Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 June 2007. Batch 002. Impenetrable pour, rusty red in color. A thin layer of foam stays the course. Nose of pears, cherries, old leather, some honey. Rose blossoms and almonds. Cayenne pepper and Italian dressing are first on the tongue; taut and precise. Powerfully tart cherries, white grapes, vinous oaky notes, lactic acid. Many shades of pepper, finishing on a brilliant, firey kick. A bretty lemon juice pulse, with a salty flourish of attic-kept cured meats. The wild character of the yeast is flawlessly integrated, gnawing at the rinds of the sweet cherries with the right rub of sawdust bite. Wrought fully with strange intrigue. An unpolished diamond, and rightly so. Thanks Keith! 9/4/9/4/19 4.5
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
July 2008. Batch 003. Pours a bloody gold. Aroma is tangy and tart with a soft sweetness of wildflower honey and feathery rose essence laying as a blanket over sour cherries, musty pinot wood, and white and black pepper. The soft nuttiness of its sweetness gives it an angel food-pistachio creme cake feeling. Yeast is cooling, gravelly and rustic.
Flavor hasn’t yet settled into the biting crunch of apple cider vinegar that I remember. It’s more a soft champagne vinegar and caramelized pear concoction, erudite and relaxed, and smartly balanced between sweet and tart; at this point of youth it really strikes a calm and comforting pose balancing sharp cherry tartness, leathery wild yeasts, and the soft sunny sweetness of jammy pinot flavors.
Yeast poured. The gravelly character that keeps recurring is so musty and dry that it recalls the sharp edge of a dry white cheese aged in basement cobwebs. White pepper spice lends a searing quality reminiscent of a gorgeous gueuze. And this opens up in the aroma as well.
Medium palate is sprightly with carbonation and highly acidic. Youth shows again in the finish, which is gorgeously soft and only lightly leathery, with a pomegranate aril and lemon juice flavor eventually yielding that punchy cheesiness that showed up mid-palate. I love how this is dominantly quiet and calm in semisweet tartness, while also offering a glimmer of visceral lambic-like sour violence throughout. The rustic and refined happily together. Thanks Steve! 9/4/9/5/19 4.6
350 mL bottle. Reddish orange with light tan fizzy head. Aroma of sour fruit and oak. Very bright palate. Taste of sour cherries and oak with an exceptionally crisp and dry finish and a lingering sourness. Quite good. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
This was one very different brew for me. Iíve never had anything like it. Poured amber with tan head. Aroma of fruit, mostly cherries. Taste was extremely sour, mostly cherries. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Pours a dark orange bronze color with a medium frosty beige head. Aroma of rotting wood, sour apples and cherries. Taste is sweet and sour with a strong tarty feel. Cherries, apples and a bit of oak are in the flavor. Not bad, but was expecting a bit more. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2007
This was tatsy and makes me want beautification really really badly. Brown coloured beer with a foamy off white head. Aroma has some of those sour cherries in it. Great flavour with lots of tart brett, some sweet and sour from the cherries, and some wine like hints (though I could be imagining it).
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Batch 002 Bottle. Foam gushed from the bottle upon upening, but poured a nice clear copper-brown. Aroma is sour cherries, apples, wood. Flavor is absolutely fantastic! Wine, oak, sour, brettanomyces. This is really really nice! k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle - poured a murky ruby with a slick of foam. Aroma dominated by sour fruits and slightly musty but no funk. The flavor is immediately sour with a pronounced cherry tartness that gives way to light flavors of oak/vanilla, yeasty spice & brett vinous notes. Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
Expensive and unusual, this is not for anyone not appreciating tartness. White head on a golden body. Strong aromas, wine and cherry and wood. Complex taste of wine, cherry, wood. Balanced by malt, and while sour is not aggressive on the palate as I wouod expect. A sipper. Up there with the Cantillons but a top beer because of its similarity to wine?
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3L bottle shared by drewbeerme at his wedding shower. Pours a clear glowing amber with a beige head. Nose of sour grapes, apples, oak, and brett. Whew thatís more sour than i expected. Grapes, pears, earthy, all around tart and oaky. The acidity is a little too much at times but this is a great beer. Big thanks to andrew for sharing this. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Bottle from Capones, thanks Stegosaurus. I donít like flemish sours and this one doesnít change my mind. Too bitter for my taste. Itís just not for me. I wont totally kill the ratings.
Updated 1/3/14 Tastes have changed considerably. 3.3 original on 2007. 3.8 in 2014