slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Ho-lee-crap. Did NOT expect this! A wonderful; marriage of tart funky fruit and bourbon. Carbonation high, but just right for the style. Dances on your tongue. Dark and light fruit, wine-like sourness, and some vanilla bourbon sweetness and a hint of pepper. What a delicious brew. Didn’t know Boulevard could do wild like this." phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 Draft sample (or maybe a few) at St. Louis Microfest 2011. This made the VIP tent worth it. Pours a deep, hazy brown color with no head whatsoever. Looks like an old barleywine. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sour berry fruits, plums, chocolate, and toffee. The flavor shows awesome balance between the barrel and sour fruity notes- more sour berries, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some earthy notes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, funky, acidic mouthfeel. Lemon juice lingers in the aftertaste but that barrel sweetness never goes away completely. This might be the only beer I tried twice that day. Awesome sour. Re-Rate: Pour from a 750 ml bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! Rating confirmed. Still love this one, and agree with my notes. Except for a couple points- it isn’t quite as funky or acidic as first noted. Sweeter and smoother. Doing really well right now. I wouldn’t age it. thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Pungent sour funky fruit, cherry. Some sweetness, Tannic fruit. Pillowy pinkish head on pour. Settles to ring on light murky brown. Taste is sour with spots of sweet. Just hints. Invigorating, wakes you up. Sour Tannic earthy funk wood. Acidity balanced is balanced withs dark fruit tart. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
bottle. pours a deep golden to hazel with a small light tan head. Aroma of vinous a touch vinegar, sherry and vanilla, earthy and a touch funky. flavor stars sweet for a quick second with vanilla and oak before hitting hard with vinous tart notes, bretty and earthy funk. Mredium body and crisp carbonation. good beer Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma of oaked chardonnay, maple, and funk. Pours deep orange slight fizzy head. Taste is sweet like a sweet white wine, nice funky yeast, and great biscuit bourbon notes. Fantastic.
Fsuveritas (15) - Clarkdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Aromas of vine and oak barrel. Complex taste, lacto front, funky tart fruit. rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Hazy caramel colored with a small dirty off white head. Aroma of cherries, leather, funk, and wine. Taste is really tart and funky. Very dry, medium bodied, and below average carbonation. Very nice. M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Fresh 062312 50-60°
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pour is hazed, vibrant reddish-amber with a nice fairly tightly structured very light khaki head dissipating quickly to a cap. This is a really vibrant, beautiful beer.
Nose isn’t assertive but is very intriguing. Up front, citric sourness dominates leading into wine layers, followed by wild and barrel dustiness. Soft bourbon tones come in as it warms, leading to moments of bourbon bubblegum late in each serving.
Taste is as exciting as the appearance - plenty of sourness, wild complexities swirl and open the senses up for a mild, creamy bourbon barrel finish that rolls along into the aftertaste and leaves a warming character in the gut. There is clearly two ends to the spectrum here below 60°, but they mesh beautifully and compliment each other exceptionally well. Alcohol is not present in the taste or mouth. Layers of bourbon are constantly revealed following the sour layer dissipating on the palette.
Overall, I love this. Very interesting. The bourbon barrel is such an awesome compliment to the wild sourness.
One year bottle pours burnt orange amber with a rim of khaki fizz. The aroma is funky and tart with some grainy sweetness. The flavor starts with a robust barrel note and warming grain but it quickly melds into a lemony tart sour with a very light Belgian must. It has a nice fitting sweetness that masks the intensity of the tartness and brings out some of the light fruitiness. It is low carbonation and finishes with a lingering tart citrus, light grapefruit and more so lemon, with smooth amber malts and a touch of barrel. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish red with little to no head. Aroma of tart cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla and funk. Flavor of tart cherry pie, moderate sourness, other berries and lactic acid.