Huge thanks to d0b for contributing this to the epic sour tasting with myself, him, and Beerloco. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.
A - Two and a half fingers of light brown/tannish foam with excellent retention but spotty lacing. Hazed orange-red color with visible carbonation racing to the top.
S - Funk, brett, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, apricots, citrus, peach, wood - it's all in there. This is without the most balanced wild ale I've ever tried, as it somehow emanates sweetness, sour, funk, and tart at the same time without being a complete mess. Super potent and utterly delightful.
T - The taste is a tiny step down, with a lot of the subtleties of the smell having been smoothed out. There's still tons of sour apple, citrus, and floral notes, as well as some good horsey funk. It starts out with a sharp funky palate attack but then smooths as it makes its way across the palate.
M - Dry finish, with the cottonmouth and too much candy residuals. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and velvet smoothness.
D - This is by far the most drinkable wild I've ever tried. The insane balanced combination induces minimal palate fatigue, the carbonation is spot-on, and there are no intense or off-putting aftertastes. Vinnie has captured lightning in bottle with this one, taking the best elements of a number of brews and blending them into something unforgettable. I am SO glad that this is the sour from the big three of which I still have another bottle.
Nov. 6, 2008
First, thanks to Tim for helping me out with yet another great beer, this is now the 2nd year in a row that you have helped me out with a beer I wanted, or decided, to drink for my birthday, so thanks!
So, for my b-day I decided to drink this beer. Here we go…
Popped the cork and a rush of bubbles raced to the neck of the bottle. Poured an orange glow with some fiery red highlights. About a half inch of foam amassed and quickly settled to a ring. Fairly good retention, and a swirl brings back some life back to the beer which I always appreciate.
Lovey. Sour and tart fuits, green apples, grapes, sea salt, peaches, apricots, sour cherries. I can see some Supplication in the mix. A bit of wood and oak tannins, vanilla, and some sweet pale malt in the background. A little cheesy. Lots of lemon and some pear. I really like the smell of this beer, simply mouthwatering. Some brett, sweat, and funk. Some toasted and caramel malt begins to shine through as it warms up. Pineapple and cantaloupe too.
Sour cherries, lemon, and oak at first. Second sip tasted a lot fruitier with green apples, pineapple, white grapes, and pears. There’s also a wave of bitter and sour orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. High level of acidicy but pretty tamed with the vinegar which is a plus for me. At first it has a chalky feel on the tongue but nothing too distracting. Lemony and sour fruit in the aftertaste. Maybe just a tad more vinegar in the finish as the beer warms up, more cherry too. I slightly prefer the taste of this one at cellar temp, rather than room temp.
Excellent mouthfeel…effervescent, high dryness level, and refreshing.
Great beer overall…pretty much lived up to my expectations.
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