fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Trade by JohnC ]. Clear medium to dark amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, sour fruit - berry, red wine, wood, aceton, light vinegar. Flavor is heavy sweet and light moderate acidic with a long to average duration, wood, oak, red wine, dry, vinegar - acetone. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feelis light alcohlic. 
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip as a Valentine Day sour... The body is bright dark brown, hint of brown. A really nice tope head that is thick and full. A very thin cap survives, but very nice lacing on the side of the glass... The aroma is very strong and waifs toward me from several feet away. The nose is very tart, vinegar, oak, and a little spice. I like it a lot, especially as it warms so give this some time. Reminds me of an oud bruin... The taste has some of the same notes as the nose, but doesn’t come off as strong, missing some of the strong vinegar and tart notes that I was expecting to really attack my senses. Oak with vinegar throughout, light spice finish that I think is from the rye. Has a bit of biting vinegar that reminds of a much lighter and better executed Santa Fe Wild 5. The vinegar doesn’t taste strong but the mouthfeel and sensation of it is very acidic... This is incredibly drinkable, no clue this 9%.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This went in to the fridge a couple days ago brilliantly clear, it is now hazy when looked through the bottle (textbook chill haze). Wow, this looks quite viscous as I pour it into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. A really vigorous pour is only able to summon up two-fingers of tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a murky, hazed amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of whole grain up front, followed by some tartness that is followed by a rotting fruit note in the finish. The rotting fruit note gets a bit more fresh fruit focused in subsequent draughts of the aroma; the tartness provides some lemon-like notes and the fruitiness takes this towards a grapefruit and overly ripe plum like character. Somehow this reminds me of a fresh, spicy ginger ale at times, but really there is a lot of spicy, toasted whole grain and brown bread richness in the aroma. Some of the rotting fruit character seems to be a byproduct of a muddled, toasted graininess, and there is also some clove like phenolics to this beer in the finish. The nose can seem a bit bland at times somehow.
This is incredibly rich and viscous feeling as it hits my mouth for the first time. It is nicely tart with a clean lactic acidity that reminds me of lemon, or perhaps a bit more characterful grapefruit. Despite being incredibly viscous this is not sweet, which is a testament to the influence that rye has on the body. The texture is quite weird (at least if you haven’t had experience with lots of rye in a beer before), it is not heavy like in a beer with a lot of barley malt, instead it is viscous with a texture that I can best describe as slightly watered down snot; you almost expect the beer to start to clump together. The acidity is quit nice here, up front it is definitely all lactic, but there is a spiciness to the finish that might suggest at some acetic acidity, but this might just be the rye interacting with the lactic notes. There is a spicy, whole grain character that lingers in the finish along with the lactic acidity; ultimately the lactic acidity wins out in the long finish (though I can still feel the viscosity of this brew some how), but there are some toasted grain notes and just chewy brown bread like flavors that linger on the palate for a good bit after each sip.
After my second pour I am realizing that a lot of the spiciness comes from the oak. The spicy, fresh cut wood like character is even quite noticeable in the nose. The oak is actually quite well integrated though & plays a supporting role here.
Very interesting, the texture is something completely else; luckily I knew what to expect from the rye, but it certainly threw my wife for a loop (she really likes light bodied lambics, and so this beer definitely doesn’t really appeal to here). I am definitely enjoying this beer, if for nothing else than its unique texture then so be it. There isn’t really a whole lot of complexity here; I would have expected that the rye would have added more wild graininess and spiciness to this brew and even the funkiness is focused on the lactic acidity rather than more wild notes from Brettanomyces or other wild-bugs that can produce a lot of “off” flavors. If there were a lot of sour, heavily laden rye beers out there this wouldn’t be much of a standout, but as it is there is not, so this is enjoyable for its relative uniqueness if nothing else; it is indeed an experience.
JohnnyJ (4628) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Slightly hazy orange/red pour, thin off-white head. Vinegar, rye bread, sour red cherry, light berry, and some oak. An interesting sour ale, I like it.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark hazy orange pour, no carbonation and an aroma of acidic sour apples. Flavor is tart right off the the bat, then mellowed into creamy malt and berries with a good balanced aftertaste. This was outstanding!
arminjewell (6755) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy orange with no head, not a very good looking beer. Aroma has big tart notes, some funk and barnyard. Taste is some subtle spice, rye notes, leading into big tart, but subtle funk notes, finishing slightly sweet but delicious. Great beer, with notes of berries and sweet vanilla at the end.
portableparty (1966) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Hazy light brown pour with a off white collar. Aroma is funky sour bitterness. Taste has a sweet sour start and Leeds into a sweet malty bread and maybe some fruit as well. Palate is fizzy and caulky with a slick chaulky finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Bruery in August 2009.
Pours a nice, light moderate orange color with a good head. The nose brings forward orange, cherry, rye, and a good dose of sourness. A bit vinous. The taste is mildly fruity with a bit of spice and some good sour notes.
Moderate body with a really nice amount of sourness. Overall, this drinks quite well and I was really thrilled to be able to try this. This trip was some of my first exposure to The Bruery’s beers and I’m glad that they have nice experimental brews like this on.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-23-2010
Geokkjer (6111) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle , courtesy of fonefan.Pours amber orange with an off-white head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, vinegar and oak.Flavor is somewhat meaty and sour with notes of vinegar, vanilla ,pepper, grapes and oak.Medium body, soft carbonation.Really nice Beer!!
yngwie (14353) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 75cl, courtesy of fonefan. A rather flat one, but not entirely flat. Some off-white bubbles around the rim. The aroma has vinegar, oak, cherry pits, some spiced notes, hints of vanilla and a little alcohol. The flavor goes in the same sour direction. It’s acetic and cherry infused, almond notes and a touch of oak and vanilla chimes in, some alcohol too, giving a slight burn towards the end. It’s full-bodied, warming and puckering on the palate. A touch of tropical fruits towards the very end. Although it doesn’t look too good when out of the bottle, it sure tastes and smells good. Definitely a sipper, but I wouldn’t resist sipping one on my own. 110318