michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of berries, barnyard, funk, acetic acid, raspberries, and a hint of wood. Poured red/orange/brown in color with a tiny tan head that disappeared except for around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of medium-sized, particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of berries, funk, raspberry, strawberry, currant, light barnyard, and some cherry. Medium body. Thin texture. Average to lively carbonation. Heavily sweet, lightly tart, berry, funk finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vineux avec un support surette en accord avec les sucres des malts. Des notes de cerises et de chêne composent le corps, la finale est plutôt discrète. Agréable avec une montagne de crabes des neiges.
Holmen1 (4815) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff mai-12 (italiens salatbar): iflg Asle Bjørn"inch thick tan colored fizzy head on a clear orange body. Brettannomyces, fruits, berries and cherries on the nose. More berries and fruits in the mouth along with malts and a light bitterness. Medium body. Astringent with a dry tongue." Sansynligvis i syrligste laget for meg, men kanskje prøve den en annen gang?
Arve_Christian (4806) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika- 2010 vintage.
Golden/reddish color, some foam.
Earthly aromas from yeast, some raspberry.
Medium body & complexity.
Pretty good sourness, Well balanced.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 L bottle. A dark golden red colored beer with a thin off-white, small-bubbled head. Aroma of rounded fruity acitity. Hints of lemon, grape-skin and red berries. Body is medium full with anoce sparkling champagne-like carbonation. Taste is vinous, featuring red berries/fruits, lemon zest, light brett tones, and a certain vinagary astingency. Alcohol is very well masked. Tart, bitterish fruit ending. Flavorfull, with an attitude.
visionthing (4800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of basement, fruits and yeast with hints of berries and spices. Medium body and lively carbonation. Lightly sweet and fruity with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Quite strange, but refreshing. (2012-09-15)
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, scidic, sour, cherries and redwine. Flavour is caramel, sour notes, acidic notes, red currants, light cherries, redwine and light oak.
superspak (4675) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage bottling. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, raisin, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 Another beer-wine hybrid from Italy: apparently the premise was a Belgian strong ale, to which must of Freisa (an Italian red wine grape variety) was added for refermentation. I had similar Italian experiments before and keep fond memories of them, so I expect a lot from this 2011 vintage bottle (to be consumed before end 2015, according to the back label). Pours a deep, warm and ’autumny’ coppery amber colour, lightly hazy with low sparkling, under a regularly shaped, lightly lacing, moussy egg-white head retaining well around the edges in the first instants, but quickly disappearing altogether, so that the content of the glass (especially in the oversized wine glass I’m using) eventually looks more like some wine-based apéritif than a beer. As more of the bottle is emptied in the glass, the overall looks become increasingly headless and murky. Strong aroma of rosé wine, FFF (freshly fermented farmland) but remaining elegant in some sort of way, old dry sherry, strawberry wine, elderberry syrup, ripe purple gooseberries, balsamico, pickled gherkins, candied orange, melting brown sugar, honey liqueur. Vividly fruity onset, blue grapes as expected, along with passion fruit, strong red raspberry and bittersweet prunes, soft carbo but still quite tingling seen this bottle’s age; supple, vinous mouthfeel, deep and restrainedly caramelly malt sweetish base supporting a sherryish and raspberry vinegar tartness which makes up the core of this beer and lending this a sour-sweet effect not unlike an ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale). This ’sherry- and berry’-like fruitiness continues deep into the finish, drying the mouth cavity in a gentle but certain way, becoming even a slight bit lemony every now and then; oxidation is there, but is apparently very restrained even at four years of age and does not conflict with other flavours - it blends in nicely, as in a high quality oloroso sherry. Hops are nowhere to be seen; a liqueurish alcohol glow is there, but only subtly so and not becoming astringent. Bizarre, but it does have a theme: ever since Baladín introduced craft beer to wine-soaked Italy, this country has spawned an array of innovative craft brewers which, instead of reacting against their own ancient wine culture (which I have the impression Spain is doing now), have embraced it and made (still little exposed) cross-pollinations between both, of which this one is an excellent example. Especially with the head having left (grape pits are known for being counterproductive towards head formation - ask Cantillon), I almost felt like I was rating some fortified wine instead of a beer - but fortunately the old familiar malts weren’t that far away. Succulent late night sipper worth cellaring for some years. Va bene!
_angst_ (4504) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at my 30:th birthday tasting on May 5 (30 år av Surt). Courtesy of Larsniclas. Pours hazy reddish brown with a creamy offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and sour with dusty barnyard, prunes, cherries, vinegar, hay, wild strawberries and hints of burnt sugar and oxidation. Taste is tiny sweet, sour and tiny metallic with strawberries, hay, vinegar, wild strawberries, burnt sugar, ripe grapes and hints of glue. Mouthfeel is tiny tart, slightly dry and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and sour with red berries, hay and hints of vinegar.