fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
Sampled at the Belgian Beer Party. Nice sour aromas. Very similar in flavor. Very gueze like in flavor and very acidic. Nott to bad. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
Tasted at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest as "Hout Sour" (If somebody knows this is a different entry or shouldn’t be here, PLEASE beermail me). A fresh blast of bright sour tannic earth and glowing peach juice. Pours clouded deep gold. No head. Dense and sweet, not a real light crisp one. But, carries a real package of flavor, including those American Brett flavors of coconut and lychee, unique and somewhat indescribable. Fringes of perfumy fig paste. Bitingly acidic but carrying great intensity. Towards the end, sourness building with faint acetone and grazing vinegars, before leaving in a new barrel. Interesting and unique for an American brewer of a sour. Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
I am fairly sure this was the Hout Sour I tried at the Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party last weekend (the tour program labels it as "Ballast Point Hout Sour Ale"). Easily the most sour of the sour ales I had all day. An absolute palate explosion that made those weird glands in my neck tickle for several minutes after trying this. In my world, this is a good thing as I’m rather fond of a sour beer. One tends to wonder, like myself, how this would taste say, a year from now. Really tasty as it is, but one of those that can only be done in small doses. I really like the experimental side of the Ballast Point brews and this really sets the bar high for "fruit" ales. It’s amazing what a little wild yeast can do. Crazy stuff, not for the uninitiated. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottled. Murky burnt copper color. Warm, lactic aroma with balsamic and lemon notes. Very acidic. Fruity flavors abound, notably apples and grapes. Lingering and almost sweet finish. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - I found myself strangely attracted to this beer. While it didn’t have the refinement of a Duchesse De Borgogne or a Rodenback Grand Cru, it still maintained a vinegary, lactic attitude in the nose and palate. The subtle berries aroma and taste was also easily detectable which helped balance things out and not overpower the "sourness" of the beer. A nice job stateside of one my favorite styles around. Good stuff.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are sour lemon, incense, vinegar and new sneaker. Palate is super sour and sticky. I’m a big fan of interesting sours and this fits that bill. I do wish I had more to get a real good description. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Tap, O’Brien’s (09/15/06). Pours a brownish amber color. Aroma is fruity and sour. Some tart vinous qualities, like a white zin. Very tart flavoring. Some sour apple going on. Finish is quite tart. Biting finish. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Tap @ BP 10th Anniversary Celebration. Deep golden color, clear, small white head, no lace. Aroma of nail polish, honey, and flowers. Body is medium with light, foamy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. A touch syrupy, a touch watery. Flavor...SOUR!!! Salt, vinegar, spoiled vegetable matter. My mouth started watering like a sieve and if I didn’t sip it, my eyes would have watered just the same. I had difficulty drinking this one. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
This should say "Hout Sour Ale." On Tap at Ballast’s 10th Anniv. Wow, interesting aroma of vinegar and wine. It looks like a pale ale with a clear golden color and white head but sure doesn’t smell like one. Strong vinegar smell backed up by a bit of malt. The flavor is similar to the smell with strong vinegar, sourness, tartness and tough for me to drink. Not really my bag. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
I’m glad I finally got a chance to sample this one. On draft at Home BrewMart location. Pours gorgeous dark reddish mahogany color with a small pinkish-white head. Nice sour dry aroma with hints of fruit, tart raspberries and wet wool. Flavor is sour, dry, nice and complex with fruity notes, an oakiness as well with tart berry in the finish. Lifht to medium body and crisp, tingly carbonation. Quite nice overall!