ThisWangsChung (747) - 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. I’m VERY impressed with the head this pours - it’s 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 it’s not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don’t 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. It’s in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It’s 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, it’s 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 I’d reckon it’s 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, it’s 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 ’n’ shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it’s pretty fantastic where I’d purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I’ve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!
SlackerMads (1707) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Clear light brown with a medium sized diminishing white head. Lactic sour, lemon, oak, light vanilla, spicy rye notes, light warming alcohol. Medium body, light/medium sweet and medium sour, light prickling carbonation. Long sour finish. Works well for me.
AbouAli (102) - Genève, SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nez très brett mais également fruité. Grande acidité et complexité en bouche, avec une bonne longueur. Très sèche mais malgré l’acidité il y a une forme de douceur. Aspect vineux et huileux.
Très bonne longueur et complexité.
Sebilinz (617) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Light amber slightly cloudy body with White not very long lasting head. Aroma is apples some cherries and other sour fruits. Taste is sour with fruits.Aftertaste is also sour and slight fruity. This sour is really clean and sharp, absolutly stunning. Perfect.
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I had been holding for about 18 months. I think it’s the 2013 vintage. Poured a dark deep golden brown, similar-colored head. Nice tartness but not overpowering. Had a bit of a white wine feel to it. Tart white grape was kinda most of what I got out of it. It was a hit.
mabel (6830) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[6139-20140121] Bottle. Sour yeasty aroma. Hazy, brown orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sour yeasty dough flavour has a fruity apple base. Medium body is super sour. Yum! (9/4/10/5/18) 4.6
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "I’m lactose intolerant! And I’m not even a nut!"
teorn88 (3064) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle from bierkompass. It pours a pale amber color with a small white head. Aroma is funky oak with some malts and strong lactic and slight acetic sour qualities. Taste is acidic and light vinegarish with light citrusy hops. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really really good sour with clean tartness
radio_nowhere (917) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into tulip glass, hazy yellow-hued orange color with thin off-white head. Aroma of acidic tart fruit (berries, citrus, apple), vinegar, clove and light oak. Taste adds notes of lemon juice, red wine, big cherry, vanilla, light sugar and some caramel. Light-medium body, moderate-low carbonation, creamy with tart fruit lingering. Almost perfect balance between tart, wood and rye notes. Excellent.
beechner224 (779) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nottle. Pours tan with white head. Aroma is tart, lots of acid. Taste is super sour, very tart, mouth clenching. Very nice sour, pretty in your face.
jayzz (399) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a world class sour. I get sour, sour, and more sour, with a slight vinegar aftertaste. The rye comes in slowly, but it’s there providing a great layering. Faint lemon juice, but this is a puckering masterpiece.
zvikar (3731) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting a at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours yellow to orange with a small head, aroma of brett, fruits, strawberries, cherry, fresh, flavor of vinegar, brett, fruits, strawberry, lemon, green tea, dried fruits, medium to full bodied. Great