Palme (2252) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.75l bottle. This is a light cloudy reddish brown beer with a lasting lacing off-white head. Looks quite nice in the glass! Nice and light sour aroma with notes of cherries, wood, tart apples, ripe fruits and something reminding me of nuts. Average carbonation, oily mouthfeeling, and medium-bodied. Nice and light sour flavors; light tart green apples, wood, cherries?, chicken-juices?, lime and something reminding me of chocolate. Really light drinkable and quite nice.
str023 (124) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an offwhite fizzy head, which disappears quickly, with a dark copper color body. You can tell by the smell that the taste will be dominated by citrus. Tastes of concentrated lemon juice, sweet vinegar and cherries. Quite refreshing, but taking the size of the bottle into consideration, you ought to share it with a friend.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Previously lost notes from GBBF 2006. A murky amber with a huge off-white head. Sour and slightly woody aroma. For a sour ale it’s pretty mild and almost sweet but still very good.
Sammy (7040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the Italian version, the bottle is completely in Italian, and it is sour but not the sourest purposely infected bottle. Decent drinkability, reddish colour. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Controlled mouthfeel, well malted.
Beer3000 (3727) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle in my garden. Hazy brown/orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is mild funky with cellar notes and ripe fruit. Flavor is mild acidic, ripe fruit, red sour berries, mould, wood, earth and malt. Alcohol is well hidden, acidity feels more refreshing than sour, really good balanced. It’s like a mix between geuze and oud brune. Not super complex, but very fascinating and dangerously easy to drink. Almost forgetting to take any notes before the bottle where empty. Will buy again and again.
VerticalBaconStrips (1898) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big BIG BIG thanks goes to Glouglouburp for this crazy ass treat (about a year ago) - I bought a bottle of the purple label in Vegas and had no idea what I was getting and it was an unreal beer - this will live up to my expectations. Dark burnt orange with bronze hues, soft looking light tan cap that is thin but looks good on a swirl and leaves a bit of ropy lacing. Soothing soft sour aroma that just invites you in to enjoy. Soft sour cherries and oak, impressions of light caramel and vanilla, bit more fruity as I go on, weak spice, candy, light strong cheese, soothing funk has me drooling - subtle and awesome - nothing too fancy and yet nothing wrong what so ever. How can a sour be do freaking easy to drink? I mean, I drank the first half of the bottle before I even got to reviewing this because it was just such and easy drinking and enjoyable beer - chuggable. Yes - this is totally chuggable. Sourness is sour yet amazingly not painful. Cherries are subdued and are in no way a dominating taste... not even close... no strong arm flavours here. Light oak, weak caramel I think, a bit cheezy and ample funk makes makes my mouth happy, easy to handle vinegar of some sort - zero white vinegar on this, acidic to a point, more obvious oak now - everything here is good. Hints of smoke on occasion. Tangy and sour and soothing and drool.. drool inducing feel, soft and smooth with sourness that is just welcoming. Nothing fancy but just great drinking. 750ml gone in 30 minutes. Hell yea.
Rune (6125) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Stokmarknes. Rocky white head rapidly reduced to a tiny layer. A slight haze to an orange-amber body. Smell of cellar, farmyard and acid, dried fruits. Mid-sour fruity taste sustain by berries and yeast. Soft and dry ending. Tart and sweet in the mouth. Masked alcohol. Refreshing (consumed over two days, Stokmarknes, 19th and 20th July 2011).
Meilby (4467) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750ml @ home
Pours cloudy dark amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, sweet and sour red berries. Taste is light to medium sweet and light sour. Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft to fizzy.
ClubGonzo (2713) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Bergen Storsenter. Pours a hazy deep nougat brown body with a voluptuous foamy off-white head. Aroma is a pretty neutral kind of maltiness with faint traces of wood and sweet vinegar. Could definitely be more exciting. Taste is surprising: red apples, sweet malty tones going over in dry, near-tart and also near-metallic bitterness which kind of closes the palate for each sip. A subtle finish does make it through, with hints of barnyard and red berries. Interesting, but this Italian sour does not leave me flabbergasted in any way. Need to try more of this style though, if there indeed is such a style as "Italian sour" to be reckoned with. Could be just an one-off from the brewery I guess, but this is like no sour I’ve ever had before. Again: "interesting" is the key word here.
gunnar (3592) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours murky dark amber with a big creamy off-white head.Sweet/sour red berries in the aroma. Taste is initially sweet berries, turns more sour and light acidic, but still balanced in a way. High carbonation. Lingering light sour red berries at the end, quite good and easy drinkable beer. Refreshing and crisp as well