johnholzer (5) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite beers from The Bruery. Very pretty beer. Deep red. Smell is just what I like—not a lot of stank, but crisp and refreshing. Feels crisp in the mouth and bubbly. Nice acidic quality and well balanced tartness. Love it.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Pours a very hazy, dark, murky brownish-plum color; light-tan head with medium bubbles, decent retention, and solid lacing; there’s an oily yellowish color at the edges of the liquid; slightly muddled presentation. Lightly tart aroma of red fruits (cherries, strawberries, especially), hints of a toasted barrel character, and a vinous, zinfandel / jammy presence that, in my opinion, not only shows the wine barrel character prominently, but also seems to be going down that difficult road approaching a band-aid / medicinal / antiseptic character that occurs so frustratingly often in these wine-barrel-aged beers; it’s not there yet, but this doesn’t strike me at all as something to keep in one’s cellar; jammy, plummy, lightly tannic. Medium body: lively carbonation, tempered by a medium presence of tannins and rich red fruits; lots of red wine character (berries, jam) upfront, very moderately tart (nothing overtly sour about this), with touches of lively acidity and seemingly lactic citrus notes; as in the appearance, this is certainly muddled, messy, and (while pleasant enough) almost destined to head downhill quickly; call it a hunch. This reminds me a lot of some of Avery’s barrel-aged sour experiments: lightly medicinal, moderate tannins, scattered way of doing things. Medium finish of red fruits, light toastiness, soft tannins.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting at Ja-Julios with Patrick. Pours a deep ruby body with a tall tan head. Flavors of tart cherries and sweet stone fruit dominate the palate. The malty back end is light and playful with some funky yet crisp notes and a hint of aged balsamic. I can pick just a little whiff of barrel out of this brew and its a smooth earthy compliment to the puckering cherry skin flavors and lively body. Really, really amazing.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pors a really deep maroon with a creamy, lasting beige head. Nose is tight, woody, with dark cherries and a subtle brett twist. Nose is nice and reminds of of Veritas 003 more so than any other Flanders Red. Sweet and sour in the mouth, dark cherries, some wild yeast, some oak, really light balsamic vinegar. A weird finish that is kind of herbal and just doesn’t fit in quite right. I like this but the flavors are kind of at odds with each other at times. Good.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks crusty for sharing. Pours a ruby brown with a one finger light tan head. Nose is sweet with some tart cherry, pie spice, cherry skin and almond, nice and acidic. Flavor is tart with some cherry skins, acidic, sweet character, pie spices. Palate is tart and acidic.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap and from multiple bottles. Pours dark brownish-red with slight head which is gone instantly. Nice fruity-sweet, yet tart aroma. Tastes of cherries, lots of tartness, tannins, and a complexity that is tough to get a handle on. Very smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable, one of my favorite tarts.
neepsntatties (1206) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got to try some of this this past weekend during zwickelmania in Portland, OR, thanks to a kind soul who was sharing a bottle (we don’t get this beer in Portland!!). Colour... medium brown with no head. Nose... quite acetic but with some interesting woody notes. Palate... still heavy on the acetic side, tart, sappy oak, plenty of dried peach and apricot, fruit leather, rather lactic and lengthy woody-fruit finish. Nice treat!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Zestar for the bottle! Muddy copper pour with lactic and light notes of vinegar. Flavor is grainy light oak and sour.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseman, direct from Patrick Rue himself. A cloudy, ruddy, reddish-brown to sienna colored body is crowned with a small, foamy, tan head. Settling down to a chunky film with a thin edge, the foam leaves some nice, diagonal flares of lacing on the glass. The nose is enticingly fruity and juicy, showing notes of jammy strawberry, sweet-tart cherry, and just a hint of fig, all wrapped in a shroud of mild, softly soured and buggy oak. The balance between fresh, fruity-tart juice and the woody barrel is incredible. Flavors show a bit more sourness, with some citric acidity emerging, but again remain deliciously balanced. Hints of green apple join the sweet-tart cherry-berry fun. Certainly young right now, I think some more acetic character could develop with time. The palate is medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing, with a little residual sugar slickness and a soft, lively carbonation. Very good brew. If I had access, I’d buy a case.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ucusty? at the Presex tasting. Thanks man! Poured dark red/copper with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Aroma came through as green apple, dry oak, red wine, and a general citrus tartness. Taste was similar with a drying effect. The red wine tannins were more present and the apple/sugar taste was nice mixing with the alcohol on the end. Good Stuff
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint and a small, tan head. Aroma is Oak! And lots of it, supported by some tart fruits and red wine. Flavor is dark fruits, lots of oaky tannins, a mild tartness that balances the sweetness, surprisingly smooth. Medium to full bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. Another damn fine Bruery brew.