MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
on tap at the blind tiger NYC. syrup added but not stirred, so I got to sample the first half without syrup flavor and the second half with the syrup at the bottom of the glass. cloudy clearish pale yellow, no head. sourish and barnyard aroma. flavor is very tart, like a gueuze. lively to high carbonation. very strong profile, and for 2%, this puts so many beers to shame, proving you don’t need ABV to craft a fine tasting beverage. the syrup in the finish gave a good sweet balance. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Re-rated 11/17/05 from Blind Tiger VSK Night. Lively and tart with some Cantillon tartness but even more so. Full sourness with farmhouse funkiness. The best beer of the night by far. TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Dull pale pear cast; almost white. Dwindling white foam. Zesty aroma. Flashes of iron, honeydew, perfume, soft vanilla, hay, rose petals, white grape, phenol, honey, and clove. Abundant earthy, sour notes. Rich dried pineapple notes emerge as it warms. Brisk carbonation. Less creamy than fizzy. Bracingly sour jumpstart followed by a complex layer of pale malts, abundant earthiness, white grape skin, royal gala apple, and perfume. Vague yeasty, chalky backdrop. Slightly vinous, woody, and musty as well. The yeast softens the flavors and lessens the sharpness. Dry, tart finish matched with rose petals and strawish pale malt whispers. A stunningly complex, imaginative example.