anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared with a fellow rate beer friend. The aroma was excellent, funk,, sour, horseblanket, apple and grapefruit. . Semi-dry as well. Very nice and near the top of wild ale aromas for me. A little more sour and it would be perfect. The taste followed the aroma and again was outstanding. Sour bite from the start with good fruity balance. Ends with tart tart tongue buster. and then fades so you are ready for the next drink. Mouthfeel was excellent. Dry but not overly dry. Perfect carbonation and tart finish.
dez1974 (8) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
amazing flavor!!! Drinks perfect. The sour is not overbearing in this beer, it compliments the flavor of the blonde ale incredibly well.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 champagne bottle gold wax top. Popped top pure sour peach and apple from aroma. No real head or carbonation but some tongue sensation. Very acidic and tart with sour lemon and orange. Some oak and wet carpet in back ground. Finished very dry and extremely tart tongue buckler on finish.
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared at BCTC 2015 with the Bells & Rochester Crew. golden pour, 3/4 full bodied, big tart, nail polish remover aroma. lots of nail polish in flavor, hits you right in jaw joints, very acidic, tart. decent
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed golden amber hue, a nice firmer haziness with frothy whitish head atop. A firmer ring sticks around and laces ok. A punchy well hazed gold orange glow is alluring and soft. Aromas show yogurty life, orange juice and a bit of citric life. Dry straw, more yogurt and grainy malts. A bit of fruity ester, funk and cobwebs. Vanillin, earth and a more citric appeal. Initial has a touch more body, some flabby carbonation with yogurty tartness, orange and lactic lemony appeal. Some grainy malts, funk and subtle growing cobwebs. Earthy, sweet tarts and some stone fruit meet a bit of funk, vanillin and mellow spicy funk into that backend. Punchy sourness up front is inviting, a bit of extra body, melange of estery fruit, some dryness. Growing funk and oak into the backend and finish set some pace. Orange, a bit of white grape, some straw and lingering acidity. Lemony lactic life, citrus and a bit of funkiness. Simple but good flow, punchy sourness and firmer lactic elements. The oak and mellow brett feel comes into the backend and finish, a bit more fruit. This drinks pretty nicely, a bit of cheesecloth and lingering horseblanket cotton mouth type appeal. Solid nose, dulled pour with some nice firm sourness, oak time and funk integration. Surprising one here. The complexity ends up a bit on the lower end with some cobwebs, cheesiness and tannic oak as we finish up. Nice. The oak certainly becomes more pronounced at times, but the aggressive sourness is on point up front, a bit intense for some I imagine.
PhillyCraft (4072) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours hazy copper. Notes of yeast, wood, and tangy funk. Easy going and one noted sour but not much going on with it. Calling this "lambic style" is a joke.
jredmond (6385) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2015 Bottle. Pours a bright golden body with white lacing. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of tart fruit, acetone, white wine, yeast and funk.
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011 Bottle. Aromas are mandarin orange, oak, vanilla, light yogurt funk, lime and light acetone. Tastes not so great. Strong acetone covers up the nicer aromas. Light to moderate sourness. Very low carbonation makes it even more boring. This was obviously homered up in my opinion.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2011 bottle shared by Brian on 7/2/15.
Lightly hazy copper with a faint rusty tint and a small smattering of white foam that quickly recedes to nothing.
Itís funny that itís hard to find acetone-like notes in the nose when theyíre so prominent in the flavor. I donít know why that is. This has the requisite brett tartness mixing with some lactic acid, but as with most American "lambics", they canít seem to find a way to keep the acetic acid out. Not that acetic acid is problematic, but itís not present in high amounts in real lambics. Other than that, some light vanilla, earth, mushrooms, moss and a touch of oxidation. No alcohol noted.
Acetone pretty apparent in the flavor as well as cherry-like acetic notes mixing with toasted oakiness. Brett/lacto influences are apparent and enjoyable enough, but the bitter acetone ruins it for me, much like in the Cuvee Lambikstoemper. Low carbonation, though not uncarbonated as many oude lambics (not that this is one). Watery, very slick mouthfeel, with a very oily/salty thing going on that is pretty unpleasant. Ehhhh, very sloppy/poor effort here. Seems like a pretty mediocre blonde beer was just tossed in a barrel and forgot about for a time. Nothing here shows of any real precise efforts to make a lambic-style beer.
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml gold-waxed bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy gold with a tiny off-white ring for a head. Notes of lemon, sawdust, herbs, yogurt, light lactic funk, lime, and apple skins. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, juicy mouthfeel. Pretty simple for the style, really. But clean and satisfying. Itís odd to see this one and others by this brewery getting so highly rated all of a sudden. This is damn good, but not 4.0+ territory like a lot of the Belgian lambics for me. Iím really curious about the other one now, the Kriek.
drfabulous (4922) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 waxed bottle bought at Binnyís last November. 2011 date on bottle. Pours with a quickly fading carbonation. Orange. Slightly pucker. Apple. Slight oak. Decent.