10 (7) - , Nevada, USA - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. I was looking forward to trying this. It looks amazing in the glass, golden color with a nice off white head. Aroma was full of funk, citrus, and goodness. Taste was great very similar to the aroma and well balanced. Good amount of sour without being over whelming with a great citrusy/lemony flavor. Canít wait for the bottle release.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Tap at Stone Sour 09. Looks really great with its bright gold and thick-ass white head. Could use some haze. Smells so supremely legit I thought this would be the beer of the fest: really sharp, peppery, varied and yes, funky. Reminded me of 3 Fonteinen Vintage which is a slam dunk compliment. The taste is a typical US mishmash of unripe strawberry and a vague ítartness.í Not even particularly bacterial. Wonít be worth the $45 they will probably charge for bottles. Update a week later: I cannot stop thinking about this beer. There was a light peppery taste in the sour flavor that makes me want to drink it a lot. They probably put crack in it and thatís why the bottles will cost so much... Second update: boy was I right about the bottle cost, huh? Anyway, Shyam poured me a sample from his Blue Palms bottle and it was much better than on tap. Much more yeasty and bacterial - really sharp, cheddary and layered. Citrus and a great funk for this side of the pond really came through.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 On tap at Stone Sourfest. Pours with a small white head and a hazy golden body. Aroma of brett, lemon, citrus, horse blanket and pineapple. Taste is super sour with notes of honey (but not the sweetness), floral, tartness and pineapple. Light carbonation.
Pretty awesome, that said, I had some Isabelle Proximous on tap afterwords, and IP blows DDG away in my opinion.