fidelis83 (1793) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown pour with a 2 finger, creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma of toast, tart and dark fruits, vanilla, toasty and resinous woody notes, light earthy floral notes and very faint, smoky roast and nutty notes. Flavor is fruity and tart up front, lots of tart cherry, berry and tree fruit notes, some funkiness, some lactic and acetic acidity, interesting woody notes, toasted nuts and some ever so faint smokiness. Light body with a medium strength, spritzy, blanketing carbonation, juicy entry and still somewhat juicy, then dry finish with a pleasant acidic bite. Fantastic stuff, reminds me of Old English Porter, but fruitier and with less dark malt/smoke character. It could probably be a little more complex if the tart and funky notes had developed and overtaken a bit more, but it really strikes a great balance between bugs and brew ingredients.
boisebeerguy (39) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Very nice sour smell. The taste very well balanced between malts and sour.
amarsolek (2) - - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer pours a beautiful red color. The Bose is just enough to imply the sour flavors you're going to tase. The sourness is great, a wonderful Flanders red taste with a hint of a little lacto in the beer. Starts smooth, finishes tart, but the carbonation helps clean off your tongue.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thought iíd had this, but no- happy to get a new NG beer under my fat belt .. . dark murky brown .. mild head, lacing .. . a tangy earthy brown .. medium feel .. mild finish .. . . poor guy has to live with that for the rest of his life, maybe some snacks will help.
jrob21 (2286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as a bonus in a recent trade. Damn this is tart and sour with lots of fruit. Really nice. Plum aromas and wild yeast. Flavor is a lot of fruit and some chewy malt. Sour finish again. Pours a dark red almost brown. Caramel color. Nice dry finish.
scoobysnak (328) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some great sour tart notes. I really enjoyed this beer. It has a very good dry finish that makes you need the next drink.
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle crushed with Honkeybra. Ruby pour with a white head. Good amount of acetic in this one. Sour aroma and flavor, tart, bit of green apple. Decent, but itís not an amazing sour.
birdmachine (154) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - with thanks to gyberic. Aroma is dominated by over ripe orange, persimmon, candied orange and some dusty malt. Not super sour at first, but the fruit is tangy. Pours a cloudy dark orange with small layer of bubbles over the liquid. Kind of an ugly beer. Taste is up front candied orange, tart peach, cream pie, lots of malty base as well, caramel, toasty. body is light with medium-high carbonation. After taste is sweet orange peel. Overall, the beer seems to keep changing over time. First bottle over peach forward next few bottles were stone fruit and tart, but this is a lot of candied flavor. Not sure if I like where this beer is going.
Mudwhomper (34) - Madison, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice stuff. Canít place the aroma but it smells nice. Perfect carbonation level. Nice sweet/tart balance. Candy beer but I love it
CanIHave4Beers (2877) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a big thick off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is corky, woody, lightly lemony, with a touch of caramel sweetness, with only a bit of funkiness... It reminds me of a less sugary version of straight up Rodenbach in many respects.
The flavor is really something, tart and sour with just the lightest touch of balsamic sourness. Itís lemony, earthy, woody, but yet rich & lightly sweet. Itís got a little bit of caramel thatís balanced by the acidity in a way that I yearn for in many of the classic examples of the style. Itís got some tart cherry, light under-ripe fruit notes & very light citrus rind.
Itís like all of the things I like about Flemish Brown ales amplified and the things I donít like about them reigned in, not forgotten or dismissed but rather woven to incorporate them in enjoyable ways.
In a way itís a masterpiece of the style.
cpetrone84 (1162) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is murky rusted copper with a tight tan head. Woody with balsamic notes and some tart cherry. A fair bit of the dark malt comes through. Flavor has a brighter sour cherry note to it. Wood is integrated better and the darker caramel malts are cleaner and brighter. Sour tart cherry in back, strong carbonation and fairly puckering through the finish. Very tasty beer!