bartlebier (2992) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl US import, no apparent BB date, diverted by Bierhandlung. - - Brackish redbrown pour, dissipating head. Smells like liquorice caramel rust, opening up to cinnamon-dusted Haribokirschen left to survive in a mix of Palm and red currant vinegar. - Flavour: starts off as a lactobombed Rodenbach: same amount of sweet&sour spiel going on in flavour, mostly raspberry vinegar, green apple, with the added distraction of assertive bitter hops guiding the syrupy sours to their astringent coda, quite fascinating in its own right. A bit of an ode to the adage of most Belgian geuzestekers and Rudi Ghequire who hold that sours do not go well with upfront hops, while keeping the door ajar for a new attempt. - The dark saison base beer brings harsh caramalts to the table, along with some invert syrup. - A hard to place added sugary/aspartame ingredient does not agree with my palate. - Lactified and cut 87/13, this mini-abomination of an instant sour blend is actually "cut" pretty well. - Not available anywhere for now in its home market BE/EU, not represented on the brewer’s site and a bit of an attempt to bottle an unbalanced beer to cater slow tooth decay to a demanding US market that is not yet puckered out. - Quite a silly sour(ed) indeed - I’ll be pregurgling with Sensodyne should I ever come across the Silly Stupid Sour. - Cf. Cascade lacto-sours, #sour bros, #DeLaSenne copylabel #Petrus US Sour Power pack.
Percy0103 (364) - MEXICO - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 330ml. A brown beer with a small head that fades away quickly. Sour aroma of green apples and spices. Taste is sour with a green apple aftertaste. Light bodied with some carbonation and considerable astringency. Sweet sourness at the end.
Sdaniel90 (640) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33cl. Murky brownish copper with a minimal head. Sweet and sour aromas of sour cherries, leather, green apples. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet and moderately sour, with a rich fruity character and a malty sour finish. Very nice.
tderoeck (7259) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
17/XI/15 - 33cl @ Horeca Expo (Gent) - BB: n/a (2015-1596)
Clear brown red beer, creamy irregular head, little stable. Aroma: dirty, grains, hay, red berries, fruity. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sour, lemony, fruity, lots of red berries, bit metallic. Aftertaste: sourish, grains, fruity, some candy, metallic, little bitter.
markextrae (2784) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample from bottle, pured a murky amber brown colour with a non lasting tanned head. nose is more vinegar sour, old grapes, sugar, and rotten fruit pulp. weird taste.
jkwood04 (5068) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap in a shaker. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of light aour/tart notes, some pale and caramel malts, weird fruit notes, and some off flavors. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not great.
jake65 (3160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Pours a deep brown color with a smallish tan head. Nose is sweet with dark fruits and sort of vinous. Taste is a good balance of sweet and sour, there is something that I’d associate with apple cider vinegar. A little sugary at times.
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mollie Stone’s in San Mateo, CA. It’s important to know that this beer is a 13% mix of Dark Saison and 87% soured ale. Nose is malt, honey, soured cherries, dark fruits, yeast esters. Tastes of fermented cherries and honey... a strange concoction but it works! Not sure why... but this beer is severely underrated by the RB community (BeerAdvocate has this beer up in the 80s). I gave it extra points for being underrated and unique (probably closer to a 3.9/4 if that actually means anything)...plus it was $2.99. You bastards!
agl108 (963) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured murky mahogany with creamy khaki head. Flavor of sweet caramel, tart cherry, oak. Rather silky. Not all that bad.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty average sour that had hints of cherries and raspberries. Taste was sweet with not too much alcohol. Closer to a lambic and not soo sour.