FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost orange tinged, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, funky, and vinous; specific notes of green grapes, musty medicinal notes, touches of urea, a bit of plastic, some flinty wine notes, and a musky, animalistic funkiness are all quite noticeable. A deeper inspection yields lots of wine barrel influence; an almost green grassy / herbal white wine note, spicy oak aromatics, a supporting woody note that almost has a toasted nutty note to it, as well as a soft, somewhat subtle, rounded, yet strangely concentrated and bright fruit note that reminds me of something like raisins, with a touch of melons, pomegranates, perhaps some floral hibiscus like notes, . The oak also contributes a spicy, almost green pepper note here, as well as a wild herb like note. The nose is really quite complex and enjoyable, I could smell this for a long time and forget to take my first sip.
The lure of the flavor experience pulls me in though. Clean, tart and fruity up front, the beer quickly gets funky, earthy, and phenolic towards the middle and this lingers into the long finish. Medicinal notes, a touch of plastic, and something like an artificial menthol note linger with musty, musky, and butyric flavors. The oak contributes a firmness and bit to the flavor with its spice, woodiness, and rounded toasted character. The tartness melds well with the fruit notes here, both of which contribute notes of floral, flinty white wine, concentrated white raisin notes, touches of green fruit, perhaps a hint of honey-dew melon, as well as a berry like note, and a rounded flower nectar like flavor. The body is fairly light (considering the strength), it does have a certain heft and viscousnous to it that seems accentuated by a soft lactic slickness and some tannic oak texture; this beer is a sipping brew more due to its complexity rather than its heft though, this does manage a light, effervescence (the last from a prickly carbonation).
Quite an enjoyable brew, one I was somewhat looking forward too, but this is even better than I had hoped for. Quite complex, it can be a touch funky from the Brett influence, but if you are into that sort of thing, which I am, then this might just be a beer for you to try.
SirLimpsalot (2109) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Basunen: ganska trevlig syrlig doft. Tyvärr lever inte smaken riktigt upp. Ganska lätt, smått syrlig men annars inget.
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Sebilinz (476) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish amber body with white head. Aroma is wood, red wine with some bretts. Taste some sourness with fruity sweetness and red wine. Aftertaste is fruity with bitterness and some red wine. Nice one.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is cake, cedar, weak red berry acidity, nutty whiff, feel is medium, taste is gingerbread, birch, red berries,
stefannilssons (1458) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Det här var en riktigt fin öl med en fin och kraftfull smak som bar toner av karamell, torkad frukt och syra. Kroppen var stabil och balansen var finjusterad.
Habanero (2563) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber with a largs off-white head with nice lacings. Aroma with brett, barnyard white grapes, wood and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart with bitter notes. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and flat carbonation. A very nice Sour indeed.
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fad: Ville bestemt ikke kategorisere denne øl som sur. Masser af brett i både duft og smag, men sauterne faddene kan også smages med en ekstrem sødme. Humlen bakker den godt op og gør øllen både drikbar men også en speciel oplevelse. Intet surhed i den overhovedet men masser af sødme.
jerohen (1992) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from biernavigatie.nl for the insane price of 15 euro’s a bottle. Dark orange colored, off-white head. Very sweet nose, definitely Sauternes, orange, just a little bit of brett shining through. Again sweet flavor, but the bitterness of the base beer is struggling to get through, resulting in some weird intermediate dryness, after which both Sauternes sweetness and beer bitterness go their own way. I just love both Sauternes wine and Mikkeller’s sours, but the combination just doesn’t add up. Still, i considered it to be good enough to finish the bottle.
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woody and mildly sweet aroma. Nice funk on the taste without being too tart. Very interesting and glad to try but won't have again
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andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a quite clear copper with a thin off white head. Aroma is funky, wood, citrus, grapes, fruity esters and some sweetness. Flavour is grapes, funky wood, oak, faint alcohol, mild sweetness, and kinda yeasty/bready. Really smooth for a funky high abv beer!
jmgreenuk (4251) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Poured a hazy reddish medium amber with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is vinous yeasty slight sour vinegar and citrus fruit. The flavour is vinous light acid light sweet with a light crisp clean vinous palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. This beer is all about the Sauternes but not in a bad way. Yes, the wine tends to dominate but everything is nicely balanced. It’s like the wine world meets the beer world and they seem to get on pretty well!