levifunk (12) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at malt house for madison craft beer week. Commercial description from brewmaster kevin. Good beer. Nose is tart cherry, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor is the same but with more oak. Reminds me of a good flanders red.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On top at the brewery. Pours a dirty auburn color with a slight head. Aroma is oak, funky sweetness, fruit. Taste is oak, funky sour notes, and dark fruit. This reminds me of something Jolly Pumpkin or The Bruery would do. A dark complex sour. Stellar job.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler on tap at the brewpub (Wausau, WI). This one is the 5.. Which sounds the exact same as previous years. Pours a deep ruby copper hue, firm haziness in the body is a bit murky, rusty. Some healthy glow moves on to the edges and bottom, deeper ruby glow meets a small frothy tannish head atop, rings small. Sticks around small. Aromas are sour cherries, vinegar, red wine. A nice lactic zing really puts some sourness into my nose. Some gentle balsamic vinegar, funky brett, and wet wood. Some cranberry meets the cherry, red grapes are a bit tart yet still sweet. Bit of yogurt, firm lactic punch keeps pressing. Gentle sweetness is subtle, but the base seems transformed. Initial is lighter end of the fold, nice bretty and lactic zing off the bat. Cherries, lactic potency, bit of oak and red wine. Some distinct spiciness hits the palate, yeasty or cinnamon feel. Middle is cherries, bit of cranberry, gentle toast. Bready, some lactic twang, red wine and oak meet some gentle malty body. Backend is a bit more bretty, oaky quality. Some lingering red fruit presses on, not as sour but zingy. Some gentle vinegar, fuzzy feel and firmer brett and funk, cobwebs as we start to finish. Some firm red wine feels, red grapes and a bit tannic. A touch of sweetness. Bretty funky dry backend keeps pushing. Cobwebs, gentle carmelized feel meets a tart/sweet mix of red fruit. Pretty fun sour. Not abrasive, not overdone. Perhaps a bit young but very approachable. That spice element and a good melange of fruit presence makes it pretty interesting. Nice.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW 2012. Oops, didn’t jot down anything on appearance other than a score. Aroma is more sour than dubbel with notes of sour cherry, oak, funk and light fruit. Taste was sour with fruity notes beneath. Oak, cherry, vanilla and wild yeast round it out.
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Red Eye. Poured cloudy amber with a short beige head. The aroma picked up a big dose of sour oak and vinous notes with dark fruit and nutty notes beneath.. came across a touch metallic, but not in a bad way.. very intriguing. The flavor department was even better.. lots of sour vinous notes again, backed by nutty, caramel, and biscuity character.. sour barrel, fruity Brett, and warm spices throughout.. more barrel plus a perfect fruity Brett complement on the finish. Medium-bodied, quite sour, and engaging on the palate.. great feel and flow.. awesome beer!
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival 2012 in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy burnt amber colored brew with a creamy beige head that quickly dissipates but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of tart gose-like funk, some light caramel malt, a touch of cherry skin, vanilla and pear cider. Taste has a sharp mild tartness, with flavors of light caramel, malt, some tart pear, vanilla and a very fain floral hops. Finish is medium to full bodied, some wild Brett funk and a touch of leather. Definitely more Flanders-style tartness than the third anniversary beer.