FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a Ĺ-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer has a pretty, rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-tinged, amber-copper hue when held up to the light. The nose definitely smells of strawberries, this was apparent as soon as I started to pour. A more focused inspection yields notes of tart, ripe, sweet strawberries, strawberry seeds, and even concentrated notes that remind me quite strongly of strawberry jam. There seems to be a touch of some acetic acid here, or some other spicy acidity, and there is also a firm, supporting oak character here that provides a soft woodiness, touches of oak acidity, and perhaps some strawberry accentuation vanillin notes. As you really dig into the nose there are faint notes of hay like grain, and then a rubbery, plastic phenolic character towards the finish.
Bracingly tart, sour even, up front, and the finish has a plastic / phenolic note to it that then is taken over by a dry, strawberry flavor. The beer is quite dry, and as such, the flavor does not have the strawberry intensity that the nose does; still though, the strawberry notes are just about the dominant flavor here. Woody flavors lead into the rubbery phenolics, but the oak also provides some light spiciness, as well as a light tannic astringency and body boosting texture. The sourness seems mostly lactic here, and the suggestion of acetic in the nose is not here in the flavor, which reminds me that acetic acid can sometimes smell of strawberries, and that is likely why I thought I had detected it here. This has a nice, effervescent, though light, carbonation to it, which plays well with the light body that is kept from being thin by a lactic slickness and some oak structure.
This has a very nice strawberry character to it, quite vibrant even, but it could use a bit more complexity and / or balance. An interesting beer, it definitely needs to have the plastic / rubber phenolics cleaned up, but honestly this isnít overly strong, though it is a distraction.
Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Yespís - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Berries, sticky body, nice acid, rather sour, rhubarb sourish, rubber, dark berries, caramel, wooden, oakey, strawberries.
madsberg (8784) - SÝborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Reddish orange coloured. Hazy. Dense light beige head. Aroma: Sourness, grape, strawberries, spice, light funk, acid, oak. Flavour: Strawberries, oak, sourness, acid, funk, spice. Medium to full bodied. Ends sourish and funky with distinct strawberries.
joergen (17339) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at yespr.
Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and berries.
Fruity and light acidic flavour of berries.
yespr (25930) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle, Pours hazy brown to orange with a small white head. Aroma is citric and apples fruity. Tart and citric. bitter and citric finish. tart and citric finish.
Ungstrup (26220) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of burnt plastic and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of brettanomyces, burnt plastic, and straw, leading to a very tart finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.
anders37 (12676) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart aroma. Fruity sour tart berry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart woody berry finish.
deekyn (535) - Yosemite, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours a hazy amber copper with thin off-white head that disappears quickly and virtually no lacing. S- musty and sour with hints of canned thanksgiving cranberries, strawberry bon-bons, lemon heads, vinyl, oak, funk and light floral. Faint honey. M- great carbonation and acidic with a dry light to medium body and medium palate. T- flavor starts with tart strawberries, funk, oak and moves to generic bandaid, cheese and some horse barn. The end has an abrasive sour lemon and kalamata olive kick that fades once again into a tart strawberry.
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ngeunit1 (1538) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Caramel malts, strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, vanilla, Brett and other funky yeasts, some sourness.
T - Sweet caramel malts, lots of tart strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, brett and other funky yeasts, lactic acid, vanilla, some sourness.
M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sweet finish.
D - Super tart, but nice and complex and still has some balance.
writerljberg (222) - Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL courtesy of Shane. Thanks!
A: Off-brown with a dark creme head. Doesnít leave appreciable heads, and itís not an attractive beer.
N: Strawberries, funk, acetone, and some diacetyl. Has some cheese flavors and a slight nutiness. Some glues smell is a turn off. Grapefruit and apricot round it out.
T: Funk, oak, strawberries, bleu cheese. Bracingly sour with a high amount of horse blanket and dry leather. Oak, and more of the glue taste. Grapefruit and oak.
M: Lively carbonation, light body. Normal range for Bruery led sours.
O: Complex but it never comes together in an appropriate way. Not really worth the 18 dollars. But then again, I donít know why breweries insist on trying to create strawberry sours. They donít seem to work very often.