MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Clean amber with a thin off white collar. An excellent flemish sour type stuff. Excellent fruity stuff, superbly made, tonnes of balance and finesse. Plenty of barrel showing but in a really good way. Really clean mouthfeel, lots of length. Really good all round. Most impressed.
harrisoni (13856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso Gaylord tasting 09. Thanks to Chris for bringing this back from Boston. Red amber colour, thin beige head. Some sour on aroma, really good Flemish sour. Could do with a bit more sourness on the end. Great aroma. Good fruit in mouth, some cherry/red fruits. Some sour on end, great fruit. Typical Flemish ale. Loved it.
BeerandBlues2 (9794) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber-copper with a small, frothy off-white head, low retention with no lacing. Aroma is medium sweet malt with cherry notes. Slight earthiness with some faint alcohol notes. Low hop aroma. Tart cherry and caramel malt flavor with a light hop bitterness and spice. Oak notes. Plum and grape tannins. Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.
redsox8945 (11) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry Red in color, clear. Bitter in taste, there are a lot of flavors going on at once with this one. medium body, slick feel, fizzy, a long finish that brings out the oak from the barrel.
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks gorgeous in the glass - a nice red. Very very sour beer. The cherries really come through. Sours aren’t my favorite style, so take this with a grain of salt.
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vinous yet malty. Notes of tart and fruity esters from the yeast with light, toasty oak in the background. A slight sourness and a mild, drying bitterness balance out the beer. Not extreme like most barrel-aged beers, but pleasant and enjoyable to drink.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. rust colored body, small white head. nose of tart cherry skins and heavy oak, some aspirin/chalk/aspartame noticed, some acid esters as well. flabby texture, thin to medium body, oak is overpowering, tannins are overwhelming and sloppy. mild flavor, lacks depth, mostly oak and fruit skins, with some vegetal off-flavors becoming more noticeable in the finish. passable.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle $8.99, it looks kind of like a flanders red, reddsih color, translucent, short ring of bubbles around the glass. The smell is quite interesting off the bat, a bit of funk, sour fruit, reminds me of the dissident. The flavor doesn’t seem to match up with the smell for me, its a little tart but mostly mild with a bit of woodiness, needs more sourness, more funk and less alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 03:26:55
notalush (4913) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 - labeled as 9% abv - Pours an effervescent hazy red - nose is moderately acidic and acetic, with rich oaky tannins, mild earthiness (though I’d hesitate to call it "funky"), but with a substantial malt base - there is a distinct Rodenbach-ish character to the nose - medium body, full but soft carbonation - the flavor has an initial kick of semi-sour, acidic and vinegar-like qualities - dry and oaky through the middle - malt sweetness develops late, with some fruity notes and caramel flavors - moderate yeast and basement character - finish is dry, semi-tannic, with mild lingering oak and yeast, as well as cherry and vanilla far in the back - fairly malty, but there is an argument for this being labeled as a sour ale - Sam Adams has made one hell of a beer here.
Ratman197 (9956) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of cherry, carmel, yeast, light carmel and light barnyard. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of cherry, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk and light carmel with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish. One of the best Sam Adams beers I’ve had!