illidurit (1963) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, the glory of a lactic-forward Flemish sour. Nice black cherry sourness, heaps of oak without overboard tannins, still some acetic character. Deftly avoids the common Flemish sour pitfall of tasting like rotten cola. Dry woody finish.
Lupulucid (170) - - JUL 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sourness is pronounced but nothing near as intense as is achieved by some sours, notably Cantillon. This may limit interest for the hardcore but makes for accessibility. Complexity and balance provide character. The aroma is lively with notes of vinegar and some funkiness akin to shiitake mushrooms. The barrel contribution is somewhat restrained and in balance.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5097-20130202] Bottle. Mild cheesy grains yeast aroma. Hazy, red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Cheesy grain malt flavour has a sour malt base and long aftertaste. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Sourfest 2013, Buffalo, NY)
superspak (1908) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Bottle #1048, Batch #9, 2007 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, pepper, clove, floral, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast notes with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, floral, clove, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, floral, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt, oak, and acidity; and a great sweetness/acidity balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast flavors with moderate malt and oak balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8% with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
SuperTiti33 (232) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010. Ambré rousse
Sauvage. Brett caramel. Boisé champignon. Corsé. Belle effervescence. Fraiche. Levure sauvage. Bonbon. Sour. Un petit délice.
ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fairly malty with some nice caramel, toasted bread, light chocolate and nuttiness. light complimentary oak character. The acidity is nice and light with some cherry and berry notes.
Pours a fairly clear amber brown color with a moderately thick light tan head. The head recedes steadily but a thin film remains on top and along the edges. Moderate lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts with some light maltiness with some caramel and light nuttiness and toasted bread. Moderate acidity brings in a nice cherry and berry flavor. Mid palate you get a medium low oak note. Medium low bitterness. Acidity dries out the finish, but its still fairly sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a nice beer, but its lacking some of the complexity I expect from a nice Flemish Red or Oud Bruin. A good beginner sour.
Jow (1675) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle during poker Friday night. Decided to do a European night which was nice. Pours reddish brown with thin soapy head. tastes of dark cherries, vinegar, tannic, grape skins, oak, and licorice. A touch thin but very tasty.
jivy26 (31) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first sour and exactly what I expected..decent aroma, golden opaque appearance, tastes not too tart, overall a good first sour experience.
McNeillR (624) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky unfiltered ruby brown with wee bubble trim head. Dip Dab sherbert juicy nose. Really smooth well disguised oxidation before a big upturn unleashing a fresh sour waterfall with touches of cherry. The cognac softness the tartness into a very very quenching finish. So smooth. If you stuck a straw in the bottle and let a non-beer/sour fiend have a sook you’d probably get interesting but very favourable reactions. Balanced at every turn.
Bottle, Deeblo Doesn’t Rate Tasting, from Beer Hive, Edinburgh
teddybeer (1884) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Lupuloadicto. Rubi colour with a good lasting head, off-white colour. Flavor is acidic, wood and slightly apple. Flavor is mild sourish, wooden notes are present. Maybe infected; I must try again.