madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours ruby red with a thin off-white head. Smells really earthy and woody, with light plastic, a bit of sweetness and the dry twang of red wine. Taste is real malty and pretty lactic. Wine is present, with a hint of berries--I guess this is the blackberries. Finishes really carbonated with oak sharpness and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Not overly tart, pretty smooth actually. Drinkable but pretty forgettable. HonusWagner (2191) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2011
File this one under "very very very solid sour ale". I didn’t get much blackberry in particular but some sweet ripe berries and a tart and tannic finish that comes down pretty comfortably. Good stuff. Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange color with thin head. You definitely get notes of berries and tartness on the nose. The flavor is pretty much the same. This beer is past the tart mark but sits fairly low on the sour totem pole. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 30 @ DLD. Pours cloudy amber orange a thick pinkish head leaving nice lacing. Aroma is berry black currant, tart sour, acidic, fruity and woody barrel. Flavor not too sour, nice tartness with plenty of fruityness, berries, some maltyness and floral touch, too. Finishes dry with a bit caramel aftertaste. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
09 bottle, thanks Ryan! Hazy reddish brown pour, gushed a bit, with white/pink head. Aroma is nice with notes of berry, oak tannin, some grape skin, funk, and a touch of vinegar. Taste is slightly vinegar acetic notes, with dry berry and grape skins, with some nice sweet berry notes finishing with the oak tannins. Delicious!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
bottle shared at goose island. pours plum red..aroma of tart blackberry vinaigrette, sugar, and tannins..awesome..flavor is more of the same with massive blackberry, oak, sparkling juice..sweet and sour are complementary in such a wonderful way dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Fear025. Bottle pours red with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of tart berries, oak, light caramel, and a touch of funk. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, leather, and tons of lactic goodness. Overall, probably my favorite of the 3 sisters, and very well balanced. I only wish I had some more. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2011
I would have written this review ten minutes ago, but I was cleaning beer off of my entire kitchen. This thing looked like a volcano as soon as I cracked the crown. Lost over half the beer. Oh well, won’t waste money on a beer that is half gone before I even open it again. I know it’s a wild beer, but this one might be a bit more wild than it was supposed to be. Pours, after foaming, a cloudy rosy amber. No head, weird, and no lacing. Smells sour and citrusy. Not much in the way of blackberries. A little woody. Acetic and very, very dry. No fruit in the mouth. Taste kind of like a spoiled sekt. Carbonic nose and mouth. Thin and bubbly. Not the best. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
2010 Bottle; Pour is slightly cloudy strawberry in color - Fizzy white head initially , but it does dissipate rather quickly, and simply rings this snifter in a mild way. Spices and blackberries on the nose, with a Belgian yeast note that isn’t quite Belgian, to me. I find the aroma to be the strong suit of this brew. On the tongue, there is a certain crispness from the carbonation that lingers through the finish. It is sweet, to be sure, and has a sour feel, but I suppose it isn’t what I want it to be. Blackberries, Strawberries, Oak, and a very slight spiciness rounds it out. bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
2009 Vintage bottled August 14, 2009.
AROMA: Aroma of berries and wine.
APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy reddish gold color with lots of soap like foam. Head is white with a red hue.
TASTE: First taste is tart berries and earthy, then quickly turns tart and finishes try with a woody taste.
PALATE: Crisp and lively, lots of carbonation here.
OVERALL: I’m a really big fan of this beer. In my opinion, it is the best of the three sisters. I still have one bottle of 2009 left and have yet to try the 2010. Can the "new" Goose Island keep up the quality? I hope so!