FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The cork excitedly flies off into my open palm just before I got the chance to remove it, luckily the beer doesn’t foam over. A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip though produces a five-finger thick, dingy tan colored head the quickly rises two more fingers in height and over-flows my glass. The beer is a very dark, cherry color that shows a lightly hazed, red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart cherry skins, a slightly moldy-wood note, some mustiness and a touch of warming alcohol notes in the finish. As the beer sits for a while some light lacquer notes become noticeable in the nose as do some caramelized malt notes. There is not a whole lot going on in the nose for a sour beer, though it is not bland.
Somewhat sweet tasting with only a light, though noticeable tartness. Flavors of cherry up front are offset by light oak notes of soft buttery oak, woody spice that even gets a bit hot in the finish. The second pour of this is a duplicate of the first except that this time I eat the foam before it can overflow my glass. The head tastes of spicy oak. Very fizzy tasting because of the excessive carbonation; the excess is quickly swirled away though and this leaves the beer still effervescent with a light body that has just a bit of malt heft to it. Despite being quite light, the oak seems to intrude just a bit on the funky sour flavors; this is more because the funky notes of this beer are so soft and subtle than because the oak is overbearing. The sourness here is soft and definitely lactic in focus, but it does nicely offset a touch of cherry-like fruitiness as well as just a hint of sweetness and malt character. The malt actually contributes a significant toasty, biscuit character at times along with a bit of caramel.
It wasn’t a great sign when my first pour of this bottle was knocked over by me after getting a bit too enthusiastic with my dogs; they enjoyed licking the beer off the floor but I only laughed because I knew I had way more of this beer than I needed. Now this beer is certainly not bad, so don’t let me leave you with that impression, 750ml is just a whole lot of beer of something that is not truly exciting. There aren’t any off flavors and nothing is overbearing. I will admit though that this is much more well integrated and tasty than Moxie; so they are moving in the right direction at least and I will certainly continue to try and procure these interesting beers. This just isn’t funky and sour enough for my particular taste, but I think it is a great introduction to the malty Flemish type of sour beer because it is so tame.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from the first beer at rbsg poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated transparent copper brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The nice aroma was citrus malty and sour. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of sour and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Good thing I wasnít pointing the bottle at anyone as the cork exploded out of the bottle as soon as I took the cage off. Pours a dark amber color with a couple fingerís of khaki head.
S: An interesting aroma to this beer. Quite a strong vinegar presence along with a lot of oak which gives the beer a strong vanilla note. Some chocolate, strangely, and a bit of dark fruits. Some alcohol notes as well.
T: Dark fruits such as cherries and currants are prominent on the flavor and are really accentuated by the balsamic and red wine vinegar notes. A bit of a grape juice flavor and plenty of oak and vanilla. There is a minerally character to the beer, too.
M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: This beer was really strange/interesting. I liked it for the most part, but it did have some slight harshness at points, particularly the alcohol on the nose.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to northernbrews. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was caramel, sweet, chocolate, and tart. flavor was caramel, sweet, tart, and fruity. light body with high carbonation.
Hair6a11 (1238) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Stevenís 1st Annual Sour Tasting - Pour is clear copper with amber highlights - Nice off white head on this brew. Light funk, caramel malts, and cherry pits on the nose. Tart cherries, a general funk, sweet breads, vanilla; this was another sour that didnít stack up to the rest, but was good on its own.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle thanks to northernbrews) clear rich amber-copper with lasting tan fine bubbles. Nose is very funky/musty, maple, caramel. Taste of maple, oxidation, tangerine, nice tartness, sherry, sweet red cherries, complex. Nice carbonation with a soft body and nice linger.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Northernbrews) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, cherry, and caramel. Flavor of vanilla, moderately sour cherry, oak, and some sourdough bread,
blutt59 (5915) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to northernbrews, amber orange color with a sour balsamic aroma, spritzy sour woody balsamic and fruit flavor
mar (4480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to northernbrews. deep amber with a cream head. nose is wood, bugs, vanilla, and a nice tartness. nice palate, vanilla, faint sourness, wood, and a bourbon finish?
obguthr (3319) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Immense aroma of oak, with light whiskey notes. Clear amber, thin head. Sour woody flavor, light whiskey. Tart malt finish. By far the woodiest sour Iíve ever had.
deyholla (5408) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this over the RBSG weekend, I believe Jeff cracked this. Poured a hazy dark brown with a huge light brown head that dissipated slowly. Aroma was a dark with grains and some dark tart fruits. Flavor began with a bit of sweet dark grains but tart fruits quickly took over leading to quite a tart finish.