durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, so this was brewed with berries. Had it on tap at the taproom in St. Louis. A really lovely beer, well balanced and extra tart for the style. A hint of the blackberries and raspberries, but more of the expected cherry taste of the style, just dialed up a notch. Woody and earthy notes as well. Excellent.
cbfobes (2149) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, pours a hazy amber brown with an off white head, the aroma has tons of cherries and tartness with a good amount of wine tannin and funk as well, the flavor starts of with a tartness of cherries and blackberries with a finish of wood and funk, enjoyable stuff.
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a hazed reddish brown color with a beige head. Notes of berries (cherry mostly, and then blackberry and raspberry), sour mash, balsamic vinegar, and subtle lactic acid. So mellow, really. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a fruity, funky mouthfeel. Nice oud bruin; I liked this better than the previous sour, the Flanders Red.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter at the tap room. Reddish brown with a small beige head, fading to a tiny ring. Raspberry skins and tannins in the nose, old barrels and some lactose and acetic notes behind. Flavor follows, the raspberry skins dominant, and never gets all that sour, which, seems more lacto than acetic (thankfully). I do get some cherries and pits, but I can’t find any blackberry. Dry finish, minimal bitterness (but a little earthy), sourness at a 4. Tasty. 2 for 2 tonight at Schlafly.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2013 (Madison, WI). Pours a striking reddish brown hue, gentle haziness, deep dark alluring glow with a small frothy tannish head atop. Nose presents firm oak and balsamic vinegar. Tart and tannic cherries, cherryskin, and gentle biscuity and bready malt. Firmly lactic, a bit acidic but in a way I really like. Mellow funk behind. Initial is firmly sour and tart, berry and cherry are pulpy and sour, seedy and lovely balamic flavor intermix. A bit of toastiness, firm lactic twang. Gentle oak grows as we hit the middle. A bit bready and biscuity. Gentle funk, more tannic dryness and firm sourness keeps hitting hard. Raspberries, cherries, the complexity of fruit in this one really elevates it over the Flanders. Really nice here. Woody dry and sour finish. Nice stuff.
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the brewpub. It poured a dark reddish/brownish color with no head. The aroma was of berries, some woodiness and cherries. The taste was of more wood, berries, cherries, some yeastiness, maltiness and so much more. This was very good.
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from Tap Room. Pour is a beautiful reddish brown with a bit of a haze to it (I think, but it’s kinda hard to tell) and a bit of a fizzy head that dies fairly quickly. Aromas are heavenly... oak, tart cherries, a bit of funky barnyard. Perfection! Flavor is also amazing. Lots of tart cherry and raspberry presence with a healthy dose of an oaky flavor, a little bit of balsamic vinegar or something. Very, very nicely done! Oddly enough, it has an almost alcoholic warmth to it, which I don’t fully understand given the low ABV, but it’s something I have noticed in a few sours I have tried. It is pleasant and fits nicely with the beer, but I can’t quite figure it out. That said, this beer is amazingly good stuff!
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Schlafly Tap Room. A dark red brown offering that had no head. An aroma of berries, wood, and vinegar. There is so much going on in this beer. I tasted funk, fungus, wood, berries, cherries, yeast, rich malts, and more. It gave a little zing near the tip of my tongue. A truly interesting beer. It is a winner.
vyvvy (3603) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For their second sour beer Schlafly does a fine job and a step up from the Flanders Red in my opinion. Pours reddish bronze and is quite hazy and has a smallish off-white head. The aroma has dark berries, musty malt and some vinegar. It has a medium body that is fairly smooth and finishes with some clean prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with dark berries, smooth toffee malt, citric acidity and some spiciness. The finish has some vanilla, bourbon and more pronounced maltiness; however, the sour/tartness still is very apparent. Looking forward to having more of this as well as seeing what is next.
gregwilsonstl (941) - Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong cherry up front that shifts to a deep sour. Tart. Not the sour milk flavor I (wrongly?) Expect in a sour. Hints of bourbon barrel. Dances around on the palate. I generally don’t like sours but this is refreshing.