230th Anniversary American Sour Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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Reviews by brentk56:
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle 176 of 230
Appearance: Pours a rusty burnt orange color with a magnificent head that leaves squiggles of lace all around
Smell: Tart aromatics with a range of fruity undertones, including apples and pears, white wine vinegar, with layers and layers of oak
Taste: There is just a hint of caramel in the front but the acetic tartness quickly pushes it to the back; as tartness develops, the fruit (tart apple, grape and pear) adds complexity; after the swallow, however, there is a lack of follow through in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly aqueous
Overall: It is great to see a brewer tackle a sour here in NC as most of them have shied away from these styles; while this is not a great sour, it is very good and I look forward to seeing more examples in this genre from Natty's going forward
04-21-2011 00:36:07 | More by brentk56
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4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle shared by Robert – thanks! Bottle no. 46 out of 230.
Pours a hazy dark amber-brown color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of medium malts with large amounts of funk, leather, and moderately tart dark cherries. Also present are very slight hints of raisins.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by tart cherries and hints of darker fruits. Midway through some funk comes into play with hints of leather, carrying through to a moderately tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.
Overall this was a very good beer. I’ve been to the brewpub before and was impressed with some of their offerings, but the fact they’ve hit the nail on the head with such a tough style is very nice to see. Well worth a shot.
08-11-2011 20:29:13 | More by glid02
4.8/5 rDev +13.2%
Generously shared with me by bs870621345, Bobby. Thank you for the great opportunity! 750ml bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian glass. Bottle 59/230.
Appearance: Dark ruby red color with a very small off white head. Carbonation is not particularly active.
Smell: Well right off the bat it smells like cat poop in a litter box for lack of a better term. However after about twenty minutes in the glass it really opens up and smells like a great sour should. Nice and sour with a good amount of funk to it.
Taste: Hot damn this is nice and sour. I love how intensely sour this is! Some dark fruits in the background and some oakiness. Perfect flavor for the style and if this was normally available I would buy this all the time.
Mouthfeel: Relatively heavy for the style, but it fits perfectly for the beer. Carbonation is there to balance out the "thickness".
Overall: I had no real expectations going into this, but I was blown away. This beer is damn near perfect and I wish I could buy this on a regular basis. Nice and sour but just dry enough at the end of the sip.
05-08-2011 03:14:15 | More by OddNotion
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Bottle #82 of 230! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a reddish brown with half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, sour, and vinegar. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, vinegar, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have actually been to this brewpub quite a few times before and haven't been OVERLY impressed with some of their beers, however, this one surprised me. Had a very nice flavor profile going on here as well as aroma. The vinegar aspect I picked up on in this one really tied the entire beer together. The fruit character in this one also made a nice contribution to it as well. A really well done beer for sure. Just hate they made so little of it... A definite must try and probably my favorite brew from Natty Greene's to-date.
07-07-2011 16:58:55 | More by thagr81us
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
almost a cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.
aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more. nice and clear with the long lasting note of cherry on the palate
06-20-2011 00:54:13 | More by mikesgroove
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
750 ml bottle received from woolyb in a recent BIF. Thanks so much for sending this my way! Bottle number 119 of 230. Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Dark ruby colored body with red highlights throughout. A nice thick and bubbly tan head sits around for quite some time. Retention is quite nice leaving a film across the surface, as well as sticky lacing on the walls. Great looking Oud Bruin.
S: Oak, black cherry, vinegar, tart berry fruits and wood. The berries come out more as it sits, giving off wonderful aromas of blackberry, raspberry and even some blueberry. There's such a great balance of the acidic vinegar-like qualities with the barrel flavors and fruitiness. Exceptionally well done once again.
T: My first thought was, holy hell that's sour. Black cherry flesh up-front along with a big acidic bite. The caramel malts wash but not long after the berries come through. More blackberry, blueberry and hints of matured wood towards the back end. The beer is certainly heavy on its sourness, but the malt backbone does a nice job trying to smooth things over, even though it fails a bit.
M: Highly bubbly carbonation, fizzy on the palate creating a smoothness to the tongue. Really, this is just what I look for in the style of beer. Certainly dry in the finish, too.
This beer was sensational, it packed so much bite but also had enough fruit flavors and malt elements to keep things interesting. It wasn't lopsided in flavor nor balance, very in tune with the style and my tastes. I really, really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Jason!
12-20-2011 19:09:45 | More by ShanePB
3.58/5 rDev -15.6%
Thanks for sharing this, Richard.
Pours a cloudy pinkish red color with a small off-white head. The nose is certainly sour, mostly in the form of vinegar. A little bit of dark fruit and straw, but overall, it's a fairly simnple beer. Maybe a hint of oak. Tastes similar to how it smells. Perhaps a bit more lactic than the aroma lets on, but still fairly vinegary. There is some fruit character such as black cherry and raisin as well as a bit of lemon peel, straw, and grass. Medium body with medium carbonation.
