scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours muddy brown, almost dark pink in light. Off white cap, retention is great - just a weird color
S: Sourness immediately, light apple vinegar, brown sugar, caramel, lots of malts. Nail polish remover kinda threw me off, but when you swirl this beer around it really hits you!
T: Puckeringly sour, but not so much as others I’ve tried recently. Vinegar, fruit, nail polish remover, brown sugar and very malt heavy flavor. Pretty balanced
MF/O: smooth feel, creamy finish, carbonation is spot on...not bad by any means, but unrefined - more like a Flanders than a wild ale
Lowest ever CCB score for me is a B-?? Leighton (22821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle shared by Mes in London. Pours clear, red-brown with a moderate, tan cream head. Big vinegar and tangy berry aroma. medium sweet flavor, quite sour, loads of vinegar, berries, dirt, toasty sugars, light alcohol. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, some stinging vinegar, toasty brown sugars, tangy fruits, touches of roasty-toasty wood. Very nice. yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear, dark brown body is topped by a finger-thick, dense, beige head. The aroma has vinegar at first, then supported by roasted malts, lots of dried fruits and a hint of acetone. It’s tart and medium bodied, a tad too effervescent, and with some lemony and vinegar-ish flavors in addition to roasted malts and dried fruits. Tart, lemony finish. Actually, it’s so tart it feels the tongue is burning. I expected a more flower smelling, and flower tasting beer, but it’s certainly nice anyway. 111229 HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
750ml bottle shared by mesandsim. Deep brick read, largeish lasting frothy tan head. Smells and tastes of black currant, hint of soy, alcohol, funk - yummmm. Syrupy, well-carbonated, sour, acidic,not at all boozy - a bit roasty, I guess. Another shambles of a rate, but daaaamn this is awesome. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
A Mes rate. Bottle left over from our wedding haul. Damn good. A strange combo but it works well. Very acidic and sweet. Reminds me of La Folie in a lot of ways. The lemon comes through really well but doesn’t take over with bitterness. Hint of Coca Cola on the nose that is really pleasing. Fruity as hell, bags of character but not aggressive. Really really good. There is just something holding it back from being brilliant. I think it’s just slightly too acidic.
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at home with the wife. Poured a deep cola color with a frothy khaki head that quickly dissipated. Smell is heavy acid, vinegar, dark fruits, nail polish, and oak. Taste is very acidic, leather, red wine vinegar, wood, tannin, and rubbing alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with fizzy carbonation. Overall, much too vinegary for my liking and a bit lop-sided. Meh. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
Dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma is fruity (plum, overripe peach, raisin). Malty and deeply fruity palate is quite intense. Strong, muscular flavours but pretty well-rounded. Slightly sharp in the finish, some of that Saint Somewhere influence no doubt. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle from Epicure. Pours a very rich dark brown and has a really thick, tight, creamy tan head. Aroma is tartly vinous, full of cherries, cherry cola, and red wine barrel dregs. Feels strong but isnt hot. Soft effervescence. Tart, dark cherries, finishing dry. The vinous quality makes it taste like what red wine must have tasted like back in the day, when things went sour sometimes. Just occurred to me, the name is ideal--tastes familiar. Evocative.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle - Pours murky brown with a thin tan head. Nose is balsamic vinegar, pretty nutty, with light sour cherries. Taste is real oaky, lots of balsamic vinegar with a sour, milky note. Not getting any of the flowers or hibiscus. Soft, fluffy carbonation and a smooth, light body. Good stuff. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Tasted on 5/18/12 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a muddy, dark cola brown with a very thick brown head that recedes quickly to very thin lace. Very odd. The nose is quite sour with tons of vinegar and citrus, herbal, spicy, and floral notes, with some bread malt backing it all up. The flavor is sweet, sour, and tart balsamic vinegar up front, moving to very distinct lemon and hibiscus spice, and just a bit of sweetness throughout. The body is full and sticky with average carbonation and a long sour, tart, spicy, and pretty hot finish. This beer started off pretty poorly for me, but got better as it warmed. At best, it is somewhat reminiscent of Consecration, but nowhere near as balanced.