BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to St. Fun. Pours with a fading white head over a reddish body. Aroma of cranberry juice, oak and tartness. Ocean spray cranberry juice. Taste is bretty, light vanilla and wood. Some tartness but not tart enough...age it another two years ;) Lively carbonation. Dry.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the ORF tasting. Poured a cloudy orange with a small white head. Definitely cranberry in the aroma and some grain. Taste was sour sour sour cranberry tart with some other citric sourness coming through. Great beer. Loved the sourness
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle with a big thank you to Beastiefan2k for hauling this back for me from the great North. Pours a clear rose-ish orange with a moderate white head that settles to a whispy covering. Aroma is cran-tastic (oh, man I just couldn’t help that one), with fresh and tart cranberries, oak, other berries, and some yeastiness. Flavor is nicely tart and fresh, with more cranberry, oak, mixed berry, a little vanilla, and just enough sweetness to demand repeated sips. Nice stuff, just wishing the "wild" qualities would be there to have more of a lambic thing going on.
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared at the DC local tasting. Pours a totally transparent slightly rosy amber with a thin, ringing white head. Tart aroma, some wheat and grass. Flavor is tart, cranberries, puckering strawberries. Finish is lasting tartness, heavy carbonation.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks John! A funky, juicy aroma, filled with freshly grated jicama, tangerine, and lime juice. Very soft, forward with fruit, picking up nice fall bog cranberries, and mingled red fruit sweetness. Intoxicating. Pours a bubbly very clear and surprisingly pale deep rose, moving from ochre at the fringes to florid in the center. A thin white rim. Flavor is somehow less satisfying than the aroma let on. Still good, but not as dense as I expected. Gentle cereal-sweetness, a splash of cranberry sauce, and some lambic bottle dregs. This has a very pillowy fruit character that immediately reminds me of Belgian Red. In reality, this beer really is like a blend of Belgian Red, Enigma, and the Berliner Weisse. The house character is strong. The dimensions are all nice, but a little shallow. It must be really light on the alcohol, because it tastes much like sparkling raspberry-apple cider. Really, though, should this have been filtered?
Maddog (407) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty good sour ale. Pours a clear reddish amber with almost no head to speak of and an aroma of tartness and fruit. The flavors range from fruity sweet in the beginning to oak, honey, vanilla and a culmination of lovely tartness at the end. This was surpisingly good, and I really look forward to trying more of the Unplugged series.
argo0 (11710) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small off-white head atop crystal clear red-orange body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cranberry, some lemon, funk. Taste is moderately sweet, cranberry, some funk, lemon. Light-medium body.
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Sampled at the ORF pre-release tasting. Pours a cloudy orangish pink (?) with a white head. Nose is tart cranberries, cranberry skins, some barnyard funk, earth. Taste is similar: very tart, lactic, sour cranberries, some wild farmhouse notes, oak. It is really unique and enjoyable. I was so excited to try this. Now I just want more! 12/13/2009 8/4/8/5/15=4.0
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a clear orange slight pink with a billowing off-white head. Big retention and lots of lace everywhere. Aroma is creamy fruits, raspberry cheesecake, mint, slight phenol character. Very different from when I tasted this fresh. Taste is on the sweet side, lots of creamy fruits like Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, slight tartness. Creamy palate. Pretty good but aging this has really drained the sourness. 9/30/2010 6/5/7/4/14=3.6
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very accessible but not a session ale. Distinct cranberry flavor doesnt overwhelm ale flavor. Not too sweet like most lambics and it sweetness perfectly balance out the tartness. Filtered. NG’s best fruit brew so far. Filtered with cut pink look
BelgianBeerGal (3254) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Traded botte. Man this made me happy. Words for other folks: crisp, oaky, cranberry sublties in the colour and tart/sour flavour. Since this is my rating: this was like Ernie opening a bottle of reisling from 1974. That same, unidentifiable taste. I need more of this.