HogTownHarry (6133) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (250ml). Bottle from Boutip - thanks, man!. Poured bright copper with ruby highlights and a decent creamy-foamy lasting tan head. Nice aroma of sour wine and sour apple cider, roast caramel malt and a hint of chocolate in there to, some oak character. Very mild taste, not as sour - quite a bit of candy apple character, lightly sour on the finish. Slightly watery mouthfeel, quite acidic and sticky - very pleasant dessert sour ale, reminds me of a pomme torte dessert I had last week at Le Select Bistro in Toronto.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Robe brune claire aux reflets acajoux surmontée d’une fine mousse beige. Arômes de cerises sûres, de chêne, d’acidité et de levures. Saveurs douces de cerises sûres, d’acidité, d’amertume et de caramel.
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - FEB 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
cloudy amber with no head. nicely sour and has fruity aroma. well balanced with quenching mouthfeel.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from chevy chase. aroma is all lactic acid. dark red with only slight tan head. suprisingly light body (it’s low alcohol, but i still didn’t expect a light body). flavor is malty candy (apples? cherries), with a pleasantly mild tart finish. the most mellow flemish red that i can remember tasting. i like it.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(25cl bottle) Many thanks to Boutip for obtaining this for me. Pours a thin, beige, creamy head with a reddish, lightly carbonated body. As mentioned below it is rather balsamic but with a old, sweet cherry alure. The flavour of a tart apple cider with cherry and mild malt linger. Average.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Earthy and vinous aroma with plenty of balsamic, acidic cherries apparent. Very dark reddish brown coloured body is topped by a large bubbled, low, light brown head that recedes rapidly to ring and thin partial cover. Fairly sweet, round malt character with plenty of cherries notable, some chocolate and a mild leafy, woody character that is joined by a lasting mineral flavour lasts in the aftertaste. Dry medium body with fairly low carbonation and a fairly thin texture. Snifter. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Bièropholie, Nov-05).
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by 05/2006 25cl bottle from Secret Santa Boutip. The beer pours to a chestnut brown body with a off-white soap water head. Heavy lacing (slides down glass). The aroma is earthy red wine and dates with obvious balasamic vinegar and corn bread. Very strange but nice. The flavor is where this beer falls apart. Extremely mineral in flavor/palate. Also included are sugary sweet brown sugared cherries. I don’t think "Flemish Sour Ale" at all...
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear deep bronze, slightly lacing off-white head. Corn and chlorine hinting nose gives us fears of DMS, but otherwise, it’s gently woody, slightly balsamic and leading us into a leafy mildness that is not unpleasant. Rather mineral palate, growing sweet brown sugar character, rather vegetal, leafy, nutty with faint chocolate powder undertones. Low carbonation induces a syrupy aspect that is not welcome. Rather thin body despite this. Low-scale oud bruin.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown/reddish color. Aroma reminds red wine/grapes and dark fruits. Little sourness. Taste goes a little more tart/sour, but nothing very impressive. As pointed by MartinT, carbonation is a little to high compared to what I’ve come to expect from a Flemish sour. I felt notes of oxidation too that would suggest that the bottle was getting old and might explain the carbonation. Has a medium body that tends to get a little boring.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Biscuity malts lie below the black grapes and red wine vinegar allusions. Caramel sweetness attempts to cover the DMS, but cannot completely.
Shallow tartness for the style, and a little more effervescent than I usually like. Some cherries and berries turned into a light wine. A quaffable oud bruin, but not one to keep me busy for long.
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