ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though.
S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, it’s very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness.
T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something that’s definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch.
M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that it’s too sweet, but I won’t. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care.
O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindeman’s sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesn’t overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.
dnicolaescu (914) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE 25 CL from dcmchew.
Mild and delicate, lightly acetic with mild balsamic vinegar notes and a tad too sweet. Tart fruity sweetness (cherry?), some old malts.
Stoned99 (49) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SAQ, shared with wife. Aroma: cherry, sourness, acidity, dark fruits, oak. App: unfiltered brown-redish, white head, lots of carbonation visible. Taste and palate: barnyard, high carbonation, dry, medium sweetness, sour finish. Overall: a good sour, not too sweet.
ColovianTrader (312) - - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of stinky fruit. Flags of tart fruit, berries, cherries, wine and sweet grains.
Malaclemys (387) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with white head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, yeasty, red fruit, tart. Taste is sour, fruity, apple, sweet finish with dry finish.
Hrc_Cro (93) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.33l bottle. Dark red/brown color with very little brown foam. Smell of vinegar. Aroma of spices, sour cherries and vinegar.. Taste is very sour and medium sweet. It leaves a feeling in my throat like after vomiting and that is obviously not good. Very interesting, but would not dare to call it very good. One might say it tastes more like wine than beer, or like wine mixed with beer.
Bork (318) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent red sour with lots of fruitiness on the tongue and spices on the nose. Rounds off pleasantly on the finish and leaves you thirsty for another sip,
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Cam and Rachel. Brown with tan head. Aroma is funky and spicy. Funky spicy woody fruity flavour. Bone dry and tart. Tidy
Lele (142) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra veramente spettacolare. Ve lo dice uno che non apprezza particolarmente lo stile. ASPETTO: marrone scuro con toni rosso granata, quasi impenetrabile a bicchiere pieno, ma se si inclina, si vede un marrone che ricorda il whisky con tonalità granata. Schiuma un po’ fine e un po’ grossolana, poco abbondante e poco persistente, dal colore marroncino chiaro sempre con tonalità granata. AROMA: chiarissimi toni acetosi, barricati, che stimolano le ghiandole salivari. Si sentono bene anche toni vinosi, liquorosi e di frutta rossa, nonché un tocco di marzapane e crema pasticciera. GUSTO: complessissima, ma allo stesso tempo abbastanza facile da bere. Si avverte un acidulo gradevolissimo e di classe, che non stanca mai. Si sente anche l’acidulo dei frutti di bosco (soprattutto ribes e lamponi), bilanciato dal dolce cremoso e da toni vinosi. Il rischio di queste birre è che a lungo andare stanchino un po’. Questa invece no! Sapore forte e deciso, ogni sorso è un colpo, ma non stanca mai. Complessa e leggera allo stesso tempo, ripulisce stranamente la bocca abbastanza bene, con un lieve retrogusto dolciastro.
fedexs (19) - ITALY - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrus wort and spicy in the nose with an intense aroma. At the apparence ambered beer with nice foam. Drinking it is sweet with fruity notes that become sour in the end (tannic). It’s a pleasure drinking this beer and the sweet ot’s perfectly balanced by its sour characteristic. Nice beer!
Inbreak (2325) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Old rating rerated 20.10.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with a colleague @ hotel room in Ulsteinvik:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild fruity, sour-ish dark fruits, winegum, oak, grass, thinner, mild vinegar, butterscotch. Taste is mild sour-ish, dark fruits, sour-ish winegum, soda powder, oak, grass, sugar, butterscotch. Little bitterness, kind of watery mouthfeel. Fair enough, not as good as I remembered it...