bubbleflubber (2154) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 ed., 7%. Pours a grapey black into the glass, with the darkest of mahogany fringes. Not much of a head to speak, fully diminished that leaves no real lacing. The nose is very tart and estery. Flavors are all about sours, unripened cherries and lemons come to mind. Extremely tart, with a hint of the sourest of apples. Somewhere in there, there’s some lightly roasted malt essence. A woody, oaken finish shoots forth a little lemon again to remind me of a nice dry wine. Active mouthfeel, but smooth. A nice Sour Flemish Stout to awaken the tastebuds... and they WILL awaken!
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle shared by Joes. Bottle says 7%, 2013 edition. Dark brown color, minimal tan head. Smells like dark vinegar. Taste is really sour, slightly a touch of the stout in the background, pretty fruity. Not bad at all, but too sour to drink more than one glass.
DutchDrebus (5507) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2013 edition, 7%) @ joes. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sour, dusty, wood, hint of chocolate, slightly glue and alcohol. Tastes very sour, chocolate, acidic, lemon. Leaves a very dry mouth and slightly wet eyes. Medium body, soft carbo.
Abijen (2458) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7% bottle 2013 edition. Pours a dark brown beer with a good white head. Smells sour, chocolate and bread. Tastes heavy sour and chocolate. Average carbo, thin body and a watery texture.
sitzds (318) - - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head that settles to a collar and leaves sporadic, spotty lacing. Aroma is sour cherries, roasted malt, oak, and chocolate. Taste is sour cherries and dark fruit, surrounded by roasted malt and chocolate sweetness, and a drying oak and grape finish. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average-plus carbonation which is good for the style and weight of this beer, and a puckering, tannic, drying finish.
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours practically black with a thin tan head. Aroma is vinous (like a big red wine), vinegar, blackberry, chocolate, concord grape, and the slightest hint of char. Taste is tart blackberries, a bit of chocolate, oak/charred wood, vinegar, and dried blueberry. Most of the stout character that might be expected is absent, but it’s been transformed by the tartness in a tasty, unique way.
bp (881) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: pours black with a thin tan head, amazing tart aroma, taste is just as great, nice and tart, not overly sweet, good carbonation with a hint of the oak. An excellent beer.
reebtogi (5522) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma is green apples with hints of yeast. Taste is a lemon sourness with an underlying malt sweetness and a very dry finish. A very sour ale with only the color of a stout. Not balanced for the style, needs more roasted notes, therefore not recommended.
NatKadaw (98) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Admittedly, I don’t know my sours, but I was expecting a blend, a roasted, balanced sourness and some remnant of a stout, or a beer. The sourness is all encompassing. Pleasant, a hint of roast in the finish and a long puckering aftertaste. Not a whole lot of depth. A clean straight forward green apple acidic sourness. Very very subtle roast. Can’t say I understand it.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013-12-14. Very dark brown body small frothy head fades. Aroma of musky vinous dark fruit, lightly musty muted roast. Flavour is quite tart and sour up front, with a lactic character throughout, bracingly sour on longer sips, dark fruit and cherry notes. Great but sour enough that I’m struggling to finish it a bit at the end of a long day. Average plus to medium body with soft carbonation. Nice stuff, but I think a smaller bottler would have better suited me today! Bottle at Abraxas, Miami