KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/4/2011. Served on tap at Fountainhead in an oversized wine glass.
Dominique pours a transparent cherry amber color with a small floating white cap that manages to retain nicely and leave a few specks of lace on the glass.
Sweet and tart cherries pop into my nose at first, then Belgian yeast spiciness, Brett, and the BCS barrels in the back - bourbon, oak, and viscous stout lurking.
The first sip of this beer was one of the best I have had, the flavors somehow just compliment each other so well. Cherry, sweet but mostly tart, along with tart apple leads the pale malt into the spicy yeast. A little bit of funk and mild alcohol, then a little bourbon, oak, and a miniature version of all of the BCS flavors - smoke, caramel, coffee, and vanilla. The vanilla is what really ties the flavor in with the base beer.
Smooth, tart, fruity, moderately dry, and a bit creamy toward the end. A bit sticky on the lips.
Just an awesome beer. I really enjoyed the complexity and could drink this all night. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Re-rate: 2009 vintage at New Bohemia Mnpls- Goose Island tap takeover. wonderful sour aroma. both sweet and sour. Dark hazy gold with nice lace. Phenomenal. 9/29/11- Draft at MacKenzie, Mnpls. Honestly can’t remember a sour brew with more richness and complexity than this. Oak aged quality contributes nicely. Love it! 7, 3, 9, 5, 18 thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
On draft @ the Goose Island Belgian Fest
They described this one as a Belgian Sour aged in Bourbon County Stout barrels - odd combination huh? But I have to say it smells and tastes just like you would expect it to from that description, which, in my opinion, was FANTASTIC!
Somewhat clear amber-yellow colored pour with just a small bit of head and minimal spotty lacing left around the glass. Aroma is mostly bourbon county stout at the onset with the sour notes only peeking through in the end. Taste follows a similar pattern but with the sour aspect holding its own much more as the flavors linger and mingle. Also has some slightly fruity elements that come through. The aging seems to have smoothed it out quite a bit providing a nice slightly chewy mouthfeel to this VERY drinkable beer.
A crazy experiment, but one that works amazingly well in my opinion. Really hope I get another chance to try this one! bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Poured into a tulip at the Goose Island Brewery. Slight head, aroma of bourbon and slightly funky. Sour and tart fruit taste. It really works well. The bourbon flavor is present and makes this a remarkable beer. Bottle this please! ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Yum - sour beer! Almost didn’t order because of the bourbon aging - but it is subtle!!!
Streets (29) - New York, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
Straight amber color. Taste is an explosion of orange, butterscotch and nutty flavor. However there is no hint of the bourbon flavor the the barrels should bring out slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
On draught @Old Chicago Goose Island beer tasting. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a minimal head. Aromas of bourbon, butter and sour fruit. Flavors are the same as the aroma; bourbon up front with a sour finish...really liked this beer. dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
take my two favorite things and put them together and you this funky sour ale mixed with bourbon. Aroma up front had some slight acidic notes definitely sour, and then subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon. I love the sourness mixing with the sweetness this is one of my favorites and has to be the best ale I’ve had in a while. I want this stuff in a bottle right now! FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at chappy’s in Dayton Ohio. Pours a deep amber with a small off white froth. Aroma is very interesting, vinous and sharp with a strong bourbon vanilla note, a touch of sharp lemon zest and a distinct woody note. Flavor has much the same aggressive lemon zest tartness with a nice cream vanilla and earthy wood character. In a way, the characteristics do battle each other but they are distinct and provide a nice complexity that makes the whole swallow quite interesting. Finishes tart and earthy with. Bit of a bite, but a bourbony aftertaste. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. I really dig this beer, complex and rich. ttutony (920) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Really interesting beer. Sour notes combined with spicy Belgian phenolics. Oak comes in but does not overpower anything. Truly unique.