SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Bockyhorsey’s Bocky Bash Tasting on 7-5-08. Clear amber pour with a small foamy head. Aroma of vinegar, tart fruit, lemons and wood. Flavor is lemon, sour cherries and apples, wood and malt. Nicely carbonated. Refreshing, dry finish. The addition of cherries put this over the top for me. Fantastic!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasted at the 7/5/08 Bock Bash locals tasting. Pours a clear amber with one finger off white head. Nose is sour cherries, vinegar, lemons and wood. Taste is sour green apples, yeast, malt, pickle juice, lemons and aspirin. Medium, prickly mouth feel. Very good.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light brown, orange-amber pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is leathery, sour cherries, wood red wine. flavor is tart / sour cherries, red wine, wood, a little sweet malt, lemony finish. Very nice palate.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Warning: Open this bottle over a bowl so that when it overflows you can still pour it into your glass. I did not use a bowl so the table got to drink a few ounces.
Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Smell is very tart, there are aromas of cherries, but there isn’t a whole lot to them, predominant smells of sour and funk. This is not as sour as some other beers of this style, but that’s not the goal, the goal is to create a damn good brew and I would say mission accomplished. There are sour cherries in the taste as well, but it’s more of a vinegar-like sourness mixed with some oak and some grapes. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and had medium levels of carbonation, finish was dry. Extremely drinkable, I would have plenty of this often if I were given the chance.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Bottle in a trade. Pours a light brown orange body with a big white head. Aroma is cherries, sour funk and woodiness. Some lacto and pedi, sour brown ale, cherries, a nice tingly CO2 on the tounge. Lemon tart finish that quickly passes.
I just had this one a second time at monks in PA with Strasko, its a dam good beer but after seeing America at its best vs. various cantillon brew on draft, it fell just short. I was thinking 3.9-4.2 for a rating so i’ll leave it as is.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish copper pour with a nice dense off-white head that receded into an 1/8 inch foam but left its mark with thick bands of lacing. Nose is sour cherry skins, pear, funk, and yeast. Flavor is quite interesting...beginning sweet but rapidly transitioning to aggressive tart. Cherry, oak, raisin, lemonade, and grapefruit. Much lower carbonation that Temptation. Actually enjoyed this beer a bit more.
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opened side by side with temptation. Nose is cherries, bread, farmhouse funk. Orange amber haze, light head that dissipates quickly. Sweet as it meets your tounge. Tart blast. Palate is very interesting, starts fruity and finishes so extremely sour. Light carbonation. Cherry, sour, funk, fruit, bread. Slouldnt out rate temptation, not balanced. Bottle should be shared.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
its a sour blast the cherries lend a lot to the aroma and color but fall a bit short in the flavor. they are out shined by the wonderful brett lacto and pedicoccus which i would like to know more about. medium amounts of pinpoint carbonation. this beer make you feel like a kid again. pinot is a good addition and the beer either picked up a lot or this beer was well suited for pinot.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG!!! This beer was outstanding! Thanks to BDR for sharing. Copper pour with small whitish head. Aroma gives a hint of the pinot with a definite cherry presence as well as other pitted fruits. Tart taste with the pinot more present but the cherry asserting itself. Wow!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured an orangish copper in color with tinges of red and brown. It had a fluffy head of beige bubbles with faded to leave some island lacing from the constant bubbles. The nose showed off the sour cherries along with other red fruits, "brown" wood and an herbal funkiness. In the mouth this is extremely sour and acidic with the tart cherries being the domminate flavor and a tannic grip on the finish. While acidic, the midpalate does come off as balanced with a nice combination of carbonation and supple edges.