MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: a combination of apple juice concentrate and mushy brown apples beneath an apple tree in autumn, honestly, that’s the aroma that predominates to me, and I’m not even sure if apples are in any way involved in the brewing of this beer; Appearance: a very pale yellow on the pour that turns more orange/golden as you fill up the glass, light, white head that quickly dissipates after the pour, decent, consistent streams of bubbles that collect at the edge of the glass; Taste: a strong sour punch without any sweet (aka: not candy-like) upon initial draught, followed almost immediately by a bitter aftertaste and maybe something reminiscent of medicine, indeed, this is a very strange beer, maybe some soggy wood in there somewhere, the malts are hidden behind the sour, but, to me, the hops are completely masked by the sour, I still taste something apply, maybe almost apple vinegar, since I love sour ales, this is all very good to me, but I’m pretty certain that my wife would resolutely refuse to finish the glass after the first draught; Palate: mostly, the sour lingers, not a lot of complexity in the palate, mostly, I think, because the hops are so masked by the sour; Overall: a nice sour ale experience, since I still don’t have many sour ale experiences under my belt, I can’t really say one way or the other whether or not this is superior in its class...I’d definately recommend it to an adventurous beer drinker though!
TheJester (2175) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. Clear gold with a medium white head. The aroma is a combination of tart apple cider, white wine vinegar, and a little bit of grain. There is more fruit in the flavour, although it is less distinctive. Citrus, sour berries, green apples. There is a hint of sweetness to make it more interesting. Really well done.
ttoadee (973) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft gold pour, thin but steady white head. Nose is Brett sour (reminds me of Worcester). Sour on the tongue. Middle is bright citrus and light kilned malt. Finish is sour and a bit bitter. Worth a try.
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice sour ale, sort of strikes me as a less hoppy Orval or something w/ a very nice wild yeast character to it. This pours pretty clear in the glass, clearer than most brewery’s IPAs these days, w/ a large, foamy and quickly dissipating head. The nose is really nice. I’m getting a lot of fruit up front which wanes to a warmer, more earthy smell as you dig in deeper. This has a nice lemon juicy tartness that’s not at all overbearing, esp. w/ just a touch of balancing sweetness. It’s medium bodied w/ a crisp bite of carbonation. There is a pretty assertive bitterness in the finish that I can’t tell if it’s from hops or perhaps tannin from the barrel aging but it is just a touch too much in my opinion. Otherwise, this is a nice, complex and drinkable wild ale. I am going to have no problem finishing off this 750.
Oscbert (1147) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oaky acidic sour aroma, some barnyard funk, leather, dust, cherry like sourness
Pours a pale golden color with small disappearing white head
Oaky, leathery, very acidic sour, dusty, light spice flavor.
Light bodied, medium high co2, lingering oaky sourness.
Interesting sour. Definitely meant to be blended. Has an interesting character to lend to sweeter beers.
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Darkmagus82 (2006) - - JUL 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head of two finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is quite strong of a sour apple cider vinegar smell which is mixed with a tart green apple like sourness. Along with these sour smells comes some aromas of an oaked smell and a little bit of a white wine vinegar and a little bit of lighter cracker aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a little bit of a cracker taste mixed with a good showing of a sour apple cider vinegar taste. Other fruit tastes of sweet apple, peach, and pear are present upfront. These are light overall and fade over time as the taste advances. All the while, the sour flavors get stronger and stronger with the apple cider vinegar getting stronger and being joined by a tart green apple flavor and some other vinegar flavors of a white wine vinegar nature. The oak while not very present upfront makes it’s showing at the end of the taste, with it growing to a rather decent potency and actually complimenting the sour flavors rather well. With the loss of the sweet fruit and the advancement of the sour vinegar and green apple flavors, one is left with a rather drier and moderately puckering sour flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation that is rather moderate. For the sour and tart flavors of the brew, with the lighter flavors and nature of the beer, the lighter style of the carbonation and feel are quite nice overall and help make a more approachable beer, all the while still being a very slow drinker in light of the sour nature and abv.
Overall – A fairly nice sour overall with a drier and moderate sourness being complemented by a lighter fruit and decent showing of oak. While not the best sour out there it certainly one to try if you find it, especially if you like a little oak flavor.
fombe89 (629) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 BBD: 20/08/16
Color amarilo claro, espuma blanca, aromas y sabores acidos, final seco
clockk (193) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma achampanado, sabor dulce y acido, espuma poco consistente, cuerpo ligero.
Zlotta (316) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l bottle from drankgigant.nl, best before 23/1/2016. Clear, pale golden yellow with a medium large, foamy, almost stable, white head. Intense, sourish-fruity and slightly funky aroma of orange, cinnamon, white wine, gherkin, gooseberry and sauerkraut. Sour, fruity taste of citrus, white wine and gooseberry with hints of nutmeg, followed by a long, sour, tart finish. Thin body, very astringent and spritzy mouthfeel, soft to average carbonation. Very complex on the nose, a bit more one-dimensional on the tongue but still very tasty and refreshing. Thanks Michael Jackson for this beer!
agent_persik (544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean golden color, medium white head. Aroma of ripe sour fruits, oak, hops. Sour taste with light hoppy bitterness in finish and dry aftertaste. Medium body and strong carbonation. Good sour ale.
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great full-flavoured beer. The feeling in the mouth goes on for ever. The nose has fruity notes.