beersearcher (1974) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is spot on for the Oud Bruin style. Sour but not puckery. Pours a reddish brown with a lovely sour aroma. Really strong on the roof of the mouth. Some spices in the background too.
changeup45 (1575) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 Pours a dark murky reddish-brown color with a thin head. A thinnish layer stays on top that’s really more blotchy actually. Lots of dark fruit in the aroma here. Raisins, dates, figs, with wild cherry, cranberry, and berries. There’s some bourbon and oak here as well. Is there bourbon in this? The flavors are both tart and sweet; offering a nice balance of the two. Dark cranberry and cherry skins, tart wild berries, acetic notes, and underlying oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The balsamic is certainly noticeable but some of the other stuff not so much, although there is a light roasty element that lingers. Nice beer; a pleasant surprise. Some of the other Cigar City Sours, whether solo or collab, have been mediocre (Sea Bass) to brutal (Vuja De) but this one is clearly well crafted.
BückDich (5466) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CCB: Mahogany ruby with light head and lacing. Nose of big berry and funk, very deep and complex, fresh and creamy, acid and spice. Great.
patrickfannon (1173) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours a ruby mahogany brownish maroon with a thin, lacy, patchy tan head. Tightly bubbled, Aroma of currants, Bretty farmhouse funk, lactic acids, cherries, balsamic vinegar, and lemon aide. Medium bodied with a round, robust, yet extremely tart and tongue puckineringly palate. Flavor is filled with raspberries, cherries, figs, plums, and bloody metallic notes in the finish. Excellent sour ale.
RB1 (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 750ml bottle. Pours a transluscent magogany color. Head is cream colored, but unimpressive and dissipates to a spotty thin lacy covering on surface of the ale, (very unique). Aroma is of balsamic vinegar, cherries, berries and wood. Taste is sour cherries and berries, but mild and well balanced. Not overpowering or overly tart, very smooth. The finish is perfect, as the complexity of all the flavors slowly dissipate. For me, it is generally difficult to drink an entire bottle of sour ale myself. However, I would find it a pleasure to be tasked with finishing an entire bottle of Marron Acidifie. This is a collaboration ale worth pursuing.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. Bottle. A nice dark amber/brown color. Nice tart sour taste of dark fruits. A nice beer that I’ll seek out again
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Clusterfork #3. Pours reddish with a tan head. Nose is quite tart. taste is sweet, tart, and funky, damn good sour.
dcschiller (2033) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml shared by Reg!!). Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a tan head. Aroma is tart cherry, beeries, and some oak. Flavor is tart, but full of depth and the oak doesn’t overpower this beer. Medium bodied with an oily texture. This is a very nice beer with perfect balance of fruit and tart. Awesome!
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle and served in NB Worthy glassware: Pours a murky muddy brown with some ruby highlights topped by a fading beige head, little lacework however. The aroma has notes of balsamic vinegar, tart cherries and cranberries, some bitter chocolate, roast and rye bread, vanilla laden bourbon barrel character with a light oaky nose. Some earthy, leathery, and pitty esters as well.
The taste actually has a nice balance at the starts between sweet roast malts, bourbon barrel "vanilla bean" tones and the accompany moderate tartness and slight funk. There is a constant and lingering vinegar like acidity and tannic nature about this brew. Undertones of leather, walnuts, chocolate, toasted bread, mineral water, and even a hint of herbal bitterness upon the finish. While I like the various flavor components, they still seem to battle throughout the glass. It got very muddled has it warmed, too earthy and boozy. Perhaps more aging will help with that. The mouth feel display medium carbonation and body, refreshing enough but the tannic nature does dry out the finish a bit much. This also got a bit boozy as it warmed. Overall, it was a solid buy and something I would drink again. Sadly, I could not purchase more than one on my now limited beer budget.
beerbastard (510) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Reg, that was a good tasting. Cloudy brown. Funky tart with berries and cherries. Strange head, broken up, looks like it had colagulated on top. However it was great, on the mild and smooth side. Very yummy, I mean lip smacking good. Little astringent in the finish. Good body. Really enjoyed this.