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. 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!
mfp13jr (23) - Glenville, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out light coppery gold with light white head. All barnyard funk in the nose. Pulls in medium bodied with deep sour with a bit of rye spice. One of my favorite sours.
Lukaduke (1737) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 vintage. Pours a deep copper color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of mango, cherry fruit up front with some grainy spice in the back. Tons of tart acidic sourness runs through the length of the beer... after a half a glass the acidity takes over and rips the enamel off my teeth. Really nice for the first ten minutes but the overwhelming acetic qualities take over my palette and destroy the nuances that were apparent in the beginning of the pour.
Bullit (3854) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ skortila, courtesy of caesar. Hazy orange coloured with an off-white head. Nose is slightly sour, citric acid, fruity, some tartness. Flavour is light malty, citric acid, cherries, bit of wood, lots of fruits. Finish is fairly dry and slightly bitter. Really pleasant.
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty orange red pour. Very barnyardy aroma. Flavor is interesting and complex; multiple stages hit you while drinking it. It starts barnyardy and ends tasting like sweet tarts (no kidding) with some light grape notes in the middle.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid sour rye ale, very drinkable.Tasty, though too much cloves and pepper for me.
umich03jm (1576) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Aromas are barnyard funk, sour overripe cherries and lemons, hay, and vinegar. Taste is extremely sour and acidic. Loaded with sour fruit, barnyard funk, vinegar, green apple, and oak. This is a big sour and itís too much for me. Iíd probably like the fruited versions better.
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Lord Hobo, golden orange pour, medium body. Lemon citrusy funk and sourness. Quite delicious, great mouthfeel. Superb
JHeath99 (483) - - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a hazy amber with only a hint of cream colored head. Aroma of sour and funk and citrus. Taste of lemons and funk. Makes me think of the Crybaby candies.
beastmaster (204) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared with bmillsy. Pretty orange pour, little cloudy thin white lacing. Mandarin orange and tart cherry aroma. Light body, well carbonated. Lemon, cherry, tart goodness. This is a great sour that makes me want to pucker my lips and kiss its creator. Thank you for removing that pesky enamel from my teeth.
drsandman (63) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Roberta's. Pours a reddish orange with a very thin crisp white head. Aroma is hay, barnyard funk, rye, lemon, vinegar. Taste is very sour right off the bat, vinegar, tart, sour citrus... Sharp up front, stays biting through to finish but still quite drinkable. Really nice sour