Rammer (302) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very strong sour taste! Great wine aroma, flavor of ripe cherry, vanilla, barrel, astringent tartness
javiercrasher (205) - Granada, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
De color marrón oscuro con algún destello rojizo. Prácticamente sin espuma y por tanto sin carbonatación.
Aroma a tarta de cerezas y algo de vainilla. Más ligeramente barrica y levadura.
En boca aparece el ácido de la cerezas y cierto recuerdo a vino blanco.
El alcohol se nota en el estómago. Gran cerveza pero con un precio prohibitivo.
Dr_Fellini (701) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Beachwood BBQ in long beach. Aroma is sweet, candy sugar, berry goodness, light tartness. Flavor has a huge tartness to it, sour red character, slight boozy sweetness. Light to medium in body with a solid lingering berry tartness.
barn0216 (455) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Slightly reddish, deep brown color, very little foam. Not much aroma wise, faint sour cherry. Awesome flavor, sour cherry, woody barrel, and toastmaster are perfectly blended.
tmzl (95) - SLOVENIA - DEC 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: Light pour with no head, carbonation isn’t visible either. Darker brown with relatively strong red hue, like a deep red chocolaty wine. Bit of yeast lacing, lots of yeast floating on the bottom.
Smell: Velvety white wine, lots of oak and vanilla combined with marvelously smooth funk. Highly complex, rich. Most dominant beside oak is the light sweetness with orange, red currant, the acetic acid is relatively low key but still the main driving force for welcomed freshness.
Taste: Red currant, cherry start with soft fruity acidity and some surprising funk and pear. Continuous with light caramel, grain sweetness but is quickly consumed by medium acetic, vinous sour and velvet funk, oak. Funk and oak also come out at the far end, where they linger for a long time.
Mouthfeel: Medium light heavy body, dry and no alcohol to detect.
Overall: The funk/oak dynamic is superb in this one. It’s an expensive treat, but if your into unique and complex stories, do yourself a favor and grab one.
BeerFunGuy (799) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is seriously on of the most unique teasing beers I've ever had. It starts with a sour flavor develops a smokey oak flavor and finishes strongly of raisins.
spacecube (1120) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Xmas, pours deep cherry red, small head and light carbonation. Cherries in the noise, with cocoa, oak, grape, sour, sour, sour, acidy tannins tingle on the tongue imparting a long full, heavy sour cherry aftertaste. Really well done with great balance.
harrisoni (14459) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to..... eek I’m really sorry, someone gave this to me at a Pigs Ear beer festival when it was still at the nightclub. And for that so much thanks. TBone? Ken? Sorry. Pours deep deep ruby almost black with ruby edges. Lasting tan head. Excellent exciting spine tingling sour cherry aroma, with some malt backbone. Like black cherry, some chocolate. Smells like a dark chocolate cherry liquer. The sour aroma is hypnotic. It’s freakin’ excellent. OK so I’d want a bit more farmyard from an authentic Belgian sour, but that is being picky. Smooth dark chocolate and this burst of sour dark cherry. It’s really quite sour. Perfectly balanced though and quite dry on the finish, with a touch of fruity vinegar on the finish. A little bit of tannin. I mean it is superb. Complex flavours. Lacks perhaps the authentic Belgian funk but still, it’s pretty damn good. Smooth, sour. Some vinegar flavours that build. An accomplished sour. It’s rather hypnotising. I’ll have to have a Struise Earthmonk afterwards to compare. I liked it though.
Calisky (1333) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Couleur sombre, reflets ambrés, mousse qui disparait. Super nez fruits rouges/cerise et bourbon (vanillé et boisé neuf), magnifique. Gout intense de cerises noires, fruits rouges aigres , on dirait une marmelade, avec fut de bourbon vanillé et chêne, note de malt doux, tannins et alcool. Un corps presque huileux bien rond en bouche. Une fin très longue en bouche cerise aigre et acidulée vient clore ce monument!
AshtonMcCobb (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting thanks to BenH.
Appearance - muddy brown like starting into a puddle. Also no head whatsoever.
Nose - incredible, so much going on. Sour, but salty almost like anchovies, then there’s wood spice complementing the salt with pepper. A sweet tang from fruit going on too.
Taste - as per the nose, it drags you in and shows you more and more.
Palate - the body is medium in structure, the texture seems delicate to begin with but then it shows great power and persistence. The finish is a continuation of this and it tapers perfectly to the end. A beer of incredible elegance and restrained power.
Overall - A beer of true individual personality and now my new favourite beer! Wow, thanks Ben, one I’ll never forget.