StefanSD (2244) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle C&C. Pours a dark red-brown color with a small beige head that fades to a fine ring around the glass. The aroma is tart with cherries, currants, tannin and oak. The taste resembles the nose, lots of tart cherries, berries, oak, black walnuts and some port wine. The malt base is fairly neutral with a bit of dry biscuit which lends a nice touch that accentuates the berries and oak quite well. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering sour cherries. Overall: I loved it, not nearly as sour as I would have preferred, but there is no doubt about its sour intentions and they are nicely balanced and make this quite approachable. Perhaps the best San Adams Iíve sampled. Compares to the Rodenbach reds.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with thick off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, and light vinegar. Flavor is tart and sour. Good mouthfeel. More fruity than sour but pretty good. Surprised at 9%. Drinks lighter.
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow I am loving this. A nice sour flavor that isnít too sweet. A bit of stickiness to this that is nice. I would buy this again in a second. The best Sam Adams in a while.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like many people out there, Iíve been on a bit of a sour kick lately. Most that Iíve tasted have been really solid and I was anxiously awaiting tasting this offering from Sam Adams. Surprisingly, this just really missed the mark for me. The weight and texture of the beer just seemed to be off. The tart fruits were present but seemed to not pop. Muted and lackluster. I like Flemish beers but this is just not a great example from my point of view. Low marks. The bottles in this series are awesome though.
thirdeye11 (5911) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy brown-ruby, lasting light tan head of fine bubbles. Nose of oak, cranberry, light vinous, caramel, red grapes, other dark dried fruit, lightly tannic. Taste of lightly toasted oak, cranberry, wet wood, very drinkable and pretty good!
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Taste is sour cherries, funk and yeast. Fruity, funky and excellent.
LinusStick (3072) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I saw a Sam Adams bottle with a cork in it, then saw it was a sour ale I thought it was going to be terrible. It wasnít. Aroma was so so. Roasted malt, spices and sour cherry. Pour was a nice dark amber/light brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was good for a mass produced beer. Strong vinegar, cherry and yeast flavors bite the sides of the mouth and prickle going down the throat. Nice strong carbonation creates a nice finish that leaves the mouth sour and acidic. Hides the alcohol perfectly. Good job
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bad ass barrel looking bottle- Pours dark brown to red with a light tan head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is moderately funky, dark fruits, oak. Taste is very similar to Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne (which I had directly before this), but with more alcohol, this beer hides the alcohol expertly. There is a little less tartness here, and the beer has a slight graininess, but this is a nice beer. Are Sam Adams haters affecting the score here? Because this is nice!
llcooldave (1181) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a delicious looking brown copper color. Tart fruit and a slight funk aroma. Clean and crisp tasting; some wine like components. Dry, tart fruit followed by a slight astringent feel on the palate. Overall, very surprising and delectable for a style that Iím not a big fan of.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a very deep red/mahogany hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, vinous, tannic, nuts, currant, lactic acid, earthy, red wine, medium yeast esters and phenols, unripe plum, oak, vanillin, low acetone, light cough drop. Flavors are sweet upfront, dark and unripe plum, acetone, oak, vinous, prune, red wine, cherry pit. Low lactic acid in the finish. Very light acetic acid. Medium to fuller bready and caramel malt character. Alcohol noticeable. Malt character closer to an Oude Bruin (minus the oak). Lively carbonation with a dry finish, warming. I wish the sourness and funk complexity were stronger, but this was still a nice beer to drink.