WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft-3rd brew of Stone 1st Annual Sour Festival, July 22nd 2007. Shared this cool day very mellow day with bikesandbeer, wetherel, westsidethreat, padrefan, fordest, denverlogan and many others. Pours Yewllow gold with a 1 finger bright white head. Nose is sour, woody and very funky. The taste is vinous with a big sour punch, and also nicely balanced and sweet. This was really pretty damn awesome, probably second favorite of the day.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This beer has a hazy, copper-gold tint to it and it is topped by a wispy, barely there, white head. Green fruit aromatics greet my nostrils as I take my first draught of the aroma; I get flavors of star fruit, not-quite ripe honeydew or perhaps it is a not-ripe cantaloupe aroma. The plum notes become quite noticeable as I dig around in the nose. Actually the fruit character really starts to open up after a little bit; Pluots indeed. I canít seem to shake a sharp, green note here though; perhaps it is contributed by the sour bugs. At times I actually get some notes reminiscent of sweet cherry skins; it is fleeting, but when noticed adds a really nice note to the aroma.
Upfront this beer tastes crisp, tart and dry; it really hits that quaffable character that I like in sour beer. There is a noticeable green fruit note here as well as a touch of vegetal character in the background. The dominant note is a tartness, but I really think (at least it seems so) that the pluots contribute a roundness & extra complexity to the sour notes that are in this beer. As I expected, the fruit character is much more apparent in the nose (which is typical of softer fruits like apricots, peaches and plums). When my palate gets used to the initial flavors, I am able to pick out notes of sourdough (a mix of the funk and some malt notes) at times as well as a grassy grain flavor. Lactic acid is the most apparent acidic quality here, but like I said, there is a persistent, fruity acidity here that is really quite nice.
While the beer is light, it is not austere or bony, there is some body here, which seams wrapped up in the fruit presence / contribution. This is quite complex, though it is not necessarily on the surface and you do have to work at it. I find that I am starting to take Vinnieís artistry for granted; this beer is so well integrated, so well made. I almost donít think about it, b/c despite this being perhaps the most balanced, multi-layered, eminently crafted beer at the festival, I almost felt like it was overlooked.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Sampled at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Pretty decent flavors of sour cherries. My favorite of the day.
DenverLogan (424) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had this at the Toronado and the Stone Sour fest on tap. Golden, small head, funky fruit aroma. Lemony, some sweetness, refreshing in its tartness, slight oak and chardonay notes. Funky but lovely; one of my favorites from RR.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Tried on tap at Stone brewery. A great beer, but looks like p. Nice sour nose of lemon, orange? Reminds me exactly of the smell of eating sour cherries at my grandmothers house in Maryland. Exactly. Pale yellow color. Mellow mild flavor. What aspecial treat. First rating: 9,2,9,3,18:4.1. Second taste at sour fest: 7,2.5,7.5,3,16.5:3.7. Third taste by patanap: 4.6
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at stone, the menu said it was barrrel aged. Pours a golden hue with a nice white head. Aromas of funk, a hint of mint, lemon peel and wine. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with flavors of lemons, a light oakiness, sour goodess with a lightly lingering finish. Very nice.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. 5/7/07. Clear golden amber color, with a thin white head.
Funky, sour wild ale aroma, with some sweetness from the fruit. The sourness of the beer is nicely accentuated by a sweet apricot flavor up front. I noticed plum in the finish, along with a bit of pepper. Iíve never tasted a plucot before (actually never heard of the fruit before this beer was brewed), but it matches really nice with the sour character of this beer.
unclemattie (3704) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
25April07 on tap @ Russian River. very light yellow color. aroma of fresh plums. flavor of a flemish sour! VERY TART. acid, sour, tart, and vinegary. light bodied
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the Toronado RR -tion night. thick foamy white head, hazy darkish golden color body. aroma is slightly sweet but more tart stone fruits, dry grass, weedy too. flavor is herbal stone fruits, very tart, and a little sharp/acidic. tastes a little woody and as if the plumcot leaves were in the mash.
badlizard (5154) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Russian River. Aroma of sour fruit, white wine, and oak. Pleasant sour taste, but not over powering. Nice bright palate.