Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle
I am a big skeptic of new Holland but this beer was not half bad. A run of the mill sour it had some good characteristics mixed in with the usual New Holland blandness. I doubt I will be enthusiastically tracking down the previous entries or even future ones but it does restore some faith in the brewery.
Aroma and appearance - The ambient murky red body glowed like grapefruit juice. A soft fringe of head was the only sign of life. Fluid and bubbly it somehow looked more lively than it later turned out to be. The nose of sour cherry gumdrops was a tart sensation. Smelling like a sour brown more than an intense sour the aroma is sharp and to the point.
Flavor and palate - Cola, carbonation, and a dry piece of used chewing gum are passable flavors. Tickling the throat with the sour bite of an old piece of candy it then fades away submissively. Mild and timid this is where it falls apart. With more depth this could have been a high note for New Holland. Instead it is a blip on the radar.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from the Carrboro Beverage Co. About time this one showed up, as weíve had New Holland for a while now. Very dark brown pour with purplish tints, topped by a moderate head and carbonation, kind of prickly and with decent retention. Lots of oak in the nose, sweet tannins too. Mouthfeel is medium, with slight carbonation and slightly acetic as well. Taste is where you get some of the fruit qualities emerging, even though apparently no fruit was added, and it blends nicely with the fairly understated oak. If anything, the tartness is slightly overdone in the taste, as it tends to override some of the subtlety thatís elsewhere present. But while itís certainly not a top notch sour, I found it pretty well done and enjoyable overall.
Strykzone (5380) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Red brown hue with light tan head. This beer has plenty going on in both the aroma and flavor. Wood, bret yeast, maltiness, some vinegar, and berries.
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice dark purple color but as it settles its an ugly purple/brown, a light tan head, very watery... smells shockingly good, sour, grapes and oak, a tad sweet and generic but surpassed anything I dreamed for a New Holland Sour... the taste is really sour, its a light pucker that almost robs it of flavor, grapes, oak, the finish is a bit flat, but this isnít bad... very drinkable for an 8% sour... Iíd have this again
FROTHINGSLOSH (5326) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a small foamy tan head that left some lacing. The aroma was tart berries and faint vinegar. The flavor was very tart with a moderate note mixed berries and a touch of oak. The finish was long with lingering tart berries. Medium body. Remarkably refreshing.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with a yellow off white head. Sour cherry notes, wheat, bread, mild grainy body. Acetic with a light paper tone. The body just felt wrong here but i only had a small sample to further elaborate.
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jlanning215 for this one in trade. Pours dark red-amber with an off-white head. Nose is some vinegar, berry, tart, oak, and a mild funk. Flavor is similar with berry, oak, tart, and a semi sweet finish that transitions into a dry quality. This is a great gateway sour with well-hidden booze.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the release of batch 3 Rosso down at Captain Lawrence. Pours a clear orange brown with a thin white head. Soft and sweet, toast and wheat. Medium bodied, slightly sour, lightly acetic, soft and dusty berry notes. Sweet and lightly nutty acetic finish.
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious sour beer! Itís been quite some time since Iíve had a new sour and this beer reminds me why I love them so much. Aroma is nice. Sour cherry and vinegar. Pour was a nice deep ruby with a few tan splotches for a head. Taste was nice , sour and drying. Cherry, grape and vinegar with slight hints of oak. Very strong sour aftertaste with heavy carbonation. Great beer!
BigBeer45 (1307) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this beer has a dark red pour that is black at the sides (there was a little haze), and made a small white and off-white head,
this beer has aromas of cherry, wood, some liquor and sweet liquor fragrances with faint berry in the background,
comes off as a sweet and sour ale that is barrel aged,
the flavors are woody caramel, cherry, and some berry, a little liquor flavor in the background, some sour bite after the finish,
mouth feel is about medium, it is kind of dry at the finish, and has a little malt flavor with a sour twang after the finish,
a nice sour ale.