JorisPPattyn (9912) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium cream-brown head over brown to black beer with faint ruby highlights. Outspoken heavy red wine and Brett-infested oak vat nose - but gorgeous. Faraway roasted/burnt notes. Lactic acid and red fruit - pretty superb. Vinous, but predominantly stout-ous taste, with bitter, harsh wood-aldehyde-solvent-burnt flavours. Some red fruit all the same - as sourcherries forgotten in a bottom of old beer in an old barrel. Quite slick, but sharp at the same time - again the impression of aldehyde/solvent/ketone. Astringent, and quite carbonated feel. Smells fantastic, tastes overripe. Remind me not to buy fragrance from a Rom...
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Vocal brettanomyces is met by black grapes and green wood leading to a tart and vinous finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the pure darkness.
-Some earthiness appears in the aftertaste alongside the prevalent wood and wild yeast.
-The flavor profile, although satisfying for wild ale lovers, gets linear quickly.
-This is intense yet the dryness and prickly carbonation make everything almost easygoing.
-In the same ’powerful, dark and wild’ category, I have to say I prefer Jester King’s Funk Metal so far... This Gypsy Tears lacks refinement compared to the JK brew.
Skinnyviking (9480) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium high off-white lasting head. Pitch balck body. Sour cherries milk acidic aroma and flavor with a vineous sour note. Low carbonation. Long sour finishy.
77ships (9359) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl. bottle split with Marko as his 3500th rating @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Crazy ugly label both drawing as well as colour design, the whole deal. Pours black with little and disappearing beige head. Nose is very heavy on the typical standard USA brett – still baffled by the fact that sour beers have become so homogonous – mixed some yoghurt lactic sour wine, quite a standard USA profile, sour malts, tannins and sticky sweet red wine – apparently Brunello. Taste carries trough similar, very heavy, lots of USA-style Brett in here, strongly yoghurt lactic red wine, sour thicker malts, barrel, sourness has been upped as is customary, light roast, citrus sourness,… Oddly fuller brett body as usual. Good but I am still expecting sours to be unique brews – probably shouldn’t have started out with lambic’s – my bad.
tderoeck (9327) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
14/IX/13 - on tap @ Hoppy Loft (Delirium café, Brussels) - BB: n/a (2013-853) Thanks to PriorL, Mathieu87 and Thomas for sharing the beer!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige to brown head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit smoky, ashes, caramel, mocha and coffee, sourish, sugary, bit funky, woody. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very fruity, red sour berries, toast, mocha, coffee, woody bitterness, funky. Aftertaste: sourish, tobacco, earthy, bit smoky, red sour berries. Not really my thing, but it’s an interesting experiment, that’s for sure.
czar (8895) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours unclear very dark brown with a beige cap, some retention and lacing. red wine acidity, wood and roasted malts, dry bretts, dark and acidic red fruits, leather, tobacco, pepper, spices, spicy mexican chocolate. moderate carbonation, light body, tannic and very dry bretty slightly rough finish. much enjoyed it!
Hansen (8562) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stout? With brett and red wine barrel? Dark brown with a light brown head. Lasting. Nice flavor, red wine, lots of it, vanilla, and acid. Flavor is a bit unharmonic, more red wine, roasted notes too, acid. Astringent.
laiti (8315) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ PBF VIII, BBE 2016
Aroma has sour berry notes, some oak and bilberries. Flavour has cherries, some bilberries and woodyu notes. Also some ashy notes at the end of the glass. A battle of stout and oud bruin. And unfortunately the last one is winning.
Plovmand (8231) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dronning Louise. Pours black with a medium beige head. The aroma is brett, acid and tart berries. The flavour is wood, berries, brett, wine and acid.
jredmond (8096) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the RB crew at Torst. Pours a deep brownish black body with no head, thin lacing. Aroma is wine, oak, roast and light tartness. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of red wine, lots of tannins, wood, sour dark fruit and roast. Good stout.