ineedbeer (1563) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma starts with a fairly strong chemical/plastic/bandaid phenolic note. Once you can get pay the phenolics though there is a really nice strawberry jam character. There is also some acidity in the aroma but it is masked by the phenolics and fruit.
Pours a cloudy amber-copper with a slightly off white head that recedes to the edges fairly quickly. No lacing and only small legs.
Flavor is better than the aroma as the phenolic note isn't as strong and the strawberry jam is stronger. Starts with some sweetness but that is quickly overrun by acidity - both acetic and lactic. Finishes dry and mouth puckering with lingering acidity and a bit of fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with high carbonation. No perceptible astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall this beer would be amazing if it weren't for the strong phenolic character. I have had this on tap and in the bottle and the phenolics in the bottle seem to be a bit lighter. This review was for the bottled version. I feel like waiting this beer out to see if the phenolics drop but am concerned the fruit will disappear more quickly.
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DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Muddy brown. Sour, fruits, wine, a bit of vinegar, oak. Very tasty.
Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ouch. This is strawberry vinegrette. Reason 1001 why I don’t drink bruery beers. LOL. Straight strawberry juice and nothing else.
VsXsV (3750) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy, yeasty brown liquid with small to medium white head . Looks like coffee with milk. Aroma of lemon, vinegar, wood, light grain and apple skin. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of raspberries, lemon and wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Heavy yeast sediment floating around.
Funky, vinous aroma with light fruit, prominent phenols/bandaid along with a strong jammy strawberry presence. Slightly creamy with dry oak, musty brett, strawberry and cream but the phenols are really odd. Still smells pretty good though.
Tart, sour and funky with a strong tart berry flavor and again, an unpleasant phenol character that is very potent in the finish. Slightly creamy with dry, toasted oak and musty bugs followed by bandaid and acidic tartness. Harsh solvent nail polish/acetone in finish which really hurts the drinkability of this beer a lot.
GenDV138 (5079) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Murky red/orange with off-white head. Aromas of strawberries, light vinegar, subtle funk. Tastes of strawberries, light vinegar, tart acidic notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Very delicious with lots of strawberries still present.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured an amber color. limburger cheesy aroma - in a good cheesy way. Jammy, strawberries, some vinegar, and funky. Nice tart finish.
BiiruBierBeer (896) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells good, like sour strawberry candy. Very tart strawberry taste, like eating the top. Good mouthfeel for a sour.
jbruner (3716) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a murky brown with little to no head or lace. Aroma and taste are super sour, hint of sweet fruit, I guess that’s the strawberry. Woah, intense but amazing.
djd07 (7908) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a clear red with small pink head. Aroma is strong strawberry tart and oak. Thin mouth with nice tart strawberry, light funk, puckering sour finish, really enjoyed this one.
JK (5563) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown appearance. Aroma has some sour yeast (lacto?) and there is dry brett also. A mild flavor of cheddar cheese with the yeast.