kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle, 2005 vintage. Pours a bright ruby red with a creamy off-white head that fades to nothing within a minute. Moderate visible carbonation and lots of fine sediment in the bottle. Lightly sour aroma with a marriage of fruity essences, especially sour cherry, and a barrel aged oakiness. Dry and dusty with a little hint of Brett. Flavor has just the right amount of sourness and acidity for me. Very vinous and multi-faceted. Lots of sour cherry, cherry pits, and plums. Finish is crisp and very refreshing. Rather surprised to see that this is 8% ABV as I have a hard time even picking up the alcohol. Fairly light bodied and thin with low but lively carbonation that dances across the tongue and refreshes the palate for each consecutive sip. A really great beer in my book. Refreshing, with enough complexity to make it worthy of a two hour session from one bottle. Each sip just encouraged another and another till the end.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is vinegar, sour cherries and tart fruits. Reddish brown in color with thumb thick tan head. Fore is quite sour and musty and is followed quickly by tart cherries and unripe apple, strong notes of those baby corns, used in Oriental cooking, stewed in cooking wine. Wood notes pop out in the middle along with musty barnyard notes. Finish is sour and dry and leaves the tongue feeling cleansed. I personally feel this would have benefited by a little more sweetness beneath the sour notes as it hints at it and that promise is enticing, but undelivered.
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a masterpiece and one of the best sour beers as I am ranking to style. The reddish colour is awesome. The aroma is alcoholic is best I can say. It is very easy drinking, not thick which I liked and is dangerously easy to finish. It is complex with cognac, woody, avnilla, sour cherry. Because of the sourness this is not for everybody.
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MN Winter Get Together, 2005: Mucho props to Hellomynameis who brought this to the party! Brown color with no head. Good sour malt aroma with a little cherry. Big malt body with an odd addition of wheat in there. Sourness is there with just a bit of cherry, as well as a good rounding out of oak. A little honey on the finish. I’m getting addicted to this style.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Hellomynameis for bringing the highlight of the Twin Cities ’06 winter get together.
This beer is outstanding in every way. One of the best aromas I have ever found in a beer. It is sour, but below that is yeast and lambic-like barnyard as well as sweet fruit. The flavor has sweet and sour elements. The sweet is very fruit, which Flemish sours can be, but rather than stopping there it has sourness as well. It completely hides the alcohol and goes down easily and soft on the palate.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle-pours an offwhite head with brown/reddish color. Aroma is fruity, sour. Taste is fruit, vinegar. A nice occasional beer.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straight from my notes: Sour aroma, but so tempting. Dark brown colour with nice looking head. Wood flavours mixed up in some tart fruits with overtones of sour. Mediuem body that went down well. I was glad to be able to share this bottle with the rest of the MN beer geeks.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by jerc. Hazy red brown colour with a fully diminishing off-white head. Fruity, sour, dry dusty, yeasty, leathery, oak, and cherry aroma. Fruity, acidic, dusty, yeasty, cheesy, woody, and oaky flavours with a strangely light but assertive bitterness. Light bodied, dry but refreshing and quenching. Good stuff - thanks for picking this one up Jer.
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2005 Vintage. Dark hazy brown body with a tiny white head despite a vigourous pour. Aroma leaps from the glass from about three feet away. Very woody, sour fruit aroma. Dark cherries and generic fruit. Flavour starts out slightly sour but it comes in waves over varying levels of fruit notes. Sourness is a strong characteristic rather than the sole over riding flavour. Finish is quite tart at the back of the tongue. Sweet malt hiding deep down. Fluctuations of fruit and tangy woood. Lingering sour tingle on the tonuge. Quenching like lemonade on a hot day. Average palate. Did not expect to like this much, but it has been a while since I have had a beer that merited a whole page in the notebook. Very interesting.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a hazy brown body with a ring of white head. the aroma is out of this world - earthy dryness, cheese, also some chocolate and red plums. wow, great body. very smooth and drinkable. lots of brett character give this a very nice complexity. yeasty bread flavours. I could drink more of this.