wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Pours deep red. Head is moderate but doesn’t linger much past 30 seconds. Nose is quite tart up front with heavy notes of sweet and sour raspberries, black berries, black cherries, some lactic sourness and some light but evident basement funk. Flavor is quite tart. More intense and complex sour than the nose would reveal with some well blended acetic and lactic sour qualities but more on the lactic side. Heavy leathery malt flavors again with some light fruity berry flavors and some darker sweet malt flavor to start then finishes quite tart. Full body and carbonation is lively. Some warming qualities mixed in as well. This was quite the treat for a Tuesday night! SudsMcDuff (8466) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
at $19, i just didn’t have the funds, but a sample at a tasting, thank you .. . pours a deep tan .. medium foam .. . great tarness/funkiness .. . some wood and sweet wild leather .. . very nice stuff but a whole bottle would have been way to much .. . . "If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all" Mimes must be the most hateful people on earth then. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2012
22oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours amber with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of sweet tarts, caramel malts, and some light hops. A very sour beer. Smooth texture. A good sour ale, with a lot if sourness. jcartamdg (3518) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours an amber red with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vinegar and cherries. Taste follows, quite acidic, nice balance of acidity and bourbon. Very nice sour
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (multiple). Pours with a hazy golden hued body with a small white head. Aromas are bretty, funky, grainy, unripe fruits, olive, huge oak, wine, cherries. Flavors are tart, and big, dry, vinous, oaky. Very warming, wine, tannins, cherry and leather. Lively carbonation, warming and dry.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Good balanced sour. Tart nose, slight body, some fruit, but mostly funk. Thin body, dry puckering finish. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a reddish color with no head. Notes of malt vinegar, burnt hair, leather, and funk. Very sour, long finish. Excellent. sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours hazy brown with small white head. Aroma was a lot of wood and funk with cherries, dried fruit and some bourbon. Flavor was quite sour with tart cherries more up front and the wood and funk more in the background. It’s got a nice dry finish with lingering sourness. theisti (4175) - Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
++++ RE-RATE 27 December 2014 ++++
Three bottle side by side tasting of Love Child #2 (provided by csbosox), Love Child #3 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas) and Love Child #4 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas). The #3 and #4 were stored since purchase in a wine fridge at ~ 55 degrees.
Love Child #2. The pour is a slight haze golden auburn with no head. The aroma is lactic, sour wood and some cherry fruit. Of the three, this nose was the dirtiest and most wild smelling. The taste the sour wood, cherry and lactic sour in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I remember liking this fresh better. (7,4,6,4,14 – 3.5)
Love Child #3. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is a nice balance of oak, wood and sour cherry. The taste is the most traditional Sour Flanders tasting of the three, with the cherry, wood and sour lactic all in a nice balance. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I thought the nose was less vibrant than when fresh, otherwise this beer held up quite well. (7,4,8,4,16 – 3.9)
Love Child #4. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is similarly balanced to the #3, with the oak wood and sour cherry. The taste is round cherry fruit, blended with sour citrus and a nice oak in the back. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I preferred this over the to older versions - though #3 and #4 were both great. (8,4,8,4,16 – 4.0)
++++ Original Rating - June 25, 2012 ++++
750 ml corked and caged bottle given to me by beastiefan2k. Batch 2012-1 best by date 03-2014. The pour is a hazed golden ruby with a well formed one inch light tan head. The aroma is citrusy tart sour, along with a touch of acetic vinegar, and then a resin woodiness in the back. This was initially pretty tart, though this passed quickly to a really gentle, tart/sour softness. Pretty nose. The taste is the sour tart of the nose, showing more cherry than citrus. The wood is in the middle and finish, and carries the aftertaste with some pleasant mustiness. The citrus also reappears in the aftertaste, almost like a lemongrass. Nice integration on this as well. The palate is spritzy carbonation, a medium to light body, and lingering wood and light vanilla cherry sweetness. Overall a well made Flanders style sour. I liked it. Thanks Eugene. (8,4,7,4,15 – 3.8)
Appearance: Pours a murky mahogany with a micro film.
Aroma: Tart plum skin, bourbon, some coriander and or some savory spice.
Taste: Tart red fruit, mellowed bourbon, red wine vinegar. Modest tannins, lingering tartness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, puckering with soft carbonation.
Overall: I enjoyed this immensely. The closest thing I could compare this beer to would be Upland’s Gilgamesh, but would give this beer the slight edge on favorite. Very tasty and inviting. Sour, but not twist your face off sour. Wish I had one to sit on for a year.