brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - DEC 8, 2009
This was the TR3. Pours blood-orange red, with virtually no head. Nice acetic aroma ... sharp, with bright red fruits and woody notes. Flavor is like tart cloudberry jam, and meshes wonderfully with the barrel notes. Mouthfeel is slick and full, and the absence of carbonation surprisingly does not pose a concern, in my opinion. Finishes sharp and dry, like the nose. 11% ... never would have known. A thoroughly enjoyable, jammy, tart-sweet brew! marcus (10575) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours hazy brown with an orange tinge and a few beige bubbles. There is an aromatic sour fruit nose and a hearty sour fruit flavor that sticks to the palate. There is an oak finish and very little evidence of the high alcohol content. bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle of TR-3, brewed May 2008/No. 3. Pours a reddish,hazy amber with a few bubbles for head. Nice aroma of sour, stewed light fruits. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is light cooked fruit with lots of sour and oak. Goes a bit towards sour plum.Virtually no heat. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pours an amber maroon color, with almost no head, very similar to the others Ive tried. Big cherry and fruity acidic nose to it, got some semblances of the oak barrel as well. The taste is very similar although it was more tart than oaky. Sweet sour fruits, and hints of the oak in the background. Doesnt have anything in it that seperates itself from the other barrels in my opinion, but still a very good drinking beer like usual from these guys. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
In short: A soft, vinous and very oaky sour ale.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
How: Bottle at Beer Table Brooklyn NY, TR5 version, consumed 9 months after bottling
The look: Clear dark red body with no head to speak of
In long: Nose is vinous and full of barrel. Taste is like licking the bottom of a red-wine barrel. Tannic sour grapes with notes of cherries and apples followed by a super nice non-aggressive oak dryness and sourness. Finish is more dry than sour. Slender body with a very soft carbonation. This was the TR5 version which I was told had more bit/sourness than the TR3 version. I prefer the regular lineup of Saint Bon-Chien which are more complex and intense, unsurprising since the regular Saint Bon-Chien are blends of various barrels. But this beer had a nice simplicity going for it where each of the limited number of flavour elements were brought to the foreground. Good stuff, but that beer is just too expensive to be enjoyed on a regular basis. Not that I’m obsessed by wealth, but having money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
TR 5 bottle huge thanks to davinci! Sample #24 at 1st CST. Pours an unclear orange/brown with a light head. Smokey almond aroma, cheesy, sugary, deeply woody. Fantastic flavor, cheesy woody, big barrel, lightly salty and smokey, nutty, perfect amount of alcohol, wow 11%!, lightly soapy like cashews, soooo good cheesy barrel. Medium bodied, a touch watery, faint but big soft bubbled carbonation. Love it! BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Brewed in Switzerland... Courtesy of FooFaa, thanks Dan. Pours a light caramel color with zero head. Aroma of sour apples, malts, oak and other dark fruits. Taste of sour cherries, malts, oak and some vinegar. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, smooth and finishes with some lingering bitterness. Overall, very well balanced and you should try this one if you can find it. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle of TR5 shared by Dan (FooFaa) at the Beer Advocate - Brass Rail tasting. Poured caramel colored with no head. Sour oaky nose that has some oxidized sherry and vinegar notes to it. The flavor is similar with some minor funk making a presence as well. I couldn’t believe this beer was this smooth for being 11% abv. Very nice. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Tried at 11/07/09 Socal Sour tasting at Dr Bills/Stone. Bonus bottle from pwoods. Rock on! Oxidized cardboard aroma initially. Fruity, sweet malty. Very good. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Not really any head. Cloudy look and amber in color colored. The smell is wine like, nice slight tartness, fruits, a little wood, and a little funk. The taste is tartness, wood, fruits, and wine. Good but just not quite there.