DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Amber (I love Bish). Blimey, this is a strange one. Has definite rouge fruit notes, but coupled with genuine tree bark flavouring, which is dry, earthy and has hints of choc. Is it sour? Kind of. There is rosehip. I have never eaten a rosehip. On the whole: up.
tkrjukoff (4293) - SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
30 år surt. Pours murky pale mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is sour sweet stable malty. Flavor is sour brett acidy fruity malty. Nothing to get excited about. Finishes sour bitterband slightly tart.
Alengrin (4262) - 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!
Vaiz (4184) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ BBF2011. Aroma is fruity, brett and slightly chemical. Flavor is watery fruits ans somewhat sour.
zvikar (4121) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Thanks DSG. Pours orange to brown with a nice head, aroma of dried fruits, marmalade, molasses, raisins, butter, belgian tones, flavor is sour with lively carbonation and dried fruits, some dark bread, rye, alcohol, medium bodied
rodenbach99 (4071) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style et résumé: Bière sure avec l’ajout de moût de raisins.
Comment: Bouteille de 330ml partagé avec Patrick #PDUV04-0911.
Description: Bière cuivrée avec une mousse beige-rose bruyante. Le nez est bien vineux, boisé avec des notes de raisins verts. Il y a aussi des notes surettes de la levure sauvage. La bouche est tout aussi vineuse. Il y a un bel équilibre entre le sucré et le suret. J’aime cette équilibre des forces en présence. L’alcool est discret. La levure laisse sa marque en fin de bouche. Millésime 2011.
jesperhammer (4051) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11-Nov-2011, draft @"Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa", Rome.
Red with lasting white low head.
Very very fruity - mostly red fruits. Tart, not sour. Fantasitc smooth and fresh. low on carbonation, but the tartness makes up for it.
Love the tart red fruit juice.
Garrold (3932) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brewdog Leeds. Hazy red grape juice appearance. No head. Sour black cherry aroma and a dirty sour taste. A beer to savour. Bella.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2011. Pours a hazy and reddish brown beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is malt, tart and fruit. The flavor follows the nose with additional redwine. The palate is sweetness. Overall a good beer.
Ktwse (3749) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy deep copper with about two fingers of off-white yellowish head. Aroma of almond icing, sweet cherries, wild strawberries, redcurrant, Taste is medium to rich fruit tart up front with a slightly sweet nutty finish. Body is light and a mix between crisp and sticky, soft to average carbonation.