DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
Batch 2. Bottle from a PUB’N sergeant-at-arms. Pours turbid dark apple cidery color, toward mahogany brown with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is very complex and wonderful; a medley of oaky spirits, red wine grapes, funky yeast, earthy raisins, and apple. Tastes oaky, with sweet malt up front, some tart cherry, red winey grape, mid-palate cinnamon apple flavor, and earthy tartness as it warmed. Very complex, very delicious, and just incredible. This is one of the absolute best sour ales I have ever quaffed, and you owe it to yourself to find a Craig’s list crack whore to stand in line the next time they release this stuff! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
One of the best beers I have had in a very long time. The thing dances on the tongue with perfect sourness mixed so well with the grapes and oak....extremely complex. Utterly delicous. Maybe perfect. Need another bottle to confirm. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Bottle (shared with Tweety)... Poured a dark, murky, foggy, ruby/cranberry tone with a thin white-ish head. Funky, candied, fruity, yeasty-dank aroma. Grapes stood out towards the finish after lots of bretty-funk, hay, earthy tones. Candied sugars with some grape fruit tones that were very defined in the taste. A great drinking beer! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 This review is for batch 1, no other batch was able to match the original imhoTweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
In short: Sourness, oak, cherries, funkiness and red wine dominate in this ultra-intense Flemish-Sour interpretation. Fantastic.
How: Many times, first at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009, then bottles home. Also a bottle at Brooklyn’s Beer Table beer bar.
The look: Slightly cloudy (if first serving of a bottle) to totally opaque (if last serving of a bottle) redish-amber body topped by a small beige head.
In long: I could smell this beer from 10 feet away. Intensely funky, oaky and cherry nose. Taste is intense. First, compared to most intensely sour/acidic beer this one has a well malted body. A whole lot of cake-like malts are the foundation an array of flavours including caramelized sour cherries, sour oak socked in red wine, earth, more wood, barnyard funk, vinegar acidity, more. Similarity could be drawn to a less complex but sharper and more intense La Folie. This is not a session beer, this is the most intense and one of the most complex Captain Lawrence creation so far. This beer may not be better than sex but sliced bread is in serious trouble.
This is hands-down the best sour that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. So complex and delicious! The flavor keeps changing on the back of the tongue for a solid 30 seconds after you take a sip.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Batch 3. Beautiful hazy rosy coppery-gold with pale red highlights and a quickly-dissipating very fine off-white head. Fine strands of tiny bubbles gracefully stream up from the bottom of the glass. A deep, piercingly sour aroma tickles the nose at first and leads into a background of soft spice while expressing a hair-raising lactic sour verve. Vibrant vinous fruitiness is intermingled with soft oak and barrel oxidation and a pleasant solvency only deepens the complexity. Taste bud-cramping sourness on the attack clears to reveal a multi-layered dark grapey fruitiness and an uncanny wine-like complexity. Alcohol rises in the back-end with deeply complex fermentation notes and a very slight spicy bitterness with a hint of light, nutty malt. The body is light but its nimble presence in the mouth conveys significant strength. The finish goes on and on as it slowly unfolds a profound complexity across the palate. This is truly a perfect hybrid drinking experience between beer and wine. Quite amazing. zizzybalubba (1878) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at GABF 2011. Hazy orange pour. Incredible sour aroma of lemons, apples, and oak. Nice tart flavor with lemon and sour grape notably. In perfect balance. An incredible sour ale. cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Batch 1- Hazy red-copper hue with moderate head. Aromas are filled with a chalky cherry funk, very light on the acidic notes, underlying cocoa powder. The nose does not make my eyes water like the batch 3 has in the past. Mouthfeel is very light, the fruit is still very bright upfront, with the cherry still intact. Mid palate acidity is soft, but the finish is a cascading sour funk that starts as if it were going to be nothing at all, then rips hard into a lingering tart backend. Very long finish. The overall on this one is 19/20, I find that after 4 years of cellering that this is as good as it will get, very balanced, the abv is well hidden, the acidity levels have decreased dramatically from that of the batch 3 fresh. I found that the only minor flaw from keeping this perfect was the slight lack of cherry in the front which show signs of fading somewhat soon. With 3 more left, I would reccommend the next batch 1 to be tasted in July 2013 at another 6 months.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Pours beautiful reddish orange with no head. The nose is citrus tart, cherry sweet, toasted oak and a bit of funk. The flavor matches, with an incredible lasting oak finish. Smooth on the palate, yet slightly acidic and lively. Bov (13004) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn - pours a cloudy brown colour with a poor head retention; pretty sourish nose of vinegar, sour apples and cheese; medium to full malt body, a solid sourness and a regular carbonation; a long sourish vinegar-like aftertaste with fair woody notes and touches of raisins and prunes