GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of wonderful brett. Tastes of sour cherry, sweet vanilla. This is truly an enigma and an overall outstanding beer.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured amber with an off-white head. Lots of syrup, sugary, brown sugar tones. Caramel apple flavors, even a champagne like yeast a body. Oak, sour tart apples, and a mild vinegar quality. The cherries played really fresh and sour, not medicinal at all.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rose-amber with good, creamy, beige head / Nose of cedar, cherries, and spice / Light to medium body, tart but not overly so, mildly sweet, low carbonation, mellow, with good balance and finish / Stylish, young, flavors of fermented cherries, apples, new oak, cinnamon / A certain soda pop simplicity, but still terrific.
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Pours a hazy amberish brown with small head. The aroma is fruity and tart with some malts coming through as well. Flavors of sour cherry, lots of fruit, horse blanket, and good level of tartness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Nice fruity sour.
zizzybalubba (1610) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 12 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Market in Madison, WI. Pours dark orange with a reddish hue. The aroma is tart sour cherries with oak and Earth and some underlying apple cider vinegar. Also, a hint of vanilla makes its way through just a bit. The flavor doesn’t bite you on the tongue with sourness but it’s certainly a sour beer. Vanilla and oak nearly share the stage with the sour cherry. It’s nothing short of stunning. This is one of the finest sour beers I have ever tasted.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Eric, pours brown with a medium tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, horse blanket. Flavor is nice and sweet/tart cherries, lots of oak and vanilla presence, ends with mild sourness. This is VERY enjoyable.
douglas88 (7251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Kevin. Drank at Jordan’s place. Pours a dark opaque brown color with a small off-white head. A rich nose of brown malts and sour woody casks. The flavor is similar; a dead on Flemish Sour Ale, sweet vanilla and toasted malts, sour tannins, some strong sourness but balance, light cherries. Very earthy, tastes like the essence of old rotted oak barrels kept in a cave- that is a complement by the way!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (thanks Doug!): Pours a muddy brown color with a nice light head and some lacing. The nose is full and fruity with a tight malt profile and a rich tart and toasty note towards the tail. The flavor is rich and complex; lots of fig and spices with mild esters, no alcohol presence and a creamy well rounded finish. Light acidity in the mouthfeel blends the light sweet spices. Great beer.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle (thanks kmweaver) pours ruby and bright with fine effervescence.
Aroma is tangy and brown sugar with acidic note, with much more to come in flavor. Lush sour cherry and leather co-mingle on the tongue with lactic acid pop and acetic note, then lightly drying finish. Leather and dried apricot also follow. Intriguing.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James and Vin. Pours a violent, ruby red with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Leaves a slick red surface. Aroma of cherry pie crust, vanilla, fresh oak, apples, brown sugar, roasted sweet malts, and slight hints of apple cider. Medium bodied with a loose, yet robust and tart palate. Finishes with fruit esthers and a sweet pie crust doughiness that follows through on a bit of sourness. Excellent ale.