sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Bottle # 04-3008: After laying down for two years, I decided this would be a nice time to open this up and see how it’s doing. I’ll admit that any sour beer style automatically does very well with me, and this is no exception. Pours a perfect amber, golden orange that gives way to magnificent yellow hues as the tulip glass tapers. Thick head dissipates quickly, leaving not a trace of itself, but still lending lace to the glass. Aroma is vinous, sour, and dusty. Hints of lemon and flowers, maybe even a trace of seville olives. Flavor is initially lemony and sour, somewhat salty, a hint of burlap and hay, sour grapes, cobwebs, wood, and a dry, sour finish. Change that: extremely dry finish. A very excellent selection, one that I hope to have more of in the future (#05-2691 after two years of laying in the bottle on 01/20/08)
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice hazy brown color with a good light tan head. Nice, slightly sour aroma. Sour flavor, it’s pretty good, but not outstanding. Good body. Overall, pretty good.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I adore this beer. It poured a hazy, medium copper color with a small, creamy, off-white, mostly lasting head. The aroma was tart, inviting and complex. It contained a light malty note of toasted grain; light hop notes of herbs, chamomile and lemon; a moderate yeast note of cellar funk; and tons of fruity, bright miscellaneous esters—wood, peach, cherry, white grape juice, green apple, balsamic vinegar and a trace of copper. The flavor was moderatly sweet and grippingly acidic with an average-length, moderately sweet, heavily acidic finish that sends a tingle down the spine. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively. This is a beautiful, complex and colorful beer. Definitely not to be missed!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750 ml. green bottle with hand bottled number, 05-2442. Made a good appearance, poured a semi-hazy cherry wood color with a small fizzy white head that reduced to nothing. Had a sour, tart aroma, cherry, fruity and whiffs of vinegar. Moderate carbonation and a sour, plucky medium bodied mouth feel, good sipper drinkability. Taste was sour and tart, cherry flavored vinegar and a dry sweet and sour finish.
A good Flanders Red Ale, in keeping with the style, well made, not for everybody, but a great sipper, well worth trying.
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. It poured hazy ruby with a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma had big krieky oak (wow, this seems like the 4th beer in a row I’ve rated with that description) some Bretty funk, and some tart malts. The flavor was tart on an almost Cantillon level, but with a more solid fruit and malt presence. This one warmed up like a dry red wine, and the flavor profile expanded at that time. Just wonderful.
thegreenrooster (3269) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Pour is a cloudy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is fresh cherries with a strong and overpowering woody backbone. Very earthy and musty with lots of sourness.Very strange beer. Lots of mustyness and flavor, which is
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange/brown and hazy with a straw like white head. Smells of grass, hay, some citrus, overripe fruit. Tastes very tarte with some great tarte fruit tastes. Wish I could be more descriptive on this one, but I was too busy savoring it to keep writing when I took my notes.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a very hazy orange color with a white foamy head. Nose is very pungent, sour oranges, and fresh outdoors. Taste is explosive sour and fizzy notes in your face. Begins to fill your mouth with sour blasts and finishes with a big strong fizz stuck in your throat. excellent brew and would drink this all day.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
well, this is the one we drove all the way to fort collins for. the brewery was amazing, the beer eeh, not as amazing. the nose on this thing was great with a huge fruit nose of cherries or raspberries over a hazycopper fluid, little to no head. the doiminace of smartee tartness was excessive and over the top. the palate did not warm as it does to many in this style after the initial shock. similiar to a lambic or queuze. very dry and sublime. there was a redneck lookn dude sampling some at the bar near me. he looked at the bartender and said "what the hell is up with this beer?" pretty funny stuff although what he probably wanted to say dumbass this aint no pbr, the desription reads brown sour beer. maybe would be better with some cheese or crackers. probably after resting for a year or two we could get this sour baby down to a tolerable level.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with Styles New Yers Eve. Poured hazy amber orange.Head was brilliant orange that disappeared quickly.Aroma was full of cherries and vinegar.Flavor was sour and tart cherries with some notes of wood. Very acidic overall very dry as well. Some would say they found sweetness but I sure did not