jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2009 Bottle - thanks to Toby. Pours an orange amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is sour and tart with fruity notes and oak. Dry, lingering vinous and oaky tart taste. Very rich and puckering. Has gueuze similarities... Delicious! MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
An excellent red amber colour with a pinky off white head. An amazing Belgian style base beer with a stunning delicate sourness. Beautiful stuff, clean as hell and really downable. Something that reminds me a lot of Mr. Kipling’s Cherry Bakewell tarts. And that’s a good thing. Lovely dry finish with plenty of barrel showing but it sits just right. Excellent beer.
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 (22oz bottle 2009 vintage bottled 8-14 thanks to mar) cloudy ruby red grapefruit juice colored pour, great head that lasts a long while and excellent lacing. Nose of cherry, funky yeast. Taste of mildly tart cherries, red raspberries, strawberry, celery and spicy yeast. Very dry finish, lots of spices left on the palate.Nisse666 (7433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2010
(22oz bottle 2010 vintage bottled 12-10)deep bright red pour, extremely tart and funky nose, blackberry, red wine barrel, wet wood, just a tiny bit of wood char, and currants. Taste of sour tart blackberries, mild acidity in just the right amount. Body has a perfect tart linger, slightly oily and dry and an awesome tart fruit and wood barrel linger. It’s absolutely incredible. 8-4-9-5-17 (original rating 8-4-8-4-15)
Wee sample/bottle at SBWF 2010, cons. 2010-10-08; Nacka
Sour geuze, kriek, dry, plums
Raspberriy hazy colored body, bitter, a super lambic! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
In short: A very tart, dry and oaky beer with plenty of tart fruits (raspberries mainly).
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz, vintage 2009, bottling may 2009. Consumed when almost 1.5 year of age
The look: Gusher. Cloudy dark pink body topped by a large pink head
In long: Intense nose that is dry, tart and fruity. This is like smelling raspberry seeds, cherry pits, etc. Taste is super sharp. Tart raspberries, crisp wheat, cranberries, sour white grapes, cherries, raspberry seeds, cherry skin, lots of oak, some strawberries. Tartness level is through the roof, medium acidity, low sourness, very astringent. Sharp dry finish leaving fruit acidity after-taste. This is a Sour Ale (more like a Tart Ale) that is very intense but also manages to be highly drinkable. Overall the flavor profile of this beer is like an oaky fruit Berliner Weisse, as if Dieu Du Ciel would oak age their Solstice d’Été aux Framboises. To quote William Shakespeare: " What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.". On a related note, I am amazed at the number movie plots that were accurately predicted by Shakespeare.
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 22 oz. bomber. 2009 Vintage. Bottles Aug 14.
It opens with a gush. It pours into my oversized wine glass a vibrant red magenta with a huge rosy pink head. It sticks for a long assed time and leaves some good lacing. The blackberries make this one look stunning.
It has a decently funky smell. There are vinegar notes and a smidge of funkiness. It is more sour than funky smelling. There is a huge oak presence in the smell as well. The blackberries also make an appearance in the scent. This is an amazing smelling beer though the oak is ever so slightly overpowering and it clashes a slight bit with the blackberry.
The taste is a lot like the flavor. It is sour but not overly sour. The oak is once again prevalent in the taste and it is a bit overpowering to go along with the sour blackberry.
The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated but refreshing. It has a very dry finish.
Overall a great sour beer from Goose Island, though a bit pricey.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2010 03:25:32
Had another bottle and it was fresher and even better. By far the most complex of the three sisters. 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. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Murky red color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, wood, berries, leather, and wild yeast. Taste of berries, vanilla, wine, and a sour finish. xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
vintage 2012. pours a copper with hints of plum, light fizzy white creamy head. light retention. soft berries on the nose, subtle lemon and tartness. nice sourness through out. soft blackberry and dark berry flavor. some light lemon and dry oak. very moderate carbonation, great tingle which helps bring out the berry flavor. overall, very delicious. never boring. 8% makes it a bit slower of a sipper but really easy to drink away on. great flavor, cannot see it improving.
Reviewed on: 06-12-2012 AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Thanks PepsiedCan for sending me two of these. 2012 Vintage 500ML.
A - Poured with a slight head that faded very fast. The beer is incredibly bubbly. An SRM of 11, dark purple red appearance with a slight cloudiness.
S - I can smell the Blackberries from 2 feet away. It’s filling the room easily. Wow. Smells very close to the Boon Frambois. I’m getting a huge raspberry scent and a big oakiness with tannins.
T - Wow. Intensely tart right at the start. Raspberry and Blackberries dominate the glass. Perhaps I drink so much Frambois, that I’m confusing the tartness of the blackberries with raspberry. High acidic qualities. Pickle juice and nice citrus notes on the finish.
M - 40% carbonation. Light body. Tartness lingers forever and ever.
O - Exceptional. Worth the price and the wait. This is a fantastic beer...I’d like a little less pickle juice taste but overall, very nice.