Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st tasting of the day @ the Stone Sour Fest 2008. Poured a clear, deep golden yellow with some head retention. Tons of sour peaches and other tree fruits. Very funky, glad I got to try this rarity!
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DLD, thanks to funky brewster for going and getting a couple of these for us in line. Hazy light amber pour with bubbly white head. Beautiful funky citrus sour aroma. Flavor is amazing to asay the least. Huge sour, made my jaw clench a bit, which was wonderful. Grape, apricut, lemon, peach, sour apples all come rushing at you with just the right amount of funk. this beer makes you salivate and yearn for more with every sip. I could drink this beer all day.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In short: An intense sour and acidic beer halfway between a blonde Sour Ale and a Gueuze
How: Tap at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Cloudy peach color body with a long lasting medium white head
In long: Nose is barnyard wild, very wild. As funky as the funkiest lambics. Less bretty but more tasty/intense as their Sanctification. As expected the taste is sour, acidic and tart as hell but never falling into the vinegary or lemon extract territory. This is tasty acidity and sourness. Moderately fruity although not specific fruits were coming out. Might be the pluots they use since I don’t know what they taste like (didn’t even know such a thing existed). Then comes the finish, dry and acidic like the most hardcore gueuzes (Cantillon or Hanssens on a good day). Despite its intensity the beer never cease to be refreshing and highly drinkable. This beer to me blends the best of what an intense Sour Ale and an intense Lambic Gueuze have to offer. I never understood why all those people were telling me that they couldn’t understand how could live the life I live without compunction… I understand now… I think.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught as guest beer during Dark Lord Days ’08. Pours a hazy golden yellow sour brew with a thick white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of barnyard funk, sour citrus or oranges, lemon and a touch of lime, with yeast galore. Taste is medium bodied, spritzy with flavors of sour fruit, lemon and grapefruit. Finish remained sour that lingered after the finish. I was unaware that Russian River has some outstanding sour ales.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at DLD. Cloudy golden yellow. Smell of sour lemon, grapes, tart cherries and barn. The taste was of tart fruit, sour lemon candies and grapefruit zest. Wonderful guest brew at DLD.
HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 22, 2008
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
This smells like a farm. It tastes like grapefruit flavored stale Bud. I guess I don’t see it.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DLD guest tap: Glowing deep golden hue with a lasting frothy white head and left excellent lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of plum, tangerine, spicy white wine (Gewurtztraminer?), grass, wild yeast funk, some clean oak, and dusty yeast esters.
Starts with and mostly ends with a dry acidic tartness, sour fruits and funked up yeast all over the place. YEP, it is a Russian River beer alright! Some light biscuity pale malt and wood as well with a touch of white pepper to round out the palate. The mouth feel is highly refreshing and sprite. Outstanding offering and something I wish I had a bottle of the enjoy in the future. Every bit the equal of the Supplication IMO!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle from Hellomynameis. Very good bottle, still has full carbonation and doesn’t appear to have lost anything in transportation. Holy lord, this is delicious. Though the aroma is mild, horsey funk, carrot, a touch of fruit, the flavor is an onslaught of woody sour with just the faintest touch of fruit sweetness. Freaking amazing flavor. I must have more of this.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Gorgeous hazy pale gold color with light orange highlights and a light, thin white head. Sweet earthiness in the aroma with a sour acetic edge, ripe stonefruit, and some faint wood and oxidative barrel-aged characteristics . Very tart flavor with sweet stonefruit notes. Light body with sharp a prickle of fine bubbles that really lifts up the flavors which come across light and nimble on the palate which highlights the multi-dimensional. This is very well constructed, sophisticated, and intellectual beer.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz hand bottle acquired in trade with tytoanderso (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of mustiness, dusty, funky, tart fruitiness, and some citrus. Tastes of funky tartness, green apples, plums, tart cherries, fruity, and some citrus. Nice tartness.