czar (3679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours murky brown with a very nice beige head, good retention and lacing. overwhelmed and hypnotized by the aroma: just incredibly complex and every component blends in and fits just right. tannins and red wine and bourbon barrels, also pinot noir and cabernet franc, complex bretty funk, loads of fruitiness - obvious tart and sweet cherries, but also tart apricots, plums, earthy and grassy, demerara, toffee and almost burnt but delicious belgian candi - welcomed sweetness, spiciness. soft and constant carbonation, ligt to medium body, lightly acidic and grassy-earthy finish. barrel-aged wonder..
teorn88 (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CBC Clerkenwell 2nd B’Day Extravaganza. Thanks to Paige. It pours a deep brown body with light creamy beige head. Aroma is similar to taste with dark roast and tart wine characteristics. Also notes of chocolate, herbs, barrel and berries. Phenomenal.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, courtesy of Jon D. Great nose with tons of cherry. Fruity, woody, and tart, with light funky notes, vanilla and oak. Coppery brown clear with thin tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts tart with cherries, oak, vanilla, and citrus. Nice tart funk, with some chocolate and soy sauce. Light bitter chocolate finish with lasting, mildly astringent tart after.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 500mL b1 red wax thanks to a trade on BA. Yes, it is my 6,000th rating. No, it’s not Bud Light Picante or drowland’s purple drank malt liquor. It’s not even CIB Orange Scorpion. What it is though is a culmination of five years on ratebeer that has taken me from being a freshman in college insisting on Stella Artois over Busch Light to a sophomore just discovering German weissbier while backpacking Europe to trying Duck-Rabbit/Cantillon/Stone as a junior at my local bottle shop in Chapel Hill, NC. Then it keeps growing exponentially meeting ratebeerians in person as I moved to Washington DC thanks to Travlr. Ratings go from the hundreds to the thousands. Beers I would never have dreamt of trying like J&J Blauw became commonplace. Now the best of the world was at my fingertips. Everyone that was anyone in the beer world was suddenly accessible and tangible. The best beers on earth were no longer a myth, they were in my glass. What a humbling and fortunate experience for anyone to go from pauper to prince. It is simply an equation of generous friends and wonderful kinship. Alesmith IPA on tap at my wedding along with a champagne toast of Cantillon Iris 2005 and guest list including my best friends from this website should paint a picture for you of how serious I take beer but also how serious I take my friends from this hobby. They are not just friends, they are family. Now that I live in a totally new part of the world, Los Angeles, I already have a close group of friends thanks to this website. Call it pathetic; this is how the modern world works. Skipping the red tape and wasted time to cut straight to the people you have the most in common with. Cheers to my college roommates, cheers to my friends abroad, cheers to my DC tasting group, and cheers to my LA tasting group. This milestone is a testament onto you!
Prunus- it is the more intense version of my only 5.0 rated beer ever after 6,000. The pour here is dark brown with red highlights. Deep oud bruin with a fizzing out tan head. Nose is vanilla from the bourbon barrel, black cherry cola, red wine, mild balsamic, moving as it warms to a gorgeous blackberry cobbler. Moving to room temperature there is cinnamon and cranberry. Pretty much solidifying this as a pure Flemish red sour ale and nowhere near anything related to "saison". The taste is heavy lactic cranberry and raspberry yogurt, huge lime pulp piles on with a margarita like salt and lime mix. Palate is heavy fruit leather, big raspberry tannic, bright fruity acid. Raspberry and dark chocolate come together. This is a definite dark sour, one of the best on earth.
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brownish red a small beige head. Aroma is sour lactic cherry bourbon funk. A little toasty flavor, but great funky sweet dark cherry and alcohol. Light body and very warming. Delicious.
mathieuc (928) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sorry I didn’t take notes but I can say that this one was superior to the Nebula but that both products were stellar! I’m not usually one to accept such experimentations with a style that is meant to be simple and quenching but this one had some really nice barrel notes without the bourbon showing and a really fun acidity. Highly appreciated!
PhillyCraft (2763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Haydens. Poured a hazy brown with light to medium beige head. Aromas and taste are sour cherry, beautiful oak, apricot, skins, dust, dark grapes, chocolate and light roast. Good bit of acidic fruits working well together. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This was awesome.
mR_fr0g (1787) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Craft beer company 2nd birthday. Thanks to Paige. Flemmish Brun sour aroma. Light oak, Light acid, sour cherry. Oak in the flavour as well. Depth and subtlety in spades. Very good indeed.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Michael for this one. Awesome aroma, strawberry/cherry cobbler, scones. Solid tart Flemish overtones but there’s more to this one. Oaky and leathery, windfallen cherries mixing with earth, lactic acid, tannins.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acquired in a trade. Thanks Tooch! No idea why mine is totally covered in red wax but whatever.
A - Pours a reddish amber brown out of the bottle. almost pitch black in the glass. Mild carbonation forms and resides.
S - Nose is pretty interesting. Obviously sour fruits dominate. Lots of oak. Biscuit and cinnamon notes and vanilla bean. Acidity that levels on fresh espresso.
T - The whiskey comes through very strong in taste. This is quite nice! It’s sweet, dry and cloying all at once. Lovely tart blackberry / cherry mix. The whiskey is solid leaving behind wood, vanilla and cereal. The fruit & whiskey is blended in no way I’ve ever had before. Really solid beer.
M - Silky smooth with coffee & berry acidity throughout. Slick almost and not overpowering.
O - Low ratings so far makes me think this one isn’t a large bottling run but I’m glad to have tried it.