puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Night of the Funk that I had to wait on an obscenely long line for. Lost Abbey’s got quite the racket going with this beer. It seems to show up everywhere again and again, yet they’ve kept the bottle release so pathetically low that the demand is through the roof, even though they bring cases and cases of it to fests. So, I’ll admit, I really wanted to hate this. I hate the hype, I hate the artificial demand, I hate everything about this beer... except the beer itself.
I was let down at first — or perhaps relieved — that the aroma was lackluster. A touch of wheaty tart, almost berliner weisse like, with some acetone getting in the way of things. But it hits your mouth and wow — you are instantly tasting one of, if not the closest American beers to a traditional Belgian gueuze that’s ever been brewed. It could sit in a blind tasting easily and none would know better. Deep, punchy sourness, lightly citric, dry as the shitty heating in NYC that is currently ravaging my skin — this has it all. Well, besides availability, of course.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles pouring at the Night of the Funk event in Boston. I had been eager about Cable Car and had planned on that being the first thing I had, but Yellow Bus was a welcome surprise. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Big funk, lots of brett, lemon, and hay. Smells gorgeous. Nice carbonation, soft and subtle. Big lemon flavor with some sour funk. Mouth puckeringly acidic, but remarkably balanced. Finishes up with a long and lingering tartness. By far the star of the entire event. Amazing.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Peach aromas as well as tropical fruits explode out of the glass. The beer is bracingly acidic, but with a round, pureed peaches and nectar mouthfeel that is very, very near perfection.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - SEP 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sour peach and apricot raise their heads through a dusty, sun-colored glow. Minimal carbonation and a tart, wine-like mouthfeel move towards a clean, tangy finish. Fromage-funk and acetic notes swirl in a maelstrom of subtle complexity.
Appreciative of the experience ... a world class sour. Bring on the contenders ...
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Thank you Mike for this rare treat. Pours a hazy medium orange-gold with rich color saturation and a very thin, fine white head--quite pretty. The aroma is vibrant--piercingly sour--with hints of acetic fermentation, multi-strain barrel fermentation notes, soft oxidation, and a faint touch of tart stonefruit in the background. More layers of tart brett, lactic fermentation, and barrel-aging emerging as it warms in the glass along with a wonderful dry fruitiness. The very tart, deeply sour flavor profile add even more layers here. The overall impression is quite dry with only a hint of actual fruit (fun peach pit aspects) with additional perceived "fruitiness" from the fermentation profile along with soft spice and some oxidation. The body is a little bit sharp, but with a lot of great texture. This is a full-contact mouth feel with every part stimulated from stiff sourness on the edges of the tongue, to phenols in on the soft palate, to a bit of spice and alcohol in the throat, and finallywincing salivary glands from the intensity of the first sip. A slight bit of bitterness lingers in the long finish with a soft perception of alcohol. This is a very fun beer. Look to Duck Duck Gooze and Cable Car for similarly amazing, but more attainable, sour beer experiences from Lost Abbey.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample NotF. My favorite of the night. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Nose is funky and musty with light biscuit notes and some fruit esters. Palate is full and fizzy, nice carbonation. Flavors are biscuity malt with light funk and a nice peachy finish comes through.
daknole (10162) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #2500. what a treat to try his one. Cloudy golden yellow pour. White head. Aroma is sour but enticingly fruity. The peaches are noticeable as you inhale the aroma over and over. Nice funk in the nose too. Flavor is sour, very sour but this beer is so complex. Soft in the mouth but tingly with little bubbles. Sour, funk, peach, tart apricot, woody notes and more of that damn fine sourness!! Great beer. Really great!!!
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample @ BBF Night of the Funk - I feel very fortunate to have tried this before it ran out. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Nose is bread/biscuit, light fruit/citrus, and heavy heavy on the funk. Taste is a little malt up front with a heavy, fruity funk that whacks you over the head as you finish each joyous sip of this beer. I think I recoiled and cursed very loudly (in front of Tomme Arthur - score one for me!) after trying this because I was so blown away by how amazing it is. I love these guys, I really do.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Night of the Funk 2009: Beautiful deep hazy golden with a dense white head. Richly funky aroma- old aged cheese, lactic tartness, tons of horse blanket, leather- reminiscent of an authentic Belgian Gueuze. Perfectly fluffy body with a sharp lactic acidity. Some citric acidity as well of lemon-rind qualities, tons of rustic funk- cheesy, horse blanket, bone dry with a cherry pit sharpness as well. Earthy, sour, infinitely complex. Combines the effervescence of the best American sour ales and the funky complexity of the traditional Gueuzes of Belgium. A masterpiece.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From an unlabeled bottle at Night of the Funk. Poured a cloudy yellow colour with a respectable white head. Fresh mouthwatering aromas of passion fruit and peaches with a healthy amount of funk. The flavor is truly excellent with more fruit, tart funk, and a refreshing yeasty finish that balances out the sourness and funk. This is so well constructed and carefully balanced - Amazing!