Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Rusty orange and hazy. The usual heavy webbing jp foam. Aroma is spicy, grassy, and with lots of wooden barrel sour funk. Bolstering it is a buttery or creamy chardonnay like sweetness. After the glass warms for a bit the sweetness of cherries and citrus starts to envelop it, and i can smell how dry its going to be with aromas of sesame seeds and cardamom.
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Flavor is a lot of dry tastes; brown spices, pear, white wine; theres some almost garlic clove like sweetness that sits in brown sugar and cinnamon. The lactic acid and general tartness are definitely present but the warmth of the spiciness surrounds them. Sandalwood and an earthy sweetness of red fruits shows the richness of the malts and lets all the brighter flavors sort of dart fickly round the top of the beer instead of getting boring.
Crisp, acidic palate; busy yeasts give a dry and musky finish thats good and lasting. Not earth shattering maybe, but warm and pleasant; highly enjoyable to drink. Huge thanks to Derek for this one!
bottle, thanks to americanbrew, amber color with chalky sour, wine aroma, mellow, sweet pinot gris flavors with some earthiness and oak on the finish mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
big thanks to amercanbrew. cloudy amber with no head. nose is oak, tartness, cherries and other fruits. nice on the palate with a nice flavor of oak, bugs and fruit. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of AmEricanbrew. Clouded orange color with sediment apparent. Sour and tart aroma. Sweet notes but tartness prevails. Taste is tart but in the greatest way. Nice balance. This is a sour I can relate to. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Huge thanks to AmEricanbrew! Pours with a small white head over a hazy amber body. Aroma of wet wood, wine barrel (red wine), caramel and a hint of vinegar. Taste is caramel, lightly tannic and light bitter with some vinegar, brett and florals. Not super sour, but beautifully balanced and easy to drink. Light bubbles. Great.
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Lightly hazed rufous. Minute yet condensed white foam. Vibrantly lactic, stewed peach aromas with dabs of iron, fresh leather, and distant nutty oak and straw-tinged malt. Soft and slick in body. Oak and minerals immediately grip the palate with a tight clinch as slick notes of acetic acid try to take foothold. Brett-generated minerals bludgeon many of the subtle esters and phenols, as well as the powdery malt textures. Soft tropical fruit and juicy leather suggestions link up with assertive stewed-peach fruitiness and coconut-shaded oak. Savory interplay between the peach and springy malt, though the center lacks depth. Tartness is understated yet well-rounded. Finishes with a vaguely defined dusting of oak and straw with peach fuzz bitterness trailed by an astringent bite of acetic acid reminiscent of uric acid. Not very impressed with this...very fuzzy and muddled. Nose is overrun with acetic acid, and there is little in the way of depth or yeast/phenolic/estery nuance. I adore this brewery, but this is not one of Ron’s finer efforts. Thanks for sharing, mj. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours clear copper with a white head. Nose is intense white wine grapes, musty barnyard lacto and pedio... horseblanket, leather, olive oil, red apple skins... intense, beautiful. Body is oily up front, big, full, chewy, syrupy... then a medium acidity, some oily and tart olives, canola, that sort of thing. Finish is herbal tarragon, black pepper, roasted pears, prickly and tannic oak... awesomely strange stuff. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
25 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish amber body with a very small fizzy off-white head that faded very quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Very funky nose, lots of brett and a little bit of sweaty feet and horse blanket. Oak, light apple cider vinegar, and some lighter sweet caramel maltiness. The flavor is very dry, slightly tart, with a restrained acidity. Lots of JP house character here, prominent oak, light cider vinegar, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is dry and mouth puckering with a lingering funk laced finish. This was a nice one, it stands up to the best of American Wild Ales out there. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Courtesy of GrandCruDrew at northernbrews’ November ’08 sour tastingmpersinger (365) - , California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, oak, lemon, and vanilla. It pours a transparent amber with some sediment and a small off-white head. The flavor starts with sour apple up front. It finishes with modeate vanilla and faint oak. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Last pour from 750 ml, and not positive on batch #, so hopefully I get to taste and rate again, but hazy pour, heavy oak and malt aroma, sour apple flavor, sweet finish.