ThisWangsChung (836) - 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!
Andrew196 (1403) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color, white head with a nice cascading lace. Aroma of sour barnyard, hay, peaches, lemon. Very big and dry on the tongue with more peach, lemon and white grape. Big yet pleasant tartness throughout.
Zlotta (1911) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 0.75 l bottle, shared by mariuspoenari, thanks! Hazy, golden amber with an off-white head. Sweetish, sourish-fruity and moderately funky aroma of peach, lemon, rhubarb, oak and some barnyard. Quite sour, very fruity and moderately funky taste of lemon, peach, rhubarb, oak and barnyard, followed by a medium long, rather tart, woody-dry finish. Thin to medium body, quite astringent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice, but also very sour!
sjogro (2500) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of mariuspunari. Hazy amber. Minimal head. Sour grain, rye, hay, grapes, lactic, spices. Strong sour, light minerallike saltiness. Medium body, soft carbonation, minerallike texture, heavy tannins, lactic response.
Maakun (3626) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to MariusPoenari. Cloudy dark golden with fizzy off white head. Lemon juice, quite some rye, lots of herbs, soft Indian spices, funk, hay, lots of lactic sournes with overripe apricots. Very sour, and light spicy bitterness. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty good.
mariuspoenari (1424) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Hazy, murky orange with a thin off-white head. Notes of grapes, vinegar, oak, subtle vanilla, rose wine, rye spiciness. Medium body, medium carbonation and a tart aftertaste.
deanso (8679) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle shared at not THT.
Thin ring white head. Cloudy amber pour. Tart aftertaste
dfearnley (1764) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Consummation: Sour peach, cherry, lemon peel, and a hint of something sweet, akin to honey, but no quite.
Adjunct: Sour peach/lemon/apple aroma with vanilla; peachy orange colour with a thin creamy tan head and lots of effervescence; medium bodied and approaching puckering sourness
jinroh (1103) - ESTONIA - JUL 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice copper, some foam but not too much. Aroma is truly sour, intense and raw apple wine-like. Taste is intensely sour, you get beeswax and a bit of honey. I dig the aftertaste but it takes time to get used with the sourness. Great berries, apple juice sourness working miracles.
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy peachy color ale with a nice large foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of lactic acid notes with quite a bit of vinegar and some oak notes is OKish. Taste is mostly dominated by loads of vinegary notes with some oak and a high-level of acid notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. I donít get what the fuss is with this beer. I thought it was really one-dimensional and acidity level wad too high for my liking.
Palme (4083) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l bottle from Whole Foods Market Tribeca enjoyed at our hotel room. This is a lovely blurry glowing peach orange one with a small light off-white top. It has a sour and fruity aroma with sour peaches, some lemon and lemon zest, some paint thinner, really bretty and there is perhaps a swiff of dark burned rye bread in here. It smells really nice thatís for sure. Nice flavors and the rye is more present here. Lots of sour fruits like sour peaches, grapefruit, picketed lemons and tart wood. The mouthfeel is light oily and it has a average carbonation level. Fantastic refreshing. Shouldnít, but I think I will finish this bottle here and now before lunch.. 23.06.2013