emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Shared by OSCF. Pours a murky pink with no head. Nose is acetic and vinegary with lots of fruit, cherry skins, mild spice, and barnyard. Flavor is tart fruit forward with cherry skins and a mild sweetness, nice yeasty funk. Palate is tart and acidic with a crisp carbonation. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
750ml bottle, courtesy cquiroga. Holy hell, this beer is so ridiculously good, starting out with the beautiful, other-worldly appearance. Pouring cloudy as hell, with a swirly dark orange-amber color, the body is crowned with a fluffy head of lasting beige foam, suspended yeast floaties and all. Thick, wet arches slowly shrink to hard splotches of lace. In short, this bad boy looks the part. It just has a menacing, wild aura about it.ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Aromas simply explode from the glass. Monstrously citric and acetic notes of juicy blood orange, star ruby grapefruit, tart cherry, peach and tangerine are all distinctly identifiable, lending a "sour fruit punch" feel to the nose. Viogner grapes lend a fruity forward, vinous sweetness, further pushing the "sangria" theme. Bold, lactic funk and uncontrollably wild, soured oak serve to dry things out to a near-lambic degree. Overall, the aroma is as shockingly good as Cuvee de Castleton Batch 1, which is a bold, bold statement.
Expecting at least a little bit of a letdown, the flavor manages to nearly match the all-world nose in terms of intensity and depth. A first wave is strikingly sour, assaulting the palate with an acetic, citric intensity that initially causes the tongue to curl, the eyes to squint, and the lips to pucker! Somehow, seemingly impossibly, the acidity is reigned in to manageable levels. Sour cherry, sharp grapefruit, lemon rind, and puckering Seville orange all shine through, but the aforementioned tempering comes in the form of sweet blood orange, ripe tangerine, and perhaps even a touch of peach. Funky, bretty oak notes are present, serving more as a drying conditioner than a dominant flavor element. This one is all about the deep and varied fruits. Awesome, heavy duty stuff.
What would make for a more perfect pair for the intensity of this super-sour, funky, insanely deep and fruity brew than a chameleon-like palate that manages to show tendencies of both crushing dryness and balancing residual sugars? That’s exactly what we have here, namely, a moderate to substantive body with drying, tingly carbonation and just a touch of sour-cutting, residual fruity sweetness. You get that initial sour punch in the mouth, but then it soothes the pain away with a softly sweet dryness.
Mmmmmmmmmmm! I can’t say enough about this beer. Gorgeous. Intense. Complex. Bold. Subtle. There are a million descriptors that fit here. One thing is for sure, sour rookies need not apply. Lambic lovers, sourheads, and especially those who are (as I was) desperately seeking a blood orange application, this stuff is not to be missed. One of the best beers on planet Earth, period.
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 Thanks to OSCF for sharing! Gusher!!! Lively Red pour. The head is good, just like your high school girlfriend. Aroma is tart, fruity, woody, vinegar. Flavor is sour, sweet fruit, wet wood, fruit vinegar, tart apples....complex and amazing. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Huge thanks to Greg for this one. 750mL bottle shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store. I guess I should’ve been better prepared for the explosion given what I know about Framboise Amorosa, but as it is, the cork popped and the contents immediately started spewing forth. I’m glad numerous glasses were readily available.
Pours a seriously murky reddish amber with a big foamy beige head that recedes very quickly to a tiny collar.
The aroma is thoroughly dominated by the raspberries, sugary sweet raspberries with hints of tartness mixed in. There are some funky brett aromas in the background but they take a back seat to the sour raspberries.
The taste is much sourer than the aroma with a very tart initial kick. Just blitzes the palate with sourness before the sugar-coated raspberries take over. The finish is dry and oaky.
The mouthfeel is slick with less carbonation than I would have expected given the massive explosion up front.
Another excellent blend from Lost Abbey though the components are mainly raspberries, raspberries and raspberries. Sweet, tart and very tasty. Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
bottle thanks to blutt59. holy mother of pearl is this thing the best sour i think i have ever had. poured a cloudy grapefruit color with a white head. aroma was raspberry, vinegar, and pepper. flavor was raspberry sour and just plain awesome. body was light and fizzy with dry oak on the finish. i think i will have nightmares for the rest of my life because after my brother took a drink i think i saw his "OH" face.......truly disturbing.
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a ruddy and cloudy reddish pink body after it completely exploded out of the bottle like a rocket spilling 2/3rds of the contents onto my floor and kitchen cabinets. Chill this guy WAY down before you open one! The nose is dry and funky with some dark fruit skins. Some light acetic notes and nice woody undertones, lots of yeast. The flavor is acetic but not burn your throat acetic. Very dry with a nice wild funkiness. Still juicy and fruity even with the heavy yeast content from the gush. Very dry, slightly acetic and puckering, but still pretty approachable. Minimal carbonation after the explosion. While this is pretty drinkable, it does start to get you in the back of the throat as I make my way to the end of the glass. Good beer, but not great. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a murky pinkish orange body with a small white head. Aroma of raspberries, barnyard, vinegar, vinous, and vanilla yogurt. Flavor of raspberries, subtle hibiscus, acidic citrus, pedio, orange peel, cherry, vinous, light tangerine, caramel, and lacto with a dry finish. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho.
pretty damn astringent, fruity, sour and tart, i think there is a hint of vinegar and astringency i would rather leave out, but tasty nonetheless. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
bottle from rusty on 3/21/2010... kick ass!
murky rusted reddish brown with a small dirty head.
intensely fruity and tart aroma... raspberries, cherries, cranberries, lemonade, wet wood and minerals all mixed with acetic acid.
the flavor reminds me of the time i took sangria and dumped a whole bunch of citric acid in it??... it is quite vinous and woody with a nice dampness and notes of cranberries, cherries, raspberries, instant lemonade and an intense sourness. very puckering yet almost sweet with how fruity it is.
the full body is no match to the amount of prickly tartness in here. awesome.9/5/9/5/19/4.7 MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
[Bottle] Managable gusher pours a cloudy pulpy grapefruit color with an effervescent white head. Aroma is super jammy, fleshy raspberry, moderate brett funk, amazing lactic acid character, and raspberry seeds. The flavor is unbelievably sour, more raspberry jam, a touch of acetic acid, and just a crazy amount of lactic acid.