Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, big thanks to Manny for yet another Westbrook offering, 28/06/14.Opaque chestnut brown with a moderate beige swirl and edgeing that doesn’t stay around for long.
Nose is dank wood, boozey tones, yeast esters, dates, acidic vibes, bitter dark fruit skins, light brett characteristics.
Taste comprises dark fruit peel, apricot, spice, light booze, bitter orange, light brett and damp booze stained wood - but pretty subtle, funky earthy licks.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light acidity in the close.
Decent enough Flemish Red but as with the Grumpy - just lacks a little depth when measured against the ABV.
Scopey (6242) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Manny G. It pours cloudy deep mahogany brown with a tiny bubbly tan head. The nose is tangy, fruity, mild acid, wood, creamy, lactic, vanilla and dark fruits. The taste is tart, tangy, decent acidity, dried berry, dark fruits, wood, peach and damp wood with a dry finish. Medium+ body and soft carbonation. A touch acidic,but decent enough.
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Manny G. Pours mostly clear amber with a slight, bubbly head. Lots of tangy fruits in the nose, acidic berries, leather. Medium sweet flavor with robust acidity, more tart and leathery berries, some alcohol, wet wood. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lasting sour fruits, berries, wood, slight funk, a few leaves. Nice.
Lukaduke (2045) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rusty caramel color with no visible bubbles... still in fact. The nose is a mixture of oxidized caramel, toffee and layers of sour dark fruits, horsehair and vinegar. The palate follows the nose with a weird contrast between sweet old ale notes and acidic dark fruit and a long vinous finish. The two layers never seem to harmonize quite right making for a beer that has two good parts that don’t come together very well.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from Westbrook. Thanks to the dude at RRBS who brought five or so different beers from this brewery that were all awesome and that i had not had. Funky, oaky, dry and delicious.
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, completely flat, no carb, tons of red barrel wine flavors, great belgan flavors, tasty stuff i like this one a lot more than the other
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Tony/Jim BA Birthday Extravaganza 2013 (Western Springs, IL). Pours a darker ruby brown hue, a darker murky well hazed hue settles in, showing some faded subtle glow in the body, red and brown with a touch more life to the edges. Small frothy tan head dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are sour cherries and firmer red wine tannins, gentle funk, oak, vanilla. The funkiness starts to come in a bit more, a bit vinous and balsamic. Develops well compared to the Brandy sour. Initial mirrors what it’s offering, a firmer lactic sourness meets tannic red wine, Sour cherries and tannic barrel, touches of mellow body show biscuit, but largely mellowed out. The wild yeast gives a firmer balsamic and sour cherry, lactic sourness as we press on. A touch acidic but in an enjoyable way. Backend is where the red wine element takes off a bit more. Dry, red wine, tannic feel starts to coat the palate, a synergy feel with the sourness, still firm but even keeled. Finish is touches of mellow sweetness, lingering lactic elements and a firmer barrel presence. Really nice step and a considerable step up from the Grumpy version.
TBone (12448) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby color, steady beige head. Very cheesy, very funky, very intensive. Medium-bodied. Fruity, tartish, bretta ... Not so demanding taste than aroma is.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours completely flat with no carbonation or head. Dark reddish brown. Nice funky, oaky aroma. Lack of carbonation makes for a flat mouthfeel. Extremely complex flavors; oak, funk, dark fruit. Fairly acidic finish, but with nice hints of vanilla and red wine. Dry finish.This is a unique and complex beer, and definitely something any fan of sours should try. The lack of carbonation is really the only knock I have on this beer.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured a murky dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Lots of nice lacing. Aroma and flavor were sour fruit, plums, cherries, light apple, some roasted malt, moderately acidic, quite sour and funky. Wood and vinous notes were quite restrained, particularly given how long it aged. Medium mouthfeel; soft carbonation. Very complex; great balance between all the elements. I want to try the rest in the series!