Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wowie. Aroma is wonderfully ripe peaches, plum, and tart white grape. Pours a dull red with nice fizzy carbonation, though not much head. Taste follows suit with crisp peaches, white grapes and a hint of candied apple. Mouthfeel is just the perfect balance of tart, sweet and funky. I can’t praise this beer enough.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a thin head mostly dissipating. Nose is yeasty with some fruit aromas. Very creamy with good carbonation. Taste is very tart, of cherries, plums, apples- tart enough to pucker your mouth. Very light hop note on finish. A specialty beer best for summer sipping. Too tart and fruity for my tastes but can be a treat for the right palate.
ICEatALAMO (1172) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, ’13 vintage. The pour is a nice rich amber with a full head. The aroma mostly sour with only faint fruit. The taste is big sour upfront, then mellows. Not overly sour which is nice since I am not a huge fan of the style.
reggiedunlop (3536) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma has good tartness...almost vinegar...damned if it isnt a bit like a pickle...some caramel. Flavor has caramel and lots of oak...very tart...earthy/soury fruit...woody...definitely sour plums. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is dry and soury plums.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home shared by Jake. Amber pour with an off-white head. A touch metallic on the front end. Cider, sour apple, wood, and some caramel. Kind of funky, a touch acetic, maybe some maple. Flavor is sweet up front with a cutting acidity on the finish. Sour apples, grapes, vinegar, and plum? Moderate funk, lots of wood, and caramel.
DrewFace (960) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 I hope this was only the 1 bottle that I opened but this thing smelled like dill pickle juice with a slight amount of funk. Taste was almost pure pickle juice. No idea what’s going on with this beer, maybe it’s what I drank before or maybe this one particular bottle. After the initial pickle subsides, it does have a nice lactic sour flavor but doesn’t balance the pickle. Will re-rate on next bottle.
1 year later, this thing still smells like pickle juice, although more subdued, and tastes the same...it has definitely mellowed and more of the lactic sour character comes through, but still, this is just not right.
Evilhorseeggs (2) - Beecher, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber/red color and fairly hazy. Very tart with just enough body to balance it out. Lot’s of sour fruit character, very nice effort.
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Michael for this one. Heavy bruised apples mixing with bread and wort and lactic acidity for a nice funky Spanish cider character. A little bit of dustiness and acetic acid too.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Ray. Pours a cloudy amber red with thin beige head and some spotted lace. Nose of barn funk, cherry, vanilla, oak. Pretty tart, cherry, lemon rind, oak flavor. Real solid
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Wrye, thanks! Pours a clear amber with very slight white head. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, oak, plum and some sour notes. Taste is a rodenbach level sour, just beyond "light", with a nice amount of apple, maple and plum going on. Very well balanced and makes for a great bottled sour. Damn, this stuff is nice.