BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This one was a bit of a weird one. I cracked three bottles. One was lightly sour with malty overtones. The next, shared at a festival was smokey on the aroma with a faint sour flavor. The last bottle was solidly sour with hints of molasses and cherries in the body. Good, but not as good as Moxie. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2008
750ml caged and corked bottle from Organized Chaos on The Beer Spot, thanks! Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is smokey and strange, not so sour. Taste is slightly sour and overall a strange beer. Not the best sour, but its worth the rate. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
One of the better products from New Holland. Oddly, some smoke in the aroma. Fruit and malt flavor. No hops preceivable in this beer. A little sour with yeast. Low carbonation. badgerben (5380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Courtesy of BDR. Dark brown color with no head. Aroma of molasses. Lots of dry cherry and sweet malt flavor. A little light oak and vanilla round it out. Heavily carbonated. Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2008
A misty red pour capped with a lighty brown mocha-like foam. Mostly transparent, but deep-hued. Aroma of something like chocolate covered green apples. The sweetness has an earthiness and distant bitterness about it suggesting dark, mostly-pure cocoa, and the tartness is notably mild, like a granny smith or a green delicious, or possibly even a simple bartlett pear. There’s also a pleasant mineral character that leads the aromas into white wine-like dressings, but these aren’t as recognizable as they are to me in many blonde wild ales; it’s definitely there, but it’s not distinctly sauvignon blanc or guwertztraminer or something else. It’s plain, but orderly and complex; a thick tropical sunshine of mango and pineapple arrives in a flood after that mineral sensations have passed, without remittance, and rather impressively. And underneath all this there’s a healthy sweetness of cookie dough and dried cherry malt to anchor it; I’m quite surprised at the range I’m discovering here, and though there’s a bit of acetone toward the back, it’s altogether an impressive display.
tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Equivalently, the flavor is full of all these reserved subtleties, and it seems quieter to me in general. Dried cherries and pomegranate arils readily blend with the predominate apple and pear fruit characters, making them a bit more gaudy, and appreciably so. The minerally yeast components that recalled white wine in the nose are also consistently present, though because the malt flavors are somewhat punchier than expected, the mineral character is more of a steady, bitter airiness than an outstanding flavor. But it really works nicely to highlight the juicy flavors of the malts and of the spicy-sweet smoky vanilla impartation of oak, being so hidden but so obvious at the same time. The absentia of sourness is something off-putting, but the fleshiness of the cherry flavors is somewhat compensatory while leading it down a wholly different track; really more oude bruin than sour, but picturing it that way is not such a bad thing.
Palate suffers a bit from its quite brittle and bold extremity of carbonation; medium in body; finishing familiarly on cinnamon apples, red wine, and cherry skins. A whisk of sourness breezes in post-finish, but dries out into the remnants of those mineral yeasts too quickly for it to make an impression. While far from a challenging or groundbreaking, the construction of this very restrained sour ale is detailed and articulate, focusing full on the malts while the tepid yeasts take care to provide little nuances here and there. Still, the feeling that this is a simple and "safe" rendition of something more classical is inescapable. Thanks Derek!
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008 islay (3125) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Very tart apple. Sour beer paired with chocolate. Oak notes, familiar sour flavor which I must admit I have trouble picking up subtleties/nuances with this style. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent enough.
Small sample from the bottle. Consumed during the New Holland beer and chocolate pairing at Great Taste of the Midwest on 8-9-2008. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head. Good, apple-y, sweet and sour aroma. Sourdough bread and lemondrop candy flavors. Light body. Fizzy in the palate. Overcarbonated. FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2008
The cork excitedly flies off into my open palm just before I got the chance to remove it, luckily the beer doesn’t foam over. A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip though produces a five-finger thick, dingy tan colored head the quickly rises two more fingers in height and over-flows my glass. The beer is a very dark, cherry color that shows a lightly hazed, red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart cherry skins, a slightly moldy-wood note, some mustiness and a touch of warming alcohol notes in the finish. As the beer sits for a while some light lacquer notes become noticeable in the nose as do some caramelized malt notes. There is not a whole lot going on in the nose for a sour beer, though it is not bland.notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Somewhat sweet tasting with only a light, though noticeable tartness. Flavors of cherry up front are offset by light oak notes of soft buttery oak, woody spice that even gets a bit hot in the finish. The second pour of this is a duplicate of the first except that this time I eat the foam before it can overflow my glass. The head tastes of spicy oak. Very fizzy tasting because of the excessive carbonation; the excess is quickly swirled away though and this leaves the beer still effervescent with a light body that has just a bit of malt heft to it. Despite being quite light, the oak seems to intrude just a bit on the funky sour flavors; this is more because the funky notes of this beer are so soft and subtle than because the oak is overbearing. The sourness here is soft and definitely lactic in focus, but it does nicely offset a touch of cherry-like fruitiness as well as just a hint of sweetness and malt character. The malt actually contributes a significant toasty, biscuit character at times along with a bit of caramel.
It wasn’t a great sign when my first pour of this bottle was knocked over by me after getting a bit too enthusiastic with my dogs; they enjoyed licking the beer off the floor but I only laughed because I knew I had way more of this beer than I needed. Now this beer is certainly not bad, so don’t let me leave you with that impression, 750ml is just a whole lot of beer of something that is not truly exciting. There aren’t any off flavors and nothing is overbearing. I will admit though that this is much more well integrated and tasty than Moxie; so they are moving in the right direction at least and I will certainly continue to try and procure these interesting beers. This just isn’t funky and sour enough for my particular taste, but I think it is a great introduction to the malty Flemish type of sour beer because it is so tame.
Thanks to mibirder for this - very foamy amber ale - extremely over carbonated - smells earthy and woody, with some overripe fruit and a slight vegetal character - some chocolate and cherry skins underneath - very mildly sour and tart, with some chocolate-covered cherry kind of flavor - a little bit of brininess underneath - not a lot of complexity, but the flavor is decent - a tiny bit acidic in the finish - this might get a little better with age, but now it’s simply okay. beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Shared by notalush, awesomely because I really wanted to try this. Pours very with a very foamy and fizzy head and a brown color. Aroma is slightly rotten cherries and some herbal grassiness. Some cola in there as well with figs and black bread. Taste is overwhelmed by carbonation. Takes a lot of the flavor away and overpowers the palate. Some sour-tree bark-cherry in the aftertaste. This beer actually has a lot of potential despite my rating. Its an overly carbonated Oud Bruin. Loose some carbonation, sour it up a bit more, and add a little bit more body and then we have a winner.
750mL cork&wire, Heart of Darkness thick walled tulip.