JBPortland (1489) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours clear dark orange with a finger of fizzy foam. Nose is toasted coconut, light oak, vanilla, citrus, light funk. Taste is crisp, balanced medium-low acidity, orangey citrus tartness with oaky vanilla, toast, and coconut spice. Finishes tart, toast, light dry oak, coconut, mild spice, crust, vanilla. Not much bourbon barrel or ginger character. Exceeded expectations. Good.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces an unevenly, one finger thick, off-white colored, quickly dissapearing, fizzy head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a clear honey hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of vanilla, toasted coconut, woody / spicy oak, spicy candied ginger, as well as a sort of green peppercorn note that is likely derived from the same.
Prickly, despite being low in carbonation, and the finish is a bit sour, with a definite ginger bite, but also has rounder, softening, coconut flavors that linger in the finish. Touches of vanillin, a supporting woody flavor, lots of toasted coconut flavors, some soft citrus like notes, and lots of fresh cut wood flavors are present here. The body is actually fairly rich for an 8% sour beer; I wouldnít call it heavy, but it has a texture and heft to it that clings just a bit to the palate.
This is a very interesting beer, though I am not entirely sure that it works. It is a bit simplistic in its focus on coconut, oak, ginger and sourness, a bit too clean maybe. It could certainly use a bit more carbonation, and the sweet vanillin, and toasted coconut notes donít quite meld perfectly with the ginger and sourness, but it isnít all that far off either, and is pretty enjoyable. This is a beer to experience for sure though.
Martinus (4497) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour, white head. Malty aroma, light sour, wheat, very spicy. Sour flavour, spices, spicy ginger, candy. Sour finish, candy.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBESG í14 London Grand Tasting, Moncada tasting room)
Aniela (4207) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From my backlogg:
RBESG 2014 in London, grand tasting. Hazy golden beer with a minimal head. Sourish rubber grassy spicy floral aroma. Sour rubber grassy ginger caramell floral flavour. Really a nice sour beer :-)
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chunky appearance. A cloudy apricot hue with hardly any head thatís packed with floating white specks. The aromaís also odd. Sour in the Rye is in the forefront, then I get banana, coconut, ginger, vanilla, butter. Itís too sour, though. The underlying stuff (coconut, ginger) is there, but below intense lemon and vinegar acidity. Coconut creates kind of a rancid butter flavor. The tartness feels like it rips the enamel off your teeth. Very low co2. Medium-light body is runny and buttery. Tone down the sourness and the flavor additives might come out more. From what Iíve seen so far, though, Iím not sure whether coconut can ever work well in a sour.
Ferris (12728) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Flowery notes and apricot. Cloudy gold with a think white head. Fruity, aspirin, stone fruit and a nice tartness. Not sure I get the subtle coconut.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Donít really get this one. The coconut comes through in the nose like the suntan oil aisle at the supermarket, but it falls flat on the palate. Kind of a mess.
Huhzubendah (3480) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks!
Radiant orange body with a thin cap that hisses and fades within seconds. Coconut, yeast, funk, oak, alcohol, tropical fruit aromas. Lots of coconut in the flavor. Sweet coconut milk with a potpourri of tropical fruits, to include pineapple, mango, melon, guava. Quite tasty indeed.
after4ever (7580) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375, capped and waxed. Thanks, J! Wow, what an awesome treat. Pours a very slightly hazy dark brown with very little head and no lace. Big tangy sweet nose showing caramel, peaches, and very clear ginger--almost smells like ginger ale after you swirl it. Coconut in the background. Sticky, medium-thick body with lively carb. Caramel, peaches, bright sweet ginger, and then a big coconut finish. Tastes like you dropped a bunch of shredded fresh coconut on your uvula right before you swallowed.
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. @ RBESG 14 Grand Tasting at Moncada Brewery, Unit 1 Middle Row, Kensal Town, Greater London, England W10 5AT.
[ As The Bruery Melange #9 ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate yeasty, candy, fruity, spicy, alcohol notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, sweet fruity, candy, spicy, tart wood, fruity spicy. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft.