HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2009. Please New Belgium start bottling more of this sour stuff. Golden pour with some head. Great woody, barnyard aroma. Tart, leathery flavor with great notes of citrus and funk. Get a bit of armpit in there too but in a good way. Very balanced and smooth, a sour that those new to the style and those in love with it can both appreciate.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Sheffield’s. Pours a hazy gold with film of white bubbles. Nose is very nice. Funky and clean at the same time. Rich Lacto notes with apricot and cherry as well. On taste, I’m glad this wasn’t mixed. Excellent sourness that isn’t compromised by bitterness. Minimal grain notes. A step up from Le Terroir for me. Absolutely fantastic.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full snifter pour at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice glowing orange gold, fiery, a small white head dies to the corners and clings, highly hazy. Aromas are wet wood, brettanomyces, hay and barnyard funk are dominant, with a light maltiness, faint tartness. Raw, grainy. Initial is a nice light tartness that glides on the palate, brett funk less dominant, grainy cereal, light tartness. A bit light bodied, but still sticks to the palate. Nice, lighter, I can see why NB uses this as their BA base beer. Tartness comes on a little further in, stronger, a better coat, citrus acidity, light wet woodish type notes? This was good, albeit fairly light overall. Still, I’d drink this a lot. Cheers.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FOBAB- 2009- pours ahazy dark orange with a small white head. notes of tart sour lemons, earth, grapefruit, and oak. really nice tartness and is quite good. nice dryness. coats the mouth. AWesome
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 09. Pours a hazed orange with a soapy white head. Barnyard nose with ashy wood that seems to fade after a couple minutes. What remains is interesting, odd, and the best parts of barnyard notes. Funky earthy, doughy bread malts with citrus, and oak. Full rich and tart. Citrus earthy leathery fruits. The citrus funk and oak are really interesting. Reminds me of LaFolie but with more punch. The blending of LaFolie certainly mellows some of these funky fruity flavors. Awesome, I love this beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sheffields night before Fobab... Pours a golden murky orange brown with a quickly dissipating soapy head... Aroma is very gueuze like with a good degree of funkiness, must, old socks, and cheese. Very solid nose with lighter cherry notes but the funk dominates... Smooth flavors of Belgian like gueuze with mild funk qualities lemony citrus and very light on the cherries. So much less acidic and biting than tart lychee. Drinks very well and quite good actually.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Hazy orange pour. Sour and tart aroma, with some lemon and other citrus. Flavor is a lot of tartness up front, then follows up with a great funk.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love barrel #13 on tap at Beachwood. Appears darker gold, verging on tangerine orange. Aroa is of lemon and other firm citrusy tart flavors. There is some funk that creates a wonderful swirl of sour flavors. Flavor strikes the palate clear, with sharp acidity. Citrus peel notes might be what keeps Love tasting bright, and almost “hoppy.” Finishes dry, with distinct funky notes. This was my favorite sour on the night!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s sourfest.
I really enjoyed this beer. Hazy yellow pour with a nice complexity of tangy, tart and fruity flavors.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Cleargolden amber with a small off-white head. Lots of lemon and grapefruit rinds in the nose with some light hay and caramel buttery sweetness behind, though doesn’t seem to me like diacetyl. Flavor follows suit with a dry finish, sourness peaking around a 4-5. Light body with light to moderate prickly carbonation. Quite tasty.