KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/30/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Glad to finally try this at our whale tasting.
The pour is a murky apple cider color with faded straw yellow edges. A small frothy off-white collar fades to nothing and leaves no lace.
There are great sour and Brett notes in the aroma. A lemon zest and sour peach provide most of the tart notes. Some straw, light malt, and grass notes provide some complement to the fruit. Light Brett funk fills out the wild part of the aroma.
Without ever reaching too far, there is a pleasant lemon and peach sour flavor that pervades the flavor. There is a soft light malt sweetness up front, some wild funky notes in the middle, and a bit of lactic tartness right at the end.
This is quite sour and tart. There are no off flavors or any surge in the sourness; it is simple, pleasant, and sour throughout.
Bottleworks IX is a great American wild that takes quite a few characteristics of a gueuze.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - pours like the setting sun with a light layer of head and legs for days.
S - bright lemon citric acid, grapes, green apple, oak, and enough funk.
T - Spectacular! The taste is just like the nose, perfectly blended citric acid with grapes, oak, and nice funk.
M/D - Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. I had to make sure to put my glass down between sips or I just kept bringing it to my lips.
Iím glad I finally decided to open this bottle with my tasting group. Itís over 3 years old now, and itís amazing. The best American Wild Ale that Iíve had to date.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #250. On tap at Toronado. Pours a clear golden amber with a small white head that settles quite quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma is musty oak, apricot, green apple, earthy funkiness, some light tangerine, and some grapefruit. Simply wonderful. The taste is quite tart with lots of musty oak, apricot, tangerine, grapefruit, an earthy funkiness, and green apple. The finish is dry with more oak, apricot, and green apple. Amazing. Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation. This was a great beer. The flavors are really balanced with nothing dominating the other flavors. Certainly one of the best American sours.
Chenzo (20) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear light brown color, brett and champagne taste. Slightly sweet out front, very clean and sour with a bit of fruit.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Been after this forever! Pours a rich ruby copper hazy pour, well hazed with a frothy whitish head atop, sticks around, laces well. A healthy appealing glow. Aromas are rich oak and sour fruits, red and white wine mingle, lemons and lactic acid, touches of grape and raspberries, melons and chardonnay, with . Touch of cherry, blackberry, lemons. Funky straw, horseblanket and brett mingle. Red wine and oak seems to overtake a bit, sour and pungent, really inviting. Sour and heavenly. Initial is lighter bodied, offering healthy tannins up front, sour berries and touch of cherries, with red wine and oak, gentle funky brett, a touch of cheesiness, lemons and lactic acid mingle. Touch of brett grows, dry and funky, some gentle earth. Red wine barrel kisses, citrus, lively sourness, but nothing overbearing and not acidic. Middle is softer sourness, fruit and citrus, raspberries, grapes, and blackberry. Red wine tannins. Finish shows berries, nice sourness, some lingering funk, touches of bread and flaked wheat beneath. A masterpiece, truly. Softened and flavorful, sour and a melange of fruit, yet nothing overbearing. Proper barrel, touches of red wine, some cheese, and dry funky brett. Really just great, heavenly.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 ml bottle pour. Amberish murky color with a light head. Great funky sourness of fruits. Well balanced but complex. Great wild ale.
Dunt (254) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Purchased as a group for our Halloween whale tasting. A murky brownish orange in color. Kind of resembles apple cider in all honesty. There is about a half fingers worth of off-white head on the pour. Nose is lemon, sweet tart/smarties (similar to Cascade Apricot), some white grape, peach, brett, and some mustiness. A lot of the same themes as the nose. Lemon, some major musty sour funk, white grape, peach, and brett. Good carbonation with a medium body and a good finish. Worthy of the hype. It might not be my favorite American wild, but itís damn close. Only real flaw of the beer was its appearance.
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx to Todd , Derek and Brandon for bringin it
Smell: appels, pears, sour, lambic, peach
Taste: very sour start , lots of fruits, peachy, lambic, end is dry , fruity aftertaste , good !!
cgarvieuk (12282) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
sample from bottle at De Molen 2011 ... ligth murky amber ...sour barnyard funky nose ... soft fruits ... yeasty soft fruits ... yeasty barnyard funk ... not my thing at all
bierkoning (9586) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from bottle, kindly donated by US BBF 2011 visitors. Orange color, cloudy. Toffee, lemon, grapefruit and oak in the aroma. Sour lemony flavor, limoncello. Amazingly complex beer, hard to get all the flavors and aromas.