gururyan (548) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 750 into snifter, very hazy light gold in color, little to no head, bubbles more like a champagne. Very sour upfront, then tames down to a lemon bitter. Not bad, will discuss this one and their others with the Prairie brewers at the upcoming craft beer tasting next weekend. This is no session brew, feels like I’m suckin’ on those Warhead sour candies.
Prufrockstar (678) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks, DrFabulous!) shared a few nights ago with OldMrCrow. Catching up (from notes). clear gold pour (aptly named), white head dissipates quickly. Aroma: very nice! Citrus, grape, must(??). Funky - some cheese as it warms? White wine with cotton candy and bubble gum. Taste: quite tart and dry, slick texture, body a little thin. Maybe a bit astringent? Wine-like acidity in this. Almost puckering ... Lives nicely in the saison-meets-sour realm. Underlying sweetness catches up as the drink goes on. White wine beer?
OldMrCrow (1716) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at my house with Prufrock --- thanks for the hookup!
Straw gold pour, white head. Immediate lemon on the aroma, followed by white wine and a very interesting funk. Corn on the cob? Flavor is only very gently sour: white wine and lemon juice exactly as expected from the aroma. I’d call this a sour saison rather than a sour ale proper -- think Jolly Pumpkin but straightforward in a good way. Brett late provides a really nicely drying leather. Extremely drinkable -- this one would be a delight on a hot summer’s day. I’m delighted that beers like this are being brewed in the US these days; I hope this either makes it to Washington or drives the local places to up their game.
Here’s the thing with this beer. Tonight we paired it with an ’08 Aardmonk, a Sinners ’08, and a batch 2 supplication --- and it totally held its own. We came back to it between each bottle and it was refreshing and delightful and not the least overshadowed by these other bigger and rather epic beers. That says a lot! 0.1 bump to Overall for its staying power.
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fuck yeah. This shit is he tits. A true sour. At Tyler’s. aroma is medium acidic sour, beautiful soft lemon zesty funk. Taste is tartness, lemon, light wheat, light Brett. Very nice beer. Love it. Would drink every day.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2013 Bottle... Hazy, bright yellow ale with a brief white head The nose is lemony, acidic and mildly funky. Light to medium-bodied with vibrant carbonation. The flavor is tart and fruity up front, then tangy and grainy in the finish. Leaves a fantasticly-funky residue inside the glass. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma was of malts, some funk, barnyard, tart lemons and citrus with hints of vinous fruit. The taste was similar with a nice vinous quality, some funk, and hints of tart fruit. Well done.
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by jmikolich, thanks! Hazy gold with bubbly head that died quickly. Nose is lemon citrus, musty basement and oak.The flavor is a mix of tart lemons, lactic acid and lots of funky barrel notes. Also some white grape flavors. Sourness is all funky barrel, it reminds me of a chardonnay barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel is lively and the body is appropriate for the style. This was nice and my kind of sour ale. Sour from oak rather than bacteria.
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy piss yellow. Nose is lacto and wine tannic. Fleeting puckering tartness that pulls all of the liquid and leads a dry lemon zest sour that is not overpowering. Tannic oak and peaches
jmikolich (1394) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL shared with AdamJ and Chris, if every brewery could make a sour golden like this, the beer world would be a better place, solidly quenching drying and funky... hints of white grapes and champagne effervecencse
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at ESBLS. This pours quite hazy and could pass for a Berliner Weiss. No foam. A complex funky aroma. Fruit and at least a couple of wild yeast strains. More lacto than bret in the flavor. Pale malts. Nice fruit effects. Pears and some lemon. I am not a sour head by any means but this is quite drinkable and totally inoffensive. Call it an intro to sours?
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 into HF taster. Cloudy gold pour with small head that fades to nothing. Smell is lemon citrus, slight funk. Taste is super refreshing. Tart lemon, little bit of grain, hay. Drinks more like a Berliner of gose. I loved it.