AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml Reserve Society bottle. Hazy amber type red color. Nose is tart cherries with vinegar notes. Man, I’m just not a fan of vinegar in Sour ales... Flavor is blackberry and cherries smashed and left to turn sour in the bottom of your fridge for two months. I enjoy the berry flavor but the vinegar that shows itself in the finish really ruins the experience for me. The carbonation is a tad to elevated and gives a spritz feel. I wanted to like this but I just couldn’t.
AdamJackson (2638) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 Bottle via Bruery Reserve Society. Enjoyed at 40F in a snifter.
A - Forms a 3 finger yellow whit head...fades to a thin ring. Very muted golden red / amber appearance.
S - Nose is dominated by vinegar, cherry and blackberries. Like a dessert with balsamic notes.
T - Lots of fruit, lots of balsamic vinegar, smells like a fruit salad, corn and biscuits. gingerbread cookies, more sour and tart and the blackberries are very dominant.
M - Lots of foamy over run creamy explosive carbonation.
O - Aside from the total vinegar bomb, it’s good. The fruit is very nice but I’m stoked to not have a second or third bottle oft his. Just the Bruery allocation bottle and that’s perfect.
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with the boys. Aroma is sour cherry, some cranberry, and a sour candy. Pours bright burgundy red and kind of murky. A little film but not much head. Taste is mixed berries: cranberry, blackberry, and cherry. There is a powdery sugar candy taste throughout: pixie stix and sweet tarts. Nice acidity and fruity goodness. Reminds me of the Cascade Cerise Nouveaux.
Minderbinder (1860) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. Thx Cparles.
Pours hazy dark burgundy with low off-white head.Some lacing. Aroma is of fruits, sourness, berries. Taste is of fruits, sourness, berries. Palate: Light body. Overall: Good. Sour, but not cloying. Seems reasonnable to me. Pretty nice berries in there.
czar (4436) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by cparles, thanks chris! pours cloudy light brown, red tint, with a nice off-white head, some retention and lacing. cheese, butter, sweetish caramel, juicy fruitiness - mostly cherries along with citric acid, some lactic too, wood and its tannins - red wine, leather. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, grassy-spicy finish. tart, tasty and balanced without being extremely complex. very good!
tom10101 (2834) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by cparles, thanks Chris! Dark reddish/amber/brown color with a small beige head and little lacing. Aroma is different than most of The Bruery sours I’ve tried yet as it’s way less acetic, more fruity with a good amount of fruit sweetness, winey notes, oak and light vanilla. Taste is slightly sour with a huge amount of red fruits, light sweetness, winey notes and wood. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Winey mouthfeel. Not overly acetic, which is surprising considering other ratings. Good balance. Complex and really tasty. Very fruity. Definitely one of my favorite from The Bruery so far.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown color with distinct red highlights. Raspberry and cherry notes dominate the nose, with a lactic sour funk underlying. On the palate it hits hard for a second with an astringent sour note, but bright sweet fruit balances it out on the finish. Really well balanced and complex. Lovely.
Warped_Silver (64) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dirty red with 1 finger of white foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma of slight sourness, blueberry, oak, and leather. Taste of berries, bourbon, sour cherry and leather. Finishes with a slight lingering tartness. Thin mouthfeel, but doesn’t detract. Overall, decent beer, but not their best.
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium thick off-white head that recedes gradually. Rings of lacing on the glass. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart fruit, oak and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of sour cherries and berries, oak and earthy yeast. The finish is oaky and funky with a lingering mouth-puckering sour fruit aftertaste. Very good overall.
ABUSEDGOAT (2402) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy reddish brown color, smallish head, some lacing/retention. Aroma is sour cherry, oak, vanilla, wood. Medium bodied, moderate to high tartness, moderate sweetness. Nice sour, maybe my favorite from them yet.