markwise (4276) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle shared by a friend. Pours murky deep orange-brown with a tan head. Nose smells of of malt, balsamic vinegar, cranberry, leather, guava, funk, and some earthy fruit (maybe the dates?). Flavor is similar with the oud bruin coming through and a definite guava presence, with funk and vinegar lingering on the periphery. Medium to full-bodied and enjoyable. Well-hidden booze for a 9% sour.
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at the anniversary party. Hazy reddish amber pour, with light tannish head. Predominately fruit flavor, Guava, cherry, berries, light notes of date, oak, vinegar, lemon, and acidic sourness. Sweeter then the marron. It’s good, but I was hoping for more.
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cheers to Paulo (I think) for supplying this. Deep red pour with a tiny off-white head. The nose is somewhat harsh. Musty red grape skin, mild balsamic vinegar. Sweet ribbon candy. A bit rough n’ ready. The taste is delicate orchard fruit. Apricots. Acetic funk. Grape skin. A touch of rough acid. Soft carbonation, light body considering the ABV. Overall, fairly solid.
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.
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pleased to see this. Pours a murky reddish brown color. Light ring of head. Aroma is tart, sour, funky and maybe light cherries. Flavor is acidic, tart, sour, some sour cherries. Whoa!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Sean for this... A semi clear light brown, light tope head... The nose is acidic vinegar, a hint of cherries, pretty complex... The taste is boring, vinegar, tart cherries, very oaky finish... Not bad
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from the Bruery. Hazy dark amber in color with a small off-white head. Nice aroma with some good sour fruits and leather. Fairly acetic. The flavor is pretty good, like a maltier variation of Oude Tart. Some figs and exotic fruit notes, leather, oak, guava, vinegar, and tart wild yeast notes. Medium body with mild acidity and average carbonation. Great stuff, worthy of the hype.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Clusterfork #3. Pour is cloudy and bubbly. Nose is tart. Taste is tart, funky and ruddy. Nice, decent.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bruery/cigar city iso:ft. 750ml bottle obtained through the reserve
society... Pours a deeper reddish caramel, for the most part opaque
although a smidge of light seeps through. A thin creamy barely off-
white rests on top... Aroma of subdued sour oak upfront, not too
acidic which is nice, sour cherries and dark fruits to coincide. A
touch of acidity surfaces midway through and lingers for short
while... Flavorwise much of it renders similar to what the aroma
suggests. Semi-sweet upfront with a mild acidity that follows closely
behind. Dark fruits, cherries, dates and figs withstanding. An earthy
following presents itself which curtails any developing sharp acidic
qualities. Lighter to medium bodied with an equal amount of
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 I am rating this shit because it is fucken rare. Shared by Merv. Smells like plum, soft cheese. Some acetone in the flavor, a touch of malt sweetness, sherry, fresh chopped wood. Medium sourness. Not too much going on. Fucken hell.