douglas88 (8412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep red/brown color with a medium tan head. The nose is rich sour wood and cherries. The flavor is rich and robust but drinkable; sweet vanilla and wood, some intense sourness, raw like a unblended lambic, some fruit especially sour cherries. Very nice. Akin to a old bruin and very drinkable.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour with a medium tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma has lactic sourness. Flavor is that of granny smith apple juice or hard cider, with medium carbonation and some vinegar. Complex yet missing something.
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle #1/230 shared by jtclockwork, thanks-pours a tan head that slowly foams over after opening and copper color. Aroma is vinuous/acidic, medium malt, tart/barn. Taste is vinuous, medium malt-caramel, medium fruit-raspberry, wood. Finish is acidic/vinegar, which didn’t work for me, but front and mid-palate are quite enjoyable.
jtclockwork (14964) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #1 of 230 shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark red. Tan head. Nose/taste of tart red fruits, oak, minor buttery notes and cherry finish. Taste is very acidic - lots of cherry vinegar in the finish. Medium body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml shared by SincereNC - thanks, Ian! Pours like a well-aged brune, with a thin crisp layer of bubbles atop a medium brown body. Looks slightly oily, not much heft to it. Acetic vinegar funk aroma, with a faint but lasting oaky note. Body is medium, a bit too puckering on the finish maybe. Taste is well-rendered, even if a bit too sweet at the end (I problem I’ve had with some bottles of Duchesse). Could probably benefit from some age, but I found it enjoyable as is.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Several samples enjoyed at Pre-Sex. Faint oak and tartness in the nose, dry to complement the fizz. Medium amber color, could be midway between a cider and a lambic to look at it. Vibrant flavors, cherry isn’t overwhelmingly sour, just well integrated and balanced, with oak and mild lactic quality bringing up the rear. Bottle this!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Dark amber pour with a thin beige head and spotty lace. Aroma is lactic, light vinegar and acetone. Oaky tannins with subtle hints of aceto-bacter. Slightly harsh finish similar to the likes of acetone. Awesome
Earlier Rating: 2/8/2010 Total Score: 3.9
Maroon body with light carbonation. Aroma is cherry skin, balsamic vinegar and oak. Flavor is much of the same. I really enjoyed this brew, hopefully one day it will find its way into bottles. Not super sour but more then tart
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish amber ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, light sour cherries and vanilla notes. In outh, a rather light interpretation of the style, with light sour lactic notes, epsom salt, overall, light and nice. On tap at Great North Carolina Brewers Fest., August 28 2010.
zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at WBF in Raleigh. Pours light brown with a very short head. Faint tart berry and sour aromas. The flavor is much more prominent: big sour fruit, vinegar, and funk. A very nice, and unexpected, good beer from Natty Greenes.
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the NC boys for letting me try this one at pre-sex.
A: Pours an amber like shade of brown with a small off white head.
S: Nice light sour aromas. Tart cherry, vinegar, oak, and a dash of crushed sweet tarts.
T: Lightly sour. Tart cherries, lemon zest, and mild vinegar. The oak is there in a mild sort of way as well. Nothing to bold here, nice light flavors that tend to meld really well.
M: On the lighter side of medium, nice light carbonation to carry the flavors.
D: One I would love to try again. Great little beer from a brewery I had never even heard of.
TheBeerGod (6015) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at WBF Durham. Best of the festival, IMHO. Multiple samples. We lived at the end of the tent where this was for 30 minutes, easy, drinking this stuff. Maroon bodied. Aroma is sour fruit, wet wood, and light vinegar. Taste is sour cherries, cherry skins, lemon juice, wet oak, and cat urine notes. Mild sweetness in the back. Body si tart and acidic while being light -medium overall. No real carbonation to speak of though it wasn’t really flat. Ends with more sour cherries, light lemon, wet wood, cat urine and berries. Very nice stuff!