FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated-amber / dark plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber / purple / plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma is vinous, oaky, tart, and fruity with specific notes of strawberry vinegar, red wine like fruit character, berry jam, some cider notes, a touch of nutty toasted malt character, and some light oak spice character.
This has a prickly carbonation and a medium level of fullness to the body; it sticks to the palate a bit, though lightens up a bit in the finish. The flavor is quite vinous, it reminds me quite a bit of a lightly oaked, fruit focused red wine. Bright berry notes, a light, accentuating acidity, and a touch of warmth in the finish; the latter seems to be a combination of the oak character and a bit of the alcohol. There is a nice nuttiness here that combines with the caramelized malt notes, and the lightly toasted browned malt character.
Not bad, actually a bit better than I was expecting. It could certainly use a bit more complexity, and it is certainly a bit on the strong side for what I was expecting, but I like that the character isn’t over the top in any manner, as this is a flaw in many an American attempt at this type of beer.
bubblehouse (434) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicous beer. Has a nice sour taste and the oak flavor is very subtle. Very good offering.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kinda going after a flanders type sour, even says so on the bottle. Anywho...the depth of the color and complexity of this brew caight me off guard a little. Tart, slighly sweet and sour, with a bit of cherry, lots of oak, and even a little leather and tobacco that added another layer of complexity to this very enjoyable brew. Not quite traditional, but tasty and very well done."
beertholomeus (825) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep burgundy color with a short lived fizzy head. Dark fruit, wood and tart aroma. Date, raisin, plum, tart, oak and slight chocolate flavors. Medium light body and carbonation. Tart and dark fruit finish.
Inbreak (2189) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
23.08.2014, 0,75l bottle shared with friends @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry fruity, oak, red berries, grass, caramel malts, alcohol, paint. Taste is mild fruity, red berries, grass, oak, berry skin, sugar, paint, caramel malts. Little bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough. Just very impotent as a wild beer, or rather a Flemish red ale in my opinion, totally stripped for any sour tartness...
Metalchopz (2318) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Shaw’s in Saco, Maine on a trip there. Has a great creamy mocha head with lacing all-around. Dark brown, cola-looking brew. Well-blended flavours between the roasted malts and sourness. Smells sweet, sour and roasted, reminding me of wine. Overall, not too crazy sour, as the roastiness takes care of business. Alcohol well-hidden, lots of character. Goes down very-well !
Darkmagus82 (1730) - - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-7-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance- Pours a deep red color with a two finger off white head. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell is of fruit with strong sour and vinegar notes. The fruit is of dark fruits with cherry being the strongest. The sour is of a fruity nature of (more) cherry, cranberry and some sour apple. These fruit aromas a mixed with a vinegary smell giving it an even more sour and slightly bitter aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with notes of a drier cherry with a moderate dose of sour fruit flavors. As the taste advances it sweetens some toward the middle. With the sweeter flavors are some notes of cinnamon and oak. While it sweetens in the middle more toward the end an apple and cherry fruity sour and vinegary flavor come to the taste. These dry out some of the sweetness and leave a more sour fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the drier and is average in terms of creaminess. The carbonation of the beer is on the medium side, which with the body, compliment the more sour flavors of the brew.
Overall – A fairly nice sour. Not mouth puckering like some, but it had a nice balance between sour and sweet/malty. While the Belgian sour is not really my style, I believe Sam does a nice job with this one. Give it a go.
BrewBoxer (2059) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the local 7/11.pours a dark brown color . Sweet sour taste initially but settles to be more line a rodenbqch. Decent
Stuedmaster (226) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh yeah baby, I really like this one. Aroma of sour cherries and plum with a hint of oak. Reddish mahogany pour with little head and no lacing, quite normal for the style. This would be considered an Oud Bruin in Belgium, and a nice one at that. Tart flavor dominates but is not excessive, well balanced by the malt, giving the impression of dark sour cherries and a vinous character (tannins). Medium bodied, thin texture, lively carbonation, and sour finish. An excellent representation of the style and worth repeating. The 9% abv packs a punch but isn’t noticeable in the flavor. I used to associate Sam Adams with generic American beers in the old days but they have really raised the bar recently with their barrel room collection.
Caytinator (959) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.5 year old bottle. Translucent almost-red color, no lacing, little head fades to a ring. Nice aroma, sour but muted. The taste is good, and I agree with the description for the most part - it is definitely tart, and I can taste the toasty oak - its age mutes it a bit, but it’s still strong. It’s honestly not my favorite, but enjoyable nonetheless.
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems like it fits in the red category pretty well, very similar to some Belgian Red’s I’ve had. Clear and reddish and dark with a very nice full lacing / retention. nose is fruity and sour. Lots of funky sour. Palate is sour and red and fruity with a dry dry finish. Oh I like this a lot.