illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Deep red-brown with a pinkish beige head of about 2 fingers. The suds is very creamy and dense, leaving sheets of lacing on the snifter.
Aroma is sharp and vinegar-like. Red fruits oozing with acetic acid. Oak and funk come out just a little.
Flavor is throat-burningly sour but not in a bad way. Cherry and grape provide only a hint of sweetness thatís immediately obliterated by acerbic acidic acetic tartness.
Medium body and perfect carbonation. The only knock here is the puckering of the mouth and the charring of the throat. Drinkability is also affected by this, but if you love sour beer, you can drink this all night.
ScoWRee (410) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pous redish amber with no head. Aroma of viniger, not much else. Taste is sour, carbonated viniger! Sour Ale, something different. Not really my thing.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dried fruit aroma. Dark, rich leather in appearance. Has a very neat and unique flavor dried fuit and malt. I glad I experienced this beer.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 Pours deep and clear ruddy brown with a halo of a light tan head. Nose is strong of tart cherries and summer fruits. Substantial lacing as I tip the glass. Flavor is tart, yet a bit sweet. Really interesting brew with a lively mouthfeel. RERATE: After having several sours, I went back to this one and now I appreciate how good it is. Evolving flavor from cherry tartness to sweetness with such a wonderful nutty oak finish.
EKGoldings (631) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 750ml corked bottle, best before 06/09 (tasted 03/08). Pours reddish amber, not much carbonation. Very clear, taste is tart fruit, mainly cherries and apples. Brettanomyces character pronounced in the finish. I donít get any volatile acidity (acetic acid) but do note a trace taste of solvent like flavor Iíd guess to be ethyl acetate. Had this with supper and it really went well with the pasta that I made, the acidity really went well with the food. A really nice beer, Iíll get more of this to cellar.
Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didnít think I would like this one after reading descriptions involving vinegar but much to my surprise it is very enjoyable. The sour seams to come more from fruit than from acetic acid and makes the beer refreshing. I accidentally discovered that it goes well with black pepper.
BeerFanDan17 (1079) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as impressed as I hoped to be. This grand cru pours golden brown and is not as strong as typical. Not something I will likely buy again.
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Reddish brown with a greyish head. Cherries, black currants, wood and rasins form the aroma. Acidity and dry flavours with notes of cherries and sour apple. It is very vineous, tart and complex. A grand experience!
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 0.33 l. (Two weeks past BB) Clear deep red with fizzy head. Nose is very vinegary and sour. Flavor is like red wine gone bad. Very up front red vinegar with some faint cherries and unidentifiable funkiness. As it was past best before, I couldnít help but think itís gone bad even tho I knew itís a sour ale. Not my choice, Iíve had better of this style.
kyzr (1358) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick red/amber pour with small off-white head. Nose of cherry cider vinegar. Flavor was grannysmith apples, cherry, and vinegar. It just puckers the mouth, yet makes you reach for another drink. Very sour, yet what a nice change.