after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2011
500. Pours a murky pinkish red with a loose head that doesn’t stick around for too long. Pleasant tart berry nose, not at all pushy but definitely inviting. We tried this with a couple of other big sours on the table over the course of the evening and it’s definitely not as explosively aromatic (or flavored) as those big guns, but it has a lot of nice presence to it. Fizzy medium body. I don’t know what a crowberry is, but the mid-palate note is probably halfway between a blackberry and a raspberry. Nice sweetness, tartness, acidity, and enough bite to be refreshing. visionthing (5530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours light (brownish) red with a white head. Fruity aroma with crowberries and wild yeast. Less sour than expected. Easy to drink sour ale with a mild sour and fruity finish. (A small re-taste at Glød, Oslo - more sour and refreshing - Very nice!) bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Reddish-amber beer with a thin cream colored head. Acetic aroma with fruitiness and sour notes. Sour flavor with acetic backing and fruitiness. Medium bodied. Sour and acetic notes linger with frutiness and light malt/wheat. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle shared by portableparty! Dark clear mahogany pour, some intermittent carbonation and a tart cherry aroma remniscent of Consecration. Flavor is some lightly dark funky cherries (or maybe that’s what crowberries taste like, what the hell is a crowberry anyways?), more jammy berry and finished silky with some lingering sweetness. Really like this, pick up a bottle if you get a chance. portableparty (2382) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle to tulip glass. Pours a ruby brown color with a thin white head that rests to a collar and spot in the middle. Aroma is sour fruit and yeast and maybe a little wine. Taste is sour funk and corks with and acidity and fruity cherries apple peel and alcohol. Palate is medium and very dry with a warming finish. I liked this a lot.
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a dark ruby color With dark amber edges and a very thin off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Funky, earthy aroma that has an herbal/medicinal quality to it. I’m not familiar with crowberries but the fruit is pretty pronounced. Slight vinegar presence with vinous dark fruit and faint wood.
Medium bodied with subtle funkiness and a slightly tart flavor that isn’t too sour or puckering. Earthy oak and some lactic funk with an herbal/medicinal character but the vinous dark fruit notes dominate. The fruit adds dry tartness that nicely compliments the delicate funk while hints of cranberry, dark cherry, grape and other dark berries provided some needed sweetness. Nothing too extraordinary but a nice, mildly sour beer. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Apparently I deleted the rating and copied the wrong one over. Poured a lovely well hazed ruby red amber/copper blend. A small ring of offwhite head dies down, laces small. Aromas are a suitable lactic sourness, touches of gentle vinegar mix with blackberries, blueberries, touches of red wine, fresh wood and earth. Touches of toast. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, with a melange of blackberry and blueberry, decent sourness, lactic and gentle vinegar. Lots of fruit, touches of sweetness, blackberries, currant, and blueberries with gentle jammy qualities. Tart and sour at a decent to middling level is pleasant, lactic acid, faint vinegar, touches of sweetness. Finish has touches of red wine, getting much more dry into the finish. Pretty nice, the crowberries provide an interesting complexity of flavors. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
500ml bottle. Can’t say that I have heard of a crowberry before this. Pours with minimal carbonation. A frothy white head of bubbles that is more attributable to the pouring method than the actual dissolved CO2. As such there is low retention and minimal lace. Body is a somewhat hazy copper to slightly bronze hue (burnt umber with burgundy highlights). Aromas are noticeably lactic and acidic, jammy, woodsy, lightly musty. Medium funk, wax, tannins, wood. Light manure. Berry quality is somewhere between strawberries, mulberries, currants (black) and blueberries. Flavors are acidic, tannic, and juicy. Noticeable chlorophenol that starts off as manure, then quickly morphs towards leather and smoke (hints of smoke salmon nearly). Tannic and tart, quite dry. Lasting alder wood smoke character which is out of place. Juicy. Earthy, damp leaves, tobacco. Light bubbles, dry and acidic. A bit sharp on the finish. Minimal acetic qualities. Some metallic notes as it warms. Odd beer. bergstaden (3180) - Røros, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2011
Dark golden with a white head - has a sour aroma with berries - same sour berry taste where the sourness lingers for some time - good sour taste, this was nice larsga (7656) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2011
Small light beige head doesn’t last. Slightly hazy amber body
with light carbonation. Milky wooden wild berry aroma with
vinegary oily fruity notes. Sweetish-acidic wild berry,
lingonberry, and wood taste with herbal spicy wooden notes.
Light body. Mild mouthfeel initially, then sharpish at the end.
Dryish-acidic lingonberry and juniper aftertaste (which is
probably really the black crowberry) with wooden metallic funky
notes. Nice, but a bit weird and harsh. (0.5l bottle, wine
monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)