JeffroDH (18) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is just a bit lighter than the double IPA sitting next to it. Starts with a light, even foam and is very bubbly. Aroma is redolent of sour beer (DUH) also with hints of citrus and oak. The flavor is difficult to classify this evening. Definitely sour up front, with a satiny mouthfeel and a hoppy bitter finish. I would compare this to a dry champagne, though made with malts and aged in oak (and obviously sour). That may be a ridiculous comparison, but that is where my mind immediately went. Very good beer.
Alusmamuts (423) - LATVIA - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with small white head. Sour aroma. Sour, lambic style taste, apple-citrusy notes. Some touch of bitterness at the end. Remaining lemon saourness.
saintjulien (154) - - NOV 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
citrus, light sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, full body, thin feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Procent (149) - POLAND - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
W aromacie zdecydowanie nuty winne (białe, wytrawne) wymieszane z nutami od leżakowania w drewnie, jest też jakiś słodki aromat, nieco mdły, jest też nieco octowy. Barwa jasnozłota, piana niewielka, cały czas "pracuje". W smaku wyraźnie kwaśne, winne, przychodzi na myśl rozgryzana skůrka od winogron, gdzieś w tle lekkie kandyzowane owoce. Goryczka niska, jest kwaśność, ciało średnie, wysycenie wysokie. Dobre!
niquillis (1069) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours hazy golden with frothy white head. Very sour and well carbonated. A fantastic example of this style.
JStax (3163) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit grassy and funky. Taste is bitter and sour. Medium body and medium carbonation.
arnold931 (598) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with no head. Looks like a mead. Nose is grape and apple. Taste sour apple with a little funk. Dry aftertaste.
Zoret (113) - Badalona, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian Pale Ale envellida en barrica de roure. Aromes i sabors de cireres, prunes, pera i tambť trobem brettanomyces i ŗcid lŗctic. En boca es ŗcida i una mica aspre.
GarrettB (1076) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 17th, 2013 - Iím shocked the Petrus isnít already part of my beer drinking CV. That particular hobby was seeded by Belgian brews, long before I migrated to the slightly more affordable and the more volatile local beer market. The Petrus pours a mostly clear golden brew, and a perfume of sharp, peppery white wine billows from the top, reminding me of the Flemish sour ales I enjoyed with more frequency years ago. The taste is acidic, true, but also tangy, like a white wine version of a Flemish, and even resembles a tangy Chardonnay. The tartness lasts on the tongue a line time, encouraging slow, small sips, and a long evening of tongue sucking following each taste. This is a great drink, and needs to be in my beer cabinet with more frequency than it has so far.
Alengrin (2324) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Tasted this fresh at one of the Bierpassieweekends, which happened to be attended by the late Michael Jackson, many years ago and I liked it a lot. Since I had a suspicion that a strong, sour ale with bottle refermentation would age quite well, I bought one a while after that and decided to keep it in my cellar. That was ten years ago, and now it is time to finally open it and see what happened. Pours a warm orange blonde colour with very slightly brownish hue, misty but not completely clouded and no dead yeast deposit; head formation is limited as expected from such an old beer, but with some forcing a light greyish white, loosely structured white head forms, consisting of mostly large bubbles but still rather dense and in all, still surprisingly stable (even till the end) with still - equally surprisingly - a good deal of fizz underneath. Aroma is unmistakable of old beer and oxidized, with some maderization - I almost have the impression Iím having a beer in the Kulminator. And like the best of their collection, this old beer shows a very agreeable, rustic and complex bouquet, with impressions of tomato concentrate, passion fruit, pickled sweet gherkins, orange, lots of redcurrant, mango, sour yoghurt, very old sherry and madera, earth, dust, bourbon, barnyard, moist cellar, artisanal honey, wine vinegar, limoncello, strawberry jam, cooked rhubarb, broth. Taste kicks off with a sour sweetness like an old íoud bruiní, sour lemon candy, orange, dried apricot, raw rhubarb; the acidity dries the mouth but in a crisp and refreshing way, even after so many years. In the middle a slick caramelly malt sweetness appears but still dominated by the tartness and strong estery fruitiness from the onset, with an explicitly sherry-like effect; carbonation is still there and lightens the palate. Finishes in a dry tartness but the initial estery-fruity sweetness lasts equally long; a faint woody touch appears as well as a hint of warming alcohol, which is otherwise perfectly camouflaged. No hop bitterness to speak of, but this is not the case in the fresh beer either - and not intended in most sour ales anyway, so I didnít expect any. My suspicion proved right: though obviously showing the signs of old age, this sour one is still very refreshing, still looks fine and has lost none of its youthful charm. In fact, the ageing only added to its complexity. I would not recommend keeping this any longer than I did, but if you have the patience to wait, a vintage tasting of different ages will surely be quite interesting - that is, if you are accustomed to both old beer and sour beer, of course. This is still the greatest Bavik product I ever tasted - it makes me even wonder why the rest of their range is so average. But like many Belgian brewers, they keep the best for export to the States. Which is a loss for us beer afficionados here on the home market!
ForlornHope (83) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle at home. Golden in colour, small head that disappears very quickly. Aroma is musty and lemony, pungent, almost acrid. Taste is tart, sherbet, musty lemon, sour and sharp with slight sweetness. Lively on the tongue despite low carbonation. Slight mouthfeel, the finish is sweet and sour. Very good overall, it reminds me of acid drop sweets we used to eat as kids.