kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy, honey-golden color; creamy white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; very nice-looking pour. Pleasantly complex, funky, cobwebby aroma here: lots of tart citrus, gueuze-like notes of brett and aceto and mildly husky wheatiness; the complexity of the nose is much more significant than in mouth, certainly: generous funk and sourness and lemony notes; really lovely, and reminiscent of Isabelle. I was heavily concerned by some people’s notes regarding the complexity of this beer: it really is lacking the intricacy and subtle malt and funk complexity at the core of many great lambics, but it’s not like this is claiming to be anything other than an off-key homage to those beers (and it shouldn’t matter anyway): this is delicious. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of lemony and citrus tartness, cobwebs and a light woodiness, alongside some husky wheat character (a good sign) and plenty of well-developed funk; mouthwatering, medium-to-high acidity, and lots of funk; the sourness and acidity here really builds halfway into the glass: while this doesn’t have the complexity of something like Blauw or Isabelle, it is gorgeous and nicely done, with some white wine vinous notes appearing, soft vanilla barrel character, and plenty of citrus through everything; a really nice, well-developed and heavily soured ale. Lasting finish of funk, citrus, brett and aceto and scraping wheat notes; very nicely dry and long-lasting funk. A very delightful, gueuze-like sour ale. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pourd dark modestly opaque grapefruit juice with off white head. The aroma is lemon, acidity and little else. The taste is sharp with acidity and mild sourness. I really don’t sense anything else going on in here and therefore lacks much interest or depth. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
One of the best sours I’ve ever had. Pours a straw yellow with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is brett, funk, lemon, citrus. Flavor is such a clean sour and the palate is absolutely perfect for the style, high carbonation but not too much. Fantastic beer. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
bottle shared by rustychiles in the great big bottle showdown 11/27/2009.
pours like an unbalanced arnold palmer... really pale brownish yellow with a soft white head... just like the man himself.
initial blast of flowers in the nose... not florals, flowers... mixed with instant lemonade powder, mineral, wood, earthy umami and lactic sourness. actually, it smells like it is going to be sour.
it tastes of really poorly made lemonade... someone forgot the sugar... lemony, milky, slate/minerals, lots of herbs and grassy outdoors-y goodness. it’s really tart.... almost overly but it finishes clean leaving behind a wild yeasty tinge.
the body is medium but the abundance of sour keeps in feeling thinner. there is a chalkiness in the texture as well. 8/4/8/4/17/4.1 harrisoni (19535) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Typical American sour aroma, sour with lemon, but no real depth. Just too uncultured. Too much like lemon juice.
sloth (2955) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Beer of the evening supplied by GMCC2181 Thanks Gabe! LA does a nice Sour. All the lovely fruity, citric, woody, right on tartness, earthy, yeasty, funkiness i,ve come to expect from them all well put together in this lovely sippin Sour. One minor complaint was the co2 level (imho) but hey, i can get past that. Nice brew fellas. Thanks again Gabe! mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
cloudy gold color with a white head. nose is wood, tart, wild yeasts galore and a whole lot more. very nice on the palate with a great sour/acidic flavor that will make your mouth pucker in a heartbeat. great tart finish, would love to have more of this great beer. GMCC2181 (1617) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle from Hophead22, thanks tim! Hazy yellowish in color, decent head. Nice aroma of tart grapes, some lemon and straw. Lots of flavor, a nice overall tartness, white grapes, lemon and some light straw. Texture is light and fluffy, nicely carbonated. Overall this isnt my favorite style but I liked this alot. Thanks tim User37895 (3085) - - DEC 19, 2009
These LA guys, man, they sure do some good stuff! This bottle was shared at SL by GMC2181, and it was impressive. The pour was hazy golden yellow to amber-ish, nice white soda-poppy type head, ok lacing. The aroma was full of sawdust, fresh from the chainsaw, lighter fruits of white grapes, apples, some lemons, all supported by a wheaty and funky base. The flavor was all of that with the sawdust melding more subtly with the other action going on. Other notes of light phenolic, spice and yeast may have been there too, differing on each sip. This thing was highly drinkable, not a mouth puckering gueuze, but certainly sour with lambic qualities. The carbonation was fine by me, but perhaps a tad ligher than other gueuzes, although sloth was wanting more of it for sure. Otherwise, the mouthfeel was as expected for the style. Gabe, thanks for sharing this one. A very nice brew! Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Sample courtesy of rustychiles. Had a fermented aroma and sourness. Good sour like the rest of them. Will have to revist this one for sake of better notes. Thanks Rusty