Sperine (155) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA. Despite its high rating here and high price tag ($25) at Al's, this was probably the least impressive beer I had there. Very little depth of flavor to be found behind the sourness.
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a small sized head. Chunks left clinging to the side of the glass. Funky, peaches, fruity, and some earthiness. Starts off with some sweet fruitiness that leads to a tart finish. Wish they sold these bottles to go ...
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL blank bottle at pizza boy. Cloudy bright pour, Weaker white foam. Nose is quite funky, mild white wine barrel, mild sulfur, mild impending Acetic white vinegar, sharp nectarine acid. Taste is quite sour, sharp acetic smack at first finishing out with buttery dough, peach, and long lactic peach yogurtiness. Similar to Cantillon FouFoune l, not sacrilegious. Just saying, quite excellent as you can expect from Terry. My only qualm is that this is quite aggressive but so is foufoune, considered the bar for apricot sour. Hefty saltiness and all encompassing lactic acid with remaining acetic spice.
orangesol (455) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a bottle on opening day of the new Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small film of white head, dissipating down to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving very light strings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of strong lactic sourness, mild apricot and peach sweetness, oak from the barrels, brett must and some nice funky cheese. Nowhere near as cheesy as the single barrel peach was but still quite nice. A little one dimensional initially but it really grows into itself as it warms up.
T - Starts off with plenty of lactic sourness giving way to hints of fresh fruit, wet basement must, drying oak tannins, a bit of cheesy funk and some chewy base malt. Finish is mild all things considered, a little chewy with some mild sourness, leaving the palate dried for awhile after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, sour feel from start to finish. Flavors are well balanced and it has more carbonation than meets the eye.
O - A very nice wild ale. I have heard this called "baby Fou’ Foune," multiple times now and I can see where that is coming from. It is comparable to an aged bottle of Fou’ Foune but it lacks the strong fruit presence of a fresh bottle. Definitely worth the price of the bottle to try it but lets not get carried away here.
PhillyCraft (1975) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle compliments of Bri and Courtney at Pizza boy, pours like watered down orange juice, weird head and lacing, little bits of sporadic bubbles. Aromas and flavor of peachy, sour funky yeasts, barn, berliner fruit, lemons, stinky cheese and wood. Puckery and mouth waterning tartness. Awesome Gueuzy berliner hybrid thing.