ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle from nbutler11s SS haul. Beautiful color of ruby red and gold with a white head that starts full and fades. Aroma of sweet sourdough and burning cherry. Flavor is very much like a kriek at the outset, with a nicely balanced cherry presence. Wood only comes through as balance not as flavor. I detected no Pinot here from start to finish. As it warms, turns very decidedly to Bing and Rainier cherry flavors. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
375, corked and baled. Thanks again, Tom! Pours very pinkish light amber. Pleasantly polite and mild nose of seemingly mostly sour pie cherries. Creamy, fizzy medium body. Tons of interesting fruit interplay, along with lactic, mineral, and dark vinegar notes on the mid-palate. Another beautifully harmonious blending of disparate sour notes. Long pucker finish. Great, great, great, great stuff. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2008
A copper pour with a tan head and lace. It almost has the color appearance of a brown liquor. Aroma of sour apple/cherry. A deep cherriness on the flavor with a monster sour that spreads across your mouth and lays. You can lick the sour off your teeth 30 seconds after you drink it. Full bodied with a tad of hot carb. A very nice sour ale. ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Cherries are not very evident, although it is fairly fruity, but in a nondescript way. Flavor starts out moderately vinous, but flattens out some into the finish. Quite sour-very tangy. Musty. hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Batch 003. Hazy brown pour. It smells pretty nice. Lots of cherries as you would expect. A bit of funk that reminds me of a lemon also. Flavor is really intense. You do not want to take a swig of this, but it is so good. There is a really nice oakiness in addition to all of the lemon and cherry tartness. It is probably the only thing that keeps it balanced in any sense, but it is delicious regardless. Definitely waters your palate and finishes with a nice pucker. Really good beer.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Very nice hazy amber pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of must, lemon, sour funk and a hint of cherry. Crazy flavor - extremely sour, tart. Wood, lemon, cherries, green apple, lactic notes, slight white wine quality. Nice full body. Great beer. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Wow. An amazing beer with a ton of different flavors. This is an elite brew. Smell is musty, funky, sour, tart, fruity and everything else. Taste is all of the above, and then some. Take a bite out of a lemon, then suck on a handful of pink colored Sour Patch Kids and you will get a feeling of what this is like. So sour it will leave a funny feeling in your mouth. Fantastic brew. bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2008
003. Bottle. Red bronze pour. Very hazy, and carbonated with a small tan head. Nose is tart, sour, citrusy, a bit of cherries, and some chocolate. Taste is sharp, puckery, sour, tart, cherry flavor is evident but not overwhelming. Tangy all the way down Alcohol is not evident. Great fluffy full body. Great beer. rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
Sampled more than one time at GABF 08 hazy reddish brown hue, with an off-white head, yeasty, funky, tart cherry nose with some barnyard, musty, wet tannic oaky winey accents, with some sourness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, bretty, funky character, of wet woody oakiness, with some tart, sour cherry, rhubarb, green apple flavors, within a juicy acidic citrusy accent, leading towards fruity tart finish. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Batch 003 bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber with a bubbly off-white head that remains a cap throughout and leaves very good lacing.
The aroma is wonderfully complex with sour red cherries on a big bready malt base with hints of citrus, lemons especially. The wood character is evident as well and hints of funk as well, but not overpowering.
The taste is just as nice with a lip-puckering sour kick up front with cherries and bits of lemony funk. The background malts really support the sourness well and the finish is nice and dry with lots of wood and vanilla. The brett kicks it up a notch in the taste and makes the taste very nice all the way around.
The mouthfeel has clearly been influenced by the barrels as it is dry and wine-like in the finish. It’s still nice and creamy with strong carbonation though.
This is a fantastic example of a style that I’m really not into. It says a lot that I really enjoyed this one despite my palate not quite being ready for sours yet. Get some now.