kraddel (5774) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark purple / brown , rather clear . Smell is full, fruity . Taste is sour , full , fruity , intense . Nice blueberry finish . Bit fleshy . Nice
LeRoytheAlien (55) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruddy red/brown color, with a tiny cream head that disappears. Aromas of heavy oak, dark fruit, funk, and whiskey. Taste is more of the same, with a dominating bourbon taste and a finish crowned with layers of oak and fruit. Very complex, sour, and very tasty.
WillRunForBeer (2125) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Bottle from DrFabulous in the Locals 5.2 trade. Thanks! Pours red brown with a beige head. Smells of vinegar, cherry, blueberry, oak. Very nice aroma! Flavor is a bit if caramel sweetness up front, leading to sour cherry, vinegar, dry raspbery, blueberry, oak.
CanIHave4Beers (3944) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by a kind soul in a location remote to my dining room.
The beer pours a very purple color with a small but well retained head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a bit of balsamic vinegar, some oak, and a bunch of tart berries.
The flavor is very tart with a nice blueberry character though out . It’s sour, and oaky and the acetic character is pretty well controlled. The beer is largely dry with a very low level of bitterness.
A nice one, one that I’m going to look forward to trying year after year these beers get distributed in our market once New Holland heads our way.
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is based on a 2014 bottle. Poured into snifter. Pours a brown with hints of red sparkling underneath. Head is white and two fingers and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma - a touch of oak, tart/sour berry, some sour apple, and funk. Taste - sour grape, cherry, touch of vanilla underneath and more funk. Well balanced between funk, tartness, and sweetness with the balance towards the first two (just the way I like it). This is excellent and I’m glad I have another one in the cellar.
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap somewhere in Asheville. Slightly tart blueberry mash. Little else to the nose. Pretty syrupy and sugary. Some acidic fruit skin tang. Medium body, full on the palate. Decent stuff.
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - 2014 vintage - pours a reddish brown with tan head . Big Brett aromas with a hint of green apple . Taste is fairly sour upfront finishes with some oak and sweetness . Notes of tart cherry , green apple and toasted oak . Very tasty brew .
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Patrickctenchi (5800) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown-amber with a creamy tan head.
Sour raspberry, vinegar scent.
Taste is tangy raspberry, wheat, vinegar.
Nicely sour...plenty of flavor.
jgb9348 (5527) - 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!
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a purplish brown with amazing amount of foam for a wild ale. Super tart and fruity. Sourness encapsulates the entire tongue and finishes wet.