ALLOVATE (2356) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darkest brown, lifeless and oily looking with good legs. A lot of cherry, candied plum and blackberry, demerara sugar and hazelnut floats atop a smidgeon of hairy Brettanomyces and oak on the nose. Sour, tart and acidic on the palate; those little micro-organisms have gone to town on this one to differ from the aroma. Ultra-featherweight in body with a residual spritz to hasten its presence even further. That strange note of hazelnut is here also but more liqueurish without the viscous mouthfeel. Oaken, weedy linger with just a touch of berry flavoured, sour Warheads™ that seem to rid it of any comparable length . Whilst the Brett has worked wonders it just doesn’t pull off the complex nuances seen in the classics of the style, but then I can’t figure out the style it represents. Touch too much metallic oxidation flourishes also. I don’t know - I just didn’t enjoy drinking this one. A re-rate maybe, but then there is so much else out there!!! (33cL, 6.1% ABV, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
maneliquor (3020) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours ruby purple with a tall oxidised off white head. Nose is tart with heavy plum sauce and sour cherry. Quite boozy. Taste is only mildly sour and tarty with a fair bit of funk and a domination of heavy plum notes. Not bad but not my kind of thing. Disappointing to get one thats a touch oxidised
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Alehouse Project. Very different, with a great taste. Aromas of apple, caramel, and berries. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a thin head.
varanid99 (485) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black - no head, like a glass of coke. Woody, cherry aroma. Cherry flavour, sour, slight nasty funky flavour. Not my favourite style, admittedly, but there’s some good notes in there.
Brenhophead (543) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle. Pours smokey black with a very small white head and a tart aroma (typical for a sour). As soon as it touches the tongue there is a big sour hit and once that subsides there is a slight fruity flavour and a dark choc note. Its almost like biting into a juvenile plum with a thin dark chocolate coating. This beer made my evening, thanks again Moon Dog.
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2014 Pours black with an almost non-existent head.
Nose shows tart plums, soft funk, musty oak, brown sugar, cherries and a bold wild yeast sour character.
Flavours include more oak, lacto acidity, roasted malt. The roasted malt jars a little with the plum and acidity.
Carbonation is a little over the top.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Bottle. Pours a slightly murky brown with slight deep copper flecks down the side of the glass. Mininal tan coloured head disappears super quickly. Initial aromas of vinegar and acetone. Some light sour stone fruit and a little butterscotch (Diacetyl) as it warms. Flavours are sour and pretty one dimensional. Slick mouthfeel thanks to the Diacetyl and low carbonation levels. Not too bad but a little lacking.
mkel07 (3150) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. The more sour ales I try the more I like them and this one was no exception. Red coppery colour with tart bitter aroams jumping from the glass. The first sip had that mouth twisting flavour that lets you know you are alive and sends the tastebuds into overdrive. The flavour is tart and vinergary but is more subdued as the glass empties. Maybe that is just the tastebuds getting used to the flavour.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark coppery red pour with very little head, just a smattering of white bubbles across the surface. Aroma is tart, fruity and lactic with notes of apples, cherries, currants, vinegar and oak. Flavour is very much the same as the aroma with lots of vinegary sourness up front and a lingering bitter herbal quality coming through. Mouthfeel is slick and oily with virtually no carbonation and a long bitter, slightly sour finish. Nice experiment from this brewery, definitely has potential but doesn’t quite pull it off, there being a few rough edges that could be smoothed out
hawthorne00 (2379) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky reddish brown with a small light beige head. Aroma of tart plums, apples, brett, brown sugar. Slightly slippery mouthfeel. Lowish carbonation. Taste has plums and apples, a hint of chocolate, quite a lot of tartness that’s mellow until a bretty zing right at the end. Some salt there too. Quite complex and very refreshing.