rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 8.45oz or 250ml bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: It had a deep reddish brown color with some visible carbonation. Its head was small and slightly pinkish tan color. The head slowly recedes, leaving some nice lace behind on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has sweet and sour fruity notes with some sharp acidic cider vinegar notes.
Taste/Mouth feel: Wow very interesting! The range of flavor is amazing. It starts off with sour apple cider vinegar notes over a light malty flavor. This quickly turns to a more sweet/tart fruity flavor with cherry notes and some hints of musty oak. Next up is a slightly dry, mild earthy bitterness. For the finish it turns back to a semi-dry, tart/sour flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It’s about medium bodied and the carbonation feels light and a bit fizzy.
Notes: This is a very complex and interesting beer. It is a slow sipper that is very enjoyable small amounts.
DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle from a store in Ashland, OR. I was plesantly surprised by this beer. Sours have always been too sour for me. This one is a little more toned down and was easy on the palate. Tasted of sour fruit flavor with a hint of sweetness on the aftertaste. Will have to buy again. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle from a store in downtown Ashland, OR. This one reminded me of some Russian River brews I’ve had in the past 6 months. This sour ale is a tame version of those. While not watery, I’ll describe the taste as weak, sweet cranberry. I’ll always love the genre, so I have to pump it up. enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle. Wow, very different from other sours. Definitely tell this is not brettanomyces. Very dark, deep reddish brown. Sour apple aroma with background malt. Flavor is very fascinating and mysterious. Mildly sour (compared to Port Isabelle or Cantillon) at first with sort of a musty affect. Then develops into a sweet, dark fruit flavor, sort of like cherries and plums. Has both a sweet and sour after taste that is very lovely. Quite balanced and enjoyable. I like this way more than I expected! Very drinkable. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet and oaky with some chocolate and ripe fruit notes. The flavor begins with a mellow, sour acidity that fades into a pretty strong oak presence with light chocolate and cherry. The finish is crisp and leaves a fruit and oak aftertaste. It’s a little bit lacking in the complexity department, but still a nice sour.
Dacrza (1024) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
A dense purplish brown body with a pencil-thin white head; intimidating yet beguiling... SOUR--but not sour patch--fresh and flowery... intense... light-bodied but the presence is apparent; clean (no tracing on the glass is proof), so much that the mouth could forget the experience seconds after... WOW: a tartness early, with sugary sweetness throughout--and yet a mellow, fizzy finish! The beer’s as fun as it gets, pleasantly poppy and refreshing, especially on a humid evening such as this...
Borresteijn (7411) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle. Deep red beer, off-white head. Aroma of red fruits, tart, yeast. Flavour is sour, yeast, red fruits, cherries, some wood. LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 16, 2008
In bottiglia da 25cl al Falstaff; purtroppo il colore è difficile da individuare bene a causa dell’oscurità nel locale, ma propenderei per un ambrato carico. Schiuma poca ed evanescente; aroma vinoso ma al tempo stesso leggero e fragrante. Si lascia bere a grandi sorsate. Ottima Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
murky brownish/orange with a small light brown head that just forms on the top of the beer.i pick up caramel malts,cherries,some funk,and berries.flavor is oak,and the rest of the aroma flavors.not as complex as the grand cru but still really nice. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany with a good sized beige head. Some sourness in the nose, with alot of sweet red fruit aroma, a slight vanilla note. Slightly sharp and sour at the start with a bit of metallica and some vanilla and vineagar in the finish. An ok sour but I’ve had many that were better.