GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 On tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington. Pours a clear, brownish red with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is wild: overripe cherries, bananas, and raspberries with honey and a big kick of balsamic vinegar. Taste is sour, vinegary, ripe berries, mustiness. The sourness becomes more vinegary and then just sweet over time. Very easy to enjoy and very different. Similar to Duchesse De Bourgogne albeit with less acidic tartness. The balsamic taste takes a bit getting used to but maybe I’m just not yet indoctrinated into the world of sours.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red/brown colored. Light brown small head that dies quickly. Is sweet and fruity in the aroma. The flavor is fruity (cherries) and has a somewhat flat sourness. Has a sweet, short and quick finish.
marcus (8593) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at La Trappe Cafe S.F. This brown ale poured with creamy tan head and a sour fruit aroma. It’s not a bit sour, in fact it’s kind of sweet. The oak taste is easily discernible over the thin brown flavor.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Town Hall. Very flemish character with some cherry, funk and sugar. Tart flavor that reminded me of the Duchess but a little thin on the mouthfeel.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle at home, iRate: pours a dark rosewood with almost no head, just a dusting of tan froth. Very nice aroma of dusty grapes, some ripe cherries, rich red port, some lacto and a light dash of a citrus tartness. A nice dose of oak and some balsamic vinegar fill out this nose pleasing treat. The first couple seconds that the beer sits in your mouth not much happens. It seems a bit thin and dull... But then it wakes up. The soft CO2 has just enough powee to kick things into gear. First grapes and cherries burst in followed by the lacto and citrus twang. Slight tannic wood notes pop in and out. Just a touch of brown sugar floats on in above some creme di balsamic before things start to turn a little apple-like. A nice long finish with under-ripe green apples and port, drying out at the last minute. I have to say that I didn’t expect much from this beer, but I am quite pleased!
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hamilton‘s Tavern in San Diego during the RBSG 08 pubcrawl. Dark orange bronze with a tan head. Aroma is acidic with tart cherries and a slight metallic character. Flavor is berries with an acetic sharpness. Fairly tart but a little too sweet. Poor man‘s Duchesse du Bourgogne. Still not bad.
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep amber. Slightly sour aroma and a twinge of sweetness. Flavor is a bit sour, with cherry overtones very prominent. Nice for one, too much after that.
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Hopleaf. The Duchesse and the Rodenbach Grand Cru are better, but only just so. This brew was certainly sweeter than the Rodenbach and less sour, both of which compromised the taste mildly. Minimal tan/white head that remains forever. Smells tarter than it tastes. Very fruity flavor, with Raspberry dominating. Overripe fruit and the sourness characteristic of oak-aged brews dominate the taste. Solid Flemish sour- very tasty.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25cl, from the brewery, easy to drink sour brew, yet complex, balanced, clear; small head, nice brew, refreshing
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had an opportunity to sample this on tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington DC. Served in a wine glass, transparent, dark brown with a delicate, white head. Aroma is honey, dark fruits, bananas, sickly sweet. Flavor is tart and sweet, distinct yeastiness, dark fruits, some balsamic vinegar, a little musty. Medium finish, fruity.