grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Vintage. My brother lives in Denver and sent me 6 of these beauties last winter! I have been cracking them on special occasions, or when thirsty (always a special occasion). The last bottle was last week, and I have to admit that this beer is improving greatly in the bottle. My impressions last year this time were that it was overattenuated and not nearly as complex as the Rodenbach Grand Cru of 5+ years ago. Interestingly, the complexity is improving in the bottle with more complexity in the later tries. I am down to one bottle and will have to save it for a truly special occasion. Intensely sour, some woodiness, tart, and wonderfully crisp on the palate.
skmikeg (945) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky reddish brown with a one finger off white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of sour apples, vinegar, wood, cherries, light dark bread, and lacto. Taste is Sour apple and cherries, woody notes, vinegar, sour lacto, wet hay, toasted dark bread, and light earth grass. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a almost bone dry, pretty sour, medium-long finish. Overall, a very tasty, complex sour brown.
Hinez57 (175) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
What one expects in a sour ale is present in aroma and taste with both being dominated by earthy bright sourness reminiscent of tart lemonade with various outdoor sour notes. Looks decent and the palate while thin and what youíd expect is nice. However I could not finish this beer. It was boring and one-note. Sour dominates leaving no hint of grain or vestiges of the base beer. Itís simply one note thatís to loud, too strong, itís the only thing you get from this beer. It is an orchestra dedicated to playing one note, all together continuously, loudly, obnoxiously. I think it would be great as a blend with other brews. Seriously disappointed with this ílegendaryí 100 pt brew. One of the less pleasing beer experiences Iíve had.
GreatDane1632 (412) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Tap Room -- poured into an English pint glass. Almost no head on top of a dark ruby colored beer. Smell of lacto, cherry, hint of wood. Flavor is a cherry fruit, followed by heavy lacto sourness. Not quite so sour you tingle in the cheeks, but almost. This is a great sour.
PacNWDad (91) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft (2014?) at Chuckís bottle shop. Orange brown color, with a medium amount of white head. Slightly cloudy. Lace lingers a bit. Aroma of caramel, very little hops, fallen leaves, cranberry, cherry. Starts sour, and then sweet, with a sour finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture, a little metal with a fairly long finish. Nice beer!
shaynsawchuk (509) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bomber dated 2014. Crystal clear garnet with a short lived head of off white foam. Very nice to look at. Malt forward on the nose with dark bread, light caramel, subtle toastiness, some dark fruit as well. Malty-sweet at first and quickly cut by a bracing lactic sourness, no hints of acetic yet. Finishes with a rounded Dutch cocoa tone. Dry and very tart with moderate plus carbonation. Very good, could certainly withstand a half a decade of aging to round it out.
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Julie says yuck. She gives a 1. C.
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Inbreak (2194) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
08.10.2014, 0,65l bottle (2013) sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish fruity, strawberry, sugar, oak, soda powder, grass, vinegar, dried fruits, hay. Taste is dry and fresh sour, sorrel, soda powder, vinegar, grass, oak, raw rhubarb, sour unripe berries, lemon, minerals, weeds. Medium bitterness, dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Very nice.
ej (751) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coppery small head. Aroma of wood/oak and tartness. Taste is a nice blend of the sweet and sour. More of the sour tho and that is quite beneficial. A very good and pleasant beer. Typical flanders red/bruin. Fairly dry with close to high mevels of co2.
Palme (3455) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.65l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew, from trade with ig88b. Huge thanks man! In the glass this is a cloudy looking dark rust brown colored one. It also has a nice slowly fading beige lacing head on the top. It has this surprisingly fruity nose this! Almost a little sweet, but still tart. Yeah, this is one good smelling nose. Lots of berries, blackberries, grass, some brown sugar and hints of lingon berries. Really nice! Tastes even better. Itís definitely sour, slightly woody. Lemon stingy, lots of red berries. Wonderful in the mouth with a near smooth mouthfeel and a just above average carbonation level. Zingy without being to much. Well balanced. Almost a little okay in a way. Sorrel and lemons. This is superbly drinkable. A wonderful beverage. 08.10.2014
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"2006-the brett has taken over! this was the sourest of them all. prickly carbonation , and a touch lighter in color than the 08, which seems to be more mass produced. super acidic, sour apples. intense. 2007-the opposite happens with these beers...they get funkier/more sour as the brett takes hold as they age. the 07 is more what i expected. tart, even sour, but not quite bracingly so. the aroma of all 3 was complex and wonderful. apples and cider vinegar. closer to the 06 than the 08 in color, flavor, and aroma. 2008-wood please?! this one is darker, tamer, smoother, better (arguably). heavy oak flavor and nose, almost to the detrement of the sour complexity, but man is it smooth. Iím torn between the 07 and 08. 06-4.0 07-4.3 08-4.3 got this one off ebay and it was worth every penny... Not as intense ever since it became a more mainstream lips of faith beer. Bigger batches = less wild? Either way, our next 3 year vertical was 2010,11,12 and it just didnít stack up. Lots of wood, more sweet than sour, less complexity. On their own, only the 2012 would have got a 4. This brew has definitely slipped. Still good, but Iíve been skipping it in favor of other sours at $13-14