awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 From a 750mL Bottle. Reddish caramel, mahongany colored pour with a healthy finger of fine bubbled off-white head and some hazy yeast. Crisp, powerful aroma of an abundance of sour cherries, complete with a woody pittiness. Not really balsamic-y, the sour characters are much more on the clean and bright end of the style spectrum. A perfectly balanced vanilla-oakiness softens it up just a touch, rounding out the complex, clean, and bright bouquet wonderfully. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The crisp and bright mouthfeel is the perfect compliment for the tart, acidic flavors. Loads of ripened cherry flavors and freshly squeezed raspberry juice blend nicely with an earthy woodiness and seed-like dryness. A hint of sour tangerine and oaky vanilla also add a great complexity. Some soft caramels dance in the background with a gentle peppery spice. Awesome brew, and seems to be drinking marvelously right now.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 DRAFT: big tan head, brown chestnut color. Abso-fuckin-lutely beautiful nose of wood, cherry-rhubard sourness and funky fine yeastiness. Roasty nut flavors intertwined with oaky wood and sweet chocolate...candy bar-like at times with that mysteriously quenching brett finish. Is this the perfect beer? I’ve heard mixed feelings as far as the bottled version. Fuck it though.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle the BBB63 shared with me. Loads of carbonation and a murky reddish brown. Formed a nice head with good lacing. The aroma had a cinnamon quality to it, along with some grape notes. The Belgian character was there, but not as in your face as other eamples of the style. The flavor came across in three phases to me. It started off with a tropical fruitiness like a Life Saver, the the middle was sour yet still fruity like a package of Sour Jacks. The finish was pleasantly bitter with a touch of oak. Full rich body with a dry finish. Over all I enjoyed the beer, but find this style to be not one of my favorites.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 750 ml bottle and sampled with tjthresh; The pour was a muddy reddish brown color (but I never let it fully settle) with a small fizzy head, lots of carbonation, and moderate lace.
The aroma has notes of oaky wood, cherry and apple, clove and juniper, caramel, brett and light yeast funk, very Gluhwein like on the nose.
The flavor profile is much more sour on the palate than the nose indictated with a forefront of cherry and lemon twang backed by a yeasty dry finish. The brett and wood tones seem to become more dominate as I drank it. Some bready notes and even a hint of salty character appears as well. Nice and complex.
The feel is lively yet lush, the sourness cleans the palate with great effectiveness.
A top-notch Flemish Sour I am glad to finally try.
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 750 ml bottle from the Solana Beach outlet. A light orange head sits atop a cloudy, particle-ridden, copper pour. The head is very large, and foamy, but the beer rises quickly and the head all but disappears. Aromas are tart and fruity. Cherry, pear, tart grape. Flavor has a sweet beginning. Like for a split second. Then the tartness and vineosness comes through. It has a finish has bite, but not like hop bite. More like a tartness. Not bad
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of 750 mL bottle, purchased at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA 2/20/06: A beautiful ruby amber color with a generous, but fading light beige head. Aroma is quite sharp with tart black cherry, some wood and wild yeast. Flavor starts with a light sweetness followed by sour cherry, a vinegar like acidity, hints of oak and a dry tart finish. Medium body with a smooth watery texture and a champagne like carbonation.
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one a number of different times at a handful of different beer festivals so it’s high time I enter my thoughts. Rating is for the draught version.
A very generous amount of beige-colored head, though perhaps slightly darker than that, from all of the odd additions. The body is a wondrous garnet-black cherry with plenty of mahogany tints. Quite cloudy. Head recedes a bit too quickly, though sticky film and spotty lacing is left behind. The nose is very pungent, the brett and oak going straight to your head, while tart cherries and a vanilla-cream note battle for dominance. It ends with some wood tannins, curiously stirring up a black pepper and light orange zest note. Cherry additions always garner a bit of cinnamon out of my receptors as well, though combined with the wood, it just comes off as an ultra-spicy, slightly muddled sensation. The cherries in the nose turn quite dry, almost similar to a raspberry note. Chocolate is lacking in the nose, where it would be expected. The flavor showcases tight carbonation carrying mountains of tart cherries all about the palate, with almost a chewy raisins and dry cocoa note on the end. As the palate gets accustomed to the bright acidity and tartness, sweet, creamy malts are noted. Not as much wood character in the flavor as expected, based on the nose (as far as tannins are concerned) but certainly barrel character in the form of fruitiness. Just a bit of tartness on the end, though when combined with the cherry puree and yeasts, it’s all a lot to take in. Little to no wateriness/thinning is noted, nor is the alcohol. Texture varies from lightly creamy to lightly slippery, plenty of acids and oils loosening things somewhat. But the carbonation is tight and well-done for the style. I think with time, this stuff will be marvelous. If cuvee de tomme is any indication.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the EBF. Dark brown with red tints, approaching muddy. Oak and cherry dominate the nose and body of this beer, with some other fruits hanging around (raisins). Grainy texture, almost like splinters, sharp but not overpowering carbonation; the same holds for the sourness level, fairly well-balanced.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/5/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, purchased at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA 2/4/06. Somewhat murky burgundy-brown color with muddy flecks and a respectable, finely-woven sandy tan head, slight pinkish in hue. Mostly diminishing, but there’s still a thin patty near the end of the bottle, certainly much more carbonation than the regular Le Woody. Lace is fast but fairly sticky in ribbons. Super-woody, cherry-outlined nose, very reminiscent of La Folie (smelling just as juicy) with some of the spiced fruity tickle (nutmeg, cinnamon) of the Southampton Kriek Lambic. Flavor is moderately sweet with a fairly complex acidity including touches of red wine vinegar and raw oak, and an overarching gummy cherry skin slickness. There’s also a potent-but-lovely sour cherry presence that pops up all-too-briefly amidst the swaths of wood, and even a surprising level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly watery with a fine, smooth carbonation-- near-perfectly conditioned-- and a lightly drying, lightly bitter cherry-wood finish, long but not quite delivering all it can. The flavor fades a little too sharply from its near-dazzling fruity subtleties to the sometimes-messy watery wood/cork blanket for it to reach the glorious heights of something like Russian River Supplication, but if this ages and mellows, I imagine (as with La Folie itself) the La Folie-acid character will tone down and, if the fruit can hold up, that could allow this beer to turn into something else. Something else indeed.
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, GABF 2005.
Body is light brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately yeasty (barnyard), with notes of cherry and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
One of my favorite new beers at GABF ’05.