cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 I am not worthy oh RR to rate this beer! Had this at the RB Pgh gathering 12/09. I love sours, but come on, 10% wew! Big thanks to Mr Chopin, he always brings the beers that rock! Funky cool aroma! Dark iced tea color. Sour tart and funky. Mouth coating wet wool blanket with slight alky burn but not like a 10 percenter. Decent fizzy biting cutting rubber carbonation. A quite complex brew to say the least. Leaves me wondering about the percentile it occupies, again I am not worthy but I was really glad to have had the chance to taste this since sour is my favorite flavor.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DecemBeer. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to Cletus. Batch 001x2. Quick beige head over a ruddy red-brown body. Oaky, light currant aroma, woody, bright tartness. Taste is oaky, tart, cherries, currant, fruity, not overly sour.
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper with tan head and lace. Sour berriness, bread, and brown sugar. Sour/sweet cherry, with good dry finish. Medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. A very smooth drinking beer.
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Ok, not my normal "go-to", but a darn fine nightcap. This one has been aging for over a year. It pours spot-on for a cola, with an initial fizzy brown head that quickly reduces to nothing. The color is of deep ruby, differentiating it ONLY from the pour of a Coca-Cola product to the eye. The nose is of deep warehouse-stored Bazooka bubble gum, aerated sugars, currants and sour dark cherries. The sour cherries shine forth in the flavor, accompanied by a traditional Flemish accent of white wine vinegar. Sours truly dominate this, but are integrated very well into the overall pull. The finish is a curt Chardonnay fruity close, with a breathy aftereffect of a tannin-laden Cabernet. The mouthfeel is lively and perky, with subtle soda-grade carbonation. The body is full of fruity complexities, and will leave any Sour Ale fan (especially Flemish) in wanting. As the initial 6-month aging begins at the brewery, in Cab-Sav oak containers, I can definitely see the hues of aged Cabernet Sauvignon storage containers, and think that as the brew warms, it only stands to enhance the complex palate.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish brown; light beige head. Funky aroma. Medium carbonation, quite lively. Medium bitterness. Oak. Sour, buggy, a lot of things going on and working together. Very delicious, red fruit, wine barrel, sour. A very sophisticated beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at an impromptu tasting at lithy’s. 001x2. Pours cloudy rusty red with big beige head. The aroma is chocolate, currant, cherries, cedar, leather, and mellow general sourness. The flavor is currant, oak, leathery brett, and a very even sourness. Red wine notes linger in the background. I’m really digging all the dry berry notes in this beer. Not enough to make it overly fruity, but enough to give it tremendous depth. The finish has a musty funk to it and leaves a cheese and currant aftertaste. This is a delicious brew.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Darkness Day. Pours an opaque red brown with minimal head that comes back with swirling. Aroma is wonderfully complex: citrus hops, red currants, black cherries, oak and caramel malts. Some funk in there as well. Flavor is tart/sour. Palate is a little thin, but smooth and nice. Overall, its good but not what I was hoping for.
vyvvy (5863) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer. Pours dark mahogany with a sudsy tan head that leaves fairly quickly. The aroma has lots of red wine traits, some oak, berries (currants?) and dark malt lingering in the back. It has a medium clean crisp body with a low amount of carbonation & that works very well for the beer. The flavor starts with the aroma traits with a heavy emphasis on the wine tastes, but there is s spiciness, and some taking off the bite. This seems more sour / tart in a wine way than most sour ales. The finish is clean, tart and has some warming alcohol. As the beer warms there are blackberry, currant, pepper and tobacco traits that come out. Excellent beer.
dagimp (952) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 On tap at Capone’s. Pours a nice red/pink with no head. Not much nose but a tiny bit of fruit/cherries. Taste is very sour, as it should be. Mild alcohol from the 10?% but not too noticable. Fruit is very present. This is a sipper for sure. Very powerful sour in every sense of the word. No aftertaste. An excellent beer. I had a 9 oz snifter and that was enough for me. I couldn’t possibly finish a bottle of this.
Re-rating as of 9-2-10
Had on tap at Theresa’s next door in Wayne... even better than the first time!!! Damn good, damn good.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle brought back from California thanks to Pizza Port Carlsbad beer store. Did not travel well, even though I waited several weeks to open. Upon popping the top, immediate foam barreled out - foam tasted great didn’t want to waist any of it. Surprisingly did not take much away from this amazing beer -previously had it on tap and fell in love. Pours a beautiful reddish dark brown with thin off white head, the color of an aged port. Aroma is oak wine barrel, sour dark cherries, yeast, a mix of champagne and heavily oaked red wine. Taste is for a split second sweet fruit but then switches to an amazing tartness - sour grapes, red wine, dark cherries, oak in the background. Stays sour and bitter on the tongue in the finish - leaves you wanting more. Great beer that has opened my eyes to the style.