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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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 doesn’t hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.
umich03jm (2476) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Hopcat Detroit. From notes 2 months ago. Mostly clear gold pour with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is mostly sour lemons and vinegar with some light hay and grass. Tastes very sour without much flavor really. Lemons, grass, and light barnyard. Not nearly enough funkiness to make it stand out. Very acidic too which I don’t generally enjoy.
drsandman (537) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ blind tiger. Pours a hazy golden orange, no head. Aroma is full of lemon, sweet tarts, green apple, mega funk. Flavor is heavy lacto, Brett, heavy sour, basement funk, apples, lemon lime tart. Med body agro sour, harsh sour finish. I dig.
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found back notes. Shared with Mathieu87 at home.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: lactic, sour, fruity, nice.
TASTE: lactic, soft, fruity, oak. Glad to drink something from the Bruery that’s not an alcoholic stout and not a weird herb like beer :p
Calisky (1418) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur orangée, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort acidulé, brett, pomme verte, raisin, sarment de raisin, boisé. Gout suret, fruité (pomme verte, raisin) et boisé chêne, note de paille. Bon corps, petite carbonation. Fin longue aigre fruitée et boisée. Superbe
tastybeer (1831) - Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2014 ed. Pours mostly clear gold, big white head. No retention/lace. Aroma of barnyard, dust, lemon, tropical notes. Taste is tart, lightly acidic, pineapple, saltwater. Palate is average carbonation, slick, tart finish.
Zita (5299) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
light barnyard aroma,yellow,hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium sourness, light body, sour and nice harmonic finish.
dogfishho (645) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced. Mostly tart citrus notes, but there is some "funk" in there as well that makes for an interesting drink. One of the better commercially available lambics out there... especially from the U.S.!
Emeister84 (1407) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very lemony aromas, some farty funky notes, bile. Hazy straw with a mostly fading white head. Very dry and tart, pretty funky. Light-medium bodied, very acidic.
Beermack (712) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle in NYC. Fairly clear gold/orange. Nice apricot, mustiness, and light citrus on the nose, alongside a bigger more cutting lemon funk. Taste gives bright apricot and orange, alongside mustiness, apples, lemon juice, and light funk. Medium to high acidity. Lingering spice, lemon and funk. Nice sharp finish. Very good.
Hansen (7261) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Acid, fruit, berries. Heavy acidic flavor, no sweetness, faint vanilla.