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!
italianjohn (2325) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Vintage .... Clear deep golden to light amber pour with a thin bubbly soapy off white head ... aroma is of sour cherry and tart acidic qualities along with some light vinous notes and light oak .... taste is of sour cherry and tart, has some light spicy rye ... also notes of dry oak, vanilla, red wine, acetone and brett ... finish is dry, tart and oaky with a nice acidic lingering dryness .... mouthfeel is a little fizzy ...
haukur (1291) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange, very small head. Aroma has loads of sour notes, mainly peaches, slight hint of oranges. Extremely tart, loads of laccto, no hint of rye. Fun but a bit unbalanced for the style.
BrewDad (4929) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Big huge sour beer. Tons of alcohol and sour flavors. Just a big sour cherry blend in my humble opinion.
tderoeck (4567) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ Eerste "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving (aka Epic Beer Tasting III) - BB: n/a, bottled: 12/IX/12 (2014-797) Thanks to PriorL & Mathieu87 for sharing the bottle!
Clear amber beer, small aery off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit sweet, sour fruits, some orange, some caramel, bit spicy. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sour, fruity notes, sweet and sugary touch, bit of caramel. Aftertaste: sourish, lemony, alcohol, spicy, bitter touch.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a veiled orange with a short lived white head. Aroma is wood, spices, caramel and butter. Flavor is acetic, sour, acid, a touch of caramel and spicy. Finish is tart, very spicy, vinegar. Some lingering wood and vinegar flavors. Light to medium body, average carbonation.
UXO (191) - CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(2013 vintage re-reviewed after a yearís cellaring) Pours a clear copper amber with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and no lacing. Nose is sour and funky, with lemony citrus coming to the forefront and dominating over the rye bread tones that were previously more noticeable, vanilla and spices coming through as it warms. Taste has become almost lemonade-like citrus and sour cherries, with low but sufficient sweetness. Medium-bodied and moderate residual carbonation despite the lack of a head.
At least as good as it was at the time of the previous review, perhaps slightly better. The sourness has developed more, with slightly less sweetness apparent. The flavours are more of a cohesive whole, but still leave a complex finish, with vanilla and cloves gradually becoming apparent as the citrus and cherries fade. Really, really good, with only some very minor aesthetic issues preventing a perfect score.
UncleKorm (793) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured a cloudy orange hue w/ a small white fully diminishing head. Moderate fruity aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold sour finish. Tastes are apricot, oak, and funk. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel.
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daje (2304) - NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Gaasa, june 10th 2014. Hazy orange body with a thick white head. Funky aroma with citrus fruits, cherry, rye. Taste on the sour side, tart fruit, funk, yet with a noticable caramel and rye presence. Fresh sour finish with peach, an amazing beer.
eaglefan538 (2888) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 112712, lot 5. Poured a hazy orangey straw color with an ok head and weak lacing per the style. Aroma of sour lemons, horseblanket, tart apples. Flavor followed, tons of tart and sourness, faint rye spice in the finish, but nothing prominent. Some barrel oak in the finish. Might as well have been Joeís super sour puckering killer lambic if you ask me. Definitely a strong sour brew, but mouth puckering and acidic finish for sure.
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice red/brown. Smells awesome. Spicy, oaky, and sour. Taste is similar and not overly sour. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable beer
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