craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. light red pour with a small off white head. tart rasp nose. med body - nice sourness / lactic acid presence - tart rasp. semi-dry tart rasp finish with more sour bacteria. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at GABF 2011. Let me preface this by stating that I tried all of the sour ales (all 6) that Destihl brought to GABF and they were all fantastic. As I was sampling I noticed Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River had made his way behind the booth to talk to the brewer and sample as well (he knows a thing or 2 about great sour beers). Of the beers I tried this was the last of the 6, the only one I made notes on, and probably the best (although the Strawberry Ale and Sour Barley Wine were both different and quite nice). This one pours dark orange for lack of a better color descriptor. Light and pleasantly sour nose. Stunningly sour flavor, possibly the most sour beer I have ever tried, with noticeable lemons and raspberries. Outstanding. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 18, 2010
Tap @ FoBAB. The other Destihl beer I tried, not as good as the Sour Trappist Wheat Ale. Pours clearish dark yellow, lots of acidity in the aroma, red fruit, vinegar. Decent brew. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
sampled at fobab 2010. thanks to fred for getting me a pour of this.... appplce cidery appearance with a thin soapy head... aroma of pickles, and vinegar, quite a bit of aciditiy there with faded red fruits and cherry in the background... flavors had a pungent acetone and vinegar kick that left a mild burn during consumption. i’m still sort of a sucker for the extreme acidic sours such as this so it wasn’t all that bad.
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2011 tap at FOBAB 2010. sharp raspberry balsamic. moderate to heavy lactic sourness in the taste. earthy funk. balsamic out of place. sharp acidity was refreshing. good.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010: Coppery hue with minimal head or lace. The aroma has notes of pure acetone and white vinegar with lots of horsey funk and slight pepper along with moderate raspberry and red grapes. The taste is sour fruit, sour vinegar, and cheesy brettanomyces for the most part. There is a light and faint flowery, grainy, and oak. Some medicinal characteristics show up on the palate as well but not nearly as strong as the nose. The mouth feel is super tart and puckery, sharp edges and still found to be a bit watery and uninspired. While there is some promise, this beer is need of some depth, far too one-dimensional. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Draft at FoBAB 8. This is my least favorite of the Dekkeras that I’ve had. Pours a purpley brown with fizzy head. Nose is acetic, too much so. The raspberry seems candied as well. This is a bit one dimension on the nose, leading quite towards vinegar. On taste, similar. Slight acetone note as well. Some nice Lacto is in there, but I think it may have been in the barrel too long with too much O2 exposure. Could be good... TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing orange amber, fiery, decent haze, small whitish head dies to near non-existant head. Aromas are a decent dose of vinegar, wet oak, and brett. Some sour raspberry, bready malts, leather and funk. Initial is high vinegar funk, acidic and balsamic, some raspberry tannins peek through, touches of pulp. Lighter bodied with a deeper acidic finish, tart and lactic aceto. A lot of vinegar, peeks of raspberry, funky barnyard and leather are there but ridden off by high acidity. Decent balsamic dressing appeal. Tasty, a bit big for it’s britches and a beer that would scare "greener" sour fans away deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a hazy deep red with an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice strong sour raspberry note with a slight sweet raspberry note and a hint of dry wine. Flavor started with slightly sweet raspberry with a strong growing sour note and just a bit dry in the finish.