Dr_Fellini (393) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours an almost clear deep copper to light brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite sour, with notes of sour grapes and cherries. Flavor is a sour vinegar, with light hints of fruity sour/sweetness. Light to medium in body with a lasting astringent sour punch on the back of the tongue. Oily in texture. Delightful.
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, yellowish brown with yellow-tan head. A little muddy looking. Aroma is light decaying wood, tart and dry cherries, light wine grape, vegetable. At first, I noted muted sour garbage. I think this may have been a bit harsh; it gets a bit better in the aroma once it has time to breath. Body is light-medium and watery. Flavor is cedar, tart, old vegetable, overcooked broccoli in old, drying mud. These negative notes come out when drinking with the mouth open, allowing air to waft over the tongue and up to the nose, leading me to believe they are actually properties of the aroma. Also, pleasurable and nicely rounded yet sharp fruity sourness overshadows these flaws, however, that old veg/garbage note nags at me, just as a looming deadline might while I’m trying to enjoy my vacation. This is a very conflicted beer for me, and I wander if it was stored properly on its journey to my mouth.
solidfunk (3892) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a great beer. Nice, controlled funk aroma with south plum, cherry and dried apricot. A nice touch of something like bretta. Pours red with a big pillowy head of foam and great lacing on the side of plastic im drinking Iron in the park. Finish is light sour and tangy with some bitterness. Soft carbonation, slick feel. Bottle.
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle to pint glass
Aroma of lemon, funk, and vinegar. Sludgy orange brown with a long lasting bubbly white head. Nice strong flemish sour taste of tart cherry and apple with some malt vinegar. Nicely balanced and smooth.
illidurit (2135) - Petaluma, 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 (188) - - 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 (5414) - 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 (2562) - 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 (505) - 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 (709) - 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.