crossovert (7215) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer. A bit of oxidation, edium ot high sourness, levelling sweetnes, very slight funk but not much.
JStax (2956) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a semi-hazy brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is bracingly sour and dry. Some cherries and green apple come through. Super tart and dry. Dries the mouth out immediately upon first sip. Holy shit is this sour.
johnnnniee (2282) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep shade of crimson with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a smattering of foam on the top. The aroma is sweet with a hint of tart and balsamic. Sweet brown sugar mixes with tart cherries and plums with hints of tannic oak and light tart fruits. The flavor is tart and funky up front, but not bracingly so. Lemons and tart cherries mix with a bit of vinegar and tart fruits. A woody funk comes through mixed with brown sugar coated tart berries. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel going on. I thought this was pretty good, but for my tastes I’d have liked a bit more tart and carbonation.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review 1200! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2011 (nearing 2 years old). Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, apple, toast, grass, hay, oak, balsamic vinegar, red wine, earth, tobacco, light leather, funk, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of huge tart and sour cherry, cranberry, oak, toast, apple, raisin, hay, grass, earth, red wine, balsamic vinegar, funk, leather, tobacco, light yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel. Nice amount of tartness and sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour dark fruits, toast, oak, hay, grass, leather, balsamic vinegar, red wine, tobacco, earth, yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of flavors; with a great sourness/sweetness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice; nicely acidic without being overbearing. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic sour brown ale! Big complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with the acidity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
Blairgus (2588) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 4 jan 2013, bottle. Light brown and faintly hazy. Nose is half vinegar sour and half sweet bready malt. Thin body and faintly fizzy. Tart framework with some sweet bread, light caramel. Pretty good.
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jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cheers to Crosamich for hooking me up with this! The pour’s a deep reddish brown with a small head. The nose is balsamic, red berry. Funk, mild vinegar and wood. The taste is red berry, lightly vinous. A bit of umami ketchup. Salty wood. Jammy sweet finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, a nie Flanders red. Well played.
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2012 Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy, opaque reddish-brown, with a small cream head. Aroma is very very fruity, lots of pineapple, with some acidity, caramel, wood, bourbon. Taste is sweet, medium sour, with lots of wood and bourbon notes. Finish is very dry, with a little tartness and oak. Medium body, very soft carbonation. Interesting beer for sure.
deekyn (1167) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - pours hazy golden tinted brown. Thin tight bubbled tan head. Strong lacing. S - strong vinegar and oakiness up front. Notes of leather, dark fruits , caramelized sugar. Hints of wine and honey. M - heavy bodied nice full well articulated palate. Nice alcohol warming. Subtle and complex. Very well balanced. T - nice mellowed sour notes and subtle high quality basalmic vinaigrette up front. Flows nicely to a buttery red wine. nice oakiness and tannins, hint of leather on the palate. Notes of over ripe sour cherries. Nice malts, toasted brown sugar, mangos and honey. O - fantastic well balanced. Basalmic vinaigrette to a nice oaky tannins to a mellow malty candied sugar end. 4.2
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Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Shared with fellow BA danielnovak3.
A: Pours a dark cherry red color with brown hues in the body. Thin off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. It leaves some light spots of lace.
S: Some cherry skins with a tart raspberry undertone. There is some thick maltiness with a touch of oak. Mild leather notes are present as well.
T: The body of this beer is incredibly malty. Some sweet dark cherry flesh and some tart respberry. There is a mild sour pucker with an oaky touch. The barrel produces some sweetness, but the malts really hit back in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a little too much heft. Medium carbonation and a malty sweetness is on the finish.
O: The body of the beer was just too big and malty. I know the style was an "imperial" oud bruin, but I don’t think the style really works. Not enough tartness and puckering to back up the big malt body.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012
Glouglouburp (5992) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A not-too-sour dark ale with ripe fruits in balsamic vinegar. Surprisingly drinkable.
How: Bottle 750ml. A few times sample-size. This rating for a full bottle consumed approximately 1 year after the beer release
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is balsamic vinegar, dark ripe fruits, fruity sourness, leathery funk. Taste is juicy cranberries wrapped in chocolate, balsamic vinegar, ripe sour red and dark fruits, oak tannins, light notes of sour cherries. Rather lively carbonation for the style. My aged bottle seems a bit more mellow than when I had it fresh in small sample size, I think I prefer it now with some age. Really not too puckering/intense, as easy to drink as an American Sour can get I guess. This is one of the too-few American Sour where the level of acetic acid remains very much under control. Reading the description I think this beer achieves exactly what it wanted to be. Another big bottle I drank by myself at home, because it is better for me to stay home and get drunk because if I go out I know I’m gonna get stoned again, I can’t help it, and these rocks they throw at my face really hurt, that’s how much people love me around here.