willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
20070120 Growler? sampled at Paul’s. Dirty brown pour with small white head. Aroma of wood first, then afterthoughts of cherry, foliage, must. Soft bodied and not quite sour with nice round flavors of the fruit, nougat, wood. Background earthy must throughout. Sweeter than desired but still these guys are doing some nice work here.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
The lenient tartness and softspoken cherry fruitiness comfortably dwell in the fresh wilderness and wooden dryness of this carefully-designed Flemish Sour Ale variant.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A vigorous head of foam stands atop the flashy misty red.
-I like my Flemish Sour Ales to offer a higher level of sourness.
-Alcohol is nowhere to be tasted.
-The soft effervescence presents the flavor profile on a silver platter.
-The brettanomyces adds wonderful spiciness to the fruity and dry spectrum.
Bottle; thx Mike and Dany!
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle- pours a foamy to rocky tan head with mahogany color. Aroma is fermented dark fruit, dark/medium malt, spices, bourbon. Taste is medium bodied cider character, fermented/sour dark fruit, dark/medium malt, oak/grainy, yeast, secondary spicy/earthy hops. Occasional. Sipping.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[aged bottle, shared with Dirtymike]
Red/orange in color, with a minimal white head. Oaky, sour berry aroma. Flavors are full of fruits, tart cherries, apple and sour Brett character. Woody elements make a subtle appearance towards the finish. Overall, an awesome beer-- it’s hard to believe this was once a Scotch Ale.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Although only available on tap in principle, this rating is for an aged bottled version graciously offered to us by the brewer. Cloudy dark-red body without much head. I found the flavours to be very much berries and oak rather than the cherries I get from more typical Flemish. Sourness intensity was a bit below average for the style and so was the sourness level. Pleasant dryness feeling. I expected the addition of brett to add more of a wild character to the beer but it wasn’t the case. I would have never guessed this was bretty. Like most beers from Milly’s the carbonation was very active, maybe a bit too much for this one. Still, Flemish Sours do not abound in North America and this was a solid take on the genre. A good-diddily-doodly session beer to have with your friendoreenos.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nice aroma of maple syrup, honey wheat bread, some vanilla, and some sour funkiness. Flavor is sweet and sour with some maple syrup and bread, like sour cherries on waffles. The balance between the maple and sour characters made this an interesting and tasty Flemish Sour.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from limited 100 bottle release at Millys: Cloudy dark orange with brown notes under a thin off-white head, sour yeast, cherries and spices in the aroma, light bodied and fizzy, starts sour and ends a bit less sour. Not really my style, but good anyway.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cold 12oz bottle at Milly’s Tavern: Pours a dark cloudy amber color with minimal ivory bubbles along the edges of the glass. Aroma and taste are of rich malts, nice yeast, wood and intense sourness. Smooth, medium bodied and well carbonated.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Belgian Beer Fest, Boston - I was very impressed with this great sour ale from Millys Tavern. It was robustly flavorful with fruits: figs and even grapes. The yeast presence was obvious but not biting or too stinky. It goes down very smooth and is quite tasty and well-balanced. Yum!
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Belgian Beer Fest, Boston - probably one of the best sour ales at this fest (and there were MANY) - the brett came through a lot more than in the others - a very woody character in the aroma and flavor - cherry and hints of dry, under-ripe raspberries - barnyardy funk far in the back, but still quite present - finishes dry, leaving the mouth watering for more - one of the other hits of this event for me.