DocLock (8376) - 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 (3453) - 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
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ericmc83 for the trade!<P>#100, but my first sample of the style. Bottle 04-254. Nice pop behind the cork, pours brown with light hints of red, with a thin quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma of wine, sourness, cherries, wood, wheat (hefe-style), and the kitchen sink. My nose is quite overwhelmed by this one. First sip. Wow, that’s sour. Green apples picked well before they’re ready kind of sour. Sour cherries, wood, and a very pleasant palate, with dryness at the end. Pucker up. This certainly isn’t a "drinking" beer... this is a sipping beer. Quite complex... this is a radical departure from my usual Belgian / Stout / IPA / Barleywine routine.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-amber pour, small off-white head. Very tart smelling...woody, fruity (cherry?), earthy. Flavor is quite powerful to say the least. The stinkier side of some cheese, sour cherry and other assorted fruits, more woodiness, light malts down deep. Geez, this one is what it claims...sour. Quite a complex mix of flavors leading to a dry finish. Whew, great example of the style, but a lot to drink by yourself when the wife bails after the first whiff.
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer at Goose Island, Nov.11, 2005. Dark reddish brown ale with a thin creamy lacing head. Sour cherries and vinegar abound, in an aphrodisiac way. In mouth, the graceful sour cherries go well with the vinegry, woody notes, and cinnamon like qualities coming out. My best of show.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2003 Vintage, courtesy of Drew. Shared with Drew, Andy, Nilay, and Edward. Tart apple and cherry notes with loads of oak-enhanced nutmeg, ginger, cinammon, and vanilla. Toffee and caramel and dried fruit lend a hand to a superb palate. An impeccable finish with a bracing acidity leaves one longing for more. Excellent. Should be a Top50 beer.