RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours an amber color with smallish tan head, which soon gives way to a ring. Aroma is dark fruit up front, with honey and vinegar. Also some funk going on. Taste is slightly tart, but smooth with dark fruit (raisins), and candy sugar. Finish is bitter, tart and refreshing.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, horse blanket, wet leather, raisins, dates, oak, and cherries. Flavor of vinous, cherry, raspberry, brown sugar, raisins, guava, yogurt, oak, and dates. Sourness (while moderate) seems to come and go with this beer.
storminorman (77) - Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy caramel/red color with an off-white head. Aroma is vinegar/funk, fruity and very belgian like. Taste is sweet with sour fruit. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry with wood notes.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle). Pours a hazy caramel/red color with an off-white head. Aroma is vinegar/funk, fruity and very belgian like. Taste is sweet with sour fruit. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry with wood notes. Really nice beer.
daknole (8539) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, creamy tan head. Fruity, vinegar aroma with some nice oak and raisiny notes. Flavor is sour, but not overly, fruity, oaky, light vinegar. Damn nice.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour produces a quarter-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, brown color that has perhaps a touch of concentrated red color in it; when held up to the light the beer shows a deeply red stained, amber tinged color. There is a definite acidity to the aroma, it is a bit spicy like vinegar, though not overly so. The acidity is backed by a rich cherry like character as well as a rich dark fruitiness. Then a woody, musty, slightly spicy, oak and funkiness kicks in; the wood is quite noticeable, while the funkiness plays a little bit more of a lesser role here in the nose. There is a funky tart and fruit note here that reminds me of Cigar City’s Guava Grove Saison, so I wonder if this is from the Guava. As the beer warms up an aged malt character starts to contribute a nice nutty note that combines with the fruit to almost remind me of amaretto.
Slightly fizzy feeling and a bit more light bodied than I was expecting, it still has some heft and texture to it, but body wise it does not seem that much bigger than many a Oude Bruin; I bet the fruit has dried / lightened this up by quite bit. There is a woodiness to the finish that combines with a hint of an almost roasted, sort of cocoa like note; the woodiness has an astringency to it that is also sort of spicy. The beer does not have much sweetness to it, which makes it taste less fruity than the flavor did. There is a nice acidity to this beer, though it is certainly not an aggressive, or even biting sourness. The acidity seems to be most noticeably acetic, but in reality the acetic character is quite soft & I would guess that there is more lactic acid to this beer (the former just tends to be way more noticeable than the latter). Bitter malt notes combine with aged tobacco flavors, some oxidized, fairly nutty, almost sherry like malt notes and even some whole grain brown bread like notes; now that I have noticed it the aged / oxidized malt character is actually fairly noticeable. As the beer warms up more of the fruitiness comes out with notes cherry, touches of date and a sort of raisin like flavor. At times the alcohol is a bit noticeable with some heat, but it never becomes overly intrusive.
This is actually fairly nice; this didn’t wow me, but I wasn’t really expecting it to, but it is a nice beer to spend an evening with. I do like the mix of aged malt, fruit, light sourness and oak character that makes up the bulk of this beer. The fruit (meaning the dates and the guava), end up being very subtle here; if I wasn’t told about them I wouldn’t have guessed either of these fruits were in this beer, which I think is probably a good thing.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Cloudy light brown ale with no head. The aroma is fruity and malty; chock-full-of caramel and sour cherries. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is funky, yeasty and sour and loaded with caramel and dark cherries. Finishes tangy and fairly dry. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with no real head. Pleasant stone fruit and citrusy/woody aromas. Tart stone fruits, acidic citrus, and muddled earth/woody flavors.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Reserve Society membership. Hazy dark brown pour, very little carbonation and a light lemon/apricot aroma. Flavor malt, dark creamy fruit and finished mildly tart. Interesting and unique, worth getting a bottle if you can.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] pours hazy rusty brown with a small dissipating head. Aroma is red fruit, moderate acetic, light oak, a bit of sweet malt, caramel. Flavor is lightly sour, a touch oily, moderate carbonation, light lactic, a touch sweet, but something just a little off. It just doesn’t taste ’clean’ if that makes sense.