onceblind (8656) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 version, so, aged 1.5-2 years. Clear deep Amber with a very thin off white cap. Big red sour aroma with some red wine and red fruits, with a stern earthy sour funk, and some sort of chestnut-barrel tone. Big bold flavor that’s just slightly tart on the finish, then there’s this wild red fruit and Amber malts, some Belgian Amber nuances, and gently dusty and tart. Very complex and layered, smooth, gently acidic, fruity, and delightful.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #104 of 240. Bottled in September ’12. 22oz bottle split and shared with a friend on NYE. His first ’Sour’ so he was quite excited. Poured my allotment into a small tulip glass.
This beer pours a cloudy ruby-tinted amber. A large billowy white head rests atop. Pretty lace sticks to the glass edge. Aroma is tart and funky. Wet wood, hay, sour fruits, just the slightest of vinegar burn. All wrapped up together, this is one potent little concoction.
A nice velvety feel greets me, with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy at times, but overall this has got a nice feel to it. This beer starts out with a mildly-puckering tartness, and as I sip, the tartness stays, but there’s also a subtle sweet character that joins forces making this a real treat! Flavors of pickle juice, vinegar, tart cherries, mild cranberry, all wrapped up in a woodsy oak-like flavor. I was really impressed with this one.
My two favorite NG beers to date have been their ’sour’ beers, this one, and their Oak-Aged Farmhouse back in ’09. Now I need to get my hands on some of the 230th Anniv. Sour! Who wants to hook me up?
Earlier Rating: 4/27/2012 Total Score: 4.4
Originally reviewed: 11/15/09. Had this on tap for it’s final release at Stick & Stones in Greensboro. Came out a ruddy copper color with just a ring of foam around the edge on top. No lace present. Smells of fresh apples, some light barn funk, yeast, wisps of booze, cherries. Wow. The scent is wonderful on this beer.
The mouth is bit on the light side. Some light carbonation present on the tongue. This is fairly slick going down. The oak presence smooths this one just right. Tart apples right off the bat on this beer. Nothing puckering, just a light sour beer that is very pleasant. Mild sweetness on the finish of cherry cobbler. Hop bitteress is low. I could drink these all night. Too bad this was the final night of this beer. Here’s hoping they bring it back one day.
madsberg (11648) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Aroma: sourness, brett, leather, berries. Flavour: sourness, berries, earth, oak, wood. quite full bodied. Ends smothly sour and full of berries. Delicious.
BeerBaby (91) - , Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really loved this beer! Had it on tap at Bluegrass 2009. Not crazy sour and not too sweet. Good balance and palate appeal. Went back several times for it and it went fast! (shhhhh)
Meilby (11224) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml (bottle nr #7) @ TFODRBSG12
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of vinegar, sour, tart, oak and barnyard. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium to heavy sour with a long dry sour finish. Body is full, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
Travlr (23314) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Release the Funk, 2014 version. Deep reddish maroon color, beige head. Aroma of overripe cherries, vanilla, light tannin. Taste is sweet and sour brandied cherries and vanilla. Very tasty.
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at WBF in Raleigh. Pours light brown with a very short head. Faint tart berry and sour aromas. The flavor is much more prominent: big sour fruit, vinegar, and funk. A very nice, and unexpected, good beer from Natty Greenes.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: American Sour Ale
Date: September 01, 2012
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Appearance: opaque rusty brown, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge tart lactic aroma, sour cherries, hint of caramel, lots of oak with a tantic edge
Flavor: rich malt flavor, caramel sweetness balanced by the big cherry tartness, plenty of oak adds depth
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Earlier Rating: 4/24/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Name: Oak Aged Flanders aka Grand Cru
Date: April 17, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy beige head
Aroma: big tart aroma, touch of fruity sweetness to balance the fruity tartness, light oak
Flavor: huge sour flavor, enough lactic to make your eyes water, light malty sweetness, just a touch of oak
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
saxo (17909) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #7 of 230 @ Summer Gathering, Ulfborg. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are brett, fruits, vinegar, wood, malt and caramel. Nice and sour finish that really sears your teeth.
chrisv10 (16414) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # 7 @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Hazy very dark amber/brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, acetone and sour. Flavour is malt, acetone, vinegar, tart, sour, berries, oak and very dry.