alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
COMPLETLY FLAT. I bought this at there 1st aniv. Not that it must have a head or anything like that, but just a tiny bit of bubbles to bring out that amazing aroma. I mean just a tiny head, wouldve made this beer a perfect 5!. Also i would catagorize it as a BSA. Its much more of a Kriek/Lambic a Flemish Sour or even a Barleywine. The flavors in this liquid are pure heaven... In order of apperance are: Sour Cherries, Peaches, Vanilla, Oak, Yeast, Raisins, Plums, tobacco, lactobacilus, earth and champagne... and that was just the first sip! It matures changes and gets even more complex as you keep trying to figure out whats in this. The palate, apart from the obvious lack of life, is actually pretty smooth and velvety, no alcohol noticeable but it does give more of a wine palate than an ales. The finish is sweet and tart with some brettanomyces and dryness at the end. Incredibly complex and creative, i really wish it was a fluke and the second bottle i bought is better.
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. Wow this beer has a lot going on. First aromas out were the sour cherries. Backed with some lighter fruits such as apricots or mango. On the flavor there was at first some dark earthy flavors and raisin. The sour flavors were quick to join in with their cherry. Alcohol is barely even noticeable. Wow what a beer!
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 375ml bottle purchased at the Anniversary part on cinco de mayo. Iíve been wanting to crack this bad boy, and after two long days it is about time. The pour is dark brown with a thin white ring and wee bit of spiral island in the center. Wow the aroma is huge, potent and full of cherry and oak. The taste is bold complex and and iíll agree with my fellow san diegan padrefan who I finally met at the event, that the taste has cherries, plums and apricots. It is sour but also pleseantly sweet. It leaves a remarkable feeling on the inside of the mouth. There is also a bit of a vinous red wine/sangria quality at the end of the taste. The taste really lingers in the mouth. Damn Tomme, nice work, this beer is uber complex.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 375mL Bottle. May 2007 Release. Rosy rich, brandied nose of caramelized fig and walnut puree, jamming with a balsamic and strawberry coulis, swiftly tart and citric with stunning clarity and piquant musk. Could use some more strength and softness, but a beautiful floral bouquet nonetheless. The color of this beer is the most handsome blood red liquor alive, with capitulating fringes of gold and sunset orange. Rimmed in a tinted crisp line of goatskin. Deeply cored in crystalline clear ruby. Ah, heavenly carbonation. Wow, rushing a multitude of cataclysmic flavors upon the palate in unhurried abyss. A puckering Lambic sourness brightens up the front end with a totality of cherry juice and wildness. Acidity rise and evaporates into the sinuses, leaving a sheen of caramelized rum raisin cake on the roof of the mouth. The best part of this beer is the duality of both sourness and heavy-handed Belgian malt sugar. Truly the best of both worlds. Drying out towards the backend, with only slight alcoholic burps of heat. A peep of oxidation sidles in with an aged out EKG-like touch, which somehow seems out of place with this beer. Maybe I would have appreciated fully aged hops instead of the tired base beerís hops? Thereís some peculiar indescribable funk laying heavy on the smack. Subtle, yet active carbonation keeps the flavors popping on the tongue. The acidity on top of the largeness of the beer helps pare down the heat and barrel character. I could see how this could get rampantly over-acidic with time or barrel mismanagement. Faint edges of acetone. Lots of tangible acid notes, from fresh blood orange reduction, to palpable freshly squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit and some musty 10-year balsamic. Everything melds so fantastically. I think it has the best unified flavor, having been borne of some many individual components. Big fermented Belgian, Sour Cherries, Brett, Barrel and time. All these elements melt together into an alchemical magic that makes this beer what it is. I can compare it only to Rodenbach Alexander, with this beer I pine for a little more cherry complexity and some earthiness from pits. Bravo Tomme. Iím glad to be able to give this a full workout without having been totally inebriated.
