TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 12.7 oz bottle courtesy of Binny’s (Orland Park, IL). Poured into a flute. Pours a rusty copper, dark, fairly hazy, moderate light tannish head that sticks around decent, laces fairly well. Aromas are a bit of sweetness, caramel malts, toffee, mixed with light wet oak, faint tartness, a touch of cherry, vanilla and a similiar feel to what I get with most Two Bothers brews. Initial is sweet caramel and toffee, light biscuit moving into some wet wood, light the toastiness really comes through and dies into light vinegar and light tartness. Cherry is hard to pick out, as the malt does a little too much to this brew, but start to notice some light pit fruit halfway in in decent quantity. Further in, more pronounced tartness comes through, sour and a bit dry, this beer seems to me to have needed more barrel time as even a little more sourness could have gone a long way in balancing this brew. Finish is a bit tart, malty toastiness, and a bit of oak and minimal funk if any. Light cinnamon in there somewhere.
Rerate: This beer is just plain dissappointing. The sour elements are weak, the beer dominated by a sweet maltiness, without any complexity from the barrel.
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 12.7 oz bottle from binny’s. Almost no pop when I take out the cork. Deep red pour with eggshell colored head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of bad wheat, egg farts, Flavor is light tart cherries with a very strong off flavor of rotten wheat. As it settles, it gets more sour apple like. I agree with puzzl, this is a random, out of control infection rather than a sour. Certainly not worth it.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at BT. Aroma of red fruits and caramel. Flavor has some light tartness, particularly at the finish with more caramel and lots of sweet bread. As others have said, certainly not a Flemish red (nor any sort of sour), but perfectly fine for me out of context.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Not quite a sour ale, but it seems to be an attempt at least. Weird, pickley, and eggy tart aroma. The flavor is loaded with acetaldehyde/green apple, with some wheat hulls and cherry. A total mess, this tastes more like a random, uncontrolled infection rather than a legit sour ale.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Aroma is of some fruits and sweet malt. Taste is very slightly sour, with some non-distinct fruits and sugars.
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a deep reddish brown with no head. Aroma of sweet malt but indistinct. Flavor of sweet candies, slight sour oakiness, very spicy actually. Bland but decent. But it’s not very sour really.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark red-brown with little head to speak of. Aroma is subtle of strawberry, currants, and lime. Flavor has a bit of strawberry, currants, and club soda. Very little tartness, some sweetness, absolutely no sour. Nothing offensive, but nothing is particularly interesting. Pretty forgettable. The overview at Blind Tiger said it’s a tribute to the Flemish Ale. Fittingly enough, no mention of "sour."
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Deep copperish brown, headless. Very fruity aroma- both sweet and a bit tart. Some currant, passion fruit and mild vanilla. No real acidity or funk. Slick mouthfeel. Slightly tart flavor, but the tartness is a homogeneous fruitiness. Quite malty for the style with some apparent residual sugars and lacking the acetic qualities of a true Flemish Sour. Not funky or tannic either. Just some mild currant-like flavors with a touch of fruity tartness. Not a good representation of the style, but drinkable.