snoworsummer (5962) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. Pours clear bright ruby brown with a thin beige head. Tastes like sour dark fruits, tart citrus, yeast, salty cracker malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sour dark fruits, yeast, balsamic, and tart citrus. sonnycheeba (6279) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle from brewery. Pours clear, crimson brown. Aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruit, vineous acidity, and some soft bready/caramel malt notes. Flavor is smooth, sweet, and tart with lots of juicy berry flavors, moderate barrel character, and a crisp, acidic finish. Medium body. BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2016
22oz bottle at De garde anniversary party. pours out a amber brown color topped with a small head. nose is cherries brett wood and a pit fruit sweetness. Taste is more of the cherries some nice barrel notes and a tartness. User134089 (1644) - - APR 23, 2016
Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Tasting Room in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.00 (I think)
Purchased: April 20, 2016
Consumed: April 20, 2016
Misc.: 2016 release was April 17
Was looking forward to this one, despite the fact that the last special release (Dark Elixir) was terrible in my mind. At least this one has been out before. Wasn’t keen on the $17 price tag for a bottle, especially the 500-ml. size (16.9-oz.) and wasn’t going to make the same mistake on buying three without tasting it, so I decided to get a glass.
Poured an auburn, murky color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head when I got it. Very good amount of spotty, spiderweb lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.25)
Smelled sour cherry, raspberry tart, Smarties, hints of milky vanilla, red vinegar, sweet wine notes and some oaky wood. (Smell - 4.25)
Taste followed the nose, but not quite as balanced. First thought was that sour cherry turpentine that did not work on Dark Elixir, but it wasn’t as bad here. Sour cherries, great deal of tartness, cherry vanilla ice cream, red vinegar, hints of oaky wine barrel and some sweet wine (did not mark red or white and I cannot remember). (Taste - 3.75)
Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, tart finish. (Feel - 3.75)
This was very good Flanders that will age nicely. I don’t think it was quite ready, but would like to have it again after sitting on it for a year or so. (Overall - 3.75)
3.90 88 B+ travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The smell is tart, cherry, wood, and light. The look is golden in color, clear, a real small head. The taste is fruits, wood, cherry, and tart.
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Deep Bitter Red Fruit, Pinot Noir
T: Pinot Noir, Bitter Plum, Currant
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Sour
Overall, a really great barrel aged sour ale with a great taste, worth the price. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Red in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is tart with light fruit notes (peach skin and unripe berries). Taste is tart, unripe berries, light coconut, and wood. jcartamdg (3522) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours an amber brown, with a paperthin head. Aroma of Brett, red wine and funk. Taste is dry red wine, sour and delicious. Tart yet not over the top. Really nice Flanders red.
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Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart aroma. Fruity sour tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity sour tart finish. illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Murky brown with ruddy accents. Nice sour cherry/vinegar notes, red wine, dark malty. So many American attempts at the style are terrible - either too acetic or too sweet usually - but this stuff nails it.