zoucrew102 (1880) - - MAY 30, 2017 mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010 Vintage. When the bottle is first opened, you are immediately hit with this sharp pungency of fresh cherries. This aroma rapidly turns into a bit of a cherry cough syrup type scent, and then once poured the lacto begins to take over with hints of unripe cherries. There is a slight hint of vanilla in there (which I’m guessing is from the oak) as well as a nice forest quality, like fresh grass or the inside of a forest on a sunny day.
The taste is quite surprising, especially when compared to the 2008 vintage. It’s sour, but only slightly and it’s sourness is masked by quite a bit of residual sweetness. There is a lot of dark cherry flavored, with some chocolate coming through as well. A bit of harshness comes from the wood and it is still quite boozy. I think that over time this will turn into something beautiful, but for now it is complex but a bit disoriented feeling. It finishes very much like cough syrup and burns for quite some time.
Bomber, 2015 vintage. Tart cherry aroma with notes of Brett funk, vinous white grape and some oak. Pours cloudy amber-redddish colored with a thin white head that has little retention or lacing. Starts with tart cherry flavors with notes of vinous white grape flavors. Finishes smooth and dry with Brett funk and a little bit of oak. Very nice sour. Pegboy (15) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Good. Reminds me of Consecration. Not as good. And more expensive. And here's more characters for my 75 letter review.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
2016 Bottling: 10.9%
10.9% ABV. Barrel-aged red/sour.
Poured out deep amber. 16 SRM.
Nose is sour and fruity with some wood and maybe a faint wet hay. On first approach suggestive of a saison or farmhouse style, but on further reflection there’s not that funkiness, no manure or wet clay. Wine and vinegar in the nose.
Mouthfeel is watered honey. Syrupy. Palate has fruitiness with sour and sweet. Wood with broad oakiness. The cherry flavor is fruity with no candy and more body. Hops if any are woody.
Finish is surprisingly clean given the vintage of this brew. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2017
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a clear copper color with a beige head of foam. The aroma is vinous and earthy. Mild acidity comes through in the taste. Dry and earthy finish. Big body and medium carbonation. onceblind (9689) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2017
10.9% 2016 vintage aged only 5 months. Deep dark amber with a light beige bubbly head that recedes awful fast. Amazing nose of earthy tasty tartness with a bit of cherries, wood, and dark amberish Belgian funkiness. Mellow dark amber and lightly brownish malt base with a dry, earthy, woody funk and medium-light tartness with a mellow cherry undertone. Woody funk at the end with a Belgian cherry malty funk.
ehaak26 (524) - - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Very complex aroma, includes cherries, earthy yeast, fruit as well. kevinator (2226) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Subtle sour with a lot going on. Herbal, tart, earthy and acidic. Dark fruits predominate but with an oak barrel influence. Really nice full palate. bwa5879 (942) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Murky medium red brown pour, thin khaki head quickly disappeared. Musty funky barnyard aroma with a bit of wet dog, lots of tart fruit, mostly raspberry, some oaky red wine, hint of caramel. Mellow carbonation, tingly mouthfeel, dry finish. Very oaky weathered wood flavor, definite cherry, elements of brown ale with hints of caramel with copper, tart raspberry and grape as well. Kind of tastes like a sour rustic American strong ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rougeau13 (3015) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle from Liquid Town. Almost no head. Hazy reddish-brownish-orangish. Aroma of tart cherry, raisin, wood, cream, funk, chocolate and just a touch alcohol. Tastes woody, fruity, sweet and sour. Dry, softly carbonated and medium bodied. Good. copestx (227) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2017
Purchases from Whole Foods in Austin. 2016 Vintage. Pours a cherry wood red/brown with very little head and no noticeable lacing. Low carbonation. Lots of earthy, oaky tones and tons of red wine. Fig, cherries and other dark fruits. A little bit of vinegar but nothing like a Rodenbach or Duchesse. Long, earthy, tart aftertaste. Definitely a beer that should be had a cellar temp, it really opens up once out of fridge temp. This is a tough style to do well and this is definitely a sold offering. The wine notes overwhelm a bit, but that relates to a personal preference, and def. not a knock on the brewer. A very solid offering.