Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with ruby hues and a finger’s worth of an off-white head. Breaks into delicate lace. Aromas of very tart cherries, spice, perfume and wet oak. Taste is just as bold. On the higher end of the tartness spectrum. Floral notes along with the cherries gives this a bright burst, then quelled by some moderately sweet notes of caramel/vanilla. A lively carbonation keeps things moving to the finish where nice oak/spice play into the dry, tart cherry flavor.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Tröls. Sour cherries, raisins, brown sugar some wood. vinegar and cranberries.
Lothore (542) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- pours a deep ruddy brown hue with little to no head.
s - cherry, plum, candied fruit
t- starts of with a deep sour cherry flavor that ebbs into a strong wheatiness. Dry.
m- thick and effervescent
d- really great beer. Deep sourness rounded out by wheat.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2013 on draught at Publick House, 3/20/14 and bottle, drunk 3/29/14
In both, the appearance is a dark, ruby/black cherry tinted brown beer with a smattering of beige head that shows poor retention. Good clarity.
Definite sharp acetic tones produce some near acetone-like notes and certainly lend an aggressive feel to the nose. Oak character contributes tannins and plenty of vanilla and dry black pepper-like phenols. Cherries just seem to be left as an essence here, much like the Framboise, being completely attenuated. With warming and breathing, more lactic notes emerge, softening things somewhat. Traces of toffee and caramel add some pleasant sweet notes to all of this heavily dry, tart nose. Love the relatively low alcohol content though, and none of it shows through.
Intensely sour and dry in the mouth. Phew, this is a lot of barrel tannin, acetic acid and very sharp malic acids from the cherries. The draught version hadnt been as far attenuated as the bottle, still having more soft malt notes to smooth out some of this intense acidity. I like the flavors going on, for the most part, but there isnt enough malt body or sweetness to balance this intensely sharp acetone-like character that lingers on the finish. I do like that the sourness/tartness is not really cherry-driven, however. Not just a glass of cherry juice. Very phenolic, dry and just a bit too unbalanced on the sour side, even for a sour addict such as myself.
Interestingly enough, the draught version was not as bright and the sediment still in solution helped balance some of the sharpness/heavy tannin, and sure enough, pouring a little bit of sediment from the bottom of the bottle actually helped dull the sharpness without really comprimising the flavor. Good and still very drinkable on account of the dryness and low alcohol but I’ve got to imagine this hasnt been their best vintage.
mathieuc (1142) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to nate321, thanks! Pours a hazy brown/red with a fizzy head that fades fast and don’t leave much lacing. Aroma is of cherries and vinegar, similar in character to some Cascade sours but way more classy. Taste is sour, highly acidic but never harsh. Sour cherries for the most part with some acetic notes but nothing disturbing. Body is light, carbonation medium. Again, sharp acid but still really drinkable. Nice one!
John25 (349) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cherry brown color. Aroma sour tart fruit. The taste adds bitter sour cherry and some funk. Tart crisp mouthfeel. Really awesome.
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conway (1299) - - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark cloudy ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma is slightly metallic with loads of sour cherry. Taste is incredibly tart. Sour cherry and skins, lactic with nice oak notes on the finish. Medium sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Awesome.
oOJUXEOo (233) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very heavy head on the pour. Brown ale base is solid, aroma is of sour cherries, malt, and funk. Taste is nice and not overwhelmingly sour or tart. Not bad, but I don’t think worth the $20 for a bottle.
SlackerMads (1410) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar. Red chestnut brown with a small off white head. Lactic, glue, wood. Light over ripe cherries in background. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and sour. Very pleasant and extremely drinkable. Very filling and flavourful for the abv. Lovely.
andrewje41 (304) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Bottle pour at home. Sour cherry aroma. A lot of strawberry, cherry, and cranberry. Very long, sour finish. Medium body. Not the first time I’ve had this one, but never got the chance to rate it. This is one of the beers that originally got me in to sours. Really good beer. One of my favorites.