ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen, shared with Palme and Bergen Tasting Crew. Again, the brew from Loverbeer comes out as a murky brown body with a small white head. Brett, wood and sour, lactic tones in the nose, taste is more malty but otherwise it’s very much similar to their Dama Brun’a and BeerBrugna. Pretty nice, though. SinH4 (5616) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2015
Dark orange/brown color with small head. Sour ale with a touch of alcohol, wood and plum wine, but not that special. Medium carbonation. Still nice. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 Une bouteille partagée avec rodenbach99. Une robe ambrée et sa tête beige. Des parfums fruités et des petits bonbons caramélisés qui se joigent à des notes de cuir et des notes boisées agréablement aigres. Un goût délicat de notes citriques et de notes aigrelettes qui poussent les saveurs maltées. Une tenue en bouche qui s’accroche au style. Des bulles fines qui rendent une texture légère. Une finale peu bavarde sur des notes de cuir. Une proposition aux fines saveurs qui, à chaque instant, demeure bien agréable. Alengrin (5554) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 Another beer-wine hybrid from Italy: apparently the premise was a Belgian strong ale, to which must of Freisa (an Italian red wine grape variety) was added for refermentation. I had similar Italian experiments before and keep fond memories of them, so I expect a lot from this 2011 vintage bottle (to be consumed before end 2015, according to the back label). Pours a deep, warm and ’autumny’ coppery amber colour, lightly hazy with low sparkling, under a regularly shaped, lightly lacing, moussy egg-white head retaining well around the edges in the first instants, but quickly disappearing altogether, so that the content of the glass (especially in the oversized wine glass I’m using) eventually looks more like some wine-based apéritif than a beer. As more of the bottle is emptied in the glass, the overall looks become increasingly headless and murky. Strong aroma of rosé wine, FFF (freshly fermented farmland) but remaining elegant in some sort of way, old dry sherry, strawberry wine, elderberry syrup, ripe purple gooseberries, balsamico, pickled gherkins, candied orange, melting brown sugar, honey liqueur. Vividly fruity onset, blue grapes as expected, along with passion fruit, strong red raspberry and bittersweet prunes, soft carbo but still quite tingling seen this bottle’s age; supple, vinous mouthfeel, deep and restrainedly caramelly malt sweetish base supporting a sherryish and raspberry vinegar tartness which makes up the core of this beer and lending this a sour-sweet effect not unlike an ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale). This ’sherry- and berry’-like fruitiness continues deep into the finish, drying the mouth cavity in a gentle but certain way, becoming even a slight bit lemony every now and then; oxidation is there, but is apparently very restrained even at four years of age and does not conflict with other flavours - it blends in nicely, as in a high quality oloroso sherry. Hops are nowhere to be seen; a liqueurish alcohol glow is there, but only subtly so and not becoming astringent. Bizarre, but it does have a theme: ever since Baladín introduced craft beer to wine-soaked Italy, this country has spawned an array of innovative craft brewers which, instead of reacting against their own ancient wine culture (which I have the impression Spain is doing now), have embraced it and made (still little exposed) cross-pollinations between both, of which this one is an excellent example. Especially with the head having left (grape pits are known for being counterproductive towards head formation - ask Cantillon), I almost felt like I was rating some fortified wine instead of a beer - but fortunately the old familiar malts weren’t that far away. Succulent late night sipper worth cellaring for some years. Va bene! visionthing (5468) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 17, 2012
33cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of basement, fruits and yeast with hints of berries and spices. Medium body and lively carbonation. Lightly sweet and fruity with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Quite strange, but refreshing. (2012-09-15)
Garrold (5433) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Brewdog Leeds. Hazy red grape juice appearance. No head. Sour black cherry aroma and a dirty sour taste. A beer to savour. Bella. Beersiveknown (5301) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 27, 2013
Keg at brewdog BristolMr_Pink_152 (5254) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Hazy amber chestnut, lacing cream head sour, cider vinegar (slightly acetic nose). Full bodied, fine carbonation, high sweetness, rodenbach grand cru territory, bretty grassy dryness in finish. Nice
Bottle from Beers of Europe. 2011 Vintage. Slightly hazy deep rose to orange colour with a thin orangey head. Aroma sour citrus and funky sourness. Taste citrus tangy and light sour. Mid carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Ktwse (5245) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Pours cloudy deep copper with about two fingers of off-white yellowish head. Aroma of almond icing, sweet cherries, wild strawberries, redcurrant, Taste is medium to rich fruit tart up front with a slightly sweet nutty finish. Body is light and a mix between crisp and sticky, soft to average carbonation. Arve_Christian (5208) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika- 2010 vintage.
Golden/reddish color, some foam.
Earthly aromas from yeast, some raspberry.
Medium body & complexity.
Pretty good sourness, Well balanced.