changeup45 (1725) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. A dark orange-amber ale sits in the glass with a loose off-white head. Some pretty nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma has strong whiffs of white grape and dusty funky notes. Oak definitely there too, with some wild berries. Dry and sour in the mouth, as well as a bit scratchy in the back of the throat. The flavor offers crisp lemon acidity as well as some balsamic acetic notes, and a little farmhouse funk. Tart cherries and a white wine character make for an interesting, and effective combo. Underlying oak notes throughout but not at the forefront. Itís a tad spicy towards the back end, which must be the rye making itís presence felt. Not super easy drinking but this has pretty good drinkability for what it is. I see that the abv has gone down since this beer was first made in 2010. Not sure Iíd like a 10% version of this so I think thatís a good move by The Bruery.
Ferris (8510) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Spicy, orange, cherry and farmhouse funk. Clear copper with a thin head. Sour cherry, apricot a little spice and more farmhouse sour notes. I get some of the wood in the finish but it compliments not overwhelms. A nice sour that is a mellow and great intro into some of the stronger stuff.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber with an off white small diminishing head. Aroma is oak, white wine, vanilla, spice. Taste is overpowering sourness, after your palate adjusts which took a bit, oak, lemon, and spice come through. Enjoyed this but was a bit too acidic and vinegar and not enough complex funk.
Cirrhosis (1272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy honey brown with a limited cap floating on top. WOW drool inducing sour punch to the face stink. Apple, white wine, mild bile............. aroma is potent and for the style Its good. My face just got sucked in side out taking my first sip. Big white wine, lychee, lemon juice, wood, and more stuff that taste like stuff. So dry and crisp, and clean. Killer beer for the style. Keep hitting honey but seems wrong. Sour SOUR!!!!!!!
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy darker amber pour with a big yellowish head. Fresh banana aromas waft out of the glass from a couple feet away. When you get your nose in there thereís a lot of spice and wood and some bubble gum...whatís going on here? That real weiss vibe disappears mostly on the palate. Thereís still a hint of banana but thereís more red fruit impressions, lots of wood and spice/pepper notes. Satisfyingly sour.
mfischer2 (27) - Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour on the tip of your tongue with a tart aftertaste, aroma of sour cherries. Great lacing in the glass. This is a great beer to sip and enjoy.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday?
A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. Iím VERY impressed with the head this pours - itís about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good.
S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if itís not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I donít pick up much rye, though.
T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. Itís in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. Itís actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, itís perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy.
By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and Iíd reckon itís made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me.
M: For about a half second on the palate, itís fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly.
O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO íní shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, itís pretty fantastic where Iíd purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, Iíve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!
blipp (7250) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours orange with a white head. Tart and fruity, hints of cherry sweetness, light woody notes, hints of vanilla, and a nice tart dry finish. Good stuff.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Raleigh. Super cloudy pour, sedimental pale orange. Bright, crisp carbonation. Super pronounced nose, massively tart but with definite undertones of wood, fruit, a trace of bitterness from the thoughtfully used rye. Massively acetic mouthfeel, just narrowly short of too much so. Complexity is there in the flavor, with tannins and rye well represented despite how sour the beer is. Well done.
DuffMan (8208) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hazy dark orange colour, big golden head. Aroma is sweet with a lactic sourness, oaky vanilla undertones. Lactic sourness dominates the palate, quite acidic, some unripened berries, woody undertones. On the "sour scale", this scores quite highly for me, but offers a good balance. It helps that the finish is tart but smooth instead of acidic and puckeringly sour, as this lent to drinkability for me. Very enjoyable.