Whiskers On Kittens
D9 Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #765
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,324
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
74
From:
D9 Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  20
SCORE
91
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Notes: A blonde sour ale made with a few of our favorite things. Sweet, floral and exploding with sour flavor, this ancient ale was made born in Venlo, named in Düsseldorf, adopted by Vienna and reenvissioned by our brewers to capture to essence of Austria. Bold, crisp and majestic as the Alps, this wild sour ale sings upon the hilltops.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am CANtinuing New G7, I mean, D9, New Beer Summit, I mean, Sunday (Weak, I mean, Week 694) with this beer. It's going to be yuge!

From the bottle: "A blonde sour ale made with a few of our favorite things. Sweet, floral and exploding with sour flavor, this ancient ale was made born in Venlo, named in Düsseldorf, adopted by Vienna and reenvissioned by our brewers to capture to essence of Austria. Bold, crisp and majestic as the Alps, this wild sour ale sings upon the hilltops."

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle pour since I have no idea what to expect from these Wild beers! I love getting wild, but at this hour, with a workday looming, nah. Once properly decanted, an in-glass swirl raised the briefest finger of fizzy, tawny head yet before fading to wisps, leaving no trace of its presence. Say, is there actual cat in this beer? Color was unquestionably solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Meow! 8=O I will be up front & say that as a hophead with GIRD, this is usually NOT my cuppa, but the nose was citrusy and even honey-like & I perked up like a cat when the CAN opener starts. Meow! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond, either. The laser-quick effect of the claws on this was downright startling! Meow! It shot right into the back of my mouth as if a mouse were cowering back there & then unleashed on the hinges of my jaw, making my ears ring in agonized response. Oh, my, Whiskers! Be a nice kitty, whydoncha? Meow! No pucker, so this was not tart in any way, shape or form. Just sour. Whew. I am stunned that it goes at such a relatively low price point! I have had others of this ilk that made me regret my outlay, but here, I was down with it. The tastes ranged from melon/cantaloupe to lemon/grapefruit to vinegar to that sour smell that ashtrays used to give off the following morning as I chewed my arm off to quietly escape, deep in the throes of regret. Well, YMMV. Finish was gaspingly dry. Gack! Meow! I need some water & my inhaler. Y'know, I actually enjoy this sort of abuse.

Jun 11, 2018
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robebo44 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2019
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captaintrash from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid sour ale a bit puckering with notes of peaches stone fruit and a touch of lemon. Didn't quite get a pour but smell was sublime. Decent price for a sour blonde!

Jul 19, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a light haze, and no visible carbonation and no visible head.

Smells of funky and sour.

Taste goes after the nose. It’s a balance of sour with right balance. Funk and charm.

Medium tart body with very little carbonation.

I got this in North Carolina and I’m drinking it California September 27, 2020.

Sep 29, 2020
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MGibbons from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 30, 2021
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 25, 2017
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 01, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil for this one!
Golden amber color, fizzling foam, spotty lace.
Apple, cranberry, crabapple, minerals in the aroma.
Tart and crisp, malic acid and crapapple notes. Puckering with a moderate tartness, not really sour.
Very slight oxdation, minor berry note.
Overall it's interesting stuff, fairly unique.

Oct 24, 2016
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Dwayne.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bronzed golden yellow color with a super quickly dissipating little white head. No lace.
The aroma had some apple cider vinegar punching at some lemon juice - slightly sour then some grassy hop notes and some woody sour features.
The flavor was moderately sour with an ample tart and sweet apple cider to acidic vinegary character. Acidic sour lemon to apple-like aftertaste, pretty quick.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, maybe a touch under with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt mostly good, maybe a touch under. ABV seemed on par. Definitely a sour woody to green apple crisp finish.
Overall, good American wild ale, definitely more or less the old school sort of quality and not so fruit forward as many are these days. I'd have this again.

Mar 03, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall very nice sour. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. Bright, clear gold color on first pour followed by more hazy dull gold on other pours. Kind of a jolly rancher apple sourness and tartness dominate both the aroma and flavor. The main fruit is apple with maybe some citrus. The tartness/sourness is very pronounced, but not over the top. This is a very drinkable sour ale. Mouthfeel is rich and tart. Still goes down easily and is very refreshing. I would seek this one out again.

May 28, 2017
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williebum from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 03, 2018
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halo913 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 16, 2016
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 21, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 01, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- Blonde Sour Ale in Duvel glass. Titratable acidity = 825 mg/l. With tamed Micro-flora. Never Kettled.

A: A pristine bright orange, has a varied quick release of macro-bubbles. A sudsy, bread white head dissipates quickly by style, to a polished surface offering no window dressing.

S: Lightly tart oranges, with a fresh field of micro-floral scents. Clean with some lemon sourness, gentle strength, wish it had a bit more umph.

T: Big sourness of tart oranges and lemons gives some sour citrus of a generous proportions making up for a rather soft aromatic sense. Strong acidity, some sour fruitiness of white grapes and sour pineapple tropical highlights. Crisp palate with some saffron honey and micro floral wild yeastiness is very smooth.

M: Very crisp with a good bite and snap to it. Razor sharpness around the tongue with an active and bubbly coating on the tongue. Medium body, oily slick feel. Pucker up.

O: After a soft aromatic entry, the flavor did not disappoint with a big sourness factor on the open that made your eyes open, or squint, for that matter. Very good drink-ability, you will want to take your time with this one. Firm crispness and sourness by style, savor to the last sip.

Feb 07, 2018
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nov 11, 2018
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 03, 2016
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Radome from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap in a snifter at the Pour Taproom in Charleston, SC. Nice burnished golden color with just a hint of haze. Decent head and tasting. Delicious aroma of green apple is tart but there is a cotton candy sweetness as well. The flavors are of fruit and low malt with a dominant (but not harsh) sourness. The sweetness from the aroma is not in the flavor. Silky carbonation and slight alcohol presence. This is a wonderful, nuanced wild ale, among the best I've had in the US or Belgium.

Aug 18, 2017
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 24, 2015
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crewfan1952 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 19, 2017
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golf4collet from West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 30, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 20, 2017
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buckyp from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2017
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AaronDz from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 13, 2015
Whiskers On Kittens from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 74 ratings