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. 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!
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sour oaky lemon tart aroma. Very lively carbonation. Flavor of wet rye and sour mango tartness. Finishes of many light dried fruits and a lingering tartness.
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like a very dry Chardonnay not buttery just light white grapes. Flavor of some cherry tart flavor and champagne like finish.
dogfishho (646) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild citrus tart notes with a bit of spice in the background. Well balanced with a clean finish. Could drink this all day.
LapinMalin (11) - Nancy, FRANCE - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Superbe nez toasté, vanillé. En bouche, attaque avec une acidité franche. On retrouve les arômes grillés / toastés du nez. Sensation fruitée, sur fond caramélisé et vanillé. Le bois reste bien présent également. Finale longue et acide, sur des notes de cerises...
weihenweizen (2031) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 75 cl 2014 brown bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy burnt orange with small white head. Aroma is tart, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is tart cherry, oaky, earthy, some rye. Complex, but not a favorite.
dnstone (2346) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Musty grape aroma. Nice tart character but sweet enough to balance it out; grape, tart, funk. Golden color with white head.
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crlnts (382) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber. White quickly vanishing head. Powerful brett aroma.
Dry and sour. Fruity and oily. Sharp.
HenriqueBraga (125) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Âmbar com nuances de rubi. Boa espuma, embora não muito persistente. Aroma incrível de maçã, canela e cereja, acético. Na boa, o centeio é presente e o acético também. Final doce e acético. Ótima cerveja.
Bule (1087) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Lots of sourness, and mild rye spiciness to add some complexity.
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle, pours rich hazelnut amber with a hint of red, thin dissapating head. Nose is a hint of sourness with raisin. Taste is slightly on the sour side with some citrus and spice coming through. Deliciously well balanced beer.