GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a lovely murky orange-red color topped with a white head. Pleasant aroma of cherry, red wine vinegar, oak, and mixed berries. Medium bodied with mild acidity. Sweet and sour all at once. Quite a battle. Tasted of berries, red wine vinegar, and wood. Nice beer.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from 08 Night of the Funk. Well, started off with a wonderful aroma of huge fruits, semi-tart, semi-sweet raspberries and strawberries. Flavor was little more than alcoholic fruits though. Grating on the tongue. There’s stuff here to appreciate, but it it didn’t come together very well.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a beautiful light red with a white head. Aroma of super super tart raspberry. Flavor has a nice raspberry presence with nice sour notes. Very full bodied. No alcohol presence, but this is pretty heavy and definitely could be overbearing in full portions. Still quite a tasty fruity sour ale!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overpowering sour cherry aroma (maybe raspberry, now that I read the description, but I’m sticking with my original notes). Drier flavor dominated by cherry skins. Rather rough on the finish.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light ruby with brown highlights. Not a whole lot of head at all on the pour, but very good amount of carbonation. Smell is dark fruits, mainly raspberry and some funk. Taste is more of the raspberry, but a good amount of brett and some tart funkyness. This was a bit of a shocker. I enjoyed this much more than I had aniticipated. Would like to get another bottle of this to try in the near future.
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle received via Secret Santa July 2008. Pours hazy ruby with a small, fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), average hops (flowers), average yeast (earth) with notes of raspberry and wood. Full bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
haukur (1344) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. berry aroma, obvious raspberry with a hint of dough/yeast. Taste is very yeasty, berries obvious again but not that sour. Clove, mudd, a bit thick and nice. Super tartiness. Incredibly masked. Special and nice
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a tasting at toncatcher’s house. Raspberry aromas and more raspberries on the flavor. Wood was there too, touches of oak on the front and back. Pretty darn tasty. The tart wasn’t too tart though.
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 mls of big letdown. For starters I needed a pair of pliers to open up this sucker, one of the longest corks I have ever encountered simply stuck inside this flat lifeless bottle. Once the cork was pried out there wasnít the slightest hint of carbonation blow back, nothing just a dead flat plop as the cork was finally freed. Poured a murky ugly cough syrup looking maroonish brown with zero, zip, zilch, nada amount of any head. Aroma of raspberry jam, wood, cough syrup, a slight undertone of funkiness and alcohol. The aroma really was a batle between a nice smelling raspberry lambic and a bottle of cough medicine. Medium bodied that is syrupy on the mouth with just the slightest hint of carbonation on the back of your throat. Flavor of raspberry and wood that finishes with a large dose of alcohol and a slight bit of funk from the Brett. I really wanted to llike this one and have tried it many times and this one seems to be the worst of all my samples. Of course itís my biggest sample and there is no way Iím wasting 750 mls of expensive beer so it’s time for me to say hello to Mr. Cohiba to help me out with the rest of this bottle.
endtro (1) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Let me preface this review by saying sour beers are my favorite, and I have had a lot of ’em, I strive to taste as many as possible.
Not sure what all the hype is about this beer....
Aroma is of raspberries, fusels alcohols, and candi sugar. Flavor is more of the same, hot fusel alcohols with raspberry syrup. Brett flavor and aroma are minimal, much too subtle. In the background is an understatment, not even on the stage. Seems like most of the sourness comes from the raspberries, but is overwhelmed by syrupy candy like flavor. Oak is minimal as well, and what’s there tastes like green oak - harsh and tannic.
Overall tasted much like Dogfish Fort, not quite as hot, and with a *slight* wild yeast influence. I was really hoping for more, after reading some of the other reviews, but was motivated to write my first review due to the dissapointment.