chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft... pours an uglyish muddy brown with some amber, not much head at all... interesting nose that reminds me a flanders, oaky, lots of dark fruits and molasses, a bit of apple, slightly sour, ok but lots of directions are pulling and confusing... this is much more tart then I though it would be, made me pucker for half a second, a bit creamy, lots of sour dark fruits, a bit of oak and spice... solidish
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). The newest sour blend. Pours a nice darker amber more brownish with a healthy murky haziness. A big frothy tannish head sits atop, thicker layer, stays decent sized with ok lacing. Aromas are a nice sour kick up front, lots of sour fruit, grapefruit, crab apples and lemons, sour melon, sour cherries, touches of yogurt, funky brett, straw, touches of biscuits and mellow bread dough. Wet oak, vanilla tannins. Quite fruity, perhaps some touches of acidity that grow, vinegar, more brett and sharp lactic twangs that appeal to me. More melon. Initial is medium bodied offering some healthy sourness and fruit up front, more fruity I think, a lot of cool zesty grapefruit, melon with good acidity and lactic acid. Crab apples, lemons, melons, and touches of apricot. Backend brings back a crisp bready dry malt "Pick Me Up". Lingering yogurt really hangs on with a healthy fruity sourness, staying more in the melon stable overall. Pretty nice, growing sourness is sufficient, the backend throws a quick jab of the blend beer (something bready). A lot of melon, perhaps some of the prickly pear subtley blended in (a big acidic beast I loved in and of itself). Very nice. They seem to be getting the hang of these blends. Aroma and up front are great, appearance is nice, falls off a bit into the finish.. But I dig it. Potent citrusy and fruity front trailing into a mellow backend. Grapefruit really grabs me, cool, like Grapefruit Sofie up front. My favorite of their recent blends. What I peg as grapefruit really stands out.