esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear cherry red with a thin off-white head. Moderately sour aroma of oak, tannins, cherry and malt. Taste is sour with malt, oak, cherry and mild tannins. Finishes dry and sour.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours purplish brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of oak, tart blueberry and wild yeast. Taste also has hints of tobacco, cocoa and lots of sour malt. Medium body.
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark amber color with a beige head. The aroma contains some nutmeg, some woody notes, dark fruit, and vinegar. The flavor contains cherries, vinegar, and caramel. The finish is sour but also a bit malty. Overall this is a pretty good beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours nice ruby with orange hue, slight white head. Aroma is red wine vinegar, some fruit and raisin notes. The flavor is caramel with an acetic kick. There’s even a bit of toast in there. Sweetish finish with a bit of burnt sugar. Nice aftertaste.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany pour with a wisp head. Nice balsalmic vinegar aroma. The flavor starts out as balsalmic but has a wood flavor with bits of dark fruit. It does not end well. Musty fruit and barn wood is what lingers around. Fair.
Sammy (9448) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 Spot on a sour style, with blue fruit, blueberry? Sour aroma that draws you in. Dark coloured body with generous soapy head. Complex, sourness malted away, and oak melowness.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tan head which produced lacing on the glass. Nose is of sour berries and oak. Taste is of sour fruit - berries. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and medium.
Brigadier (3225) - 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 we’ve 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 that’s elsewhere present. But while it’s certainly not a top notch sour, I found it pretty well done and enjoyable overall.
Strykzone (5502) - 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.