FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle number 64, Batch year 2013; Sampled March 2016kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2016
A steady pour produces a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. the beer is a rich golden / pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost dark cider like color. The aroma smells of lactic acid, and buttery & woody oak up front, but there is a soft, yet pervasive, fruit note that smells distinctly of floral pear notes. Notes of lightly oxidized malt adds a cider like character that melds in with the other fruit notes. The woody notes here remind me of musty, aged, yet still woody, saw dust.
Sour, tart, and effervescently carbonated, the beer also has a palate coating character to it that seems to be lactic acid, oak tannin, and malt derived, though none of this makes the beer heavy. Buttery oak flavors, and an astringent, palate lingering tannic character, add another dimension to balance the sourness. Floral pear flavors, cider like notes, as well as a complex acidity, beyond lactic, are found here though on the more subtle side. There is perhaps a hint of acetic acid character here (it adds a touch of characteristic spiciness, yet doesn’t make this beer harsh), as well as some more rounded notes that might be from the pears, bring some balance and complexity to the more dominant lactic acidity. The acidity (especially the acetic character) accentuates a sweetness here that may be entirely percieved; this nicely accentuates the fruit character here, and actually makes me think of a soft, white-wine vinegar, but also adds a rounded note to the pear character.
The pear is quite subtle here, in fact it is in the range of perception that one finds in some sour beers that have none added; I would have been hard pressed to be sure that there was pear used in this recipe if I had not known before hand. I like that it is on the subtle side, and I am really enjoying this beer quite a bit.
Orange and clear pour from 16oz bottle at home. White head. Peach and apple aroma. Taste is sour of course, fruity, light and crisp. Delicious MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours a medium gold with a very thin head that does quickly. A couple streams of carbonation are about all that is left of carbonation after a minute. Aromas are odd... Mead-like honey and sweetness with a hint of overripe pear I guess. Flavor is very interesting... Kind of a sweet honey presence sandwiched between cripsly tart front and back ends. Delightful and pretty unique. andrewje41 (4272) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Waxed bottle poured. Bright golden pour with a unique, big bubble head. Sour fruit forward aroma. Sweet and sour fruit flavor. Pear, mostly because I know it’s there, but apple as well. Overall a solid sour here. deyholla (12316) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear light golden orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of acid with a sour pear and a touch of barrel and funk supporting. Flavor has lots of sour pear with a growing acid and a barrel note underlying.
jackl (8426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle @ Deyholla’s. Medium Amber pour with a small head. Apple, pear and honey. Mild cheese. Somewhat tart. Flavor is moderately acidic. Woody. Fruit skin. Apple. Light vinegar tang. Light body, active carb. djd07 (15547) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a hazy orange with no head. The aroma is pear skin, oak, funk. Thin mouth, very sour, pear skin, funky finish, good. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2015
500ml, black waxed bottle. Batch Year 2013, barrel nos., 64 70-73. Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a small sized head. Aromas of pears, fruity, wood, and a bit funky, Tastes of pears, sweet tarts, green apples, and nice and funky. Starts sweet and finishes in a nice peachy and tart finish. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, off white head, orange in color. The smell is pear, fruit, tart, wood, nice. The taste is pear, bright, fruit, tart, tangy, good. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2015
On draught at Gallo’s. The beer pours a clear golden color with a medium fizzy white head that evaporates steadily to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pear and funky yeast. Light-bodied with a moderately sour pear and citrus character, with notes of herbal yeast and biscuit malt in the background. The finish is tart with a pear aftertaste. Solid beer all around.