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Review by everetends on 12/11/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2010
Picked this bottle up from Hop City in ATL a couple of months ago. Was on the fence about it because a lot of negativity has come out in some reviews and when I have asked for recommendations. Served up in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown colored body. Held to the light, it lightens up in color near the bottom of the glass. Goes from dark brown, to light, then to a dark orangish/brown color at the very bottom. It does allow light through closer to the bottom as well and it does appear to be clear. Light carbonation activity moving lazily up the glass. About a finger of off white to light tan colored head. This fell to about half a finger and remains that size through the experience. Just a light amount of lace sticks but most falls back down into the body. So far so good.

S: The aroma is very light. It is mostly some light fruit presence that is mostly ambiguous. I am getting a light touch of tart, black cherry. Just a bit of the malt is coming out and comes across as an light caramel presence, basically the aroma of a unremarkable brown ale. Not as tart or sour in the nose as I would expect and picking up on very little vinegar notes for a Flemish.

T: Moves a little more in the right direction. Starts off with some light, sweet and sour cherry notes. This moves into a little bit of sour granny smith apple and that acidity that comes with it. Touch of apple cider vinegar coming across. The wierdest part about this beer is that the brown ale notes are really pronounced in the finish. Just a nice caramel malt base takes the finish to a sweeter side.

M: Medium bodied with a very light carbonation. Makes the beer incredibly light. ABV is practically nonexistant. The beer plays on the sweet and sour sides of the palate but it finishes pretty dry. Aftertaste is that brown ale base with just a lingering cherry character.

OA: It is very nice and incredibly drinkable. Very light and the sour qualities are pretty subdued. With that said, it does have some vinegar notes but they are very approachable for people who may be new to sour beers. Kind of bummed that I didn't grab another bottle because I would like to see how this one matures.

Served In: Tulip