trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
A rare beer that lives up to its reputation. Pours hazy gold with an oily white ring. Lovely perfume nose, sour mash, brett, and butter. Quite sour up front with a rhubarb flavor. The sour slowly turns into a buttery dinner roll. Tannins and oak along with a bit of cheese show up, too. Very acidic at first, but mellows into a nicely vinuous beer. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 750ml bottle, 2008. A careful and slow pour yields a honey colored beer with barely a slight haze and little to no head, appearing in the glass as a still lambic typical will, but a small head can easily be swirled up with a few shakes. Intensely wonderful nose of eggy, resinous pinot noir grapes, overripe and souring peach pulp and lactic acid (medium to heavy). Flavor is properly prickly and sour, the acidic is mostly lactic. Begins with some pinot barrel notes, dry and tannic. Pillowy and soft on the palate at the same time as being prickly and sour, not intense, but just enough to satisfy. Rich, frothy, a wee bit slimy (thankfully not as slimy/filmy as Isabelle Proximus). Worthy of high marks. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
22oz bottle for the SATRG. Thanks alot Mark for sending this. Tons of apple and lemon citrus in this nose and the appearance is lighter than I expected. This is no Oud Bruin. Hazy light amber with a small foamy ring. As I mentioned the nose is apple and citrus but also some bananna and clove with some funky cheese and oak. Very complex nose. Flavor is really great, almost as good as the Deviation. Apple, peach, black pepper, vanilla and caramel. Very complex. One of my favorite beers, this was a real treat. It was my friends favorite of the tasting as well. thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Thanks to cloudskipper for this Batch 2 bottle. Shared with bgramer last night. Pours bubbly hazy yellow with a small layer of foam on top. Aroma begins with green apples, lemon and barnyard; pineapple, wood, light banana, cobweb; musty and more funky as it warmed up. Flavor was lots of green apple, tart grapes, lemon, subtle funk at beginning; slight oaky tannins, banana, and a slight alcohol bite as it warmed; slight corn in after taste. As it got completely to room temp it was like juicy ripe pineapple and got more sweet overall. It coats the mouth with tingly bubbles and leaves a lasting impression on the palate. I absolutely loved this one; it had so many layers and subtle flavors/smells. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Batch 1. Bottle generously shared by mreusch. Pours a cloudy Tang-orange with virtually no head, just a tiny ring of white bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The nose is a pleasant, tart citric sourness. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a tart finish that rolls into a bit of acidity, hitting the chest like mild heartburn. Mildly tart citrus with a touch of cardboard. I’m thinking that this bottle may have been a tad past its prime, but overall, this is a pretty drinkable sour. Thanks again for sharing this with us, Matt.
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
This is an amazing beer. I am not a big sour ale guy but this one looked so good at Toronado’s 20th Anniversary Celebration that I took a chance. Remarkable. I still kick myself for not buying several bottles to take home. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 750ml bottle (2008 version) from Tornado Bar San Diego. I walked into the bar, saw this bottle staring back at me from the fridge, I didn’t talk to a girl the rest of the night! Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow with very little head to speak of. Big tart and funky aroma with citrus, sour Chard grapes, and some old cheesy funk. Sourness lingers on the palate for what seemed like days, took me about 1 hour to drink one glass! $50, the most I’ve paid for beer (@ a bar) to date....well worth it. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle from 08 Night of the Funk. Aroma bardnyard, cheese, tart kiwi, citric qualities. Flavor citrus, later dividing into orange, lemon, and grapefruit, fresh young berries, tart and sweet with some earth. An absolute pleasure. LilBeerDoctor (3931) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle sampled 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of tart light fruits. Flavor is quite tart and sour with a nice grapey sweetness that makes this beer almost champagne-like. I got some citrus notes. Not too sour and very palatable. Awesome beer and my favorite sour thus far (rivaling Castleton, Supplication, and Beatification). RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Bottle of the ’08. I have finally bestowed a 5: this beer is epic. It’s like the beer version of Krug champagne. Oak and cherry wood swirl with funk and sour aromas and flavors. Astoundingly complex, yet I feel like I could tackle an entire bottle by myself with its superior drinkability. Addendum: And with the ’09 I have retracted it. This years seems to have gotten a wee bit too much oak for my tastes, as the vanilla takes it over a bit, but it is still absolutely world class.