hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2009
12oz bottle (thanks Derek for this one). Aromas of cherries, funky, and woody. Tastes of tart cherries, funky, woody, and some vanilla. Lightly sweet with a nice tart and sour finish. I liked the funkiness in this. Alcohol content well hidden. I too would have put this one down as a sour. Cheers Peg and maybe I’ll get to know you one day... WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2009
12oz Handbottle via hoppymeal. Thanks Derek. 10th rating lets make this official. Pours reddish pink with a phantomy bright white head. Nose is funky with vinegar and some cherries. Taste is funky sour, and very tart. Not just because I love sour beers, but this feels like a sour and not a fruit beer to me. Big big tart fruit, with cherry and a bit of a diactyel infection on the back end. The infection is not enough to ruin the beer, and the sourness makes it hard to detect unless your wait for it. Very tasty and very interesting. I don’t get the trippel in here at all and for me that isn’t a bad thing. Tmoney99 (14976) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured clear reddish color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate sour cherry aroma. Medium body. Medium sour cherry flavor with a medium sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable sour fruit beer. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Mostly transparent, pale pink color with a thin ring of wispy white head. Mildly acetic nose with hints of cherry sweetness and a drier, skin tannin character. Some sweeter apricot and apple fruit notes also come through. Some acetone character noted, but not dominant. Light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a moderate acidity. Flavors of tart cherries up front on the palate, along with some chewy skin tannins. The cherry flavors are could be a bit stronger, but their restrained presence allows the raw sour characters to show through nicely. The flavors seem much less acetic than the nose suggests, with only a mild acetone presence working its way into the finish. Certainly more tart than vinegary. Finishes a bit thin, with some husky, cereal grain flavors lingering in the final smack. Overall, a very respectable sour cherry beer. I especially like the initial flavor, but could do with a bit less huskiness in the finish. Thanks for the rare treat, Tom! BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2008
2008 MiBGF (Cherry Popping Danny’s): Coppery hue with reddish tones and a minimal lace. The aroma has notes of tart cherries, lacto funk, vinegar, oak, and dusty yeast vapours. The taste starts with a nice sour bite and fruity tone followed by some barnyard tones. Biscuity and wheat notes all about the palate. Oaky and nutty towards the finish. The mouth feel is sprite and very refreshing. Very very nice brew, my 3rd best of day 1.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at MBG summer fest 08’. Poured a dark pink color. Aroma is nice tart cherries, tart and funky. Flavor is more funk, vanilla, tart cherries, nice wood with a great finish that lasted and made you want to drink more. This was another huge surprise from Big Rock, who seems to be putting together a great sour program. This was one of my top few at the fest. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at MIBGSF 08. Pours a rose like color with a small white head. Aroma is funk, tart cherries, oak. Flavor is again funk, tart cherries, oak, hints of vanilla, green apple. Palate is medium to light, medium carbonation, finished refreshingly tart and acidic. This was fantastic and probably my biggest surprise of the fest!! auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2008
12oz Bottle. Nice krieked sour ale aroma, rich brett cherry pie, and creamy wildness. Great funk and cherry. Great! Pours a clearish rose colored, with water-colored fringe. Not much head. Flavor is nuts. I’ve never seen cherry this complex. An amazing run of cherry juice, deep pie crust, and an intense rich almond I would never have imagined that I would seen in the beer. Subdued sweetness and light funk. Finishes on this incredible, distinct white chocolate flavor. A touch of oak. Amazing mix of fruit, malt, barrel and alcohol. Intense! Brett funk melds so well. Carbonation works well. Vanilla makes an incredible fruit flavor. Tremendous balance, great barrel, great fruit, awesome flavor and the right level of funk. Soft and not harsh, which makes it amazing. Woo hoo! Thanks Sean! Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle at the pre-DLD hotel tasting thanks to artusory! Poured translucent pinky-amber with a light ring of white head. The aroma had a nice sour appeal with cherry skins, vinegar, and some grassy notes.. the back picked up some green apple and a hit of oak. The flavor found dry, dusty cherry skins with some grains and green apples.. mostly sour with nice balance, but not much traditional tripel character (I’d classify it more along the lines of sour ale).. reminded me of New Glarus Unplugged Belgian Quad. Tart and puckering on the palate, but not to the extent of Cantillon or Russian River.. overall dry and refreshing with the alcohol coming through later. Solid stuff. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, dark watermelon color; minimal head formation. Cherry / red fruit juice, a touch of tartness, and plenty of fruitiness in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: chewy, sugary cherry / watermelon juice, some fruity tartness with a touch of citrus and basic sugar; drinkable, mildly tart fruit beer. Medium finish, showing sugar, fruit juice, and cherries.