Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle tasted at the 7/5/08 Bock Bash locals tasting. Pours a clear amber with one finger off white head. Nose is sour cherries, vinegar, lemons and wood. Taste is sour green apples, yeast, malt, pickle juice, lemons and aspirin. Medium, prickly mouth feel. Very good. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle. Light brown, orange-amber pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is leathery, sour cherries, wood red wine. flavor is tart / sour cherries, red wine, wood, a little sweet malt, lemony finish. Very nice palate. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Warning: Open this bottle over a bowl so that when it overflows you can still pour it into your glass. I did not use a bowl so the table got to drink a few ounces.
Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Smell is very tart, there are aromas of cherries, but there isn’t a whole lot to them, predominant smells of sour and funk. This is not as sour as some other beers of this style, but that’s not the goal, the goal is to create a damn good brew and I would say mission accomplished. There are sour cherries in the taste as well, but it’s more of a vinegar-like sourness mixed with some oak and some grapes. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and had medium levels of carbonation, finish was dry. Extremely drinkable, I would have plenty of this often if I were given the chance. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Bottle in a trade. Pours a light brown orange body with a big white head. Aroma is cherries, sour funk and woodiness. Some lacto and pedi, sour brown ale, cherries, a nice tingly CO2 on the tounge. Lemon tart finish that quickly passes.
I just had this one a second time at monks in PA with Strasko, its a dam good beer but after seeing America at its best vs. various cantillon brew on draft, it fell just short. I was thinking 3.9-4.2 for a rating so i’ll leave it as is. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Reddish copper pour with a nice dense off-white head that receded into an 1/8 inch foam but left its mark with thick bands of lacing. Nose is sour cherry skins, pear, funk, and yeast. Flavor is quite interesting...beginning sweet but rapidly transitioning to aggressive tart. Cherry, oak, raisin, lemonade, and grapefruit. Much lower carbonation that Temptation. Actually enjoyed this beer a bit more.
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Opened side by side with temptation. Nose is cherries, bread, farmhouse funk. Orange amber haze, light head that dissipates quickly. Sweet as it meets your tounge. Tart blast. Palate is very interesting, starts fruity and finishes so extremely sour. Light carbonation. Cherry, sour, funk, fruit, bread. Slouldnt out rate temptation, not balanced. Bottle should be shared. sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2008
its a sour blast the cherries lend a lot to the aroma and color but fall a bit short in the flavor. they are out shined by the wonderful brett lacto and pedicoccus which i would like to know more about. medium amounts of pinpoint carbonation. this beer make you feel like a kid again. pinot is a good addition and the beer either picked up a lot or this beer was well suited for pinot. KAF (2773) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2008
OMG!!! This beer was outstanding! Thanks to BDR for sharing. Copper pour with small whitish head. Aroma gives a hint of the pinot with a definite cherry presence as well as other pitted fruits. Tart taste with the pinot more present but the cherry asserting itself. Wow! SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2008
This poured an orangish copper in color with tinges of red and brown. It had a fluffy head of beige bubbles with faded to leave some island lacing from the constant bubbles. The nose showed off the sour cherries along with other red fruits, "brown" wood and an herbal funkiness. In the mouth this is extremely sour and acidic with the tart cherries being the domminate flavor and a tannic grip on the finish. While acidic, the midpalate does come off as balanced with a nice combination of carbonation and supple edges. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Finally got a crack at this one. Poured a reddish brown. Just a little bit of head. Smell was sour, tiny bit of cherry and some oak. Taste is really nicely balanced, cherries, sour yet drinkable, oak. There was a perfect transition from start to finish in the mouth, nothing awkward, complex and elegant. Really, really enjoyable.
Oh, and be careful where you are shooting the cork. I shot it off the back deck and barely had the cage off before it rocketed about 15 feet high and 20 feet far into the yard. "you could shoot an eye out"