Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Once a year sour beer. Not really sour, but a wonderful finish similar to a less sweet lambic. On my way to see if they still have any more left.
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #4500 (beer #2 of 3 to celebrate the milestone)
Blue Sunday #16, Vintage 2013
Deep hazy dark brown coloured body with a nice, one centimetre tall tan head that fades fast with a lighter brown glow at the bottom. Aroma of ridiculously sour grapes, lemon, cherries, oak, vanilla, cognac and cedar, alcohol, bourbon and a hint of grass - very nice, complex and mouth watering! Medium-bodied; Very nice mouthful of silky soft malt with a very nice layered sour flavour of cherries and grapes then showing a more refined sour flavour of lemon and oak mixed with bourbon, cognac and dry grass. Aftertaste shows an amazingly balanced sour with malt, alcohol, sugars and oak coupled with a high level of sour flavours, but masked by the dry complexity. Overall, a great beer overall and one that fits the style perfectly - layered, complex, balanced yet ridiculously complex and yes, still sour. A great beer and well worth finding and keeping for a while - i’ll definitely keep a couple of these around if I can find them! I could have sampled some aged gueuze that I’ve brought back from Belgium over the years, but this was a great beer to encapsulate the milestone - a great beer of the style and to enjoy - from my hometown state of Michigan right here in the best beer country int he world - America. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-February-2013 for US$12.14 sampled at home in Washington on 27-April-2014, after only aging this for a bit over a year (not much for me) - but a great beer to have under the auspice of 4500 beers!
milewide (1700) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 Modest head that went fast. Unique dark amber/purple (!) color. Flavor is tart fruit, oak and lambic sourness. Wonderful sour ale! I wish: price was less than $12.99/22 oz., it was available year around and it was packaged in 12 oz. bottles! Rerate: 2014 version is about $7.99/22 oz. and seems to have more oak barrel aroma. A wonderful sour!
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red with a billowy tan head. Wonderful aromas of funk, black pepper, orange zest, burlap, hay, and wood. Flavor is incredibly smooth, initial malty warmth smoothly becomes progressively sour as wood esthers, dark fruit, burlap, soil, and common wood sorrell (sour clover), with a going-away cheese-like funk and a sweet tart moment, leading to a grassy finish. The most interesting aspect is how it transitions slowly and smoothly into each moment on the palate, with no abruptness between profiles. Incredible.
EdInSaltLake (724) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity tartness; earthy, spicy, slightly bitter wild/sour character. A little caramel malt.
jayzz (482) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tart cherry flavor and dark red amber clear color. Has a whiskey fruity aroma and citrus finish.
Christian (11610) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2012. Chestnut colour with a small off-white head. Classic American Sour aroma of dried fruit, caramel, fresh oak barrel and mild balsamic vinegar. Sweet and sour flavour of caramel, fruit and vinegar with strong oak character.
snapple2 (12) - Dallas, Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The barrel aging really mellows this sour down a bit but it is still mouth puckering sour.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear dark brown ale with glimmers of burnt-orange and a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The bouquet offers caramel and purple grapes with whispers of both oak and acidity. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is quite sour - acidic and acetic – furnishing sour cherries, caramel, toasted oak and a small splash of red wine vinegar. Finishes tangy and fruity. Big-time kudos goes out to growler for sharing this world class beauty!
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex aroma of vanilla, dark fruit and maybe some alcohol. Taste is complex, but nicely balanced between sour, sweet fruit, and oak/vanilla. Well executed with each of the elements playing off each other nicely.