markwise (4089) - 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 (6403) - 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 (2698) - 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 (1173) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish pink with a frothy off white head. Nose was medium tart with citrus, oak and some faint vinous qualities. Also medium tart on the palate, light vinegar, oak and tart citrus.
sethdude (674) - 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.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Yum! Thereís the harsh sour smell, as well as blueberry pancakes with syrup or honey.
Appearance:Amber in color with lots of off-white head that dissipates quickly.
Taste:This is a nice mild sour, with good fruit flavors on the foretaste. There are blueberries as well as other mixed berries. The aftertaste is a little watery as the flavors get diluted and fade.
Palate:Slightly harsh, light to medium body, good carbonation.
Overall:This is an easy drinking sour. It would be very easy to put a lot of this away in one sitting.
BMan1113VR (7689) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (13: 2010) via a trade with drfabulous. Tasted blind among many sours. Pours with a hazed red-bronze body and an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, vinous, oaky with some berries and tannins. Flavors are a bit waxy, fruit, caramel and vinous with a tart finish. Medium bubbles. Feels a bit heavy.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark amber/mahogany with a thin head. Lots of oak, some light tanins, and strong fruit tartness. This much better than their other sour/fruit ales in this series. Nice, dry, souring finish.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a semi-hazy brown. The aroma is a lot of tartness and oak with some very feint hints of fruity sweetness in the background. The flavor is tartness followed by oak tannins and a very subtle sweetness that reminds me of green grapes and mild berries. The carbonation on this beer is well done. I am glad to see a solid offering from New Holland and I would definitely drink this again due to the very limited offering of sours in my immediate area but I would never pick this over even say Cantillon Classic Gueze. I would say this is a pretty good starter sour for someone though.