Bill Becker (479) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a cloudy lemon yellow colour, no foam to speak of.
Sour wheat and a very musty smell.
Sour tasting with a musty barnyard flavour but not in the Brett way.
Light body and carbonation.
Pdubyah (481) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oddest beer I’ve had in a long time. Didn’t get any odd or off aroma but there was a taste in there that I just could not identify.
Alengrin (2878) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical modern (i.e. American inspired) sour ale, as in: fermented with Saccharomyces, but also bacteria and Brett... Bottle ordered online from De Molen’s beer shop. Wild fermentation is something I expected gushing from, and lo and behold, upon opening the bottle, the head erupted from the neck. Cloudy yellow blonde with some minute yeast bits here and there, creamy yet thin and rather unstable, yellowish white head. Weird aroma of unsweetened yoghurt, milk gone sour, cheese spread, lemon peel, rotting Camembert, artisanal cider, rotting pineapple, talcum, wine vinegar, fresh mussels, freshly cut sorrel - in all, indeed reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse, but more complex and with a lot of off-flavours. Vivid fruitiness in onset but more sour than sweet, unripe green plums, lime, Granny Smith apple, unripe gooseberry, astringent even, but not necessarily unpleasant if you’re into (really) sour beers; fairly strong carbo, lactic acidity (as in sour cream) assists the lemony acidity in drying the mouth as much as possible, yet very refreshing and totally cleansing the palate; a grainy, basic tartness lies underneath, as well as a touch of bready malt sweetness for balance. Finishes in a very drying, astringent acidity, overlying a chalky flavour, minerally and a bit ’powdery’. No hop bitterness to speak of, except from perhaps a very, very faint ’grassiness’, but I cannot determine it as effectively coming from ’grassy’ hops. Tartness is the key word here, in a way which - certainly if combined with the looks of it - is most related to an authentic Berliner Weisse, rather than a lambic or anything of that kind. Crisp, dryingly sour as if you are biting into a lemon, but chalky as well: this strongly reminds me of Berliner Kindl Weisse, a taste which has stayed with me for many years now. It does have more complexity than the classic Berliners, but there is obviously something wrong with the aroma. Naturally sour ales are among the most complex and difficult beers to make, so I wonder if these guys manage to eliminate the unpleasant ’rotting’ odours, which kind of ruined it for me. I do like sour beer styles, but this one is far from flawless and didn’t seem very balanced to me. Otherwise still interesting and very ’cleansing’, that is for sure - and luckily it tasted better than it smelled.
berntholer (1207) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
white head fizzles away but not entirely. cava coloured. aroma is vinous, white grapes, grapefruit, hint of cider/apples. taste like aroma,puckering citric acid sourness finishes with dry mouthfeel. rather thin body, too carbonated. bottle 33cl
Iznogud (1230) - CROATIA - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml from Coppers 8 till 8, Newcastle. Shared with JFK10000. Opening this one without the bottle opener turned out to be risky since the bottle cap made two ricochets before falling to the floor 5 meters away. Unclear yellow with white head. Citrus lime aroma. Sour, citrus, fruit funky flavor. Very interesting.
Joakgust (1060) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Semi hazy blonde beer with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of hay, grain, bread, citrus and sour lemon zest. Flavor is sour with notes of citrus, sour milk, bread, yeast and grains. Well balanced.
omega (778) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like crap, smells like crap. Then you taste it. Woke up my tastebuds after a few bevvies tonight. Sour as expected this beer has a vibrancy that makes it an interesting proposition. Would you drink much of this? Hell no, but a create palate cleanser (and head turner).
BeerViking (2912) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Express Tavern, yellow with a lactic lemony Berliner nose, very tart and citric, full-time and fairly challenging, and tasty.
kermis (6141) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma shouts out saltiness if such a thing is possible, with light citric notes, tart light fruity, apple and a light funk. Flavor is heavy salty and acidic. Light bodied with light carbonation.
deanso (6187) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Gusher. Thin white head. Very hazy lemony pour. Very acidic. Funky aroma. Not really my cup of tea.