Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
All of the first 10 from the series were shared by craftbeerdesign. Pours a muddy orange with small head. White grape skins, ripe light fruit, oak, big fruity Brett character, nice tannins, oak. Excellent. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Thanks chuck. Pours to a deep hazy straw body with a thin white head. Aroma is sour and lactic. Nice complexity of yeasts, sugar, sour, and funk. Subtle wine. Medium full body. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Amber orange in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is tart and woody. Taste is of wood and vinous. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013
This lurked for a while in the cellar before I shared it with tastybeer. A very fine sour beer, I wish that I had a few more of these lurking around. They are spendy but seem to hold up well if treated with respect. If you have any you wish to get rid of you know how to find me.
Aroma / Appearance - The stiff white head settles down into a caramelized murky base. Carbonation breathes life into the glass to keep it interesting. Tart, slightly vinegary aromas waft with a citrusy tang of oranges and lemons. Hints of bourbon barrel aging sneak in from time to time to give more depth.
Flavor / Palate - Lactic notes dominate from the first sip. Mildly sour compared to big intense lambics it has a bite but is not overwhelming. Orange cheesecake carries into a acidic finish. This is not quite world class but it is not far off the mark either. If you are lucky enough to have one sitting around then enjoy a treat.
Bottle. Murky gold pour, big off-white head. Good retention/webby lace. Aroma of white wine, funk, barrel, lemon, dust. Taste is tart, lightly lactic, barrel, white wine, lemon, booze, a bit buttery. Palate is sharp carbonation, slick, tart finish.
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12 ouncer. About 3.5 years in the bottle. Light gusher. The color is kind of a muddy burnt orange with a huge, foamy orange head. The aroma has lots of barrel and tart, vinous fruit. Some candi sugar and fruity malts. The flavor has more sweet red grapes with a biting, peppery sourness. Not too acetic, but there is a hint of vinegar there. I get more buttery chardonnay than the cab, but that may just be some oxidation creeping in. Very little bourbon, but you can pick it out if you look for it. The alcohol is noticeable and the sour is a bit abrasive in the finish. I would have expected more funk from an aged bottle, but none to speak of except a hint of leather. This one has taken on most of the characteristics of the barrels it was aged in. Not bad, and a pretty good blend actually. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle, acquired via an in-person trade with bvc (thanks Brandon), pours a murky brownish dark amber with a humungous off-white head that takes forever to recede. Aroma is compex, full of various barrel characteristics, especially the red and white wines, oak, quite a bit of funk from the brett, low vinegar and a light acidic quality. Flavour is intense and remarkably complex, at first revealing loads of the wine (red first, then white), oak, lots of brett which has had plenty of time to promulgate this beer, and some moderate acidity. I don’t get any notes from the port or bourbon barrels - the wine and wild yeast essentially characterize this complex monster. Carbonation is very high, but more or less fitting. A very complex, slow sipper, that age has helped out I believe. Excellent stuff. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
hazy copper orange thin tan head. Nose has fair amount of ripe cherry, decent bit of wood, notes of red wine an lightly tannic, lactic acid in back, plum pits. Taste is more lactic, faintly acetic in back. Fruits are more muddled, cherry, dark grape, almost candied, and some plum pit. Note of olive in the lingering light to moderately sour finish. Body is a touch oily, light and well carbonated for easy drinking. Flavored aren’t extremely bright, they have a fair amount of depth but slightly flabby. Decent stuff. Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Small sample at HF bottle share. Grapes, oak, vinegar, vanilla, and light funk. Really nice beer here that is pretty remarkable at almost 11%. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2012
bottle share at hill farmstead, Wow! the barrel characteristics on this sour are very impressive, grapes and vineous notes all over the place. The bourbon adds good vanilla as well. Great beer!