FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2011
A vigorous pour produces a quarter-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, brown color that has perhaps a touch of concentrated red color in it; when held up to the light the beer shows a deeply red stained, amber tinged color. There is a definite acidity to the aroma, it is a bit spicy like vinegar, though not overly so. The acidity is backed by a rich cherry like character as well as a rich dark fruitiness. Then a woody, musty, slightly spicy, oak and funkiness kicks in; the wood is quite noticeable, while the funkiness plays a little bit more of a lesser role here in the nose. There is a funky tart and fruit note here that reminds me of Cigar City’s Guava Grove Saison, so I wonder if this is from the Guava. As the beer warms up an aged malt character starts to contribute a nice nutty note that combines with the fruit to almost remind me of amaretto.Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Slightly fizzy feeling and a bit more light bodied than I was expecting, it still has some heft and texture to it, but body wise it does not seem that much bigger than many a Oude Bruin; I bet the fruit has dried / lightened this up by quite bit. There is a woodiness to the finish that combines with a hint of an almost roasted, sort of cocoa like note; the woodiness has an astringency to it that is also sort of spicy. The beer does not have much sweetness to it, which makes it taste less fruity than the flavor did. There is a nice acidity to this beer, though it is certainly not an aggressive, or even biting sourness. The acidity seems to be most noticeably acetic, but in reality the acetic character is quite soft & I would guess that there is more lactic acid to this beer (the former just tends to be way more noticeable than the latter). Bitter malt notes combine with aged tobacco flavors, some oxidized, fairly nutty, almost sherry like malt notes and even some whole grain brown bread like notes; now that I have noticed it the aged / oxidized malt character is actually fairly noticeable. As the beer warms up more of the fruitiness comes out with notes cherry, touches of date and a sort of raisin like flavor. At times the alcohol is a bit noticeable with some heat, but it never becomes overly intrusive.
This is actually fairly nice; this didn’t wow me, but I wasn’t really expecting it to, but it is a nice beer to spend an evening with. I do like the mix of aged malt, fruit, light sourness and oak character that makes up the bulk of this beer. The fruit (meaning the dates and the guava), end up being very subtle here; if I wasn’t told about them I wouldn’t have guessed either of these fruits were in this beer, which I think is probably a good thing.
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt!
The beer is slightly hazy and appears orange to red in color. The aroma offers a strong lactic and acetic presence with some mildly sweet fruit. Smells like a fruity Flanders ale. The flavor is sour and funky, with some lingering notes of cherries. Moderate carbonation with a funky acetic finish. The feel is a bit rough. A good beer, but not great, I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2011 50belair (3680) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with no real head. Pleasant stone fruit and citrusy/woody aromas. Tart stone fruits, acidic citrus, and muddled earth/woody flavors. jcartamdg (3521) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Poured into my bruery tulip. Pours a hazy amber brown with decent carbonation and a paper thin head. Aroma is of oak, tropica fruits and red wine. Taste follows the nose, sweet and sour tastes, acidic but not too much, the oak is there but not in your face. I tried this at the 100 bottle release from ccb and the fruit was more present then. This has aged into a sweeter marron acidife Which isn’t a bad thing by any means just different from the fresh. Mouth feel is smooth despite the pucker and acidity. Overall this is one amazing sour that I am glad I kept for myself. I would be the first in line if this was ever released again.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Big thanks to Sean for this... A semi clear light brown, light tope head... The nose is acidic vinegar, a hint of cherries, pretty complex... The taste is boring, vinegar, tart cherries, very oaky finish... Not bad
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Mostly clear reddish-brown pour with no head. Aromas are cherry skins, light funk, and light cheese. Tastes like a cherry flavored liqueur with a light sour funkiness and light barnyard. Dry finish. Interesting but not great. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours hazy brown with very low beige head. Aroma is of sourness, acetic, lambic-style, malt, caramel. Taste sour, acetic, lambic-style, malt, fruits (raspberries), alcohol. Hot feeling in the back of the tongue. Overall: Nice balance, very good. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle @ Clusterfork #3. Pour is cloudy and bubbly. Nose is tart. Taste is tart, funky and ruddy. Nice, decent. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bruery/cigar city iso:ft. 750ml bottle obtained through the reserve
society... Pours a deeper reddish caramel, for the most part opaque
although a smidge of light seeps through. A thin creamy barely off-
white rests on top... Aroma of subdued sour oak upfront, not too
acidic which is nice, sour cherries and dark fruits to coincide. A
touch of acidity surfaces midway through and lingers for short
while... Flavorwise much of it renders similar to what the aroma
suggests. Semi-sweet upfront with a mild acidity that follows closely
behind. Dark fruits, cherries, dates and figs withstanding. An earthy
following presents itself which curtails any developing sharp acidic
qualities. Lighter to medium bodied with an equal amount of
puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 I am rating this shit because it is fucken rare. Shared by Merv. Smells like plum, soft cheese. Some acetone in the flavor, a touch of malt sweetness, sherry, fresh chopped wood. Medium sourness. Not too much going on. Fucken hell.