jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the bruery with Linh. Pours a deep brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is funky kiwi and sour fruit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with notes of funky fruit, sour kiwi, balsamic vinegar, and light oak.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a dark brown kind of color with a lightly beige head. Aroma is quite tart with light notes of kiwi, I get mostly balsamic vinegar, cherry kind of note, and subtle funk. Flavor follows the nose, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, subtle funk, almost brown sugar and subtle kiwi notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a nice sour, but not too much kiwi in there.
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color with minimal off-white head. As with all the Carmens, at least moderate vinegar on the nose. Some sweetness along with a touch of wood. Really not much kiwi going on here. I get more of the dark fruits such as raisins. The flavor is similarly kiwi-less. Lots of dark fruit, wood, and vinegar. Decently tart. Just okay, not really something I’d have again.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
When I hear kiwi and beer, I don’t expect a dark beer but that is what I got. Pales a bit in comparison to the Kumquat Sour in the Rye but this was solid. Could have used a bit more kiwi taste to it. As it is, you get a bit at the back end. A bit of sour burn too from it.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Bruery. Kiwi aroma with dark fruits and vinegar. Taste is similar with some funkyness.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bruery’s Sour Sunday. Pours with a murky, particle filled brown body with an off-white to tan head. I guess I am not the biggest kiwi fan... Aroma is full of really strong kiwi (I guess the only other kiwi beer that I have had is Upland’s where the flavor is non existent). Lots of fruit, esters, light brown sugar, acetic acid. Some odd copper notes as well. Flavors are fruity, dark fruit, brown sugar, vinegar and kiwi (not quite as strong as the nose). Some acetic burn, more as it warms (this seems to be common for all the Carmens. Medium bubbles, dry, acetic and lightly tannic in the finish.