tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2009
750ml caged and corked. Bottled 07/08. A gentle pour yields a dark brown beer with a huge, fizzy dark-eggshell white head. The appearance of the head gives the suggestion of quite lively carbonation. There are some deeper amber hues when held up to the light, but this is a rather dark wild ale. The beer smells almost like an over-aged (slightly) sour brown ale. A small touch of acetic acid... very light apple cider vinegar. There is a small toasty malt presence. Maybe some lingonberry or tart cranberry notes. Very mild wood tannin... at least on the nose. Flavor is fairly bland and utterly disappointing. little to no acetic acid. Light toasted bready malt. Watery tobacco, wet wood, wet earth... I’m really reaching here to pick up flavors. Tastes like a slightly sour club soda. Overbearing carbonation (as the fast rising head predicted). Mostly watery body with a very weak vinegary finish. Oh well... Thanks Kier!
MrBunn (2868) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle with thanks to coyotehunter. So I’ve been saving this for a while for this particular "blue Sunday." Call it the end of summer, the beginning of new things that are good and bad, call it what you will, but today is the end of a few good things, so a little depressed, this is my condolence beer for the evening. (Although I should add that blue on the label refers more to blue laws than sad things.)
We’re off to a great start as the F*$&(#*[email protected]
’ing cork breaks and then won’t come out in spite of all the strength of a sad and slowly angering man. As I stand the bottle pinned between my knees and pull up with all my might, I think, "Maybe New Holland should work on their system a little." I fear the cork will suddenly come loose and allow myself the pleasure of punching myself in the face with a corkscrew, but I manage to avoid disaster.
Finally. Pour is a dark reddish brown with a massive head. Aromas of cola, sour cherries, malt vinegar, oak and musty basement. There’s a little bit of a rubbing alcohol edge to the aromas. First sip reveals a pretty good sour... it has an odd dusty mouthfeel and is a little over-carbonated, but it’s still got a nice mix of sour cherries and oak. The alcohol from the aroma shows up (to the detriment of the palate) and wreaks a bit of havoc with the blending of flavors (is this a pretty high ABV sour? It seems so.)
Anyhow, I’m back with an update. As this warms and breathes, it gets much better. The astringency seems to burn off and the only drawback is that the oak is a little too dominant and gives a bit of a biting woodsy bitterness.
750mL corked and caged/ Pours a very dark orangey brown with big notes of sour cherries and apples in the aroma on an oaky background. Big fluffy tan head, although I did drop the bottle when the damn cork broke in half. Rather sour cherry flavor... a bit of charred wood, and a slight whiskey flavor with a hint of Bandaid funk. Not the best sour Ive ever had, but nonetheless its a good sour. Somewhat dry finish. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle at BCTC 2009: Muddy orange brown with a light tan dense head. Lots of buttery oak, toasted woody notes, some vanilla (subtle bourbon?), marshmallow and tart-ish currant. Lots of buttery oak in the flavor. Some underlying currant with lots of buttery oak giving some vanilla subtlety. A bit much oak, even for my taste, without enough acidity, but still a nice oak aged ale. j12601 (13472) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
BCTC. Pours a ruby brown with a touch of haze and a thin white head. Oak, vanilla, and toast on the nose. Spicy and zesty with a touch of sweetness. Finishes oaky and very dry.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
750 ml bottle from the brewery (Holland, MI). Pours a well carbonated pour, big beige head that stays fairly big, dissipating quickly to a decent layer, hazy dark amber body ridden heavily with carbonation. Aromas throw some decent sourness, tart cherries, dust, pretty funk, a touch of vanilla and oak, faint anise on the backend along with a touch of brown sugar. Initial is not as blantantly sour as anticipated, but tart and good enough, throwing some good acidity and lacto up front, vanilla, oak, wet wood, with good tannin driven bitterness, carbonation good, sweetness comes in a bit with of anise and caramel, no real fruit influence, maybe some light sour cherry and regular raisin and cinnamon in minute amounts. Sourness grows a bit further in, oak comes through good, tannins from the barrel are very nice. This beer is solid, complex. However, it is a bit muttled in itself, offering many flavors but none of them done exceptionally well. A pretty good interesting beer, to say the least. shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
July 2008: New Holland Blue Sunday Sour Ale isn’t that sour, but is interesting nonetheless. It is dark brown in color with a big,puffy beige-colored head that leaves prolific lacing marks on the glass. The aroma is a combintion of bleu cheese, sugary licorice, char, and some undertiminable cherry/berry/currant. My first reaction to the flavor is WHAT THE?! Once over the initial shock, the flavor has a harsh berry in the front like lingon berry and then some chocolate/char notes. It is cherry-ish with black currant in the middle and in the aftertaste. This beer has a medium-light body and is very carbonated. It is also quite alcoholic and the tartness grows more and more. It is starting to grow on me...
1 pint, 9.3 fluid ounce corked and caged bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #42 for this beer.
I had to take a double take upon looking at the overall.. What’s wrong with you people! This beer is phenomenal. It opens with a bouquet reminiscent of a fine chardonnay, the flavor follows suit with lots of grape and subtle raisin and licorice notes. I picked up this 750, and was informed that what was on display was all they had left. Amazing brew from a proven brewery. I’m definitely a customer for life. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
2007 750mL Bottle. Aroma shadows a bit of bourbon, some boozy brandy-soaked fruitcake and a bit of vanilla and vinegar. Pours a rather clear ruddy, with a tall, tall foamy head in pillowy, gushing khaki. Flavor is a bit brash and confused. A lot going on, but not much making sense. Oak, vanilla, malt sugars, plain lactic acid, generic beer alcohols, a nip of yeast, some old weird barleywine characters, and a finishing splash of old dusty hops. There’s some weird deep caramels that fight with the acidity a bit. It’s also strangely numbing my tongue. I’m truly not sure what to think of this beer. It’s actually rather clean and plainly acidic, but the dusty old cheese hops and the generally unorganized cacophony of this beer leave me a little flat. Thanks for another great rare Michigan beer, Sean! punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
2009 bottle shared by Jacob on a brewery tour. Nice iced tea colored pour with a loose off-white head. There’s lots of sour berries backed by sweet but not cloying caramel. Medium body with lots of carbonation. I really liked the added sweetness to balance the sour notes in this beer.