Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle opened by me with Alex (Masterski), a friend from StL, and Kan (pantanap on RB). Split into tasting glasses. Popped open with a small amount of gush to it and once initially poured, the bubbles really came out in force. Be careful here.
A - Pours purple/red/pink, off-white fizzy champagne-esk bubbles, and some good lacing along the sides of the glass. The head eventually settles down to a thin cap on top with a few bubbles along the side of the glass here and there. Blabaer-looking, but purple and pink instead of blue.
S - Sour grapes, funky barnyard, lactic acetic, grapefruit. I really liked where this was heading, but thought some more time in the bottle would do it some good.
T - Sour, tart, lemons, funk, grapes, barrel. Really funky and tart, wow! This one doesn’t play much here...hints of an Isabelle-like funk.
M - Light, dry, crisp, champagne-esk.
D - I finished my sample easily and probably could have consumed the entire bottle myself if I wasn’t splitting this one four ways. I really enjoyed it and glad I have more!
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Cloudy, dirty orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Fruity, funky aroma provides heavy acidity. Medium-bodied and acerbic with lively carbonation. The flavor is plenty sour with nice, but restrained, bitterness. Tart-as-hell, dry finish. Thanks go out to giarcsr for shipping the bottle my way!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Thanks to Sean for sharing this rarity... Pours a medium hazy semi-transparent reddish orange brown with a thinner soapy white head... Aroma of a finely developed gueuze lambic, not overly abrasive. Mellow yet funky and tame... Flavors of tight mild prickly acidity with some sour vinegar aspects with some funky geueze aspects that really meshes the aformentioned qualities. Semi-prickly carbonation but not overly so. Superb brew.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye & ericandersnavy. Pours a red grapefruit, murky, with white fizzy head. Aroma is tart, brett, farmhouse and acidic. Flavor is very much the same with a bit of old mustiness. Mlouth feel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, Damned Good!
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 007 thanks to bu11zeye and ericandersnavy. Pours with a fading white head and a red cherry body. Aroma is funky, grapes, raspberry, vanilla, manure, peppery, wood and grapefruit. TAste is sour, acidic, stomach acid, fruit, funk and manure. Lively bubbles, dry, acidic and delicious.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste thanks to Frank!
Grapefruit body with a thin, fizzy white head. Nose of grapefruit, tangerine, sweat, and old earth. Very acidic flavor, sweaty and showing the grape note, a lot of rotting earth throughout the generally watery experience. Heavy acidity exists here, really biting. This experience is straightforward sourness, nothing too exciting or revelatory though it is still quite nice.
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a cloudy pinkish color with almost no head.
S: A surprising amount of grapefruit--rind and fruit, which provides much of the tartness. The grapes certainly provide a musty and lightly funky aroma.
T: The sourness is primarily in form of grapefruit (which is odd given the beer has Cabernet Franc grapes added) and is really pungent and almost tongue buckling. There is a light bitterness that was unexpected but pleasant and a nice contrast to the sour and fruit flavors. The beer is not overly funky, but a nice dryness from the oak, fruit, and brett.
M: A fairly light beer on the tongue with a very prickly carbonation (which really enhances the acidity) and a dry finish.
D: A highly refreshing, though intense sour, beer. I was unprepared for the intense, though unexpected, grapefruit flavor but found it to be just wonderful.
joet (2332) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 oz sample Boonville. Poured around 50 degrees and yet still the sharpness of the effervescence is still there. Must be the strong acidity. Amazing from the get-go. Spritzy, lemon, very sharp feel feel. Very mild funk adds a dimension, maybe some salt there as well. Nothing acetic. Something seemingly simple and something perfect. Thanks Joey!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(fest rating) 750mL bottle, generously provided by iowaherkeye at the Boonville Beer Fest. Thanks, Joey! Pours a slightly hazy, pulpy, red-raspberry color; a slight orange tinge; thin, wispy, mixed-bubbled off-white head, patchy lacing. Tart grapefruit, light red fruitiness, pleasantly funky and cheesy; neither intensely sour nor dense, but very lively and fresh with an excellent fruit character. Medium body; lively, almost fizzy carbonation; non-astringent, no alcohol; loads of tart citrus / grapefruit, light hints of wheat; basic, pitty red fruitiness and some solid funk; not immensely complex (at least for a Lost Abbey sour), and a touch scattered on the presentation, but still definitely damn tasty. Medium finish of tart citrus, light wheat, and some basic red fruits (strawberries and raspberries, most prominently).
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Thanks Dave for the amazing Veritas vertical tasting. On draught. Pours a Gorgeous and intriguing slightly hazy, orange-pink strawberry red color with a soft white head. Full sour aroma with lots of lacto characteristics and an edge of sour berry fruits. This is combined with oak barrel-aging aspects including soft oxidation notes. The flavor is very bright and sour and dry. No overt grape flavor, but there is a slight perception of grape skin contact. Very well-balanced body with a lot of dimension; light on the palate, both clean and complex, as well as intensely sour. Very nicely-done.