sunevdj (4126) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Tasting at Toncatchers’. Pours a red orange with a small head. Sweet, somewhat sour with a light bitterness. Aromas of cherries. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Nice and well balanced sour. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle shared by pepsican. Many thanks. Poured a clear pinkish orange color. The head consisted a of pinkish white ring. Smelled of cherry, oak, and light red wine vinegar. Highly acidic up front, but mellows toward the end giving way to some some sweet malty cereal grain and honey. I also tasted cherry and a bit of white wine. Pretty good stuff. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Thanks for sharing, pepsican. The body was orange bronze with a bright white head. The aroma was strong lemons with some flowers and ginger. The taste was tart lemons with some bread dough. There was also some lemon cookies. A nice clean finish. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Courtesy SoLan, sampled @ redlight. Hazy copper color with a broken white head. Tartness on aroma yields a bit of cherry, but really was more acetic in general. No defined oak character on aroma. Aggressive sourness at first, smoothes out a bit as it warms. Again, a bit of cherry here, but not enough kriek characters here. Interesting but not great. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours pink with a thin white head. Very tart aroma with cherries underneath as well as butterscotch. Flavor was more tart cherries, butterscotch, and just the slightest bit of funk. Finished very acidic and refreshing. Very nice!
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle shared at Toncatcher’s awesome tasting. Pours a pinkish color with a small off-white head. The aroma is funky and tart, with a light nose of sour cherries. The flavor is also overtly sour and tart, with sour grapes in the forefront along with some oak, but the cherry character in the flavor never really gets off the ground. The palate was just a bit thin and the carbonation was lively. The finish was long and tart. Overall: Since I rather like sour, I liked this offering. We tasted the 2005 Cantillion Blabar later in the tasting and I noted many similarities between these two, I think this lambic would fare well at an all sour lambic tasting. pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
5-2-08 bottle lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Red orange semi clear pour. Smell is cat urine and sour tart funk. Yes, this is tart. However, there is really no flavor. The first drink - you get tart and then the more I really try and break down the flavors - there is nothing there. The palate is really thin and the body is very watery - there is nothing there really aside from the tartness that isn’t amazingly bold. There is a rubbing alcohol effect present in the finish. The big smell doesn’t match the lame flavor which doesnt match the thin palate. Overall, not harmonious.
Pours a thin reddish, almost rosy pink color. Smell is lightly creamy butterscotch and sour cherry. Taste is thin and tart cherries. Definitely shows sign of tartness, but still feels overly simplistic, like thin juice, and doesn’t have any funky complexity or anything. A certain amount of acidity and dryness in the finish as well, but also has a faint buttery finish to it, perhaps from the diacetyl, too. While this wasn’t bad, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hope considering the price. DenverLogan (1264) - North Bend, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Ruby brown barrel aged cherry sour beauty with so much intrigue and loveliness and balance that I oh so much need to try it again la de da. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle purchased at the brewery and shared with some other guy. Awesome attempt of a sour ale. Good going Alpine. Keep it up. You are just scratching the surface of a style that needs more representation in the US market. Loved it!