bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. I Believe cquiroga pulled this one out. Thanks Chris! light ambe cloudy beer with fruity and vinous nose. flavor was wonderful. sour fruity, mostly cherry with some apple notes lots of nice funk that is not too overpowering. hard to describe how good this is. wish i could get a bunch more
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy amber; small head. Sweet fruit, citrus and white wine aroma and flavors. Big oak, sweet fruit, graham crackers, and lots of lambic qualities. Subtle notes of cider, sour apple, orange, vanilla.Has held up well and is excellent. Rated from a 1/19/08 Dr. Bill tasting.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from cquiroga. Huge thanks for this one. Freshly opened, this beer exhibited a strong paint thinner quality that really was holding back an otherwise awesome beer. As it warmed and breathed it thinned, and at this point it is nowhere to be found, at least in the aroma. In the flavor it is there but thin.
Itís tough though to think about that because had I been sharing this bottle, we probably never wouldíve gotten to the beer at a point where that was unnoticable.
Anyway, on to the good stuff. Aroma is decently tart and very tannic, with definite white wine notes. Well balanced sourness in the flavor has good complexity, lots of oak. They really nailed it in the description with "lemonade like blast of acidity that finishes in a lightly toasted coconut fullness." Dead on. The palate is thick and pure, and doesnít suffer from the thinness many sours tend to exhibit.
What a wonderful beer. Though the acetone thing does bring it down a bit, this is still a pure joy to drink. Thanks a ton, Chris!
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin fizzy head. Soft sourness in the aroma. Lots of lemons, tart grapes. Cloudy golden orange. Very sour tart flavor. makes the mouth pucker and salivate. Lemons and citrus tartness abound. Pretty fierce tartness up front but mellows pretty well. Sampled late at a tasting so my notes are not all that complete for this brew. A decent brew but not really my style.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Incredible super rate treat brought by deftim13. Huge thanks Tim! A 2003/4 Le Woody, bottle #73. Tasted at Churchillís with Ivan, Tim, Aaron, and Dave. My favorite of the night. Pale super cloudy color. You can see the smallest of particles suspended in the liquid. I want to say I taste sour cherries and red dred fruit in general. Perfect level of sourness. Not overpowering. Extremely easy to drink. I like it little better than Toronado 20th (but it does have 6yr age advantage). 4.7-4.8
Interesting side note. I brought the last 1" home to drink, put it in the fridge, but didnít get too it until 2 days later. Aroma has much faded, no carbonation, the sour seems diminished as well. The beer is very clear, except when further poured and the sediment is introduced. More like a 3.6 beer in this reduced state. Hmmm.
kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, via cquiroga. Pours a clear (on first pour) dark gold with a small whispy covering of white head. Minimal visible carbonation. The nose is quite unusual, a mix of apple cider vinegar, oak, funky bacteria, a little bit of armpit sweat, and light brett. Like kmweaver, I thought that it smelled reminiscent of a sweet mead. Thereís a nice tart crisp flavor with some apple cider vinegar. Itís not overly tart, yet it really grabs your attention, wildly funky with all kinds of unique flavors. Really a very hard beer to describe because itís so different. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a great oaky tannic finish. A long lingering funky finish. Overall, just a really funky and unusual beer. What I do know it that it was absolutely wonderful.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, generously shared by kramer17801. Thanks, Jason!! Pours a bright, effervescent orange color; small covering of off-white bubbles with patchy lacing. Dense, honey-laden and green olive aroma; beautifully sweet, almost mead-like density in the nose, with a slight brett presence and some soft cedar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this is definitely like nothing Iíve had before: cedar, olives, and honey are the dominant notes; soft and mildly tart, with a citrus/grapefruit character that fills out the palate; weird and wonderfully blended, ending with soft honey and minerals. Just excellent.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear golden, headless, huge tart aroma, hint of funky sweetness, funky flavor, oaky, tart, essence of lemon,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 14/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear gold, the fuzzy white head dissipates with unfortunate haste. Luckily, the aroma it reveals is absolutely enthralling by its complexity. Monstrous oak rages at first, unleashing a profusion of vanillin. Soon, an oddly nostalgic scent sets in Ė a combination of aromas that reminds very vividly of childhood carnivals. The ever-present pony stand is in full frame, and from it emanate funky aromas of straw and manure. Sweet smells of nearby vendors begin to pour in. I would have begun tugging at my motherís dress and pointing at the caramelized apples and fluffy clouds of bright pink cotton candy, but this time I sunk my nose deeper in the glass. Rapidly, the fragrance transitions through a beautiful range of fragrances, starting sweet with brown sugar and raw cane sugar, following with allspice, apricot, peach, orange, blackcurrant and white raisins. My patience begins to dwindle and I take a swift gulp. An explosion of sweet fruit coats the palate, balanced by a springy sourness and a dollop of cream. Apricot and hints of GruyŤre lend a funky fruit flavor, enthusiastically accompanied by tangy yogurt. The fruit is full of sunshine evoking, red apples, white grapes, peach, orange, raspberry and red groseilles. Vanilla ice cream acts as a rich and cool counterweight giving the finishing touch of banana its thickness. The sweet and sour combination is precisely tuned and a pulpy apple texture leaves the palate satisfied. The only complaint that to me resonates throughout Tomme Arthurís oeuvre, and particularly this brew, is the decidedly over-oaked flavor which I am afraid is invading the American beer market as it already has the wine. The inception of an American Sour Ale, if I may call it so, is on the other hand very exciting, especially as it takes root in the tuns of brewers around the country. A pioneering success!
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at woodshop 2 gathering, older bottle shared by cquiroga. Fruit,oak aroma, quite tart, but tamer than expected from the aroma. Earthiness, sour, some light fruits, quite drinkable and refreshing.