kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle thanks to hey_kevin for this one. pours a very deep ruby red with a thin ring of white bubbles. aroma is sour but not as strong as i would have thought. there is also some malt and just a hint of oak. taste is sour sweet and dry. there seems to be just a hint toward some kind of fruit. mouthfeel is syrupy and eventually dry. damn fine brew. thanks kevin!
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle 2005. Very interesting. Reddish brown body with almost no head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, wine, some fruit, maybe lemons and apricots. Flavor is very vinous. I tasted vinegar and white wine, quite tasty. Seems almost more like wine than beer.
kramer (5735) - 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 (10678) - 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 (4777) - 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 (5594) - 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 (11902) - 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.