jrob21 (2288) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never thought I would get to see this one but low, there it is at a fine tasting recently. Well balanced funky sour drink with a decent sweetness working throughout. Pours a murky brown color. Intense flavors of baked bread followed by a fruity finish. The fruit is mostly cherry and red fruit.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark brown-amber color that shows a hazed, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is huge with a bright, tart, super fruity, berry like character that is backed by a touch of nutty oxidation like character. The tartness is all lactic at first, but once I start to dig around there is a hint of acetic acid spiciness that also boosts a touch of vinegar (not quite as rich as balsamic, but certainly fruit leaning) character in the finish. The finish has a dry, cracker like grain character as well as a toasted whole grain note that adds a wholesome bread like character to the nose. Other than the tartness, this beer is relatively clean; meaning it isn’t overly funky, which is certainly in line with a traditional Flemish inspired beer (at least modern examples of such). The malt, oxidation and tartness all combine to provide a character that I want to describe as earthy for some reason. As the beer warms some acetone like character starts to become noticeable in the finish.
This still has quite the spritzy carbonation despite sitting in my glass for the last 10 minutes; it foams up a fair amount as it rolls across the tongue, which counteracts the viscous character from the oak and lactic acid contribution that provides this beer a definite texture. The dominant lactic tartness throughout is again anchored by a hint of acetic acidity in the finish that is fairly light and at just about the perfect amount (it is far less than that found in Rodenbach Grand Cru). There is a toasted oak character that provides a woodiness as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The red wine barrels come through quite well here, not just with the oak, but also with a deep, supporting fruitiness that provides a definite berry character that is understated but powerful in some way. The toasted oak character mixes with a solid toasted malt character that tastes of brown, whole grain bread and whole grain cracker notes that seem caramelized, but without any real sweetness (if that makes any sense). This beer tastes quite dry to me, but I have a feeling that is because I had a chocolate chip cookie a half hour ago. The whole grain / dry-caramelized malt character starts to come out more as the beer warms up.
My second pour of this sees me noticing the fruitiness quite a bit more again, b/c it is still cool and there is also a hint of sweetness to this brew that my palate is finally able to detect; flavors of strawberry (accentuated by the touch of acetic acid noticeable here) as well as the red-wine notes are noticeable. When the beer is cooler the astringent oak character is a bit more noticeable, it really softens up quite a bit as it warms. Actually the red wine character is quite a bit more noticeable when the beer is on the cool side too; really the maltiness comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up and helps to soften up the other notes (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, depending on what your preference is).
Tasty enough, though I wouldn’t mind a touch more funkiness from something like Brettanomyces, but that would certainly put this outside the modern interpretation of a Flemish sour. I definitely like the body of this brew, it has some texture to it, but it is still fairly quaffable and the zippy carbonation helps to lighten things up enough. I feel like I shouldn’t like this as much as I am as it seems to be lacking in complexity, but damn, I am enjoying this quite a bit. The flavors are so well integrated and the oak / wine notes are at such a soft, integrated level that just makes this beer work quite well. Really it is the oak / wine notes that make this beer in the end, without them this beer would really need something or it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty as it is.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty ruby, decent foam .. . light wood, wet wood, strawberry pits, and light funk .. . muddled mouth but pretty good.. my scores and general enjoyment don’t really seem to match up, but whatever .. . a good bruery product that seems to be riding the hype wave a bit high .. . uhh, this cokes gone bad!!
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewvival 1. Hazy brown pour with a fading ring of tan head. Great sour nose and flavor. Spot on for the style.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Five ounces poured into a pint glass. One bottle shared between five guys a a mini-tasting.
3.5 A: Dirty amber brown color. Just short of one finger of frothy light tan head that falls quickly.
4.5 S: Tangy lactic acid. Sharp oakiness, some tannic astringency that doesn’t distract. Toasty. Wild apple and something along the lines of dark cherry.
4.5 T: Good amount of acetic acid backed by tangy lactic acid. Wild apple again with what I can only describe as a cherry/red currant hybrid. Very tasty.
4.0 M: Lighter body. Nice spritzy carbonation. Good, but this would benefit from a touch more body.
4.5 D: Definitely a solid beer. Easily the best Bruery beer I’ve had thus far though that isn’t saying a lot given the garbage I’ve had. In any case, I definitely would like to drink this again. Solid all around and goes down easy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 04:54:56
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Beautiful crimson/garnet pour with a small eggshell head. Aroma of lemonpeel, unripe fruit, and vinegar. Flavor reminiscent of a fruity Jolly Rancher. Tart, pungent, tasty.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Stinging apple cider vinegar aroma. Brown sugar, cinnamon, wet oak, tart fruit skin and a good dose of acetone round out the nose. Pours a dark but fairly clear brownish copper topped by a thin khaki film. Fairly one dimensional on the tongue. Tasted like carbonated, watered down apple cider vinegar. Some drying oak tannin on the sides of the tongue. Fairly acetic. Medium bodied, slightly watery.ively, if not slightly overbearing carbonation. Finish starts with some acid and oak but ends rather abruptly. Your basic, run of the mill, soured/bugged/oaked American Wild. Totally drinkable, but absolutely forgettable.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#2000. 750ml courtesy of John. Pours cloudy maroon with a beige head. The nose is fruit, sour berries and red wine vinegar. The taste follows suit with the aroma. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Very good – thanks again John!
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Poured reddish brown. White reddish head. A great Flemish. One of the best flemish reds I have had. Bruery did a great job with this one.
piscator34 (1883) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Deep red/brown in colour with spritzy carbonation. Aromas are mainly fruity with elements of cherry blossom, crabapple, and lemon with a hint of old leather. A bit more simple and lighter than expected in the mouth with flavours of cherry pit, tart lemon, and some lacto. Refreshing with a nice sour bite, but lacking in compexity.