zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from O’Briens earlier this week! Pours a translucent, golden color with lots of bubbles and a very, very thin head. The sourness is just wafting out of the bottle as it gets handed around, I can smell it as it goes by my nose! Strong brett and horseblanket in the nose with a faint fruit hint behind the sour. Flavor is very tart with a faint fruit note (maybe cherries but i got boo’ed at the table when I said that). Lots of horse blanket present through-out. Dry and smooth on the palate. While I truly enjoyed this beer, having been on the same Belgian trip (2006) that inspired the collaboration and brewing of this beer, I expected more complexity and for this beer to really pack a punch. I guess with the brewers involved and their love of sour beers, I had really high expectations!
knickskicks (1143) - - MAY 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange pour, light off-white head that dissipates. Low carbonation. Nose is is sour apples and sour lemon, very slight oxidation, a touch of booze. Taste is acidic lemon and green apples, very sour. Not that complex and I’d prefer a fresh Beatification at this point, but this bottle held up very well.
popery (1975) - 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 it’s holding together quite well. Low carbonation. Some pucker. Medium body for a sour.
ineedbeer (1768) - 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 (1965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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. Can’t thank Carl enough for opening this.
mabel (8537) - 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 (11327) - 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 I’d 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 (14059) - 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 (12422) - 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 (9942) - 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 I’d 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."