rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Poured into a tulip from a nicely presented 750ml bottle.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Head fades away rather quickly leaving just the smallest amount of lacing.
Aroma comes across as overripe cherries along with figs and dates. There is a slight tartness and vinous characteristic. A hint of oak is present along with a little bit of funk. All is somewhat subdued compared to some Belgian wild beer I have had.
The flavor hits with overripe fruit immediately with a definite cherry juice characteristic in the background. I was expecting a ton more tartness based on the smell but it is rather restrained. A really nice touch of oak that blends nicely with some barnyard funk. The funk remains in the background and is not overpowering at all. Mouthfeel is medium with a rather dry finish which is quite nice. Alcohol is completely hidden making this beer feel more like 5 or 6 percent.
Overall, this beer would make a great introduction to Belgian sours as all characteristics are subdued and smooth. This kind of reminded me of a Flanders red. A nice job by Sam Adams and a good value.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. Big thanks to Dos 2 for sharing this. I was very surprised by this, nice sour aroma happening here. Not a ton of funk but the fruit definitely mixed well with the sourness. Not a great sour but very decent. BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bomber. Deep reddish pour with a huge fluffy head. Nice balanced sour aroma and cherry. Slightly oaky. Excellent! abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours ruby red with no head. Aroma is huge sour cherry with notes of oak and bourbon. Bubbly carbonation on the tongue, with a nice sticky, sour cherry finish. badhack (564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Gorgeous bottle. Loud pop when opening lets me know there is plenty of carbonation, luckily it doesn’t pour out. Reddish, dark color. Pours with a vigorous amount of CO2. Aroma of fruit and cherry and a little toast. It tastes strongly of fruit and cherry with some malt and the finish is strongly tart, sour and acidic. No evidence of the alcohol. Average palate, slightly dry.
pineypower (3345) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours out an attractive reddish color with a tan head. Aroma is of some sweet/tart cherries, light funk, oak and a mild sweet rose/floral note. Taste is much the same as the aroma, tart/sweet cherries, lightly medicinal fruit notes, oak, funk and some dry lightly floral notes on the end. Solid ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bomber. Pours a deep ruddy reddish brown. Aroma is a tart/sour fruit with some oak character, some spice as well. Taste is some light malt sweetness with nice mix of sour fruit, tart and tangy. As it warms, a toasty, bready flavor emerges, blending with the fruit. This is a very nice sour ale. Pick it up and enjoy!! colej1650 (14) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a nice head with a dark red color. Has a unexpected tart taste with hints of the oak. Very unique tasting beer. dfinney23 (3394) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours clear copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of sour cherries and oak. Sweet and sour taste. Another unusual success for Sam Adams. sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours dark red with a huge white head. Aroma was of sour dark fruits. Taste was mildly sour with flavors of dark dried fruits and maybe a little oak. It did have a nice dry finish.