TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Local Option (Chicago, IL). Neat little find while in for a different tick. Pours a pretty murky reddish brown hue, light finds it’s way through a swampy cloudy body. Rusty red, some orange glow. Decent sized tannish head atop dies to a filmy layer, carbonation driven with some decent stick around. Lacing is decent. Aromas throw a firm oaky presence, red wine and vanilla mix with a gentle sourness, cherry and sour red grapes. Some red fruit, firm dried darker fruit feel at times. Some gentle lactic elements, gentle biscuity malts and bready sweetness. Initial is a bit different, a firm to medium body present itself, showing sour red fruit, some gentle citrus, lactic qualities. Dark fruit, dried fruit, and red fruit present the focus of the fruit, an earthy and biscuity malt presence gives the body some girth, something to go up against the sour fruit presence. Some firm oak, red wine, and decent sourness. Middle is a bit more firm in body, the sourness starts to come on more firmly. Acedic qualties are a bit balsalmic, some firmer body and malt presence sticks, but still the sour element seems to hold the reigns. Backend is a bit pitty, red and dark fruit sourness, red wine and red grapes meet some stickiness, lactic twang and earth. Firm oak, finish still holds a firmer body and malt presence, gets just a touch dry and tannic. Interesting, better than I thought it’d be. It’s sour enough (IE - not just a subtly done or bigger strong ale gone wrong. But still holds some balance. Pleasantly surprised.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2013 Draft at Local Option served in a thinned Sint Christoffel glass. Cloudy and thick orange and red colored beer with a long lasting head. Aroma is acetic prune earth, acetic grounded in some soily maltiness. Its earthy and nice and the acetic character beefs that up without being overbearing. Flavor is a leafy soil with acetic touches and a cherry pit component. Some lactic sourness as well. Long earthy cherry after taste. Almost like a Scottish Flanders Ale. Some alcohol peaks through it all as well. Nice stuff. Always interesting from this brewery.
rhsiung (595) - USA - JUL 11, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
on tap @ local option. they said it was an imperial sour, but their web site http://localoptionbier.com/beer/ says 8%, and the "Oudenaarde Imperial Sour" here http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/213736/ is listed as 12%. i wonder if there should be just one listing. reddish brown, mildly sour.
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At local option. Sour fruit flavor and some oak but not much. Wine like sour and tart. Serving tap
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krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light sour scent, reddish brown glow, very active head. Strong sour caramel raisin and prunes. Rich coats your tongue. Heavy and delicious rather smooth for 12%.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy amber brown color, tan head. Aroma of sour prunes. Taste is sour plums, raisins, dark fruit. Nice.
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Trappist. Pours reddish brown with an attractive beige head and a sour fruit Aroma. There is a very dry sour and slightly bitter caramel malt flavor that sticks to the palate.
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Mildly sour ale that has a lot of berry, dark malt, and funk flavors. It is decent.