HonusWagner (1910) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 Wish I had tried this at its peak, still, much gratitude to Ryan for sharing it with me. Tart lemon, slight funkiness, very vinegary though, hard to drink in quantity. Obviously a very good beer even with age, but was probably amazing before the acidity took over.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours somewhat clear pure amber with a white head that quickly forms a tannish head. Aroma is sweet Brett yeast, clean and smooth in the nose with some earthy vine notes. Flavor is similar, sweet Brett yeast with a dry body for sure and a decent puckering ending.
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- clear copper amber pour with small amount of reddish off white head. Minimal lacing. S- rich aroma of yeast and brett funk. Strong apricot and other muddled stone fruit. Some sulfur, light vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, musty closet and old orange peel. Faint hint of coriander, grass and lavender. M- tart, light body with strong carbonation and crisp full palate. T- taste follows the aroma. Very strong tart lemon juice to start coupled with vinegar. Dried apricots, sour white grapes and brown sugar in the middle. Ending is more vinegar followed by some warm musty funk and lemon juice. Mild mineral water as it warms.
skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled many times over the years at this point. Draft back in the day when it was released, and I think the last bottled sampled was sometime December 2012, thanks to Terry. He’d also popped bottles (as he had over a case to begin with) over the years since release. This brew is one of the most spectacular and mature sours I’ve ever had. It’s not trying to be overly loud, it’s just trying to be what it is: pure excellence. Even sampling the now 5-6 year old bottle last December, it had mellowed and smoother beautifully, aging like fine wine. Not sure how many bottles Terry has left, but I hope I’m around if another one gets opened!
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at tasting at CCB. Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. Aroma i s funky sour fruity balanced. Flavor similar to aroma, very nice balanced funky and sour. Tart finish. Very good indeed.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber with an off white head. Tart citrus, summer stone fruit, earth, with a little funky musty basement. Flavor is mildly funky, decent amount of oak, summer stone fruit and finishes tart. Reminds me of a mild beatification with a little more oak and funk. At first I wasn’t overly impressed, but as I went through my pour, the tartness started to build. I began to appreciate the subtle funk flavor mingling with the fruit and evergrowing tartness. Beautiful carbonation and palate. Very good.
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 750 ml bottle - thanks to ForgetFu for sharing this beauty! Pours clear yellow golden. Aroma of peach, lemon zest and barnyard funk. Light and sour body with lots of tarty and fruity flavours. Definite like!
PhillyCraft (4757) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Huge thanks to jeremy for this one. Pours a pumpkin copper, white head and lacing. Aromas are very woody with spicy cedar, sour lemons/peach and lactic acids. The ph1, sanctification, and orphan sonambic are a perfect combo. Dusty basement notes, musky oaks, yeast, bretty leathery goodness. The most balanced and maybe one of the best sours I have tried from America. More refined beatification, with a woody and long lasting tart dry finish. Insanely complex sour ale.
JaBier (6101) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Amber pour with a thin off-white head. Peppery and funky nose with sour citrus notes. Malty and citrusy sour flavor with some subtle stone fruit before a peppery and sour finish.
madvike (3147) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Biottle pulled out by Puddintane at Muckfest III...thanks Dave! - Clear amber pour with a huge foamy white head. Nose is pungent lemony tartness, vanilla, Smarties, and a malty, yogurt smoothness. Nice mellow oakiness in the taste, with lemon, citrus rind, apricot, and a vinegar tartness on the finish. Carbonation is velvet, with a big, full body. Wow is all I can say. I’ve heard some folks say this beer is going downhill. It may be for all I know, but if so I can only imagine what it was like in it’s prime. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Thanks again Dave for the chance to try this one.