LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight ruby with a big, plentiful retaining beige head.
Aroma: Wine barrel, basement, sour cherry.
Taste: Oak, sourness, dried dark fruit, chocolate, lemon pulp, black berry.
Mouthfeel: Tingly, full bodied.
Overall: An amazing blend of sour and decadent beers.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some nice reddish tons to it and a finger of tan head.
S: Tons of oak character on the nose. Vanilla, booze, and chocolate notes come through strongly, and are likely from the Bruery Anniversary ale (Papier, Coton, etc.). Some vinegar notes, red wine, and a mild dark fruit presence, perhaps currants.
T: The tartness is more prevalent on the flavor. Red wine and balsamic vinegars, and a fair amount of dark fruit, including red grapes and wine. Plenty of oak here, some vanilla, some chocolate and maple syrup sweetness, and definitely a touch of booze.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a tannic finish.
D: I think regular Oude Tart is better, but this is still quite nice. The Anniversary ale adds a nice complexity to it.