01-16-2012 20:38:13 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
big thanks to scott for sharing this with mike and i. packaged 12/2010 offered 3/15/2011.
#16 of 230
a - deep purple. thin head that was gone in an instant. ring around the surface of fizziness and some spotty lacing.
s - sour flanders smell. cherriness.
t - classic acidic cherry. classic flanders. nice sourness.
m - sour but not as intense as the others we've had this evening. good carbonation, smooth.
o - overall i dug this one a lot. solid and good. not amazing, but very solid flanders.
02-11-2012 02:39:51 | More by cosmicevan
3.73/5 rDev -12%
A nice surprise shared by ottovon and poured into a tulip.
Brewed for the 230th anniversary of a revolutionary battle, this is an amber ale aged for two years with brettanomyces.
Completely opaque burgundy. A one-finger head of light beach sand becomes a frothy ring after a short while. Some ragged lace festoons the glass as I drink.
Very funky, very tart nose. Caramel, brown sugar, vinous oak, balsamic.
Brown sugar, vinegar and caramel notes continue into the flavor. There’s an extreme blast of sour after the swallow, with lots of balsamic. It’s not too complex, but it is a solid Flanders flavor.
The medium-light body is kind of soft and tongue-puckeringly tart. Carbonation prickles the tongue softly while the acidic qualities feel like they’re taking off my enamel.
This beer wasn’t even close to my radar, but I was pleasantly surprised. A quality Flanders that, while uncomplicated, is quite good.
07-20-2011 23:20:38 | More by Phelps
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottle # 72 of 230. Chilled and poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Stephen for hooking this up.
A - Pours muddy brown/ ruby color. Nice creamy looking head that has a faint pink/brown tint to it. Lots of nice lacing.
S - It smells sour alright. Tart cherries and a touch of funk.
T - Tart cherries hit you first, with a nice sour twang at the back of your tongue. Aftertaste has notes of oak, vanilla and earthiness. Subsequent tastes reveal more of the oak characteristics along with the tartness. Overall, very nice.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely and leaves the tongue dry and crisp.
O - Overall, this is a very nice sour. The tartness is there, the funk is there and the oak really rounds it out. I would definitely drink this again, if there were more than 230 bottles of it. A very nice treat from a great friend. If you can get a hold of it, try it, you'll like it.
04-01-2012 04:57:01 | More by Genghis22
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to sincereNc for this one. #120 of 230 bottles. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Ommegang Rouge Tulip.
A- Dark Amber in color, good carbonation, 1/2 inch head that looks like a creamy texture. Some lacing.
S- Smells of caramel, toffee, sourness, funk, and some acid. Also sour cherries and other dark red fruits. Definitely that fruity bubble gum smell that I love.
T- Taste resembles the nose. Tastes of sour caramel, toffee, tart cherries, some oak, good acidity, but not overly so. It has everything I like and love in a Flemish Sour. Comparable to La Roja, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Ommegang Rouge, Supplication, Red Poppy, etc. Not bad at all for a little unknown brewery to me.
M- The feel is good, but has a short finish. Has some tartness and sharpness to it.
Overall- I didn't have any expectations, if I did, I'm sure this would have topped them. I enjoyed this beer very much. If they brewed this seasonal or year-round, I would def partake in this one!
04-26-2011 00:48:05 | More by GrandCruDrew
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle #46/230 courtesy of RobErt.
Pours a Brownish/Red with a very slight head. Smells of sour apples and pears with a hint of oak peaking thru the nose. First sip is puckering sour with dark fruits dominating. Again it is apples and pears coupled with caramel and tart cherries notes along with a tad of oak. Very well carbonated translates to a great mouthfeel. Pretty much a flawless sour.
07-30-2011 21:56:05 | More by ATLbeerDog
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.73/5 rDev -12%
Pours a beige head. Color is a dark amber copper.
Aroma: Very funky and sour. Lots of cherries and caramel. Brown sugar. Acidity and vinegar.
Taste: Super sour. Mouth-puckering intensity. Cherries, vinegar, lemon acidity. Oaky with vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Tart and acidic. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.
Overall, this reminded me of a Santa Fe wild ale. Intense sour. Pretty tasty. Unique, but I liked my small glass.
05-03-2012 22:57:21 | More by mothman
4.58/5 rDev +8%
Bottle number 59 out of 230. Split with Oddnotion, Jessee.
Pours a deep brown color with a little bit of head but leaves a great lacing down the glass.
Smell is of vinegar, lemon, dark fruit, funk, and oak.
Taste is dark fruits up front, moves into a lemon and vinegar tartness, finishes with a very strong oak, fruit, funk and lemons. Its nice, not too acidic and nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is full and not carbonated enough. Needs some time.
Overall, its damn good. Would love to see some reviews of this bad boy.
05-08-2011 02:58:36 | More by bs870621345
230th Anniversary American Sour Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.