AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
adamjackson (241) – Canaan, USA – APR 28, 2012
Purchased this from a guy doing a cellar cleaning. 750ML format, 2009 Vintage. Stored in the cellar for a month or so. Poured into an Ommegang Glass.
A – Very small cork of the pop with very little carbonation. Tiny coffee coloured head but dissipated almost instantly. This beer is a very dark hazey brown. Looks closer to a the liquid you get following squashing grapes. On a glass swirl, more red dark cherry colors are apparent.
S – Dark cherries dominate the nose followed by a very musty basement mold smell. Smells akin to a very old Bordeaux I had in France. Lots of wild grapes and bits of dark fruits and pineapples.
T – Holy moly! This is a total sour bomb. White wine characters of grapes and musty mold. The tartness is very similar to hand picked Muscadines.Nice sour cherries on the back of the tongue. The sour funk and wild characteristics are way more pronounced than expected which must be the age of the bottle. I don’t have a 2012 vintage to compare it to. The vinegar notes are great as I’m a huge fan of vinegar. There’s a minor hint of oak wood but it’s very subdued compared to the sour bomb that is this beer.
M – Minor carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body. Huge sour funk that lingers for a very long time after drinking.
O – I was not expecting this to be such an intense sour beer but I’m excited that it is. Also, I hear now that the 750ml is a very rare format for this beer and the 2009 vintage. Stoked to have had both and bummed that, after opening I can’t share this with out local tasting group.