k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours a hazy ruddy brown with a faint tan head & minimal lacing on the glass. This beverage really needs to warm up to shine. Chilled, the aroma and flavor are very subdued and almost bland. As it warms the aroma and flavor blossom and the complexity develops. Aromas of dry oak, light must and a sharp tang of green apples/sour cherries. Flavor is initially slightly mineral with bits of grape skin then fantastic wood/oak notes. The tartness of chokecherries with some lactic sourness all rush through to the dry & somewhat abrupt finish. Carbonation level was a bit low w/ a medium body.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: some oak barrels, sourness/tartness, minerals, earthiness
Appearance: murky, reddish brown, smallish head, some lacing
Flavor: lightly tart, light cherries/oak/minerals, yeastiness
Palate: sour but smooth, lots of yeast character, and yeast in the aftertaste
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy brown strawberry color with a whiteish pink head. Faint, dried cherries and dry oak in the nose. Floral, perfumy, but musty as well. Mildly drying on the back, lightly prickly and tart, with minimal cherry character but still quite noticeable. Cream and pits and skins, but in a musty, dried manner. Very different that most american sour cherry beers. It’s almost there, I think, but there’s some depth missing.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 2/15/08, 375ml bottle, 2008 vintage. pours brownish ruby with creamy beige head. aroma notes of lactic, cheese, oak, cherry pie with crust and cinnamon, along with a wonderful blanket of cobwebby and b.o. funk. an amazing nose. flavor isn’t as bright and funky as i was hoping for, dry oak throughout, touch of brown sugar and sour cherries. a dry cherry pit finish. sourness is held in check. the finish just isn’t long enough while the body and carbonation are both a bit low. the carbonation is soft but I’d prefer more lively. this is along the lines of supplication and it’d be worth of them side by side. I’m sure this score will increase with more re-rates and with sampling some aged bottles..4.0.
3/7/09, 2009 vintage, this vintage is far better than the ’08. a very nice flanders red, well balanced sourness and cherry, extremely drinkable stuff.4.1.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft (!) at Monk’s Cafe Lost Abbey Dinner 2/12/08. Poured brownish amber with a moderate-sized off white head. Sharp, dry, lactic nose, along with sour cherry and some wild yeast. Flavor is lactic at first, but is then joined by sour cherry, oak, and some herbal notes. Cherry comes to the forefront in the finish, and is nicely complimented by wood and moderate acidity. Another winner from Lost Abbey.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 375mL Bottle. A healthy crack greets the ears upon un-corking. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy amber color with a thick finger of tight bubbled, beige head. A cobwebby brett blanket entangles the filling from Thanksgiving’s cherry pie. Subdued, yet distinct, the cherry character maintains a softness that settles in cohesively with the barrel funk and light oak spice. A small glimpse of ripened apple skins sharpens the bouquet up with just a dash of acetic bite. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a moderate level of tangy acidity. Flavors of ripened cherry skins, frosty with wild yeast, accompanied by a gentle cidery acidity. A joyful balance between fruit and acid. Notes of peppery oak and musty horseblanket. Toward the finish, the brett and oak work together to scrub the palate clean, leaving behind a subtle tannic dryness. The flavors are satisfying, but the body seems to fall flat a bit quickly, losing the brightness of the initial acidity a bit quickly, not sticking around long enough to enjoy the flavors left in the finish. All the flavor/aroma dimensions of the beer are displayed in an impressive fashion, but the body doesn’t stand up to the other achievements, preventing this from achieving "masterpiece" status. Regardless, an overall marvelous beer.
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375, corked and baled, thanks to After4ever. Pours cloudy brown with a lightly lacy white head. Light body and carbonation. Sour cherry nose with just a dash of funk. Sweet-tart taste. Wood/sour finish.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Sampled from bottle at DIPA fest, graciously shared by Aspidites.
Very nice flavors of some oak, tart cherries and some funkiness that is subtle. Nice aromas of smoke and oak.
Very smooth on the palate with a nice finish. A nice break from all the DIPAs and it could still stand up.
after4ever (5847) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375, corked and baled. Dense, grainy brown with caramel highlights. Light gray filmy head with heavy swirls and some lace. Big funky sour cherry nose with dense underpinnings of malt notes (tough to individuate them). Medium body, soft carb, nice forward sourness. It’s all very harmonious and balanced and under control. Light and very softly mineral finish. Beautifully executed. Gorgeous label as well.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very attractive cloudy rusty red-brown with a small but infinitely long lasting off-white head. Aroma is an earthy sort of tart when the beers colder; reminiscent of mustard, hay, vinegar, grass clippings and such. As it warms, the mustard subsides and a subtle, incredibly unsweetened fruit takes it’s place, then becoming a bit more distinctly "cherry". Some oak barrel in there as well, very well rounded aroma overall. Very brief cherry flavor gives way to an old dry mustard earthiness, vinegar, oak, unsweet cherry; it’s certainly tart enough for me. Finishes with a bit more fruit coming out (still subtle) and then a lot of bitter oak and an almost tingling dry sensation on the back. My mouth feels a bit "cloyed" but I tend to feel that way with sour beers. Almost light bodied texture, medium to high carbonation, but the beer feels nice and full, whereas I find that sours tend to feel "empty" bodied sometimes. Very good stuff overall.