Strykzone (4966) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Daft at the brewpub. Black with red. A beige head. All kinds of fruit is smelled. Cherries, especially. Wood and yeast. The first sip is all kinds of funky. Wood, sourness, yeast, tree bark. This is sour but not overly so. So interesting.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dirty brown color with a smaller off white head. Aroma was darker fruits, sour cherries, bread and some funk. Flavor was figs, molasses and funk. Sour aftertaste. Medium body. Different beer.
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest 2012 - Another unique beer for this fest. I’ve never had an intentionally sour lager. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has smooth cherries, hints of sourness, roast and toast to the malt. Medium / full body with a small amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with mild sourness, toastiness, cherry tartness and lager smoothness. The finish is more tart and nowhere in the beer is the high alcohol noticeable. Nicely done.
phaleslu (6555) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at MWBBF. Pours a dark, brownish amber color, a little cloudy, with a small beige head. The aroma is toasty and sweet up front, with brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla, with tart cherry and plum notes following and a little earthiness throughout. The flavor is tart the whole way, with cherries, plum, wood, toasted sugar, and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with a tart, sweet, funky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really odd beer. This reminded me of an imperial bock or schwarzbier that got infected instead of a dark lager brewed with lacto to be purposely soured. Also, given that it’s a lager, I have no idea what style to call this, as sour/wild "ale" is inaccurate.