Rask0lnikov (1299) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday?
A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. I’m VERY impressed with the head this pours - it’s about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good.
S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if it’s not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don’t pick up much rye, though.
T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. It’s in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It’s actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, it’s perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy.
By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and I’d reckon it’s made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me.
M: For about a half second on the palate, it’s fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly.
O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO ’n’ shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it’s pretty fantastic where I’d purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I’ve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!
750ml bottle. Thanks, Sten. Pours amber colour. No head. Earthiness, slight barnyard, notes of burnt caramel, acidity, vinegar, oak in the aroma. Acidity, notes of burnt caramel, notes of sherry, acidity, notes of plums, sourness. Acidic and dry finish. Plums and acidity in the aftertaste. Rather medium bodied, complex, acidic brew. Nice one. HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2017
January 21, 2014 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml bottle. Hazy amber-gold with an average lasting foamy mottled beige head. Frickin’ sour aroma - sour and fruity. Taste - sour fruit, alcohol and some bitterness from oak tannin - a nice bite to it - the barrel seemed to impart a bit of brandy or other brown liquor character - lovely, if hugely sour. Acidic, solid carbonation, long dry sour finish ... straightforward but bloody fun; I could have drunk the whole bottle. AndyW68 (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Copper pour with white head. Aroma is sour apricot with some pepper in the back. Taste...wow. it is aroma on steroids. Huge sweet and sour balance. Tide (3904) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a bar in NYC. Copper color, white head. Sour taste with citrus, acidic notes, ripe fruits, earthy notes, a bit of vinegar and grass. Sour finish with citrus, acidic notes, ripe fruits, minerals, earthy notes, a bit of wood and grass. Excellent sour ale. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2017
A great beer that combines two of my favorite things. The rye peppiness and the sharp tartness don’t disappoint. It seems like it should be a more aggressive beer than it is. Well balanced.
ZodiacM (1190) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @TheBruery. Prachtige sour, funky in geur en smaak, mooie fruitsmaak, prachtig in balans. Heerlijk! Thisis12ptfont (1192) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Aromas of rice vinegar, apricot, orange peel, vanilla, tangerine, barnyard funk, coriander, white wine, light lemon and slight herbiness. Pours a dark copper with a very slim white foam and no lacing. Taste brings white wine, rice vinegar, extreme tart green grapes, acidity, lime and salt upfront. Mid palate gives way to barrel complexities, sour warheads, candy sweetness, coriander, orange peel, vanilla, alcohol sugars and funky malts. Finishes pungent and sour with residual rice vinegar, lemon spruce and white wine. Faint herbs and rye dance about the palate. Overall, a very refined sour with a solidified complexity and sour attitude. A rating. Estebanik (1135) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Bottle sharing w Multi Qlti.
Piany właściwie brak. Intensywność aromatu rozkurwia sufit. Stajnia, fura owoców, skóra. W smaku ostro kwaśne, kwas wżyna się w gardło i nie odpuszcza aż do finiszu. Lekkie pieczenie od żyta przy finiszu fajnie się komponuje. Dalej bardzo owocowe, przez chwilę mignął mi nawet arbuz. Ofc alkohol kompletnie niewyczuwalny. Tyłek urwany. Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2017
750mL capped Champagne bottle. 2016 vintage
Pours a hazy apricot gold body, small head.
Aroma rather intense - grapefruit, unripe pineapple, grainy malts, hay, spice touch of acetic acid & ethyl acetate, cheesy/horsey funk, oaken vanilla.
Palate is tremendous - stacks of grippy acidity, ropey tannin, sort of like a Gueuze without the lively carbonation.
Flavours a full-on, lingering, very complex & unique - candied grapefruit, fermented pineapple, leather, cheese, odd leafy sort of funk, hay, there’s some peppery grainy rye notes that linger, oak too - that candied sort of peel character keeps coming back - very interesting and unique.
Very intense, complex and different; love it! hawthorne00 (3953) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden amber with no head to speak of.Aroma of cherries grainy bread, light spices, a little sweet liquor (if I say butterscotch schnapps it sounds bad, but I don’t mind it) buried underneath. Very close to flat, slightly slippery. A balance of sweet and sour, with some vinegary notes. Cherry is less obvious, grainy and spices perhaps more so. A bit salty as well as sour at the end I wouldn’t really have guessed rye. Little intrigue, but tasty with nice balance.