ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahhh batch 2. After being blown away by PH1 batch 1, I had high expectations. Golden yellow colored, smallish head with some lacing, still not a great appearance. Aroma is funked out with notes of oak, wood, more funk. Tart of course, somewhat lambic like. Medium bodied, acidic finish with minor sweetness. Still one of my favorites.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 750mL bottle, Batch 003, Bistro BA Fest. Pours a murky, yellow-golden color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of cobwebs, tart citrus, and funk in the aroma; nicely tart, funky, and dry. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of tart citrus, medium-to-high levels of acidity (not nearly as high as Batch 002), with plenty of jaw-clenching tartness and funk; really nice version of this beer, mouthwatering. Lengthy finish: tart citrus and funk, lasting acidity, and nicely dry and crisp throughout. 220.127.116.11.16=4.0
375mL bottle, courtesy of my wife. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color; thin off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of funk and grapefruit and sour citrus upfront in the aroma; plenty of acidity and funk and dense sourness; certainly a departure from the original Batch 001 / PH1-001; more Cantillon lambic-like character, though not quite the same piquant levels of acidity; a touch of oak. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of jaw-clenching citrus tartness, soft toasted oak presence, plenty of funk and authentic lambic-like character; a whole mess of sourness and citrus rinds and funkiness; high levels of acidity overall; much much more than simple brett, but without some of the fruity complexity and prominent toastiness of the original batch; an entirely different beer, and an excellent, successful spontaneous effort; lots of grapefruit and citrus throughout, with a definite emphasis on sour yellow fruits. Lengthy finish, showing plenty of lasting acidity, tart citrus, and a touch of breadiness and burnt toast in the finish. 18.104.22.168.15=3.9
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great funky barnyard aroma with a sweet note.....tastes like grapefruit rind but way more complex and tart........yum......
Taverner (1068) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 POSITIVES: This beer smells great. Smells like grapefruit juice that has been sitting in oak barrels for, well, 9-19 months. Pours a honey golden color with very minimal head. NEGATIVES: Dammit, I just donít like sour beer! So if you love sours, this is your beer. It has complexities like you canít imagine. Barnyard funk (which I like), grapefruit (which I like) and tannins. If you donít like sours though, and this is my third, so I know I definitely donít like them, you wonít like this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at some guys house in San Diego during CBC week. Yes, he has connections. Pours with a slightly cloudy golden body topped by a thin white head with some lacing. Wow, this sucker is sour and tart with some nice citrusy notes and a little peach. Light bodied and dry.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 002 recently received from RR. The aroma on this is sweeter than the taste. At first sip....WOW, I had the sour face pucker up lip popping kick. This might be the most sour taste I have ever experienced. Iím not used to it. On the backside, it has some grapefruit/peach like flavor and the sourness subsides into a smooth coating my mouth sensation. I will sit on bottle #2 for awhile and see if the sourness mellows out. A rare treat but Iím not sure if itís something Iíd go back to over and over again.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle ordered from RR. Hazy yellow in color with a gold.Tart sour aroma. A little sweet and fruity. Some yeastiness as well. A little peach. Very sour up front. Subdued, dry fruity quality with a little bitterness. Dry bitter finish with plenty of sour.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 Bottle during 4/12 Dmetal with J. Thanks for tossin this in Justin. Aroma was predominantly musty funk, citrus, faint oak. Flavor was VERY tart - mouth puckeringly sour, bread, citrus, lemon zest, and very funked up. This is soooooooo different than Batch 001 - which, without a doubt, I prefer. This is really just a good olí "american" gueuze. Very lively and Cantillon-esque. Solid, but not extraordinary - oh how this makes me crave 001. But props to Vinnie for the spontaneous creation - quite a feat in itself!
bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Marcus (thanks!); corked and caged. Sour lambic aroma with a hint of orange. Hazy gold color with a flat white head. Medium bodied with fizzy/creamy carbonation. Itís barnyard funky, but in a sophisticated manner. Seems citrous sour. Finish is just dry. Very like grapefruit membrane. With time it seems to be unsweet pink grapefruit. The finish is way tart. Way to live.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a sour lemon drop candy aroma. Nice hazy straw color. I am not a sour ale expert, but it is certainly interesting. I just donít have the appreciation for it.