arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2016 BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by the brewer while attending day 1 of The Livery Anniversary party, much thanks! This is a shocking surprise in a very good way. The sourness is right where you want it, not over the top but not underwhelming either. Not funky like a gueze but clean acidic and lactic bite with moderate oak barrel tannic dryness as well. You still can find the base malt under it all. Utterly refreshing. I will seek this out the next bottle release. OUTSTANDING and for this day every bit as good as many RR offerings.
Pour on tap at HopCat, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of sour fruit, grass, bread, slight tart lemony notes into a bit of grain, slight oak. Taste was a mix of bread, grass, tart fruit, some sour stone fruit, finishing slightly sweet, slightly tart. Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUN 15, 2016
Notes from summer. Draft. Pours a dark amber. Aroma and taste are tart apples and cherries. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Pours unclear hazy amber with a greyish white head. Aroma is sweet with light tart wild tangy lemon yeast. Flavor brings tart springy lemon notes with a dry ending. bytemesis (8540) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle (2013) with thanks to northernbrews! Pours crystal clear amber with a small off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is tart oaky lemon. Flavor is medium tart, fruity, lemon, oak, a bit of white grape, touch of musty funk. Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty tasty, but drinks like the base beer of something else... tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazy, burnt copper body with not much "head" at all, just a gray tinted, lasting collar. Aroma of moderate vinegar, lemon, boozy cherry skins, faint earthy must, & a strong, yogurt-like lactobacillus sourness present. Taste is not quite as sour as the aroma would have you believe, but it’s still a bit tart. Lacto yeast, lemon, light vinegar acidity, sharp cherry skins, & a hint of dry, musky oak in the finish. A little bit of warmth comes through, almost in the form of booze, but it’s still mostly tame. Creamy mouth feel, but this could use more carbonation. A nice sour ale from Arbor, but Framboozled is better.
JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle purchased a couple of summers ago. Clear amber in color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, oak and some fruit sweetness with some sour esters. Malty and somewhat herbal flavor with a bit of caramel character before a tart fruit finish. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Thanks to GatorGuy92 for sharing this one. Cheers, Matt! Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white head. Nose is some light malt, some tartness, some mild earthy funk, and some sour bite. Flavor is similar with tartness, oak, and a sour bite with a hint of malt. Medium in body and nice overall. koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
750 mL bottle. 2012 vintage. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a lightly brownish golden color. There is a decent head and a nice lace. The aroma is very sour, with hints of fruit. There is a seemingly dominant cherry, and it is definitely tart. the flavor is surprisingly good. It’s a little of a sweet cherry before fading right into a big sourness. It coats the mouth nicely, and finishes very smooth The taste lingers just long enough to work through the sourness of the cherry superspak (5672) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours lightly hazy light orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clingsaround the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of oak, malt, and wild yeast esters; with good strength. Taste of sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, cherry, grape, pear, lemon, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, leather, funk, white wine, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of oak, wild yeast, and malt flavors; with a great acidity/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour blonde ale style. All around great complexity and balance of oak and wild yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering. Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle poured a dark amber no head or lacing. Smell of green apple, lemon. Flavor of apple, acetone, apple cider vinegar. Not a bottle I should have opened by myself