lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: sour fruits, some spices--cinnamon, apple spice, smells like Christmas, chamomile, and honey
Appearance: golden yellow-brown, small white head, little lacing
Flavor: very sour fruit and chamomile tastes
Palate: smooth, bubbly with sour bite
Overall: very sour
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2004. Dark horse candidate for beer of the festival. If Cuvee de Tomme was akin to Bows and Arrows by the Walkmen, this was akin to Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Take from that what you will. Wonderfully complex smell with yeasty citrus and cherry with understated but distinguishable spices (cumin, cinnamon, annis). These carried over into the perfectly balanced flavor. Clear brown orange in the glass with respectable head, medium bodied, and nicely dry.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2004: Despite the criticism of the guy who was pouring this at the festival, I decided to try it. Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head. Aroma was very tart, yet ripe with fruity cherries. Body was very dry, tart, and puckering but had a nice dry fruity complexity to it. Acidity was strong, but not overpowering. Another authentic tasting and well made Southampton beer.
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2004 - Murky medium brown/orange color with a small white head with light lacing. Sour nose with some milk and vanilla notes, cask tannins as well. Sour cherry and wood flavor, sticky texture with a little bit of a fizzy carbonation experience... astringent and bitter finish, tingling on the tongue and a little bit harsh, but has a very nice wood, vanilla and cherry mixture of flavors. SHPH does it again.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/30/04. On draft at GABF 2004 in Denver, CO 9/30/04. Ruddy brown with a light tan head, rocky and respectable. Nose is of tart cherries with a clove/nutmeg/cinnamon spiced character, follows through to the flavor. Tastes like raw cinnamon stick alongside the crisp tart cherries. Acidic and stinging, but with a very intriguing sweet spiced twist away from the typical clean funkiness. Like a winter drink you can mull and take to the fireplace, this reminded me of a Liefmans Gluhkriek or Quelque Chose mixed with a traditional lambic. Excellent dry finish nonetheless. An outstanding, very interesting American take on the style.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry, cherried aroma. Dark cloudy yellow medium head. Tart cherries up front, spicy in the finish. Breadiness underneath the whole time. Bitter throughout.