tom10101 (1835) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by j12601, thanks Jay! Burgundy/dark purple with a small quickly and completely diminishing white head (purple) reflects and no lacing. Aroma is vinous with lots of raspberries and sourness/tartness. Taste is even more vinous than aroma, lots of sourness and loads of raspberries and others fruits (blackberries, cherries?, etc.). Mouthfeel is winey and acidic. One of the most vinous beer I’ve drank so far. Except for the barnyard that wasn’t present in this one, this beer reminds me of Cantillon St-Lamvinus. Very good and complex brew. I really like this kind of Sour Ale.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Fruit Sour Tasting, London - huge thanks to Jack for procuring this one. Pours rich ruby with a very fine, white film of a head. Lovely, fresh raspberry aroma. Light sweet flavor with clean and fresh raspberry, lots of dryness, and a well and sour character. Light bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Dry finish with plenty of tart raspberry, light salt, light acidity, a bit of lip-quiver. Great.
adamjackson (1752) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Adam for sending me this. Enjoyed on my GF’s birthday on a day of many whalez. White wine glass and served at 55 Degrees F.
A - Cork pop was minimal, absolutely still on the pour with a tiny and almost unnoticeable line of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Looks like fresh squeezed blackberry juice.
S - Nose is a minor band-aid aroma with rodenbach flanders red nose. Just a hint of cider vinegar and cherries. Blackberry and blueberry but maybe I’m just smelling things that aren’t there. The last two are probably just in my head.
T - Lacto tartness in the middle, up front is cherries and raspberries with a hint of watermelon. Very "juicy" and sweet. The finish is an acidic vinegar note that contains the glorious grape skins and earthiness you’d get while swishing around a Pinot Grigio. Fruity, tart, sour, vinegar, funky and sweet.
M - Light body and almost no carbonation. Flat, dry and almost an apple cider texture of slick, dry and coyingly sweet. Wish it had a bit more carbonation
O - How does it fair against other wilds? There’s no dominant vinegar that overpowers everything which, for an American Wild is a nice surprise. The fruit balance is exquisite and it was blended in a pleasant way. Not in line with the hype but still an enjoyable wild.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1700. Bottle @ THE Sour Fruit Tasting. The pour’s deep reddish purple with a small off-white head. The nose is super jammy blackberry and raspberry.. Sugary jam, crushed meaty berry. Great vitality, fresh aromas. The taste is big, sweet meaty blackberry and raspberry. Wonderful, buoyant fruits flavors. The sweetness is balanced by a mildly acetic woody tang. Wonderfully balanced and easy to drink. The flavors are bright, fresh, clean. Soft carbonation. Overall, I could drink this every day. An amazing fruit sour. Probably the best American sour I’ve ever had.
Scopey (4615) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Jack at THE fruit sour tasting. It pours deep purple with a small fizzy white head. The nose is bramble jam, tangy berry, blackcurrant cordial, wood and raspberry yoghurt. The taste is sour raspberry, raspberry pip, bramble, blackcurrant, jam, great sweet-sour balance, lemon, lip-smacking sourness, moderate acidity, granny smith apple and wood with a tart finish. Medium body and effervescent carbonation. Juicy, well-balanced and absolutely delicious. Truly one of the best American sours that I’ve ever tasted.
markwise (4094) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at GABF 2012. Pours a hazy red-purple with an off-white head. Nose is sweet raspberry, vinegar, some oaky tartness, oak, vanilla, and mild funk. Flavor is a brilliant blend of sour, tartness, mild funk, sweet raspberries, vanilla, and fruit. Medium in body and a sheerly awesome sour.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color, no head. Full raspberry aroma, very tart, with good raspberry flavor. Tingly carbonation and a bit on the thick side.
ekstedt (4915) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Shady ruby with a pink head. Fresh raspberry with soma black currants, green apples, grapefruit, and some barnyard. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Dry with medium acidity. Very tasty and refreshing, but lacks a bit depth in the raspberry aroma.
_angst_ (2092) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours tiny hazy deep brownish ruby with a small frothy pinkiskh offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly sour and fruity with raspberries, lemon juice, moist tobacco, wood, dark grapes, black tea, lemon zest, black currant leaves, dry soil, barnyard and hints of hints of woody tannins. Taste is very sour, fruity and tart with juicy raspberries, lemon juice, salty liquorice, moist tobacco, rose hips, black currants, wood, black tea, unripe gooseberries, hay, dark grapes, dry soil, barnyard and hints of raspberry vinegar. Mouthfeel is dry, fruity tart, tiny astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sour and tart with raspberries, black currant jam, black cherries, wood, lemon juice, hay, dry soil, tobacco, dark grapes and black tea. Such an amazing fruity beer.
rlgk (8481) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Slightly hazy red/purple beer with a small but rather nice pink/beige head. Lovely raspberry aroma, tart, grapefruit, vinous, hay, funky, vanilla notes, rubber, acidic, licorice, floral, black currant. Raspberry flavor, sour, tart, hay, floral, fruity, licorice notes, rubber notes, tart, leather notes, funky, tea, barnyard notes, vinous, tobacco notes, acidic. Sourish raspberry finish with tart notes, hay, raisins, rubber, funk notes and grapefruit. Wonderful.