Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle, 2005. Pours a deep murky, swampy brown with 0 head or carbonation. Big nose of acetone, nail polish and faint cherries. Very disappointing.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by deyholla. Thanks, Derek! Pours a nice brownish darker murky hue, small offwhite head dies to tiny clinging film. Aromas are nail polish remover, vinegar, sour cherries, and oak. Very astringent and vinegar sour, interesting. Initial medium bodied, vinegar and more tart cherries, a touch of nailpolish remover, oak, vanilla, caramel. Really quite tart, and vinegar ridden. Tart and balsamic, sour cherries, lactic acid, wet oak, vanilla tannins. Sweeter malts and acetate, and a load of vinegar. Intense, but pleasurable. I enjoyed this, not gonna lie.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 1/10/10: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a smallish, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh tart cherries and complex woody oak. Starts with good fruity cherry and oak tartness with some light caramel sweetness and crisp acidity before a drier puckering finish. A very good Flemish sour.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-brown pour with a thin light tan head. Bitter woody aroma with fruit and funk. Funky and creamy sour flavor. Slight chocolate flavor with a bitter finish.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, 2004 vintage, thanks ygtbsm94. Medium beige head atop murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, cheese/funk/sour, some hay/grass. Taste is medium sweet, cheese/funk, caramel, some citrus/grass. Medium body, low carbonation.
nimbleprop (3918) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours a translucent, copper, amber with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is very tart, funky, like a dusty basement, hay, grass, cherries. Flavor is sweet, tart, a little caramel, tart cherries, grass, hay, a little stale hop, a little white pepper, red grapes. There’s definitely an acidity to it and a little tint of 9% abv. Very nice flanders style sour.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is heavy Hanssens gueuze, some citrus, lots of hay and cheese. Flavor is moderately sweet, lots of cheese, lots of citrus, light vinegar. Very nice stuff.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled September 2009
A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick (including a finger above the rim of the glass), lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, madly swirling, light red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart with lactic acid, and quit fruit-like as well with notes of plum, ripe apple, sour raisins and earthy tamarind; there is some acetic acid here as well that accentuates a cherry balsamic like aroma. The earthy note extends into a toasted malt character that provides a bit of a musty back note to this beer. Towards the finish is a note that smells like a damp, slightly moldy plank of oak that smells a bit like it has been freshly burnt / cut in a rotary saw. Spicy oak notes rounds out the thoroughly woody character that is found in this beer. While almost not directly noticeable, there is a chewy malt character noticeable in the nose somehow; this isn’t sweet smelling but has a richness to it that foretells malt character in the flavor.
Lightly tart tasting up front and as the beer rolls across the tongue it picks up more sourness; the beer has a definite acetic acid edge to it that melds nicely with a chewy malt middle that provides notes of toasted malt and sour caramelized grain. A musty note greets my tongue from the get go and there is definitely a significant oak presence here as well; musty plywood flavors, a definite spicy oak finish that gets a touch warm, as well as a buttery oak component are all present in the flavor. This beer does not present as an aggressively sour beer (at least from the perspective of a person who adores sour beers), but there is a nice mix of lactic (the dominant note) and acetic components that works quite well with this medium bodied brew. The body also seems to get a textural boost from some barrel derived tannins that provide a slickness to the palate. There is a nice toasted graininess that lingers in the finish; the rich, sweet malt character of the base beer has transformed quite a bit here, along the way it has mellowed into a rich, savory background note that plays a supporting role and it no longer provides any sweetness to this dry tasting beer. The carbonation had quite a bit of time to mellow before I first took a sip, while ample it still was not overwhelming as the body of this beer seems to hold up to the carbonation well.
A fresh pour of this beer, while quite a bit more carbonated, still has a very well integrated texture to it. The acetic note contributes a touch of perceived sweetness as well as accentuating a rich fruit note that reminds me just a bit of cherries and perhaps a dash of balsamic vinegar. This is definitely a nice tipple, it perhaps has a touch too much hot oak to it to be perfectly balanced (especially as it warms up), but there is a fair amount of complexity here that easily keeps me engaged through the bottle. One should definitely drink this below 65ºF / 18ºC as the oak can get a bit over-bearing above this te
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: Innovative take on the Sour Ale genre. Unique experiment and excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, 2004 vintage (only year this was made I believe) at a tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy golden copper body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Lots of oak barrel character. Although the beer has a strong Flemish Sour personality its complex and strong fruity flavours do not focus on cherries and sourness. A unexpected balsamic vinegar taste that somehow doesn’t feel like an “off’ flavour. A little band-aid taste that again fits in nicely. Light-medium sourness level, less than average for the style. Despite a wide array of flavours the body felt a bit empty. Indisputably original, an acquired taste. Although the beer is supposedly aged in Hanssens barrels, there was no funk/lambic flavours noticeable. Some will complain about the hefty price tag of $20/750ml but that didn’t bother me at all, although the fact that beerbuzzmontreal paid for the bottle probably helped in that regard.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Pours a hazy amber color with a medium offwhite head. Superb aroma of sourness, wood, fruits and vinegar. The flavor has the same balanced blend of vinegar, sourness, wood and fruits. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Solid and surprising.