FlacoAlto (3676) - 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.
kramer (4368) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby red body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is pretty nice, it hits all the hallmarks of a Flemish Red. A nice sour/sweet balance, a light oakiness, some nice sour cherry like fruitiness, slight balsamic vinegar like acidity, and some light alcohol. The flavor is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, there’s minimal residual sugar in here, and very little acidity. I was expecting a really sweet and slightly acidic Flemish Red, but I guess this is indeed more of an American Wild. Some nice caramel malt at it’s base with a slight cherry like fruitiness and a light oakiness. It’s really a lot more drinkable than I was expecting. The alcohol is completely hidden in this one, I would have never guessed this was 9% ABV. Medium bodied and just slightly heavy on the tongue with minimal soft carbonation. This was quite a bit better than I was expecting. Very easy drinking.
thorongil2 (917) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of sour fruit, brown sugar, jam, spice; balanced flavour with a long light sour finish; pleasant and drinkeable
merc7186 (1479) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Reddish/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Tart Cherries, Plums, Cranberry
T: Tart Cherries, Mild Plum, Mild Cranberry
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Lightly Tart
Overall, this bottle has aged very nicely with a nice mild tartness of red fruits...would make a great intro to sours beer but also very easy drinking.
SlovakSniper (2521) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une très grande bouteille ouverte entre deux chasses triomphantes. Dans les verres de tous et de chacun repose une robe brunâtre (ma tante pense qu’elle est rougeâtre) qui se couvre d’une mousse impatiente et fébrile. Dans mon nez et dans celui de ma tante, une odorante concoction faite de vinaigre balsamique avec des parfums épicés, caramélisés et boisés. Des arômes qui sont loin d’être déplaisants! Le goût fait l’unanimité parmi les gens, pour la plupart amateurs de vin, qui sont autour de la table: les saveurs boisées et les cerises aigres semblent se marier habilement aux flaveurs dictées par des malts roux. Décidément, quelques traits familiers avec l’ingénieuse Duchesse. Au palais, un corps de moyenne densité avec un apport modéré des bulles et une texture bellement huileuse. Une finale tannique avec ses saveurs bien dirigées sur les tissus contorsionnés de ma bouche. Tout compte fait, hormis un nez trop doux, une bière qui a le potentiel du ravissement.
Emeister84 (635) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of strawberry candy, cherry cola, and subtle vanilla. Hazy ruby with a fading beige head. Fruity, lightly tart, and a little sweet. Medium bodied, very smooth, and with a soft yet spicy finish.
WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep orangish brown with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is ripe fruit, some earthy oakiness, and a bit of funk. Lively and fizzy on the palate. Flavor is fruit, oak, a bit of metallic tang. Finish is dry, with a bit of lingering fizzy candy. Well done.
mikesaum (522) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brownish red with one finger light tan head. Aroma is nice malt, tart berries, faint vinegar hints,oaky vanilla, pretty woody. Taste is nice..... but disappointing, sweet malt, tons of vanilla oak wood flavor, tartness is very faint, weak vinegar, was hoping that this would be more tart as the aroma suggested. Not bad, sam adams is working on makin some better brews and i think they are doing well, but this sour needs a bit of tweaking .E
BoostIPA (971) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brune color with a tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of dark fruit and so much wood... the taste is pure oak and moss, followed by some rum soaked fruitcake and an alcohol burn. High boost. Unlike CIB brews, no veggies are offered though. Pretty tame but oh so high boost. Not bad.
Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a fancy 750ml bottle. Pours with little head and low carbonation. The aroma is dried fruits, cherries. The flavor is tart, dried fruits, toffee, slight chocolate, cherries, berries, metallic. Not a bad beer. A bit restrained.
charule (604) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bootle un Vegas. Poured hazy dark red brown with decent tan head. Aroma of wild fruit thats slightly sour. Med carb and body. Slight bitter taste. Not a winner.