FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, urea, spicy / woody oak, vanillin, light notes of cider and pears, and touches of straw and pale malt. The nose isnít overly complex, and in fact seems to die out after you start to drink this beer.
Bitingly sour, with an almost bracing edge to it; the beer is solidly lactic in its acidity and there is a lot of pucker accentuating oak tannins, especially in the finish, as well as a lightly effervescent carbonation. Flavors of yogurt acidity, woody mushroom musty notes, a rounded pale malt character (straw, touches of pale wheat crackers, and a hint of bread like character), touches of urea, . The body has a lactic slickness to it, as well as some woody / tannic structure, but is light and quaffable, at least if you like sour beers. The sourness here is quite nice, it has the sourness of a good Gueuze, though isnít as hard as the most sour Lambics. There is an almost nutty quality to this from the intersection of oak and malt character; though this is certainly not like the toasted / roasted nuttiness that is often found in other beers. This beer is bone dry, even more so than many a Lambic actually; really it seems to not quite have the malt / grain complexity that a traditional Lambic has, as the grain character is pretty subdued here, though it does become more noticeable as the beer warms up.
This is a bit too clean to be considered a classic Gueuze; it has the bracing sourness, but lacks the funky complexity of a truly great example of the style, and it could certainly use a more lively carbonation. Having said that, this is far better than I was expecting; hopefully this will be a yearly offering, and I will be curious to see if this is continued to be dialed in. Hard enough for my stomach to recognize the acidity, but seems to avoid the acetic acid flaws that can sometimes be found in Lambics or other sours. A beer that doesnít hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.
slowrunner77 (3443) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"This is a beer that I wish i could give half points too...I like it a touch better than the GFAR, which i think is the single year of this 3 year blend (at least it tastes that way). Slightly more complexity in this one, green apple, olives, lemon, oak...yet ANOTHER really nice sour from Orange County. Drank a 750 myself and enjoyed every sip.
MacBoost (1286) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
First off, this isnít a lambic. Itís an American sour ale. A blend of "sour blond ale(s)"? FFS. I donít give a shit if you blend your inoculated sours, just donít fucken call it lambic, dipass.
Pours a hazy orange with minimal head. Aromas of a pretty standard wheat beer brewed with acidified malt. I would guess that food grade lactic acid is an ingredient in this beer (donít fucken lie, Bruery. You know you added some at some point. The gentle tartness just doesnít seem to be a byproduct of pure lacto bacteria). But Iíd also venture to guess that this was inoculated with Brett, which produced the simple funk after a year or so in the barrel. Yippee. Good for you. You can follow a recipe.
To call this a lambic is to call Mike Tyson white. It just isnít the case. This is a blended American sour, inoculated with bacteria and brett, blended with a few different vintages. Itís mediocre at best. Way over priced. Good thing I got ths fucken bottle for free in a trade, as I would have been very pissed off if I had actually spent money on this sham of a beer. Iím calling for admins to recatogorized this as a sour ale because to call this a "lambic" is a fools errand. Fuck you, Bruery.
Jow (2174) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at ginger man. Pours orange with great gueuze nose. Taste is less traditional than aroma. Tastes of apricot, candy apples, barnyard, vinegar. Nice tart palate. Sweet finish.
haukur (1307) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow, small but lively head. Tart and funky aroma, some slight oak notes. Very tart. A bit too harsh to be among the best but interesting and good nonetheless.
Fritz123 (1020) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the share. Snifter. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. No lacing or rings. The aroma is tart lemon, lime, funky yeasts and white grapes fermented. The taste is bright tart citrus especially lemons and limes, barrel aging softened the harshness so you get that smooth balance of tart fruits and funky Belgian yeasts. Solid carbonation makes it bright and refreshing. Very tasty.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a veiled golden-blond with a short lived white head. Aroma is tart and spicy. Flavor is acetic, brettish, funky, wild, green fruit. Finish is tart and lemoney. Medium body, average carbonation.
Christpuncher (1186) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One if the better sours I have had. Almost like cross between a beer and wine. Smooth and bit too sour. Daly sour finish. Had at jerry with Feez
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JBPortland (810) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours cloudy dark orange with 2 finger head. Nose is dry old attic wood, funky hay, apple, stonefruit, light toasted bread crust, old books left in a crawlspace. Taste is tart woody juicy lime, lemon, tangerine, golden apple, dusty old wood, barrel, funky oak, toasted oats. Acidity level is pretty nicely balanced. Finish is dry juicy citrus fruit and stonefruit, tart funky wood, hay.
superspak (2630) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, leather, musty funk, oak, pepper, cracker, light wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/vinegar acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome gueuze style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lasting thin white foamy head atop a clear, highly carbonated deep amber body. Nose is tart, tinny with faint green apple. Nice sour flavour. Some battery acid, lemon and vinegar. I actually quite like this. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights.