Brewed by Lovibonds Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Bottled; Occasional. Has been seen on keg.
2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner.

This beer started as a fermentation mistake with our flagship Henley Gold, giving us the sourness and drinkability of a Berliner Weisse. It tasted great but we thought it would be interesting to add a wild character to the beer. we filled used Frencg Pinot Noir barrels with the sour beer and a host of other good bacteria and wild yeast, then closed the door.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zampano (7) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013 does not count
Nose Brett brux mascarpone oak. Taste cereal oak lemon light tart cheesecake. Body thin low carbonation. Beautiful beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled courtesy of Travlr @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst during the Tour De Geuze. Appearance is clear, touch ligher golden yellow with no head. Nose is mellow lightly tart citrus, light melon, hint of yeast, touch fruity, lemon sorbet, light wood, slight sour, light almost cider touch to it. Close to flat, very easy to drink. Excellent & very enjoyable sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
Aged bottle thanks to my very good friend - 1970s Boy - Cheers mate! Aroma is woodruff; Sauvignon Blanc; lemon tart; brett and barnwood. Taste is like sherbot bon-bons; lactose; good drinkability. Dry but well-balanced. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2012
On cask at The Independent Manchester Beer Convention. Pours a blonde colour with a fair white head. A lovely sour, vinous aroma with balsamic vinegar, wet cardboard, oak, lemon and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Nice and dry to finish. Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Bottle from Bottle Shop Bermondsey. Nose is lemon, light funk, lemon peel, tart, urine, lightly sweet, light grain, soda. Taste is grapefruit and lemon rind tangy bitter citrous fruit, light, soft on the palate beer, with moderate tartness and some lovely soft red wine vinous notes, little cheese rind. Nice English lambic which whilst only moderately tart and lightly funky, has a lovely balance of flavours and a unique red wine vinous softness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake.
Clean gold with a thin white head. Glorious lightly sour aroma with a hint of the house wheaty character and just a lick of honey. Woo hoo this drinks almost like a young unblended lambic. Plenty of tart citric character, very little hop presence and a fantastic wheaty base. Tarty citric finish. Straight down the line. Absolutely excellent. My only complaint would be it’s not sour enough for me. Everything else is brilliant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London. Pours clear yellow with a fine, white foam head. Fairly funky aroma, dank dough, ripe lemon. Light to medium sweet flavor, robust tangy lemon and other fruits, good funk. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Very clean finish, light bitterness, white grapes, some mellow lemons, faint sweaty funk. Very nice beer, highly drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1855) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
Gylden klar skum hvid lidt Stald druer eddike Bitter lidt sur moderate Vandede blød @f1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Keg at Birmingham Beer Bash 2014. Obviously accomplished. Sour, funky, sweet, orchardy, smooth. Very easy to drink and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (6600) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016
May 2016 - Keg at Brewdog Camden as ’Lovibonds Pinot Noir Barrel Sour Grapes’. Orange, still, pretty clear, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is vinegary, honey and lemon, some wine. Body is medium to light, spritzy carbonation, slightly foamy, tooth-coating and enamel-stripping. Taste is rounded sour fruits, tart lemon, softly woody, dates, red grape finish. Nice flavour, pity about the palate on these sour beers. Was licking my teeth for a few hours after this one. (3.8)

August 2016 - Bottle share at Chriso’s as Lovibonds Sour Grapes, 5.4%, red wax. Cheers Ed. This beer is better from a bottle. Genuine lambic notes. Sherbety, grape, lime, soft acidity, musty, oak. Lovely. (4.1)

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