alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2008 nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep plum color with an off-white head from the tap at Papago. Loaded with spices (most notably cinnamon), apples, and plums--much like a cider. Crisp with mild carbonation.
Sample at PP Carlsbad; poured an orange with an off white and milky head. Aroma was of apple, yeast, banana and fruit; just a lot of fruit. Flavor was similar, with some apple, bread, yeast, fruit and a bit of oak (although that was pretty minimal). Not much spicing and the flavor was a bit too one dimensional for me. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2008
On tap at Papago. Deep amber brown pour with a creamy small head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with fruit, dark cherries, pomegranate, plums, apples and cranberry sourness. Also a bit of spice, wood and alcohol on the very dry finish. Nicely balanced between sweet and sour, with both coming out at different times. Really good stuff! ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Tap at Pap. I was impressed. I am an outspoken fan of the Orange Blossom, and even I think this is the best beer they brew (especially now that Orange Blossom is sugar water). Aroma sets up the beer perfectly, with a round sourness of black cherries, plums, and heat. The color is a dark ruby that I have never seen equalled. Flavor is gorgeous, with the same fruits as above, wood, minimal vanilla, and no alcohol whatsoever. This is the rare beer where I say "Yeah, this actually needs to be sour." Cheers, guys. This one’s a bullseye. DenverLogan (1304) - North Bend, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Nice tulip glass...copper brown...minimal head. Slight sour grain aroma...big sour fruit flavor, with melon rind, lemon zest, oak, slight sweet notes, rich, complex. On tap at brewery.
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, light citrus, raisins, dates, and brown sugar. Flavor of vanilla, apricot, brown sugar, and red plums. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 very rich mahogany color with a soft off white head. sweet grainy aroma with a touch of sour fruit. the flavor is a strange one i’ve never encountered before... rich malt, wood, brown sugar, golden raisins and red verjus? with a dry yeasty finish. a little on the sweet side but the sour character keeps me coming back. medium body and mouth feel...
second time around because now it’s listed as an oaked grand cru... i’ve been told that they’re getting it soured and i’m a sucker for a sour. it is a lot more sour this time around. kind of like a malty under ripe plum. it’s not nearly as sweet or robust as before but it is not a bad thing...