callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2015 Bottle #150
A: Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Slightly transparent around the edges when held to the light. Some yeast in suspension with quite a bit of debris settling in the bottom. Moderate sized off-white head forms with a vigorous pour before forming a nice skim with 80+% coverage. Nice bubbly ring. Spotty lacing.
S: First blast is of slightly sour cherries. The fruit is followed by a nice earthy oak character along with hints of vinegar, red wine, and some brett to round things out. Suggestive of a moderately sour and tart flavor to come.
T: The cherries fade a bit to the back as the red wine, vinegar and oak move toward the forefront. Nice level of acidity and tartness lifts the flavors to the tip of the tongue. The dark cherries lend some sourness toward the tail end of each sip.
M: Smooth, medium bodied. Acidity, tartness and sourness are all present without being too punishing. All in all the beer is delightfully restrained in all aspects. A nice lingering funk is pleasant as well.
O: A top notch flanders red. A great release with a great beer. Will savor my remaining bottles over the next few years. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Thanks Sean for sharing! A wafting, gentle soft creamy soured malt. This is delicate Hawbaker work at it’s finest. You’ve got to have a quiet mind to appreciate this. Soft, soft delicate ruby red malt with a well defined sour strain running through. Honey like sweetness leaves this one full of texture to play off the acidity. Good, good beer. These sours take focus, because if you’re quiet they’ll unleash a world of nuance. Ungstrup (38932) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2011
Bottled. An amber beer iwth a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of straw, vinegar, and terpentine. The flavor is sweet and sour with notes of malt, caramel, vinegar, and terpentine, leading to a tart finish. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Draft at Capone’s. Pours slight hazy ruby with nose of tart cherry, berry. Tastes funky tart cherry, with earthy notes, mild vanilla and wood, and a crisp, is somewhat flat, finish, with little carbonation. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark amber with a khaki head. Quite sour with oak and yeast funk be ing prominent. Acidic, with dark fruits and black cherries. Candied sweetness with some puckering heat towards the finish.
sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle # 36 of 378 & shared by Shane, thanks! Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Smell is similar to a flanders red with notes of sweet cherries and some dark malt. Taste was pretty acidic and dry. Overall, not amazing in any way, but definitely an enjoyable dark, wild ale. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
bottle shared at 5000 tasting - really tasty! sour, caramel notes, some sweet candy, berries. deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a hazy deep red with white head head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had a good amount of tart red and stone fruits with a hint of backing funk and oak. Flavor started with red and stone fruits that grew in tartness to a sour finish. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
750ml bottle, # 37 / 378. Poured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of wood, some vinegar, fruity, and vinous. Tastes of wood, fruity, vinous, citrus, and vanilla. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Aroma is nice and sour, tart, fruity and lots of red wine and wood. Pretty smooth sour on the mouthfeel and gret flavor. Lots of wood and tart citrus and red wine flavor.