readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a hazy, yellow orange. Nose is tart and funky. Smells like a lost abbey sour - slight acetone, lemon. Taste is tart, crisp, refreshing. It’s balanced and lovely. Lives up to its billing of one of the best American sours.
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle...It was nice to have this gem and it didn’t disappoint. Pours yellow/orange with a white head, not a lot of retention. Smells great, lots of fruit and tart. Tastes just as good as it smell. Truly a great beer!!!
hallinghansen (1736) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter. Hazy yellow body with no head. Aroma is tart, oak, fruity, marzipan. Flavor is sourish, fruity, oak, almond.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So much fruit and acid complexity while still being an accessible beer. Much brighter than I thought it would be.
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at a Lost Abbey sour tasting. Poured a light orange color with no head on this particular brew. Aroma is pretty tart, but the flavor is not nearly as tart. Some earthy notes are in there. This was quite enjoyable.
sarro (120) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed a few times now, but original tick record thanks to bottle shared by Awesome Steve! Pours a cloudy tangerine, orangish yellow with a small one finger head. Smell is apricots, stone fruit skins, & sour vinegar. Taste reminds me a bit of Fou’foune with a bit of kiwi juice. Prickly, fruity sour notes that finishes tart, dry, and acidic but not harshly so. Delicious!
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thank you to Damian and Lona for sharing this incredible rarity. Served side by side with Duck Duck Gooze.
The beer is a slightly hazy yellow hue. The head is minimal and leaves random traces of lacing about the glass. Ooo...nice and sour...my kind of beer. Carbonation is fairly low. Mouthfeel is nice, despite the low carbonation level. Beer is very sour but not massively puckering, as I have been told. Isabelle Proximus has a healthy level of complexity about it. Although it’s tart, there is no harshness or vinegar notes to be found. An awesome experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to sample it.
Serving type: bottle
kazin (173) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted at Sour & Bitter. Amazingly complex, so many different fruits, and a dry sourness giving it an amazing palate.
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen. Another whale from the sour beer vaults in my glass; this one has a light hazy orange body with a moderate white head and does not look like it’s made of awesomeness. The aroma, however, blows me away: lime, coconut, lemon, white currants, herbs and hints of stable. Wow. What a unique and utterly delicious mix! Taste follows suit with lemon, tart acidic vinegar notes, green apples, hints of harsh hazelnut (but in a good way!). Very balanced; the flavors are discernible but still woven together in a masterful way, which should probably be credited to brewer and aging alike. A bit flat on the palate, but somehow it suits this beer very well. Isabelle Proximus was the one true surprise on S & B for me, and a beer I am glad to have tasted, despite the high price tag. A great sour in the American tradition.
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle @ S&B - pours bright and clear dark yellow, no head. The nose is just incredible as it is a perfect mix of the fruitiness of peach with a nutty impression of almond (marzipan) and a full buttery character. Light, fresh body with low carbonation. Taste of lemon peel. The complex nose makes it an incredible beer.
Re-rated after a tasting at Jeffo’s place. Intense peach notes in the nose remain, but the body is less wonderful. Lowered with 0.3.