sturmthis (360) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown with ruby hint. Smells like grape juice. Tart taste and sour cherries. Not my favorite style, but good.
dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice sour, but tremendously overhyped. The sourness predominates, with the medium body being held up by a good malt base. I find it is lacking some of the funk complexity that I enjoy in wild ales, particularly a lack of barnyard and brett/lactobacylus character that pierces through. Like most of New Belgium’s stuff, I find it a tad plain and even bland.
Stevo1298 (19) - Taber, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very Distinct taste. Definatly had a sour tinge. Aftertaste was actually really good. I would be good for one pint of this in an evening, not any more than that.
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tap House Grill. Sour and very dry with notes of immature apples and vinegar. A bit of basement aromas as well. Not for the sweet toothed ...
Maltser85 (238) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing. Pours a red brown color with a small tan head. Medium lgiht body. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, slight oak. Sour cherry. Taste is sour cherry, green apple, slight vanilla, oak, maybe another non descript dark fruit. Finish is dry, sour, tart and goes on for miles.....excellent!
Zymurgeist2 (952) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Sour cherry and earthen aromas. Clear reddish brown with a light tan head and moderate low lacing. Head remains only as a collar. Crisp, sour cherry. Puckering dryness.
Beergeek23322 (2160) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/23/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Funky aromas, oak, dried fruit, yeast. Bitter right off the first sip, fruity flavors with spice and earthy notes. Very balanced and complex once it opens up.
justsayswell (53) - Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown with a full ephemeral head into a snifter. Nose is sour, winey, oaky. Faint smoke. Smells great. Taste is green apple, molasses notes, oak, apple cider vinegar, sour cherry. Effervescent carbonation, medium to light mouthfeel. Funky. Thirst quenching and delicious. Finish is dry and lingering. Really well done.
UXO (126) - CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a clear medium brown with one finger of creamy tan head receding slightly to a dense cap, heavy lacing. Nose is apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, and a sweet toasty maltiness, with hints of leather and musty oak as it warms. Taste follows suit but is less sweet than suggested by the nose, with a building sour aftertaste. Mouth feel is medium-bodied and prickly sour, with a dry finish.
Wow - this is a stupendous Flanders brown. . There’s not a single negative thing I can say about this: nice depth to the flavour, with a bold yet not overwhelming sourness that’s tempered perfectly by a toasted malt sweetness that never becomes cloying; the persistent carbonation keeps the mouth feel crisp without being fizzy; and there’s a pleasantly dry finish despite the lingering sour aftertaste. The ABV is high enough to deliver a decent kick yet be completely absent from the nose or tongue. Even the appearance is perfect.
Ontape (215) - Valley Village, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Surprised I didn’t rate last years version. I sure drank enough of it. I also preferred it to this one -- I thought it was more balanced and more complex. It’s a little harsh on the finish. This is still a nice sour beer. You can do better but maybe not on a given trip the the liquor store, depending on time and place.
They’re still pasteurizing these, right? Woulda been fun to see how it develops. I think it could use a little more complexity. But for a relatively big-production sour, it’s very good.