zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, 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 (1319) - Riverview, 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.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #104 of 240. Bottled in September ’12. 22oz bottle split and shared with a friend on NYE. His first ’Sour’ so he was quite excited. Poured my allotment into a small tulip glass.
This beer pours a cloudy ruby-tinted amber. A large billowy white head rests atop. Pretty lace sticks to the glass edge. Aroma is tart and funky. Wet wood, hay, sour fruits, just the slightest of vinegar burn. All wrapped up together, this is one potent little concoction.
A nice velvety feel greets me, with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy at times, but overall this has got a nice feel to it. This beer starts out with a mildly-puckering tartness, and as I sip, the tartness stays, but there’s also a subtle sweet character that joins forces making this a real treat! Flavors of pickle juice, vinegar, tart cherries, mild cranberry, all wrapped up in a woodsy oak-like flavor. I was really impressed with this one.
My two favorite NG beers to date have been their ’sour’ beers, this one, and their Oak-Aged Farmhouse back in ’09. Now I need to get my hands on some of the 230th Anniv. Sour! Who wants to hook me up?
Earlier Rating: 4/27/2012 Total Score: 4.4
Originally reviewed: 11/15/09. Had this on tap for it’s final release at Stick & Stones in Greensboro. Came out a ruddy copper color with just a ring of foam around the edge on top. No lace present. Smells of fresh apples, some light barn funk, yeast, wisps of booze, cherries. Wow. The scent is wonderful on this beer.
The mouth is bit on the light side. Some light carbonation present on the tongue. This is fairly slick going down. The oak presence smooths this one just right. Tart apples right off the bat on this beer. Nothing puckering, just a light sour beer that is very pleasant. Mild sweetness on the finish of cherry cobbler. Hop bitteress is low. I could drink these all night. Too bad this was the final night of this beer. Here’s hoping they bring it back one day.
kbudd19 (645) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share by Tont at RBAG. Cloudy red brown pour with a small layer of white thin head. Aroma is sour tartness, light funk, with some mild sweetness. Taste is sour up front, very sharp finish and somewhat one sided.
chandler0201 (644) - 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.
Dunt (288) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by Matt, poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A hazy dark brown in color with minimal head. There is a moderate amount of sediment on the bottom of my tulip. Nose is incredibly sour, strong vinegar, oak, and some non-descript fruit. Puckeringly sour, a lot of vinegar and oak again. Mouthfeel is acidic, has medium carbonation, and a medium finish. A lot better than I expected. A lot more sour than expected, it was real nice.
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really loved this beer! Had it on tap at Bluegrass 2009. Not crazy sour and not too sweet. Good balance and palate appeal. Went back several times for it and it went fast! (shhhhh)
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is vitamin c, vinegar, funk. It’s a murky amber brown with a bit of off white foam. Taste is super sour, vinegar, funky. Palate is nice - medium bodied and softly carbed. Fairly tasty sour. I’d drink it again.