Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
The fact that this is only $8.99 per four pack is a ridiculous deal. While there might be better sours out there none are so cheap as well as top notch. Iím excited to see what else Dan Carey can crank out with his sour program in the future. A few new bottles in the on deck collection should give me a better idea.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel orange head is warm with a thin ivory head. Orange polish, wax, and a mild sourness are tart without being overly acidic. This is not as sour as the fruit series but more like a light vinegar. Whatever you call it the result works well.
Flavor / Palate - Orange, lemons, and waxy floor polish stick on the tongue. A solid sour does not have much depth but does not need it either. The drinkable impression is so good that I almost wanted to open another one immediately. The finish is tart and sour though more like a mild vinegar than a sharp acidic note. Overall this is a fine beer though perhaps a bit below the 750 ml and special brewery only releases.
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, plummy, kind of Christmas-y. Full apple, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender, and pinecone aromas. Long finish. Impressively sour, but still very drinkable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Enjoyed 7/20/13.
A: Pours a deep amber color with a brownish tint to it. An off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Sweet berry fruitiness on the nose with some cherry pit as well as a nice dash of oak. Pretty inviting, but not all that sour smelling.
T: The taste is much better than the nose. Cherry skins with some tart plums. There is a mild sourness to it, but itís mostly tart. Sweet pie crust on the malts, a little bit of brown sugar and some sweet oak. Mild acidity as well.
M: High carbonation with a medium light body. Finish is sweet.
O: I enjoyed this one more than Enigma. I think this would be the big brother of it. I think this could use some time to let some of the yeast and bugs do their job a bit more. Iíll revisit around Christmas time.
Serving type: bottle
ineedbeer (1013) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle (not sure if previously released).
A fairly herbal phenolic character with some mint, pepper, basil and thyme. Some light acidity along with light caramel, burnt toast and a hint of smokey roast. Faint fruit notes of overripe cherries and figs.
Pours a somewhat murky burnt amber to light brown with some copper hints. Small, slightly thin head that recedes fairly steadily leaving just a hint of film on the edges.
Flavor starts with a moderate tartness along with a hint of a yogurt character. Some light sweet caramel along with some toasted bread. Fairly fruity with sweet orange, cherries and figs. Light oak character, but fairly fruity. Some moderate fruit notes very reminiscent of ripe peaches. Not nearly as phenolic as the aroma.
Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Light acidic astringency with light alcohol warmth.
Overall a much better tasting beer than the aroma had me expecting. It took me a few sips to pinpoint the fruit flavor I was tasting, but I am pretty sure this tastes exactly like a slightly overripe peach with some citric and lactic acidity. The herbal notes in the aroma faded as it warmed but was a but off putting at first.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade. Aroma is wild critters and apple cider. Flavor is sorta empty apple cider with a nice tart apple Jolly Rancher tinge. Palate is great, not acidic. Well done. Great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
deyholla (7576) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Adam, the night before my wedding, thanks! Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sour fruits with a bit of grain and some light funk. Flavor starts with sweet dark fruits and some underlying grains with a bit of funk in the finish.
BOSSbrewer (2298) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer. Sour apple. Very tart. Notes of oak and some barnyard. Very very nice beer. Wonderful.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber with little head to speak of. Nose is tart with a moderately complex sour and funky impression with caramels sweet berries and more tartness. Flavor is similar. Finishes tart. Loved this one. Thanks tastybeer!
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Wisconsin.
Ar: slightly dingy funk on the nose, moderate green apple aroma.
Ap: Pours a hazy red brown with almost no head.
T: big tart apple flavor up font with some mild dark fruits and a bit of earthy funk. Finish is properly tart and leaves a nice pucker.
P: medium body with moderate carbonation
Rally solid offering.
GMCC2181 (1545) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via sloth... Smells great! Sour cherries, sawdust, tart fruit, green apples. Poured aggressive into a snifter, big old head. Ruby red in color, good lacing left on the glass. Taste has a nice sourness to it with out being mouth puckering. Slight sour cherry taste, cedar notes. Medium body, little dry, easy to drink. Overall: Nice brew, thanks bertttttttttt!