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. brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Funky, with dusty lemons and worn burlap in the nose. There is even a hint of sweet-cream butter and biscuits amidst all those ’cobwebs’. Beautiful pour ... pretty as a translucent peach ... with a thin and persistent cloud-soft head. Sour apricots and bright citrus fruit are layered with notes of oaky, buttery chardonnay and green moss. Great body, and the finish is just long enough to let you ’wonder’ for a moment before you are compelled to take another sip. An absolute treasure. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2010 edition crushed at Toronado in SD in a Duvel tulip. finally had the means and opportunity to enjoy this amazing brew and it was worth every penny. pours a beautiful, clear, light, yellow-gold with a thick, creamy, bright white head and sticky rings of lace. aroma is simply outstanding with a masterful balance of sweet and tart fruit notes of apricot, blackberry, lemons, and white grapes with big, funky brett, barnyard grass, and light oak in the background with notes of blueberry jam and peach skins as it warmed. flavor is just short of perfect with huge, tart fruit notes of apricot, blackberry, bluberries, green apple skins, and lemons backed by sour, vinous grapes, a touch of vinegar, and dry funky brett with light, sweet notes of pie crust and yeast on the back end. palate is perfectly lively and refreshing yet punishingly sour at the same time with great carbonation and a bone dry, fruity finish. overall, just an amazing beer that i’m honored to have tried. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Dallas. Huge thank you to James for busting out this rare beauty in honor of his last day in Philadelphia and Medford. The pour is a semi-flourescent soft transparent with an initially smooth, bubbly, fluffy, one-finger off-white head. Aroma of sour lemon zest, salty cheese rind, soft tannins, leather, soap suds, lavender, Sharpie marker, honey, freshly cut wheat, and dry aromatic bitter hops. Medium bodied with a thin, tea-like, cuttingly sharp, crispyly dry mouthfeel. Mouthwatering sourness in this brew. FInishes with a superbly biting, lactic sourness and subtle creaminess. Wow. This is a tremendous beer. Well done. Cheers! magdalar (535) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle at Toronado, 2010 vintage. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Smells wild, with sour cherries and some funk. Tastes of a medium sour tartness, and flavors I can?t begin to describe. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Finishes tart. Extremely delicious, though probably not worthy of the steep price ($40 for a 750ml). Glad I went for it though.
dougal217 (1) - Decatur, USA - AUG 4, 2013 does not count
I really need to get back to San Francisco. I miss my Cable Car! No, not the tourist-infested conveyances, but this beer, the 2nd Best Sour I’ve ever had (1st best goes to Cascade’s Agent L’Orange). Sometimes I question whether my love for this ale is at least partly based on its rarity and cache, but time and again, whenever I return to Toronado’s and they have this on hand, I experience all over again why this holds such a special place in my heart HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
The most recent batch is absolutely amazing, really tart but nice stone fruit characters and a good lightly funky character, just awesome. jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a deep golden orange with no head. Aroma of peaches, nectarines, oak and funk. Taste is sour, fruity, peaches and nectarines, funk and oak. So tasty so complex. rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2016 Incredible. Thanks for the share Ottawa 2014 guys! Pours cloudy straw, limited lacing. Nose is lemon, some nuttyness. Flavours are tart lemon, some barnyard, some cereal and bread, some epsom salts. Tastes is medium tart, light sweet. Mouth is acidic, medium, light body. Man, this is so well balanced. Incredible beer. 77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
THANKS! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ the “pre-Club 54 tasting”. 2012 Vintage. Supposedly this is the finest vintage. Hazy orange, little white bubbles. Amazing nose, huge musty cellar, in an almost lambiek-funk type of way, thick oak, musty, light cardboard, very light malt base. Taste is slightly sweet malty musty oak, funk, floral, wood, vinegar, delicate funk, citrus, light green apple, rather funky, delicate in its approach & qualities. Fittingly lively carbonation, drinks crazily easily. Very impressive beer. Absolutely amazing. Going back by memory, I do feel that I noticeably preferred this one to the Duck Duck Gooze. Just awesome really.