SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 Bottle thanks to Blutt59. Pours a murky red grapefruit color with white fizzy head. Aroma of sour raspberry, very tart, acidic, faint wood, white pepper, brett and funky! Flavor is very much the same but, "HOLY HELL" it is sour! Actually burned my throat and tummy with the acidity, the sour lingered for a bit as well just to taunt me.
Mouth feel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, My new fav! patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Linh just before The Antlers’ concert on December, 3 2010. Cork popped slowly with tons of fine mist streaming over the lip. The aroma immediately filled the air with notes of fresh peaches and raspberries. Pour is incredibly dense and hazy rosy orange with a one-finger, creamy, smooth, tightly-bubbled off-white head. Leaves a beautiful lace around the rim of the snifter for the entirity of the session. Aroma is full of fresh, ripe fruits; strawberries, peaches, raspberries, which follow through on notes of sour lemon zest, sharp, funky white cheddar cheese, oak, merlot grapes, slight vanilla and moist soil. Light, airy, fluffy, soft, mouthfeel; the beer nearly evaporates on the tongue, leaving an astonishing asortment of fresh fruity and oaky flavors, and a huge dose of sourness. There is not a single trace of alcohol in this brew. It is elegantly composed. Delicate, elusive, yet worth the chase. This may be the most nuanced, original ale I have ever tasted. Beautiful. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Thanks to whomever brought this to TPD’s Tampa Throwdown. This was the beer of the night for me. Super sour and full of raspberries, cherries and other berries. Not terribly acidic. Easy going and blends nicely with Short’s Bloody Beer. MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle shared by JW77
A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan colored head. Okay retention and some lace.
S: Bold chocolate notes. Very roasted with hints of coffee as well. There is a molasses like sweetness with hints of caramel. The barrel is there but not too over stated.
T: Roasted malt and nice semi sweet chocolate up front. Hints of molasses and bitter chocolate as well. The barrel shows up in the middle with notes of fresh oak, vanilla, and light booze.
M: Fairly full in body, great carbonation, and nice creamy mouthfeel.
D: Good, I like this one. Look forward to opening a bottle when my palette is not already wrecked. 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.
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 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: OCT 7, 2011 Bottle split with pat and Linh. Glad to see the bottle didn’t explode as mentioned in previous are reviews. Pours a thick and hazy Ruby red body with aggressive carbonation and lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is probably the most sour thing I’ve ever smelt. Notes of fruit exploding. Mouthfeel is in your face tart - literally jaw puckering. Delicious and complex fruit notes - cherry, raspberry, grapes, apricots and peach. Also flavors of funk and oak. An amazing beer and one of the best out there.