sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours translucent orange marmalade with a quickly dissipating head, almost zero CO2 head retention, a few barely visible slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and a bit of barnyard on the nose. Very 9/10 sharp sour-mouth-puckering tart start, followed by soft morello cherries in the mid mixed with green apples, a bit of oak in the backend and exhale, but a partially rough "aspartame" finish at the back of the throat. Not as intensely punchy and barnyard as Belgian lambics and krieks - this is softer and mellower. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium bodied, medium carry. Can’t say I’ll ever go for another bottle but glad I tried it.
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Puddintane @ Jackie O’s. Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a medium off white head. The aroma has tart fruits and cherry, mild funk, oak, vinous notes and some background yeasty bread. The flavor opens with a big burst of tart fruits. Cherry and vinous notes are dominant, but some berry notes are also there. Woody, mild funk and yeasty bread show up as well. I found this to be enjoyable in between some of the crazy barrel aged stouts running around this day.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(’10)-750 bottle-shared by jtclockwork-pours an offwhite head with trailing lace and hazy orange/red color. Aroma is tart/vinuous, medium malt. Taste is tart fruit-cherry, medium malt, acidic.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another sweet one shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! I don’t remember this absurd label for some reason but I reckon that doesn’t matter (I might have docked appearance points though). Love the idea behind the beer, especially having this back to back with regular Four. The wood and brett are quite understated, to the point that the breathe well with the basic characteristics of Four and accentuate them subtly with the tartness from the vino and the berry.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by either Ethan or Jason in the Carolina Quartet. Pour is bright orange with a red tint. White head. Nose is tart grape and mild cherry. Some nice wine tartness and mild wood. Dry finish. Quite nice.
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy pink orange with light froth. Nose is leather, cherry, oak and mild white wine. Juicy medium body with soft carb. Taste is lemon zest, cherry preserves and vanilla with restrained sour. Pinot adds a touch of acidity. Very nice.
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours raspberry with off white drops of head. Nose/taste of tart pink grapefruit, lightly tart cherry, vinous notes, oak and wild yeast. Finishes sweet tart. Extremely well balanced, not overpowering in its tartness. Medium body.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from Scott at his tasting, thanks a ton! Pour was clear reddish with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of sour cherry and raspberry, some sweet pie cherry but not overwhelming, some nice funky and tart notes with hints of other white fruit in there as well. Taste was a mix of nice tart cherry with hints of sweet raspberry and jammy cherry as well, goes into some slight funk and vinous notes, tart lemon in there as well finishes it dry and fairly lactic. Nicely done brew.
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours soft reddish orange with one finger of white head. Nice and fruity nose, very red and tart with a nice vinous grape skin character. Nice sessionable tartness and vinous grape skin character. Fruit skins and a dry finish.
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a hazy pinkish amber with a lasting offwhite head. Aromas of cookie, spice, light fruittiness and light straw. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of straw, sour berries and a hint of spice with a crisp dry fruity finish.