DavoleBomb (1522) - 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. Letís 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. Iíd prefer this to either be sweeter and more fruity or more sour. Itís 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 (354) - 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 isnít 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.
BŁckDich (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 (12314) - 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 (728) - 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.
PhatB420 (733) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice brew to sip and enjoy. I enjoyed how there was a strong wine like backbone holding it down the whole time. Bitterness prevails here and what a treat to slowly endulge in this greatness. Although the bottle said 9% and not 7%. Right on
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle brought back from Sam Adams to St. Louis by a buddy of mine who works there. Thanks again, John. Pours a ruby-red color with a thick, tinted head. Aroma of tart cherries, bretty funk, oak, and sweet malts. Flavor follows suit, with the tartness increasing as it goes down and warms, as well as some subtle hop notes emerging along with the oak. Medium-bodied, with moderate to above average carbonation and a tart, fruity, funky mouthfeel. Pretty impressive beer, and easily my favorite of the three Barrel Room Collection beers.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Brewery- thanks Marci. Dark copper color, fizzy head. Aroma is raisin and oak. Intense tart cherry fruit taste. Like a cherry pie in a glass. Hints of oak. Rich, creamy, and warming. Not at all what I was expecting. This would be a great Thanksgiving beer- I crave turkey, cranberry sauce, a warm fire, and a table of family and friends.
douglas88 (7349) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Holiday tasting. Perhaps thanks to Dave. Pours a cloudy brown color with a off-white/grey head. The aroma is rich cherries and oak. A rich fruity vinous flavor, tart, a nice Flemish sour. Woody. Nice.