riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So this is the next great big awesome sour! This is the best beer ever made people, Make sure you trade for it now, right this instant. Believe the hype, because it is all true. It was definitely worth fighting for position, boxing out, climbing over old ladies, women and children to get, and forming such a long line that the normally pleasant friendly staff of the store were reduced to beer boxing robots in no mood for anything except getting the advancing horde out of the store and back to normal operations of the day.
That being said, this one has a nice initially tart acidic aroma, a touch of fruity sweetness as well, following is some dusty funky brett notes and some cheesy funk as well. Pours orange with a fizzy white head to start that reduces to nothing in a quick minute. Super tart and sour right upfront, a shock to the taste buds, this mellows almost instantly to a less intense cheesy funk with an underlying vinaigrette fruitiness too, but not sweet at all. Some sour acidic in the finish, dry, bretty, and funky finish.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle samples@ Bottleworks, and draft @ Brouwers 25 Feb 2009. Perhaps NB’s best sour ale to date. Hazy amber color. Lots of wood, funk, and citrus/cherry fruits in both the aroma and flavor, with a medium balsamic sourness throughout. This is a less sour, and more drinkable version of La Folie. Great blend.
crackedmachine (446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is a challenge to find the words to do this beer justice. I love the color - a beautiful, cloudy orange. Pungent aroma. Very tart, yet very flavorful. Strong taste of sour, citric fruits and vinegar. Tart. Delicious.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful treat for bottleworks’ 10th, poured on draft at Brouwer’s. Poured a bright, cloudy golden orange with a very small head. Tons of funk, right off the bat - you can really tell it was dosed with Brett. Tart mandarin, lemon and grapefruit. Dusty, but so pungent - it just explodes with flavor. I can taste notes of the base they use in La Folie - the darker, almost cherry-like notes - but this is far better. This is what La Folie was trying to be. Just the right amount of tartness, a great barnyard funk - delicious. I wouldn’t put it above last year’s brew (RR Deviation), but it’s close.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwer’s on release day. Pours a murky, cloudy bright medium orangeish amber. Very little head or lace, if any. Sharp lactic, vinegary kick to the nose. Maybe some strawberry there under that. Watery, sharply acidic body. Lots of vinegary kick from (what I assume to be) the lacto on the mid-palate. Not much else happening in support. Some orangey and berry-like notes, fading into a sour, acidic finish. None of these are flaws by sour ale standards, but it’s certainly in no hurry to say anything particularly new.