emacgee (4208) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to turdferguson for sharing at the Carolina gathering. Pours a hazy carbonated golden brew. The nose is very tart and sour, acidic for sure, vinous, muscadine grapes in the nose, yeasty. The flavor is very tart, moreso than the batch 1 we had earlier in the month. Very sour and tart, acidic, vinous. Very tart and carbonated mouthfeel.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Carolina Crew Gathering at Turd’s – thanks to Turd for sharing. No wonder this one got a strong "reminds me of La Folie" reaction from the room! Okay, this is just a superb and uncompromising example of a Belgian sour. Cloudy gold and clear as day at the same time somehow. Thinnish champagne head/carbonation. The initial aroma suggests an earthy barnyard funk but soon it seems to grow more tart, as the fruity, sour apple qualities come along (I’m not getting the citrus so much, though there is some grapefruit extremity in the exquisitely long finish). Some slight muscadet in the aftertaste too. A triumph from RR.
HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a sour beer. But it doesn’t have the weird aromas the Cantillon beers have. Nice and tarte with some lactic milky qualities.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold with a very thin white head. Aroma is a light sourness, grapefruit, sour cherries, brett. Taste is fairly funky, grapefruit, faint toffee like note that is mostly covered by funk, heavy oak. Much differant then batch 001, but still good.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. After popping the cork, I took a whiff from the bottle and the sourness that hit me made my mouth water. Golden color with a very light haze present. Very little light white head. Aroma is moderately funky, light on the acetic notes, and has some nice perfumey barnyard characters that lay nicely in the background. The taste packs a jarring smack of sourness followed by a light peppery oak flavor and a lingering citric tingle. Aggressive and flavorful.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the muck: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, funky, yeast, some oak, fruits. Flavor, tart lemons, sour, dry and very tart on the finish, some yeast, lime notes, and a dry citrus character. Damn this is good.
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aroma of tart funk with notes of chardonay, grapefruit, lemon. Hazy golden color with a thin head. Acidic fruits, tart, mouth puckering, oak, white wine, and a touch of fruity sweetness then back to tart grapefruit. Some funkiness comes through, but the tart grapefruit/lemon juice/rind prevails. Intense!
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 2008 Fresh bottle Bottle enjoyed at Squaw Valley thanks to Karen T.
Pours a mellow gold with a very modest head. Stunningly good aroma: not much of the sourness comes through, but instead I get the cobwebbiest aroma I’ve ever enjoyed, brett funk, rich yeastiness, mild oak. The flavor initially hits surprisingly sour, given that there was so little of the balsamic sourness on the nose. But instead it’s a powerful bretty sourness, thick and almost chalky, gentle barrel character, lemon juice and other citrus.
This is a really great beer.
Revisit December 2014 Fresh vs. Aged. A fresh bottle--well, relatively fresh--bottled 9/13, up against an old batch 002 from 2008 or earlier. The new one porous perfectly clear bright yellow with short-lived white head, wine and oak on the nose, no cobwebs. The old one is a murky cloudy yellow-brown, no head and nary a puff when I open the bottle. This one has an aggressive old lambic nose, tons of rubber, some cheese, again those cobwebs. But it’s absolutely delicious that’s rich and intense the way that only older lambics can be. All sugars are gone, it’s just lemon acidity and rich complex funk. It is so good that by comparison the younger one seems single dimensional, which is impressive because the younger beer--though sweet-tart by comparison--is very good in its own right.
These both remain challenge beers, not easy drinking, what for their intense tartness. It’s hard to believe that the old one is an American beer at all so much does it taste like a Belgian gueuze. The young one, much more American. I don’t know how much is a change in batch and how much the aging, but the lack of cobwebs in the younger is probably batch where the drier flavors of the older is probably age. The old one would be a 4.2 or 4.3, the younger 3.9 or 4.0. I’ll let the current rating stand but this one could easily edge upward if one were willing to cellar.
tl;dr summary: At 6 years old, like a top Belgian gueuze.
TaktikMTL (6173) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 375 ml, avec bouchon de liège, dégustée chez Ebenezer Kezars (Lovell, ME). Arôme: Odeur de citron, chêne, melon miel et une pointe de vinaigre. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de citron et de pamplemousse, le tout est sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût très citronné. (Rating #1708)
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle) Small white head that nearly vanishes, atop cloudy lemon yellow body. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, grapefruit, some Bret, champagne, white wine, wood. Taste is mild sweet, strong grapefruit/Fresca, some champagne, light wood, white wine. Fairly strong sourness. Light-medium body, moderate acidity.