CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an exceptionally pretty looking beer, a deep reddish brown colored beer, lots of tiny bubbles and a big fluffy off white head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is pear, apple, light vinegar, & white oak. Fruity and it sure smells the way a sour ought to, but without much funk or earthiness. Itís inviting for sure.
For some reason I really wanted this to just taste like Rodenbach, it doesnít.... and thatís my problem, not the beers. The beer canít help it if Iím in the mood for a very specific particular thing. The beer is fruity and about as oaky as it is sour. The sourness is not particularly bracing or sharp, but well worked into the overall flavor of the beer. The beer is a bit sweeter than I would like it to be, but it is not as sweet as say Rodenbach, so thatís sort of cool. The alcohol is really overbearing, there is no need for a beer of this character to have such a strong alcohol content.... at least not in my opinion, which is of course mine and mine alone.
The mouthfeel is very nice despite the hottness of the alcohol, plenty of prickliness, plenty lively.
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark coppery color with a thin tannish head. Tart, fruity, but dark. Cherry, fig, leading to a punchy finish. Light oak and earthiness.
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Scott. Poured a reddish/ amber with a smaller to average beige tight foamy head. Aroma of vinegar, balsamic, wet barrel, sour cherries, model glue. Average body with average carbonation, a weird combo of sour and big maltiness along with a lingering sour burn. Flavor is tart, along with cherry skins, vinegar, slight red wine, wine soaked bread. Very nice.
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very tarty. Very strong aroma. Sour taste though fruity. Lasting sour grape finish. Excellent and unique.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liked this a lot. Tart enough to be interesting, some funky moldy bread aroma.flavor kind of reminded me a little of sourdough bread. A little oaky, some red berry/fruity flavors. Solid beer, would get some more.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a lingering tart finish.
dyetube (1243) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours a deep reddish amber with a thin tan head. The aromas are dark fruit, sour. The mouthfeel is sourdry and bitter with a strong crabonation and medium body. Cheers!
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A corked and caged 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle yields a clear, dark brown liquid with hints of red hue. There is a substantial tan head that lingers until the glass is empty, leaving good lacing. The aroma is earthy, fruity and spicy. There is also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Palate entry is sweet and short-lived as flavors of dark cherry, raisin, port wine and peppery spice quickly take over. The oak barrel aging really peeks through in the finish, which is gloriously well-balanced, complex and long-lasting. ABV comes in at 9.0 percent. Very Good.
mnurda (1177) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled sample from happy Harry's. not my style of beer but could appreciate the complexity of this beer. Was happy to try it
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taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seriously good. Brown, slightly fruity, and sour. Thereís a bit of vinegar taste that makes it feel slightly "cheap" but other than that, a surprising entry into the world of sours by Samuel Adams.