fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber brown, tart, dark fruit, wood, vanilla, little molasses, little funky.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to SoLan for sharing. Pours a cloudy mud brown color. Aroma is malts and dark fruits with some tartness and funk. Flavor is slightly sour and fruity.
BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Has a dark dirty ruby pour into a tulip with tons of head that was off-white to tan colored, there was lots of effervescence in this ale, some dark brown hues that resembles dates and prunes steep in water, it left heavy lacings on the sides of the glass, I got sour and wild flower aromas when I popped the cork, the glass presented me with aromas of light citrus fruits (lemons and oranges) and dark fruits (raisins and some prunes) all surrounded and mixed with a sour fragrance, it had some yeasty tones with dry chocolate, light caramel and field flowers, flavor of raisins, dry bitter chocolate along with dark malts, faint spices in the background (pepper and a bit of other spice I could not pin down), there was a small amount of sweetness that is fleeting across the taste buds with each sip, I find that this ale got better as it warmed up to room temperature, the mouth feel was over carbonated and the sour-tartness was persistent throughout, lots of aromas and flavor just wished this had less carbonation, less carbonation would help this drink.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus and white fruits along with woody yeast and sour fruits. Gigantic off white head that mostly lasted and left good lace. Amber purple hue that looks black in the glass. Flavor is sweet, tart, sour and dry. Palate is fizzy, dry and medium bodied. Very good brew and I’m no fan of Belgian style beers. Love the aroma and taste but waiting for the head to subside is killing me. Best beer from Arbor Brewing for sure. Great.
Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours hazy brown with a towering off-white head that retains nicely and leaves good lacing. The aroma is full of root vegetables, like carrots, light beets, and there are also some brussel sprouts as well. There is no suggestion of a crisp acidity that most sour ales possess. The taste also leaves much to be desired, with just a light sweetness, some pepper, caramel, and very little if any sourness at all. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is spritzy. I have no idea why this beer is rated so highly.
ketchepillar (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG Tasting. Blueberry. THe flavor rules. Some flat weird caramel in the aroma.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
08 (third) and 09 (4th) poured next to each other. Review of the 08.
A-both pour the same color, a dark brown, hazy color with a thinner khaki colored head.
S-the nose brings a fair amount of acetaldehyde, green apples, notes of dry oaky dust, slightly metalic, hints of spice.
T-taste is pretty similar to the nose, green apples, spice, light tartness, acetaldehyde, slightly metalic, the oak is present and dusty.
M-smooth and soft on the palate, carbonation is quite present, a little dry in the back with a light body.
D-this is not very tasty, the sourness doesn’t overtake the green apple but it seems to have many faults.
The 09 might even be worse. The malt body is much stronger, maybe some diacetyl in there. The green apple is there as well, caramel, lighter oak presence and not as dusty, earthy.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing Yaniv! Dark brown with a big ass loose light tan head. Mild lightly sweet nose. Not a ton going on, but nothing offensive. Perhaps hindered by the cold serving temperature demanded by the label (the bottle was a slow-mo gusher). Reasonably creamy body, though with surprising lowerish carbonation. Sweet grapey light sweetness. A bit astringent in the oaky tannin department. Floral astringent finish. Not too sour, along the lines of some Lacto and Brett.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a cloudy brown with ruby highlights, was a gusher with a ridiculously large beige head. Aroma is vegetal with no real tartness evident. Flavor isn’t too bad, however, with nice tartness and acidity and a touch of caramel and wood.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gusher with a huge head. Light aroma, corky aroma, vegetal. Overly carbonated, Tastes like a dubbel with maybe a tiny hint of sour to it. Not that interesting and not really that terribly good tasting.