JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Peoria Int’l Beer Festival. (I was unaware this was a sour ale until I took my first whiff, so this was the surprise of the day!) Yellow in color, clear, with a moderate white head. Heavy dough & cheese nose - bardyardy with a capital B. Tart flavor, lots of sour apple and citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Refreshingly carbonated. Awesome.
Theis (14085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a Club-Tasting (Thanks Bager). Clear yellow/golden - white head. Vinegar, wood, sourish, oak, sulfor, bike glue, acid, nice sharpness. Nice.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Peoria Beerfest 2009. Sample pour. Yellow lemonade in color- very tart, carbonated, biting. I’m sure this is very well-done for the style, but the style is not my favorite. Much too lemony and tart for my taste.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to Trevor211
Transparent gold, small fizzy white head. Nose is sour with some grain, lactic notes, apple, and wood. Flavor is more tart and fruity with some citrus, grape, and apple. There is also some minor lactic quality and further grain. With warmth the grainy notes edge off in favor of some some nice berry notes and sweeter elements. Thin body but fantastic carbonation, perfectly prickly without getting fizzy. Long, tart finish of grainy grape. Very spritzy and refreshing. From a drinker’s perspective, this is more a berliner weisse than anything else, but it occasionally flirts with other styles, mainly through the nuanced flavor. Very interesting stuff.
BOLTZ7555 (2919) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty and readily available...Crystal clear 10 karat pour produced a large bubbly white head. Extremely acidic and tart with blue cheese in the nostrils and oak on the tongue. Lemon zest, grapefruit, and freshly cut grass...medium mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[BB 10.18.07 I assume thats bottling not best by] Rating 990.. officially kicking off my countdown to beer godliness. Pours a clear glowing golden slight amber with a a large frothy off-white foam, gorgeous 4.5. Strong wild yeast funky acidic aroma, lactic and brett notes, slight cheese and woodiness. The aroma and appearance are misleading as this is quite sweet and tangy like Flemmish Red. Sweet candy-like woody slightly cheesy first taste, with tangy lactic acid quickly following. Just a touch medicinal in the finish. Fruity, a mix of lemons, cherries and apples, maybe some prickly-pear. Leaves a nice candy tart sweetness on the lips and gums. Flavor 7.5. Very drinkable for a sour, has enough sweetness as to not be offensive. Nice long lasting woodiness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, softer crisp fine carbonation, clean and not sticky.
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Petrus tall goblet and the Aged Pale had the color of lemonade. Crisp aftertaste with plenty of sourness with flavors of chocolate, roast, bread and a little woodiness for good measure. I also caught the sour-apple flavor that other ratings were finding with this Sour Ale.
pintbypint (2787) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle. Golden pour, big white foamy head. Lots of sticky lace. Aroma initially presents a sour note, deeper sniffing revels some woody notes. Flavour is dry malt, has a lemony sour tinge throughout, tangy, wood/oaky. Dry and tangy finish. Strong carbonation, medium body. Refreshing, very drinkable, solid sour ale. I wasn’t expecting much but this is definately the best offering from the Petrus range.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 1/1/2009 Source:Mekong) Light oak and malt notes in the aroma. Mostly clear light golden brown with fine white head. Flavor is slightly sour with oak woodiness. Finish is quite dry, fizzy ,and lightly sour with a touch of woody astringency.
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a deep dark slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head that forms a ring around the edge of my glass. This one has a lemony tart barnyard funky nose. Hint of oak and lactic acid. Taste is a bit sharp at first with vinegar notes that mellows into tart apple notes and oak. Nice sour.