ineedbeer (930) - 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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JK (4659) - 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.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Pretty easily my least favorite sour from the Bruery, though still quite enjoyable. That just speaks to the high standard that they’ve set that I felt this one didn’t quite reach. Odd but intriguing aroma and flavor of primarily sweet strawberry and stinky cheese. the sour/tart aspect is a little lightm though pleasant, till you get to to the cloudy prinkish red dreggs on the bottom of the bottle...then you feel it in the jaw. In the end, this is a beer I’d drink anytime, but not for the price. One timer at $20."
ryanfolty (1928) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 22, 2014 - on tap at Bruery tasting room. Reddish orange pour with limited head. Aroma was malt, spice / cinnamon and strawberry. Taste was sour fruit and some wood. Interesting that the sour did not seem to come out in the aroma.
arminjewell (6751) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, very muddy dark red pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of big strawberry, white wine, oak, hints of lemon, vanilla, slight earth. Taste is a mix of big strawberry, fleshy red fruit into some vanilla, oak, lemon, tart berry, finishing fairly sour, slightly oaky. Pretty nice.
jtclockwork (9069) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with fizzy off white head. Nose and taste of strawberry, puckering tartness, caramel malt, earth, wild yeast and wood chips. Medium body. Very tart. Touch of bandaid in finish.
merc7186 (2294) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Reddish/Pinkish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, No Lacing
S: Bitter Strawberries, Mild Red Wine
T: Red Wine, Bitter Strawberries, Tart Cherry
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Tart, Bitter
Overall, i can see why strawberry sours arent common because the strawberry taste melds with the red wine barreling...decent still.
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, copper orange in color... Minimal head, lacing... Aroma is intensely strawberry jam, tartness... Flavor is intensely acidic and tart, notes of tannins, strawberries really come through on the finish... Delicious
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TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of a daknole trade. Thanks, dude. Pours a murky reddish amber glow, darker well hazed body, pinkish red tinge throughout. A frothy carbonation driven offwhite head dies to a mellow ring, subtle lacing and not much stick around. Aromas are quite appealing, throwing rich seedy strawberries, tart and mellow oak and red wine that comes in, distinct firm lactic acidity of lemons, lemonade, yogurt, and more seedy strawberry. Gentle bready malts, some straw, gentle funkiness. Touches of vanilla, more oak, some tannic red wine and red grapes, and straw. Very alluring. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a touch of girth. Firmer sour strawberries, red wine, and oak. Nice decent tannic feel, big lactic acidity, yogurt and lemons, touches of vanilla. Seedy sour strawberries, some good lemonade. The oak is more apparent up front. Into the middle aa bit more fizzy and refreshing, strawberry lemonade, firm lactic acidity, some gentle brett that falls behind. Fruityzn never really gets offensive, a touch of rubber up front is pretty mellow. Sour and quite drinkable into the backend, with lots of lemonade, citrus, lactic acidity. The richer strawberry feel is there but not as intense as the nose and up front. A bit more dry and tannic, mixing well with the dry and acidic feel, a bit slippery/slick on the palate. Reall nice. I wouldn’t call this complex but it certainly hits the spot quite well. Good fruit presence, decent oak, firm acidity without being offensive or acedic/harsh. Quite nice. Not a pretty pour but drinks pretty well. Nice one here. A touch sweet at times, a touch acidic and brash at others for some people that may not be accustomed. I dig this.. But can completely understand others not doing so.
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Cloudy, dark, caramel-colored ale with no head. The aroma is wonderfully funky and fruity, presenting tons of strawberry fun. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The sour, fruity flavor offers a faint salty component. Finishes crisp, sour, and then dry. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
alexsdad06 (6099) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine (jan ’13). Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a bunch of fresh strawberry, strawberry jam, tart juice, lactic sour notes, some funk and a strange plastic/latex character. The flavor has more tart strawberry, lactic sour, acidic, funk with only a hint of the plastic notes from the nose. Interesting, but needs a little cleaning up.