holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle thanks to Kan for sharing. Pink grapefruit bile color with a thin head. Lots of brett acid citrus aroma. Tart acidic flavors sweet. ok. 8/2/7/4/15
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a small white head. Aroma of horse blanket, herbs, cherries, and oak. Flavor of citrus, cherries, brett, herbs, and oak with a dry finish. blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, orange in color with a spritzy bright funk and pepper aroma, flavors of sour fruits, nice lasting finish SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a light, hazy amber/pink with fizzy white head. Aroma has a very nice acidic note to it with bright citrus. Flavor has a great acidic cherry tartness with aged wood notes blended in with some hints of farmhouse and fruit. Mouth feel is light body with soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, great brew! Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
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Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of sour cherries, lemons, and mild funk. It pours. A hazy orange with a touch of pink and a small pinkish-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sour cherries. The finish adds some extra lemon tartness and a touch of oak. Medium bodied with lively but not prickly, carbonation.
Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this rare gem. Very glad I got to try this one.
The beer pours an orangish-pink color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of brett notes, but also get some tart lemon and cherries. There is also a nice amount of oak in the aroma.
The flavor is even better than the aroma. There is a lot of brett funk along with a light to medium sourness from the lemons and cherries. The oak is also present in the flavor. I found the beer to be relatively sour and it finished very dry. The beer is highly drinkable.
Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Outstanding overall. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
750ml bottle graciously provided by Sean...A light rose colored pour, looks eerily similar to Veritas 007...A nice balanced aroma showing off tart cherries, oak, and little sweetness...The taste is lightly tart as well throughout, makes it a tastey drinker, I only wish it was a bit more tart. This is a tart beer not lambic sour. The cherries show off nicely as does a touch of oak...The feel is nice, dry, slight pucker, full palate...Easy drinker.
After having the hyped up Gold I was ambiguous about trying this. However, this turned out to be the highlight of the night. An easy drinking wild with nice balance, could be a touch more tart but a good beer to start people off drinking on sours, or a fun easy drinker for those who enjoy the style. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: The cork pops and the pour is...orange? The head is large and white.
S: I get tart cherry notes on the nose along with a generally tart aroma (lactic acidity). Some lemon zest and a light oak aroma. For a sour cherry beer, this is sort of boring.
T: At least it has more cherry flavor than it does aroma. Lots of pie cherries and carbon dioxide going on here. The fruit and oak character are decent enough and the flavor is pleasantly tart.
M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer by any means but not terribly interesting. It was pretty easy to drink, though, which is a good thing. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
[Bottle] shared by Randall. Thanks! Pours a beautiful blueish, purpleish gold with a scant ring of foam. Aroma is lactic sharpness, tannin, a touch vinous, not much cherry, a hint of acetic. Flavor is moderately tart, a nice bit of tannin, light cherry, sharp and bright, moderate acetic/lactic. Good stuff. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Ffej for busting this out at his tasting.
Pours a dark golden rosee color with with dark golden tangerine colored hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy head that is off-white and slightly pink. The head quickly fizzles away leaving no lacing.
Sweet vinous aroma with very subtle hints of funky brett, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The oak isn’t as prominent as the other beers in the Splinter Series but there is a mellow vanilla presence that provides nice balance to the fruit notes.
Tight carbonation with a prominent dry Brett effervescence up front which is quickly countered by hints of grape and apple. I swear I can pick up the skin of the fruit. Puckering up front but not acidic at all and the sour element is nicely balanced by the sweet fruit notes. Fuller mouthfeel than expected with a puckering dry finish. I’m not sure what the ABV is but te alcohol is excellently masked and this beer is extremely quaffable.