wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Sample from 750mL bottle at Lost Abbey. Wow. What an excellent beer. I’m really enjoying this new generation of 6%ish sours. By far my favorite beer of the nights. Fairly high lactic sourness, Huge fluffy head, which was suprizingly wonderful, though I think this beer would be excellent flat. Yellow color. Not so much like La Folie,, except for the fact that it they are both sour and excellent. More along the lines of Deviation, Veritas 004, etc. andrewje41 (4346) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle poured at a tasting. I have learned that Bottleworks anniversary beers are among the best I have ever had. I would say especially sours, but that is unfair. They are all good. This was so far from an exception. Thick apple juice like pour with a sour orange fruit aroma. Super sour cherry and apple flavor. Excellent tart linger to it. Those guys just get how to blend a beer. One of the best. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 on 7/20/09 i says i say: dark, spiced pumpkin color with off-white head. Sour apricot nose with waves of suede, fresh herbs, and powdered sugar. Sour but soft fruity maltiness, clean and smooth, with a subtle yet intriguing plasticy nature. Extremely subtle yet enticing this one is, very much dig this. fo sho. 184.108.40.206.17 SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
AND....2 months later, my second rating forgetting that I’ve already rated it: Cloudy Orange, full sheet of head. Nicely acidic, fruity nose with apricot and lemon. Tart and fruity, and super clean sour flavors bursting with lemon, nectarine, & Apricot. Super Clean, perfected sourness, breathtaking acidity. Masterpiece 220.127.116.11.18
Huge thanks to tex for this in a trade well over a yr ago! hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
A-Body is a very foggy, nearly, opaque, dark, dingy, amber hue. Pours with a one finger nearly off-white head and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet. Apricot, peach, oak, vanilla, slight acidic tartness, slight vinegar, funky brett- pear, apple.
T- Flavor profile is moderate in strength and leans toward being more sour than balanced-but is very complex. The acidic tartness is the highlight but does not mask what is beneath it. Flavors of lemon, vanilla,bready yeast and oak are in the background-and apple and pear deep in the background. The sourness goes on and on but a some mild oak and a hint of vanilla linger as well.
P- Moderate tingly carbonation, with a medium weight yeasty, and very smooth consistency.
O- This is an awesome sour. Good complexity to it. Lots of tartness with a nice sweet background. One of my favorite of the style so far- too bad this is a one time release!
Serving type: bottle
750ml bottle. Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Poured a cloudy golden color with a small sized head. Citrus, funky, tart, fruity, yeast, and some earthy woodiness. I really liked this one and wish I had more than the 1 bottle ...
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Still reddish brown. Red wine vinegar, exotic yet stable. Still in the glass, ruby brown. Fruit forward, some wood, biting and grabs on in the end. It’s less bracing and complex than the la folie in a more approachable way. Pie cherry, damp hay and love. 080909 Lovely funky grassy footy lemony dry aroma. Heavenly. Oh hell yes. Tart cherry, lemon, wood softened beauty. Hibiscus. Seriously. I went back for more without shame, how much better can this beer get? Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
CPLYFO 09. Bottle shared by Fogdog! Pours an orangey- peach haze with a nice thin lasting white head- film. Aroma is funky- brett, pedio, and acetobacter- tons of fruity sourness, mostly peach and some light sour cherry notes, and a nice herbal almost citrus hop note, but toned down to let the sour and fruitiness come through. Hops come through a bit more in the flavor especially in the middle and come out about even against the sour notes. Peachy, tangy, sour, lactic, malic acid in the end, prickly hop sand prickly acidity work well together here better than any other sour beer. I loved this stuff. Tasted like a perfect blend of a good batch of erics sour peach and a really good batch of La Terrior. Thanks FogDog. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2010
750ml bottle, aged about 1.5 years with great anticipation. The body is a hazy, dark, burnt orange amber color. A thin, minimal, off-white film coats the surface, leaving no lace behind. It very much resembles a classic gueuze in appearance. The nose is as complex and enticing as anything in recent memory. Intensely sour notes of light fruit suggest some apricot amidst an overall lactic, cheesy funk. Dusty bretanomyces imparts a funky earthiness on par with the Belgian lambic classics. Old, worn leather and wet, funky wood ratchet the gueuze comparison up a notch, as basement must and soft horseblanket seal the deal. There’s a touch of acetic character, though it is secondary to the lactic acidity. As the beer warms, suggestions of mixed berries enter the fold, imparting just a touch of fruity sweetness that takes some of the edge off, bringing on some balance. Flavors follow suit, initially bracingly tart, as bright, light, citric fruit meets freshly soured, lactic grain. Buggy notes are rampant throughout, dusty brett seemingly having infiltrated every nook and cranny of this beer. Hints of sharp, wild cheese meet old, tannic, vinous oak, as leather once again clearly defines itself. A touch of acetic character is ushered in by some red berry fruit, rounding things out nicely. Again, this is lambic-like through and through. The palate couldn’t possibly be better. Crisp and dry, with just the slightest hint of fruity roundness, the effortless body is textured with acute, persistent carbonation that simply dances on the tongue. This is a positively fantastic, world class beer. Seriously excellent stuff at this point. Glad I waited it out. I’d put this up against some of the better Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen vintages without hesitation.