TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So I did not know this would be a sour ale when I opened the bottle but so glad it was. Really nice looking clear red amber with lots of carbonation and a 3 finger head that faded. The aroma is a tat fruit raspberries with some malt under that. The taste is super tart with a little sweetness but the oakiness does come through with a tinge of booze. Does finish like a dry white wine right at the end. Well done SA
mcox90 (1585) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a hazy mahogany color with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma is tart fruit & vinegar. Flavor is more tart/sour fruit with a malty backbone. Also, a good amount of oak and earh. Very acidic. Full mouthfeel with active carbonation. Long sour finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
- Pours a deep dark brown with a little hint of red. About 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that fades away and leaves a bit of lacing.
S - A subtle aroma of tartness from the fruit (mostly cherry). A touch of oak smell balances the tartness a bit.
T - The overall flavor is very tart and full of the cherry flavor. This is mixed with some oak flavor and even a bit of sourness. The finish is actually eve a tiny bit sweet.
M - Medium bodied with about a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and finishes really crisp.
D - The sweetness and tartness really give this beer a decent range of flavors that you taste in the beer. The beer is overall really smooth and crisp, and fairly refreshing.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of tart cherries, malt, slight oak, slight funk, slight barrel, and some tartness. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a small, tan/beige head that disappeared completely. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium tart. Tastes of tart fruit, tart cherries, light funk, slight alcohol, slight oak, and slight barrel. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Slightly tart, medium sweet, cherry, slight oak, and light funk finish is lightly dry. 9%ABV is noticeable in the flavor.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a tulip. This is the third of the series for me. The New World Tripel was great and the American Kriek sucked ass. Let’s begin...
3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Small particulates throughout. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with poor retention but a decent amount of lacing.
4.0 S: Interesting and a hell of a lot better than the Kriek. Good mixture of sweet fruitiness and sourness. Cherry and raspberry are the main focus here. Acetic acid is the dominant sour note. Woodiness, a light tannic astringency, and a touch of vanilla round this out.
3.5 T: Cherry is the dominant taste. It is slightly medicinal, but nowhere near the Kriek. Woodiness and astringency are next powerful flavors. The acetic acid in the nose is very muted in the taste. Overall, this is sweeter than it is sour. A bit toasty and a touch of funkiness.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate, but spritzy carbonation. Could be creamier, but reasonable smooth. No problems, but nothing standout either.
3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing special either. I’d prefer this to either be sweeter and more fruity or more sour. It’s in the middle and seems a bit muddled. A lot of my scores were borderline, so this is a bit better than my rating suggests.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010 00:17:31
tbopslt (350) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Pours a hazy red, minimal head and almost nonexistent lacing. Strong Fruity aroma.
Full flavored, again strong a fruity on the pallet. A fine sipping beer, particularly on a cold winter night.
I enjoyed the beer but it isn’t exactly my cup of tea.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crazy looking 750ml bottle: Pours a slightly hazy red orange with a thin white head, sour cherries in the aroma and in the taste and aftertaste, sweet-sour at the beginning, end and afterwards. Thin bodied, but mixing it with a DIPA makes a nice blend. A beer to either stay clear from or buy a case and see how it ages.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Utah Holiday Tasting: Pours a nice dark ruby color with a big fluffy head, very pretty. The nose is tart and balanced, full and fruity with tannins and clean and snappy hops and caramel. Tight and complex sour, I would never have expected this from Sam Adams!
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy red body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, herbs, caramel, and some oak notes. Flavor of cherry, medicinal, lacto, vinous, and caramel.
bigguns22 (704) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A gift from a good friend; First I have seen was on Christmas .Bottle number 2460.Pours like a killians red in color.Tart,sweet and very much like a lambic.Head has tight bubbles and tan in color.Sweet and acidic like a good aged balsamic vinegar.Very good beer.