SlackerMads (3543) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle 2012 thanks to pentaz. Hazy copper with a small off white head. Lactic sour, lemon, hay, berries. Some sweetness, sour dominates. Minerals. Not bad. Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
I had high hopes for this beer. It poured nicely, a beautiful amber color, but it was so tart it was difficult to drink. I slowed down, thinking that’d make it easier, but it just seemed to get more sour over time. I love sours and goses, but this tasted like neither of those. I don’t know how I finished the glass that I had. Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Pretty damn good blackberries but not overpowering. Very tart and sour, like one of those sour patch kids blackberry. I enjoyed it. beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a red color with white head. Aroma is tart, some fruitiness. Taste is super tart, do get some blackberry fruitiness. Very drying finish. Nice beer. bytemesis (9327) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 31, 2015
2012 Bottle. Pours clear orangish pink, medium fizzy pinkish beige head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is funky, horse blanket, lots of oak, berries. Flavor is quite tart, lightly funky, puckering to the palate with waves of oak tannins and berries; obviously not as fresh of a berry bite as when the beer was young, but blending nicely into the oakiness and funky notes here. A bit acetic, which distracts from an otherwise lovely beer. Medium body, spritzy carbonation.
GenDV138 (7761) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 765 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. 2013 vintage bottled on August 1, 2013. Hazy brownish orange with a finger of quick fading head. Aromas of red wine, funk, cherries, dark fruit, light oak. Tastes of vinegar, dark fruit, berries and cherries, red wine, light oak. Medium-light body with a dry and slightly tart finish. italianjohn (3281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
2013 bottle .... Orange Amber pour with no head and no lacing but it definitely looks oily .... Aroma of sour and tart dark fruits, vinous, oak and red wine .. Taste is tart, sour and vinous and of oak, dark fruits, tart berries, red wine and very well put together flavor wise .... Finish is tart and sour, dry and a little oily ..... Flavors are very well settled .... This one has aged well ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottled January 2012, drunk 6/28/15 demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2015
As I continue to do some cellar clearing, I continue to find some surprises. Did not think this would hold up anywhere near as well as this did. It’s basically in flawless condition still, with a rosy, deep violet-tinged amber body that is clear and sports a dark beige head that fully diminishes over time.
Wonderfully integrated fruit and yeast/bacteria acidity shows a powerfully sour nose with plenty of lactic acid and a bit of chalky barrel tannin. Bright fruity notes still remain even after 42 months, with sweet honeyed malts lurking on the edges, balancing nicely. No alcohol in the aroma, nor flaws. Very tart/acidic.
The flavor is still robustly malty, with creamy, tight carbonation and a supple, supportive mouthfeel. Sourness comes out right away, tart brett acids, soft, deeper lactic notes and light berry-like acidity. Some light cabernet nuances, perhaps, with some nutty tannins, further bolstering the mouthfeel. No alcohol noted. Basically, this must have been almost undrinkable fresh, as it’s still very, very "heavy" across all fronts here (strong maltiness, rich barrel tannin, intense sourness). That being said, the age has mellowed and homogenized it to the point where, if not quite "elegant" it’s still incredibly flavorful and enjoyable, provided you can get past the bracing sourness.
Very encouraging that GI is producing beers that truly can go the suggested 3 years in bottle (and then some). Hell, this thing has easily got another 5-6 years on it if stored properly.
Sampled at Chris’ s bachelor party. Strawberry/amber color with off white head. Smell strikes a strong comparison to red wine. Overly sour, tart, and acidic. Just too much. Then again, I’m not a fan of sours to start. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2015
7 jun 2015, tap. 2013 edition. Dark pink/orange. Nose is tart, sweet, blackberries. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Dry, slightly tart, but enough malt presence to make this not very dry or tart. Some earthy and woody notes. Nice enough.