Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by Blake for our mini-whale tasting on sunday. Isabelle is a cloudy tangerine color and with no head formation on the pour. The beer is still. Nose opens up with white grapes, mineral, some light vinegar notes, oak, and a decent amount of funk. The taste follows the nose. A lot of white grape character, especially white grape skin. There is some lemon rind in the vein of a traditional lambic and some light vinegar again. Light mouthfeel, no carbonation, some moderate to heavier acidity, and a moderate finish. Top notch American wild and is still holding up very well. I can definitely see this dropping off sometime in the near future, but Iíve had it twice this year and it was excellent both times.
popery (1688) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is a dull, medium gold. Good luster. A touch hazy. Little to no head, just a few bubbles form on the pour. The aroma is complex and rich, and I love it. Funk and age. Lemons, apricot skin, some lacto. Some vinegar. Solid funk, more lambic-ish than the vast majority of American sours. Taste is fairly tart. A bit more age shows but itís holding together quite well. Low carbonation. Some pucker. Medium body for a sour.
ineedbeer (1310) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Aroma has a nice moderate earthy, barnyard funk with some medium light herbal notes. Light oak notes with a bit of stone fruit and medium light citrus. A but more oak as it warms. Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a small, white head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor has a medium light oak note with some moderate barnyard, herbal notes. Some moderate lemon and citrus notes. Light stone fruit and faint tropical fruit. Moderate acidity. Acidity is a bit sharp. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer with a bit of age showing through. Good lemon acidity and a decent barnyard, herbal funk. Still holding up pretty well.
Prufrockstar (1580) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Carl for generously sharing this mega whale shared with a bunch of RBians at a tasting. One of the many things I love about my RB drinking buddies and community -- that out of nowhere a beer like this appears, to be shared equally with a mix of old friends and dudes you just met. This was real cool. Anyway ... onto the beer, because this is still just a beer, right? Pours murky gold. No head. Aroma is out of this fucking world. Funk, oak, fruit, surprising amount of citrus (grapefruit, peach, apricot, funky tart). Goddamn... Hard to eliminate the knowledge of what this is and the hype surrounding it and the rarity and all that, but this ... is ... phenomenal. Taste is lightly sweet, some minimal cereal, followed by beautiful tartness. Palate: slick texture, medium body. Overall: fantastic. Canít thank Carl enough for opening this.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6677-20140816] Bottle. Soured yeasty grains aroma. Hazy, pale orange brown body with no lasting head. Cheesy sourdough bread flavour. Medium body is fairly sour. Interesting sour grains balance. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)
Dogbrick (9812) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014. The beer is a clear bright golden color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, yeast and oak. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart apricots, tangerine, oak and funky yeast. The finish is moderately tart with a vinous oak and subtle vinegar aftertaste. Really good Sour overall.
dicemanstl (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at a Monthly Meeting in Seattle thanks to OldMrCrow. This was all that Iíd hoped it would be, nice and tart, a perfect example of a Belgian style American sour. Had a great balance of strong tart/sour and balanced funk. This is a beer I would definitely drink again.
mcberko (10049) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #7000. 750mL bottle, pours a cloudy golden with a very small white head. Aroma is extremely complex, with notes of brett, sweet mandarin oranges, and oak. Flavour is amazingly complex, with loads of brett, oak, and oranges. After all these years, the complexity is supreme and it shows no sign of going downhill. Highly complex, wild, and oaky. Wonderful stuff - a treat to try.
Ferris (8462) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Mandarin and citrus with lots of sour funk. Cloudy orange and almost head. Sour and tart citrus. Acidic and light, nice. Light finish.
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure when this was last out. 2008? 2010? It was aged well at any rate. A bottle I never thought Iíd see. Golden orange pour. Aroma is immediately stinky cheese and peaches, with a good dose of brett and other barnyard funk in there as well. The flavor is assertively sour, but not puckeringly so - still fruity and cheesy. Wonderful beer that shows what Mr Arthur can do when he utilizes the great invention that is carbonation, and concentrates on beer instead of running his mouth."
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Greer for busting this one open at Campground Brewdown and making sure I got a pour.
A - Pours hazy yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving very small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of light lactic sourness, lemon zest, some musty basement and barnyard funk, dash of fruit, woody oak and some lightly toasted grain backing. Softer than I was expecting it to be but still pretty solid.
T - Starts off fairly similar to the nose. The lemony lactic sourness leads things off followed closely by the pale malt, must, nice amount of funk, nice hit of fruit zest and finally some oaky dryness. Finish is a touch tart but surprisingly smooth, leaving the palate quite dry.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice feel, not as overly sour as I was expecting it to be. Maybe a touch of oxidation but it was minuscule compared to the rest.
O - I honestly think this one is holding up surprisingly well for its age. It may very well be a shadow of its former self, I canít comment having never had it fresh, but I can tell you that this bottle was drinking quite well. I would love to have it again in the future.