2001 North Vineyard. 750mL. Originally reviewed 5/7/2007. 5/10/5/10/20=5.0 Tomme produces an unlabeled bottle with cryptic Sharpie markings on the cap. According to him, an unreleased early vintage. Pouring into the glass a cherubic Indian ruby sapphire, glowing with clear glassy edges and a blood rim. Aroma carries one away into an overwhelming presence of intense red fruits from across the board, cherries and raisins percolate in the core of my brain. So bright, alive and refined. Absolutely stunning. Finally passing my lips, this lubricious liquid takes form as a mindnumbing shapeshifter. What first presents itself as a unmarked, world class malt and fruit chimeric belgian strong ale, quickly cloaks itself in a world of sourness. The best of both worlds! Trying to parse out the intricate corners of the beer, Iím at a loss, itís all too much. Rodenbach Alexander quickly comes to mind. The fruit character so deft, real and upfront. Palate couldnít be more satisfying, yet exacting. Iíll rate again with a bottle of the current batch, but I needed to expunge my thoughts with this rarest of gems.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased this at Port 1st Anniversary. Poured a cloudy brown orange with no head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, and raisins. Very strong taste of cherries and finishes with sweetness, and of course, tartness. A must have.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 From 375 ml. purchased at the 1st anniversary at the brewery. Immediate smells hit the room as soon as the cork came out. Cherries, fresh cut daisies, roses, plums, and apricots. Poured a brownish purple, and had no head. Tastes of sour cherries, raisins, plums, and spices. Might be a bit young. It should age nicely. I dont think anyone will be dissapointed if they enjoyed this as soon as they received it.
Very Very good.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the woodshop Tasting. White Label. Poured a clear brown color with almost no head. Aroma was sour with some funk, cherry, oak and yeast. Flavor was sour funk and oak with a slightly thin body. Not much of the alcohol is noticable in the taste, but does have a tart finish.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, black label, via trade w/ someone a long time ago that I canít recall now. Pours a very dark garnet to ruby colored body under a fizzy and foamy one finger beige head that faded to a partial covering. The aroma is all over the place. Chocolate, cherry, light brett, heavy fruitiness, alcohol, plum, light oak, almost reminiscent of some Flemish Sours. The flavor is still quite fruity up front with lightly tangy sour cherry and bretty funkiness. Finishes with oak, a ton of alcohol, whiskey, and a dry lingering brettiness. My only problem is that there is way too much alcohol flavor on the finish for me, which is enhanced by the whisky/oak flavor that reinforces the booziness of it. Extremely warming sensation on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and really almost bordering on sticky and cloying, but the fizzy champagne-like brett derived carbonation really cuts through it making it quite lively. Very fine pinpoint carbonation. This was really tasty and loaded with flavor, but I couldnít stop wishing that the ABV was about 5% lower. With all the fruit, brett, and the barrel aging they just didnít need to use an 11% ABV base beer.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 [265-20070413] 1pt9.4floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Sour cherry apple aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter apple cherry flavour has more bite. Medium-full bodied super sour puckerer. Maybe too much sharp bite here. [7/4/7/3/16] 3.7
[588B-20070908] 375mL @ Sourfest 2007 (Buffalo, NY, w/ rudolf, frylock, IPFreely, jerc, swoopjones). Super alcohol-drenched raisins or dark fruit aroma. Cloudy, dark brown body with a quick head of bubbles. Raisin malt alcohol flavour has very light notes of oak wood barrel and dried fig. Full body is smooth if a little sour. Nice wood characteristics. [6/3/8/4/15] 3.6
blankboy (6918) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 1600th rating! Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this rare treat for this occasion. Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev. Pours a murky reddish-brown with an average size diminishing off-white head. Wonderful aroma of sweet malt, oak, cherries, spices and hops. Complex tart flavour of malt, sour cherries, oak, hops, Belgian yeast and more. Medium to full bodied, bubbly mouthfeel. What a fan-frigginí-tastic beer, thanks again Harry!