SG111 (982) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours dark mahogany. Beige white head. Aroma is vinegar, light blueberry, some dark fruit, plum, actually really pleasant. Flavor is sour, dark fruit, that really works for me. Vinegar but not overpowering. I really like this one.
fordest (2348) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with friends at our monthly bottle share. Reddish Brown Pour that emanated sour notes as expected. Acidic flavors with really nice tartness.
RobertDale (4987) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, berries, malt, and wood. Taste is tart cherries, apples, malt, caramel, and oak. Very nice.
rejtable (2114) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear Amber no head of lacing. Nose is cherries and super tart candy. Flavours of tart cherries, lemon, dark fruit. Taste big sour light sweet. Med body with lively carbonation.
Alengrin (4083) - BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic Bruery beer, an ’oud bruin’ aged on oak barrels, in the style of western Flemish ’Vlaams rood’. Light gushing, but only a loose, unstable head remained, light beige in colour and reduced to ’islands’ of foam after a while; colour of the beer is a misty, translucid chestnut brown with reddish bronze hue. Complex aroma in which the wood (old furniture) hits the nose first, after which a whole array of impressions follows: brambleberries, blueberries, passionfruit, raisins, unsweetened yoghurt, leather, wine vinegar, caramel, sour apple, sherry, blue cheese, red wine, vanilla... Taste is fruit sour in onset, redcurrant, blueberries, passionfruit, green apple peel, soft carbonation, drying acidity - a bit sharp on the green apple acid or even vinegar acid at first, relieved by a more sedate lactic tartness spread over a smooth caramelly backbone which comes across as a bit less ’bready’ than in original Flemish red beers like Rodenbach, but still very pleasant, with a vinous mouthfeel; complex and quenching finish of strong oaky woodiness but low vanilla-like tannins, lingering drying fruit tartness, a bit sharp still, juicy malts and a faraway reminder of a deep, leafy, earthy hop bitterishness, noticeable for only a brief moment (whereas in fact it should have stayed hidden completely). Interesting beer with a label that appeals to Dutch language speakers (’oude taart’ being a derogatory name for an old lady); the word ’verzuur’ particularly struck me and my fellow taster as a weird corruption of Dutch language. Complex and woody, but maybe a bit too sharply acidic for an ’oud bruin’; still, for me personally, this is the closest American attempt so far at rivalling the greatness of the Flemish red tradition.
markextrae (3171) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch one bottle shared by a friend. Poured a deep dark red colour and pretty flat. Nose of vinegar, dark cherries, leather,and balsamic, taste is pretty tart of vinegar with a slightly sweet caramel aftertaste, earth, some ripe apples and cranberries as it starts to warm. One of the better sour beers i’ve had from the bruery
lightbias (435) - USA - JUL 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am so excited to pull this out of the cooler tonight. I love this style, but have never had the opportunity to taste this particular beer. I pull out my favorite tulip glass and crack the cap. The aroma leaps from the neck, its rich bite on my sinuses taking me aback; the deep, sour fruits already leaving me a bit tongue-tied. I pour a few inches of rich fluid; a subtle, golden foam rises with the mahogany cascade; large flecks of sediment finding their way through the brew and its soft head, some to settle on the bottom, some to be enjoyed by the drinker. Me. The head dies back quickly, leaving the defenseless brew naked to my eager advances. --
The aroma is earthy, but sharp, and teeming with over-ripe cherries. It overwhelms my olfactory senses, and my aching, needy taste buds are flooded with moisture in anticipation of the first draw. -- I pull greedily at the sour beer, filling my mouth with the stuff, using it to saturate every exposed surface for the experience. The flavor is the aroma, a replica intensified ten times over, and flush with complexity. The sour has an added accent of vanilla in certain mouthfuls, and is teasing only the tip of my tongue now, although it began by abusing my entire mouth. I suppose that by the end of this glass, it will be a glorious beverage still, but with much less punch than at the beginning.
The finish is dry, rounded and though so many sours will leave you with too much funk for way too long, this one is fairly clean in a few minutes. The medium body is buoyed comfortably by the perfect carbonation, and one that lasts as long as that Casanova you knew in college, but didn’t want to take home to your dad.
The beer is fantastic. I don’t even think I can close with anything but "I want more".
eduardovl (1281) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle served in a wine chalice. A: Pours a cloudy brown color forming a small yellow and thin bubbled head with small retention and only very few lacings left in the glass. S: Strong fruity notes in the nose: cherries, apples and grapes mainly. Notes of sweet grains, oak, chocolate, vanilla, leather, wild yeasts. Hints of apple vinegar and red wine. Some light metallic notes in the very end. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Very fruity and woody. Notes of sweet pale malts, caramel malts, oak, cherries and grapes. Very tart and sour finish. M: Heavy molasses body. Low carbonation. Fruity and persistent sour aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Reminds a good red wine. Excellent.
Hermod (5462) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, thx Jookos! Pre Tuska tasting. 2014 edition. Cola brown with a thin off white head. Sour aroma, dough, dark fruits, red wine notes. Flavor has red wine notes, some chocolate notes, tart berries, apples. Long, dry and tart finish. Pleasant stuff.
jookos (4621) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.75 bottle. Red brownish hazy. Wonderful old oaky, slight vanilla nose. Old red cherries, musty fruityness, some say hints of chocolate. Tart med bodied, dark fruity, cedar, oaky,sour cherries. Long finish, leaving a watering want for more. Real nice.