FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white head that disappears somewhat quickly. The beer is a pale amber tinged, gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. Floral, lactic, tart, a touch of mustiness, perhaps a touch of citrus, fermented apricot pulp, something a bit like yeast.
Quite tart, and then even a bit bracingly sour in the finish, the beer is quite dry and has lots of sort of floral like notes to it. The apricot is subdued a bit due to the lack of sweetness, but it contributes a full floral character as well as a rounding out the lactic sourness with fruit derived acidity. The body has a nice fullness to it that seems accentuated by the lactic acid and by some tannic oak structure, but this is quite a quenching quaffable brew (assuming you like biting, sour beers). As the beer warms up the tart, floral, fruity apricot notes start to become more noticeable. This is lightly carbonated, with a touch of carbonic bite, though the carbonation seems to be hidden a bit by the aggressive sourness.
Without a touch of sweetness in this beer, it is quite a bit harder to recognize the apricot character; it is here, and definitely contributes to the character of this beer. The acidity in this beer is nice, you can even feel it a bit in your stomach; nicely there doesn’t seem to be any acetic acid in this beer, all of the bite comes from lactic acid and the fruit.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Sour apricot oak and barrel aged. Unreal aroma. barnyard
Appear- 2finger bubbles and has average retention.deepest golden lIte orange.
Flavor- apricot and huge sour upfront. Big goat
mouthfeel- lite med bodied, high carbonation, huge tart and sour with apricot fruit at finish. Perfect
Overall impression- unreal and glad I picked this up in a trade. Have $30 tag on bottle. Would like to try this again
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with no head and low carbonation. Aroma is light apricot, lemon, funk, and oak. Some gueuze-type characteristics in the aroma. Taste is light sour and tart with vinegar notes and some funk. No apricot in the taste. Bit raw and unrefined. Loose mouthfeel due to lack of carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall but it seems like with a few tweaks in the flavor profile and mouthfeel this beer could easily go from good to great.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Randy for cracking this open. Wow! Been wanting to try this for sometime. Nice apricot sour funk to this bad boy. Very tart, one not to be under estimated. Not for the faint of heart or the newbie to the sour scene. Proceed with caution. It’s damn good!!
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle thanks to SaucerSam) cloudy light gold-orange color, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose is super funky, tart, apricot, smells so good. Taste of apricot, acidic in a good tartness that’s not acetic, Seltzer, bit horsey, chalky, very carbonated, dry and sour finish.
deyholla (5375) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy peachy orange with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a good amount of sour apricot with a decent amount of acid and a hint of funk. Flavor begins with a bit of sweet apricot but quickly becomes sour with apricot and a good amount of acid.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden body with some fluffy white head. Aromas of funk, apricots, and oak. Flavor is a great mix of tart and floral - woody, dry finish.
johnnnniee (1821) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of lemony funk mostly. I get a hint of oak tannin, and some bready sweet malt, but the apricots are hard to find in the aroma. The flavor is lemony and tart, and I found the apricots. Light hit of funk but this one seems to be more about the acid than the barnyard. Faint hint of oak, then a long lingering sourness long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart acidic mouthfeel. Decent wild ale, but a bit one dimensional.
ekstedt (4909) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (75 Cl ) from a trade with heyta. Clear orange, small brief white head. Intense clean fruity and sour aroma, some vague apricots and wood. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Dry with high acidity. Quite lambic like except for the lack of brett aromas.
adamjackson (1747) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Enjoyed at fridge temp. I believe this is 2012 vintage. Enjoyed in a wine glass. Thanks Eric!
A - Hazy and cloudy bright orange sort of orange peel brightness.
S - There’s that horsey / barnyard funk at first. It’s followed by this bright orange juice citrus (probably apricot) scent. No oak and hints of very sour vinegar.
T - Huge apple cider vinegar sourness. Very acidic. Hints of apricot and orange peels. It’s VERY sour and VERY much what you DON’T want in this sort of beer. There’s some lacto in this but really...vinegar. :(
M - 25% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body. The vinegar sits around in your mouth for a very long time. Finish is a hint of earthy oak taste.
O - I was expecting more from this beer. It’s a mess.