Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 001x1. Pours a medium to dark brown, opaque, with a smaller head that reduces to a thin lacing. Aroma is indeed sour, slightly fruity, slightly floral, and of brown sugar. Flavor is very tart all the way through, and overpoweringly so. There is some sweetness and cherry/berry underneath the sourness, as well as breadiness, yeast. Pretty Belgian in character outside of the tart. You can also taste the wine cask the more you drink it. Very acidic; I feel like this is eroding the enamel off my teeth. Mouthfeel I found quite nice: Good medium carbonation and medium viscosity. Nice chest warmth if you need it. Not my favorite style so far, but still pretty enjoyable after all is said and done. Overall, very good minus.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is batch 001x3.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful dark mahogany color that absolutely shines when held up to the light. A light cream colored head rises up about half a finger and recedes to a small ringaround the edge.
Smell - Tart dark cherry, definitely a lot of wine coming through in a big way. It has a real, clean smell to it, like its, perfect? It is just an amazing smell, hard to describe with the right words.
Taste - This is my first real sour, so the fact that it is sour comes out the most first. It didn’t hit me like a freight train though, it was, refreshing! This is hard to explain, like the smell. Whatever those Bretts and other bacterias and yeasts are contributing is something completely foreign and completely amazing at the same time to me. This tastes like a tart berry picked fresh from the bush. What kind of berry is that though? I am guessing it would have to be black currants, another new taste for me.
Mouthfeel - Wow, it is light, and it is perfectly carbonated. This is the kind of brew that I have been waiting for. It tickles the end of your tongue with every sip. It feels like it coats the mouth without giving you that feeling that it just won’t go away.
Drinkability - I am glad this is a 750ml bottle, I will gladly drink this entire bottle to myself and wish I had more. This has opened new doors for me and I will be searching out sours in the very near future. This beer is amazing, and it is very much worth the hype. Wow. This will have to suffer from the fact I wouldn’t be able to drink another bottle if I wanted to, not really looking to get krunked over here!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured a dark brown with an off white head. aroma of tart cherry and dark fruit. flavor was much the same as well. had a medium body and high carbonation. i would like to have the chance to re-rate in the future.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle,I love sours and this was excellant with a nice funky flavor that poured a nice dark red with afizzy head and nice carbonation,it had a nice strong smeel with hints of cheery and oak overall this was very enjoyable and worth the wait to try.
Pinball (11071) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#13 at papsø blind tasting
cloudy brown, large thick brown head.
aroma : caramelly sour, slight alc. stable.
flavor : dry, citrussy, lacto, very dry. solt of blended feel to it. acid from berries
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 2nd BA Tasting. Pours dark reddish amber, murky with a dissipating off white head. The strong aroma just flat out kicks ass- cherry, burlap, brett, and lemon. Medium bodied with a slight spritzy carbonation, and mildly sticky texture. This is loaded with lots of flavors, all melded and balanced- berry, vanilla, oak, caramel, and wine. The residual sweetness is just right for my tastes. The finish is acidic and sour and not overdone. People who want something over the top should just look elsewhere (buy a vintage Cantillon if you want sour bombs), and give me your bottle of this. Excellent without being extreme,
Lothore (583) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a deep crimson color with a fizzy, off white head that fades fairly quickly.
S- Smells of dark fruit, plums, raisins, currants, figs, with a hint of sourness.
T- Tastes of currants, slight oaky cherry flavor and a nice funky brett flavor to round it out.
M- A little overcarbonated, semi viscous and fairly creamy.
D- This one was very drinkable. It definitely wasn’t a standout for me as far as russian rivers lineup goes, i’d much rather grab a temptation. At 22 dollars a bottle id venture to guess this will be the last bottle i’ll buy for a while.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a reddish brown with a dissipating beige head. Nose is that of cherries, old wood, earth, funk, pinot noir and some acidic notes as well. On taste it is bold, not super sour. Very well balanced with juicy fruits at the front with a hit of tart brettanomyces and earth, finishing reasonably dry. crystal malts come through and a nice, pleasing carbonation level as well. This is a damn fine beer, but I be it gets a lot better with some age on it. Outstanding.
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [Papsoe grand American tasting] Large beige thick head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber color with particles in flow. Aroma of vinegar, wood, leather, mild dried fruit, barnyard, citrus. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sour and sweet flavor in balance. Lingering sour fruity finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 16 = 3.9
yespr (33873) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #13. Pours hazy and dark brown with a light orange glare and a good solid and slight off-white head. Acidic and cherry fruity to acetone aroma with a nice roasted and caramelish note - light breadish. Solid acidic with a nice acetone like flavour, mild cherry note and dense breadish caramelish malt. Acidic and slight acetone like finish.