beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8th beer of blind tasting. Orange-copper color with no head, very little lacing, dark, cannot see through it. This came off as least powerful of all the previous beers. Aroma is kind of musky and dusty. Old malts arise from it. It’s a malt heavy sour ale and low on sour. Flavor has sweet malts, slightly tangy, and sweet berries. Palate is thick but goes down easy. Decent but not a real sour. 7/3/7/3/15, Standing in the tasting: personal – tied for 7th, overall – 6th Picked this up at Zipps.
theisti (3446) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The following are notes from a blind tasting of sour brown and sour red beers at beastiefan2k’s house. The beers were served in sets of three, three flights total. All beers were served blindly, with a random order. This was really well set up, and a bunch of fun - thanks Eugene!
Beer #1 - Squatters 529.
Aroma - Aroma of light sour vinegar clears quickly revealing some nice lemon citrus tartness. Clean. 7
Appearance - hazed copper ruby pour, with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Taste is the bright vinegar sour of the nose, lemon, some nice oak barrel. Flavors nicely melded. 8
Palate - spritzy carbonation, medium light bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, bright clean natural flavors. 14
Final Score - 3.7
Beer #2 - Nøgne Ø Tyttebær.
Aroma - a lot of rubber right away, some floral, all a big mish mash - weird stuff. 6
Appearance - Hazed, golden orange with a light white head. 4
Taste - The rubber, lightly sour malt, herbal, spice, weird as expected. Rubber comes back around in the finish. 5
Palate - Medium bodied, grainy mouth feel, lower carbonation level. 3
Overall - Strange stuff. 11
Final Score - 2.9
Beer #3 - New Belgium La Folie’09 cork and cage.
Aroma - Light sour, ginger citrus, grassy - nicely put together, but less aggressive than #1. 6
Appearance - Light haze, brown bronze, not much of an off white head. 4
Taste - Blackberry, fruit sour cherry, light spiced yeastiness. Really soft and nicely integrated sour character. 9
Palate - Medium bodied, nice tingly carbonation, tart fruit finish. Quite drinkable. 4
Overall - Enjoyable beer, great balance between sour character and clean drinkability. 15
Final Score - 3.8
Beer #4 - Eugene’s Home Brew.
Aroma - Potpourri spice, light vanilla, some additional floral yeast aromas. 6
Appearance - Lightly hazed brown, caramel colored, pretty much no head. 3
Taste - Woody potpourri spice, bit of a cherry character, along with some weird apple peel sour. Lemon and cilantro in the lingering finish. 7
Palate - Medium to light bodied, spritzy carbonation, woody finish. 4
Overall - Interesting flavors, though a touch heavy handed on the potpourri. 13
Final Score - 3.3
Beer #5 - Zoetzuur Flemish Reserve Ale.
Aroma - Spiced nutmeg, lightly herbal yeasty. 6
Appearance - Hazed brown light ruby, touch of a white head. 4
Taste - Light cocoa flavor, caramel, paired with lightly tar acidity. 6
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, mouth coating, lingering spiced nut finish. 3
Overall - Independently I liked the sweetness and acidity, though I did not feel they worked very well together. 13
Final Score - 3.2
Beer #6 - Rodenbach Vintage’07.
Aroma - Vanilla, cherries, bit of funk. Nice clean aroma. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown copper with a smallish egg white head. 4
Taste - Gentle bright cherries, lightly tart, nice acetic character. Flavors pleasantly subdued, and well integrated. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright cherry fruit in the finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, really liked the integration of the fruit and vinegar sour. 14
Final Score - 3.7
Beer #7 - Cigar City Vuja De.
Aroma - Light vinegar, tart sour, nice cherry fruit. Fresh and clean nose. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown ruby along with a smallish tan head. 4
Taste - Bright lemongrass, lightly floral, tart cherry, grassy - quite a bit of variety in flavors, nicely melded. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Enjoyed this, had the brightest fruit expression of the night. 14
Final Score - 3.7
Beer #8 - Two Brothers Moaten.
Aroma - Initially vegetal, pear fruit comes out as it opens, light funk in the back. 6
Appearance - Flat pour, light hazed golden copper with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Lightly sour, citrus, floral, earthy, tart, a bit woody in the lasting finish. 7
Palate - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, residual herbal woodiness in the finish. 4
Overall - Decent, not as well integrated as others in the tasting. 13
Final Score - 3.4
Beer #9 - Baladin Super Baladin Sour Edition.
Aroma - Light floral, sour citrus funk, some general toilet odors. 6
Appearance - Hazed, unfiltered looking orange amber with a ring of a white head. 4
Taste - Sweet caramel, tart citrus, lots of burnt caramel. Interesting lingering finish with clove and yeast. 7
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, lighter carbonation level, lingering sweet caramel and tart finish. 4
Overall - Sort of odd interplay between caramel sweetness, tartness and an almost roast character. Weird, but interesting. 14
Final Score - 3.5
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 375mL corked and caged bottle purchased at Discount Liquor a while ago. Pours hazy mahogany with a thin beige head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. Not much going on here. The nose is a sour blend of lemon, raspberry, and green apple with some dusty earthy aromas underlying. The flavor is lightly sour with vegetal caramel malt, and something slightly metallic. The body is medium with light carbonation and a medium vegetal, metallic, and lightly sour finish.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
C&C 500 mL bottle courtesy of bertram and shared at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 7/16/11. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin creamy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet aroma with notes of earth, sugar, citrus and a faintly tart finish. The taste is caramel with some tartness and a sugary finish. Medium bodied.
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Richmond Gathering. Medium amber. Aroma is lightly caramel, and lightly of undefined fruit. Flavor is a match. Amazingly mild. Couldn’t find even a trace of anything sour. Not even remotely a Flemish. Dissapointing.
obguthr (4527) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cabbage on the nose, but kriek notes underneath. clear auburn, thin head. Tart cherry , but awful cabbage qualities.
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear light brown. Extremely faintly sour. Not what I was expecting. Mildly tart. Watery. Dissappointed here.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of light tartness, residual sugar. Tastes oaky and sour/vinegary with a semi sweet finish.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. 12-22-10. Pours a slightly hazy lt. brown w/red highlights. No head left after 30 seconds, with no lacing. Aroma is not bad: fruity, slightly tart, a touch of wood, and a little vanilla. Unfortunately, this is one of those that smells better than it tastes. Taste is just a bit of wood, a bit of fruit, very little tartness, with some light malt on the front end. Oddly metallic as it warms. Mouthfeel is watery and undercarbed. Overall, not a drain pour, and OK for the $3 price tag.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I can see how this would get a bad rating for style. its simply not a flanders like i have ever had. its tart but very slightly. sweetness is there also but neither are overpowering. i guess this would be great for someone who has never had a sour beer before because it isnt puckering or powerful. thin bodied and nice carbonation. good overall....but not like most flander reds ive had.