NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Batch bottle from Woodman’s. Pours a very clear red/brown. Fluffy offwhite head. Nose is tart, definitely get the Door County Cherries, slight oaky notes and initially some metallic elements. On taste, it’s a bit funky and tart with the cherry coming through and some mild toast notes in the background. Light oaky notes as well. I’m more excited to see how these do over time. Interesting.
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful ruby red pour with thin white rim of a head around the glass. Aroma of cherries, wood, tannins, vanilla. I get a bit of cheese too. Light tart flavor, lots of cherries, vanilla, oak. Light smoke. Absolutely delicious. Slick mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Finishes lightly sour. Pretty stunning brew from New Glarus.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1700. Clear cherry wood with a thin quickly fading tan head leaving sun flare lacing. Aroma of spicy oak, fruit tannins/esters. vanilla, a bit of dark fruit and some spices. Pleasant and mildly sour. Taste is sour as expected with tannins, oak, a bit of vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and other spices. Finishes up sour and a bit spicy – not overly sour to the point of mouth puckering. A touch more carbonated than I expected, but overall not too bad. Much better than Moon Man!
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is soft wood seemingly wet with sweet fusel and alcohol esters that play with the brain. sourness comes on quick even through the olfactory, it compliments the wood and the converse is true as well, the mariage parfait of examples of the style i have experienced. appearance is burnished orange to ruby and nearly opaque from more obtuse angles. flavor is sourness that begins pillow soft and crescendos quickly. simliar in so many ways to rodenbach and other benchmarks of the style (coincidentally i just tried that nights ago as it was on sale) yet the wood/sour combo is bereft of negatives and sourness is amped up. still, i long for more puckering and two lie dormant in my cellar awaiting a rerate in a year or more.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another winner from new glarus. 2010 unplugged release. thanks to madvike for this one. pours a darkish brown with medium head. classic new glarus lacing. not overwhelming sour. i could drink these all night.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. New Glarus, you have outdone yourselves this time. The pour was crystal clear copper golden with a red hue. Aroma was ripe with slightly tart cherries, smooth vanilla oak, light caramel, brown sugar, and plums. Flavor was quite complex and slightly more sour than an Oud Brune, but amazingly complex and well blended! The sourness was strong, but carefully countered by the cherries, somewhat sweet malt, earthiness, some barn characters, and a slight amount of old cheese. This is really an amazing beer, and to be able to finally get a great sour beer for a reasonable price in Wisconsin is truly a treat!
Getbetter (875) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.From a 12oz bottle,a well balance beer not too sour and not too sweet.Was a big favorite among the tasters in the tasting session.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from drewbeerme from awhile back. Rating #399. Muddled brown pour with an off-white head. Tart fruity aroma, very nice. Tart and dry and just outstanding. (1236)
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber body with tan head, aroma of cherries, vanilla and woody notes, taste is nutty, cherries, vanilla and sour. Good carbonation. Nice beer with complex flavors and aromas.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep rusty brown, small beige ring. Some smoked vanilla and woody notes. Slightly tart but more salty sweet than anything.