nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to Nanoslug. Yes, another New Glarus tick! Deep bright reddish pour with a small white head sitting on top. The aroma is huge cherries, a lot like that of Wisconsin Belgian Red, but maybe not quite as intensely fruity. Some oak and vanilla as well. The flavor is also big on cherries. Fairly sweet with a good malty base. Oak barrel, vanilla, and butteriness (but not too much of this) add complexity. Medium-bodied and a little more watery than Iíd like, but this is only a minor drawback. Good carbonation level. An unsurprisingly good cherry beer. This is really misclassified as a "sour ale," as itís not at all sour. Iím rating it as a fruit beer, and for that style itís great.
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Deep clear brown with some brief off-white froth. Nose is sour cherry, cinnamon, caramel and light funk. Creamy nectar with a soft sparkle. Taste is sweet and tart black cherry with minerals, strawberry-banana and toffee; a bit like a fruit soda. Beautiful crisp and dry finish with apple peel.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 8/29/10
12 oz bottle. One of a few Iíve had. Pours a clear red orange with a thin head. Lots of cherries, a dirty earthiness, and granular sugars. Sweet tart flavors lots of cherries and a woody earthiness. Tart and sweet finish. This one is a little more flat in flavor complexity than the last few Iíve had. It has become tart a lot quicker than the original batch had, I hope this holds up as well as that one. 8/3/8/4/15
7/27/11 12oz bottle. Iíve had this many times over the past year. Its becoming tarter and sourer than it once was. The acidity is strong, almost vinegary. Its losing some of that sweetness and complexity. Its really solid now, but I also think it is peaking. Drink em if you got em. 8/4/8/4/15
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12-oz bottle pours a clear copper amber colored brew with average size and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a film top and thin off-white ring. (warmer temperature makes the head last longer). Aroma of tart cherry, a hint of dark pitted fruits, some sour milk and a touch of yeast. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of tart cherries, light yeast, a hint of Merlot, and vanilla. Finish has a sharp tart cherry aftertaste follows by some vanilla and light yeast. Not as strong as the 2007 version but with more tart cherry flavor than the original release. Yes, let this one come up to room temperature for best aroma.
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear light copper with a 2-3 finger, creamy light beige head that has great retention. Aroma is ridiculously inviting, rich vanilla, oak, hints of lacto-like sweetness, hints of sweet and tart cherries, lactic and vinegar tartness, a touch of mellow smoke, leafy earth and just a little light roast and cereal. The aroma is quite strong, but each note itself is well in check and balanced. Flavor is oak, vanilla and smoke up front, giving way to sweet cherries, vinegar, slightly sweet cereal, grass and floral notes. Palate is light bodied, creamy on entry, immediately followed by an explosion of carbonation (probably a little too high, but it dies down after a little swirling, or a few minutes) and ending with a lightly dry, crisp finish. Fantastic brew overall, easily approachable and delicious sour that I think almost anyone could enjoy.
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 Bottle thanks to rcubed. Pours with an orange body and a small, off-white head. Aroma of red wine, lightly musty, tons of cherry and a bit sour. Cotton candy, cherry, and sightly acidic tastes. Lively bubbles. Dry. Good, but much sweeter than I remember the previous version being.
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing duller red with a touch of brown and a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is typical NG barrel but amped-up just a tad, gorgeous dry woodiness, almost spicy, equal parts lactic acid and smooth tart cherry candy, minimal yogurt notes in the aroma, maybe just a hint of cheese, very nice. Flavor follows, some acetic as well gives a slight vinegar kick complementing the lactic, dry woody notes throughout, the acetic draws comparison to the Old English Porter, some vanilla, cherry flavor is mostly upfront and a bit of sour tartness on the back, the aroma seems to elude to the cherries more, some vinegar and brown sugar notes in the finish, quicker aftertaste. Medium bodied, very active fizzy carbonation, very drinkable. 22.214.171.124.15 . . . . . . . [1.19.11. . . . . so oaky tasting, lots of vanilla , yummy yummy, great lactic sourness, so drinkable, bump it up to a 16 overall]
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 Wow, a delicious sour with just enough cherries to satiate. The vanilla notes are there from the barrels as well. The clear amber appearance is clearer than a normal sour brown with almost no head. The sour flavor is so smooth and tame with the candy cherry notes being delicious! One of the best domestic sours hands down. Additional notes from a 2 year old bottle. There are zingy, tangy flavors that have developed very well with the cherries.
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of apple, cherry, wood, carmel and light spice. Palate was cherry, apple, cinnamon, wood and carmel with a crisp dry lightly tart spicedfinish.
bpreo (1749) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yeah, thatís a sour ale. Does not have the luxury of high alcohol content either.