JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy reddish brown color, thin bubbly light tan head. Vinous dark sourness, cherries, oak, dark meat spices in aroma. Very nice aroma... love the wine. Taste starts a little boring, but my mouth is quickly wrapped in a dry oaky wine character. It has a hidden strong and dry alcohol character that might be coming from the grappa or whiskey. Light dry cacao too. But that vinous thing is still there which wraps it up nicely. Overall... nicely done. It seems hard to find the belgian aspect... maybe that is the spices I noticed. The wine barrel character is the biggest thing, which is yummy.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BFM Abbaye De Saint
Sampled side by side 04 & 05
pours a very dark kind of mahogony color w/ a nice whispy tan head (4)
notes of alcohol, overripe green apples definatly like a flemish sour, some good tartness maybe a hint of cherries definate wine qualities w/ hints of wood notes a touch of vanilla and maybe even a hint of chocolate. (9)
Full well coated palate a little creamy (4)
Flavor is a little hot (alcohol) has some interesting mouth watering qualities from the tart fruits and dry woodiness. I can definatelly taste a touch of whiskey in the after taste and a hint of a realy pungent and deep red wine. (8)
Very nice (17)
and as you sip this and warm it more and more wine notes start to come out... mmmm.
pours a reddish hugh almost burgandy w/ a whispy white head and good visable carbonation. (4)
Doesn’t smell nearly as strongly as the 04 hints of alcohol some definate fruit notes touch of apple some sweet sugars livens up a little with warmth pulling out more sweetness (8)
Palate is smaller on the front but still coats well lightly creamy (3)
Flavor is definatelly not a BW (mis-listed). But very good. Lots of big oaky notes some definate fruits (beer de guard in my head now). Some lightly tart apple and cherry some more oak definatelly complex w/ very well hidden alcohol notes. (8)
Very nice (16)
Ungstrup (30341) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A murky dark red-brown beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is sweet and sour like a Flemmish sour ale with notes of berries, alcohol, and apples. The flavor is malty with notes of apples and berries, leading to a dry woodey end, and the body is thick. Interesting but a bit weird.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Opaque dark brown-orange with a thin film of light tan head. Doughy malt, caramel, dark alefruit smells under a heavy grapeskin and slight must bracing. Caramel, chalky chocolate, raisin, and plum flavors up front with a delicate spiciness. Slight buttery toffee character with a heavy grape skin/wine flavor that manifests afterwards. Phenols and a musty tartness in the finish, with lingering residual vinous components. All in all rather "winey". Mouthfeel is a medium, approaching heavy. Somewhat drying.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 750ml, brewed 3 years ago. pours a sorta muddy ruby with a thin off white head. nose is bursting with red wine, sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and hints of caramel. a really nice wine smell for sure. flavor has lots of tannins, oak, vanilla, caramel, red grapes and apples, toffee, sour cherries, and subtle earthy whiskey note in the finish. body is a tad thin. alcohol very well hidden. i’m surprised more ratings down play the wine characteristics cuz this comes off being pretty winey - in the nose, flavor, and finish. you really forget it’s beer. this reminds me of something Russian River would put out. pretty close to one of their flemish sours without the brett. man this is really tasty.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a deep ruby brown hue with alight slight off-white head. Aromas of apples,whiskey, rum, grapes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of toffee, coffee, vinuous in flavor and finish. Wow...an extremely complex brew.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to boboski for this one. Hazy dark brown color with ruby tints within. Thin white head. Aromas are plentiful and remarkable. Aggressive yeast and lambic/funk aromas, dark musky oak/wine/grape/black cherry aromas, freshly cut apples, raisins. Palate is medium-bodied and the carbonation is well-done, not being noticed. Dark, dry, sweet cherry and grape flavors throughout with some spiciness. Sour finish, which shifts around (as do the aromas) as the beer sits. Excellent.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy boboski. Very dark ruby/brown. Small, frothy, tan cap. Nose of dry red wine, sour grapes, oak, and light doses of chocolate, smoke, vinegar, alcohol. Same flavors. Additions: sour cherries, sweeter grape grappa, subtle vanilla, zesty yeast. Very complex. Full body, balanced. Truly excellent brew. How the hell is the average only 3.9?
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours sepia, chalk-hazed with a mahogany veneer under a holding ecru head. Exreme tart & tannic aroma with a huge alcohol background. Spiciness hovers behind and settles in the sinuses. Dry & wooden flavor with an overall sour vinousness. That’s where my notes end, and my words sadly do nothing to convey my appreciation and enjoyment of this complex Swiss offering.
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Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We sprung for a bottle of this and it was worth it. It had a better nose than the St. Bernardus 60th anniversary. Lambic-like consistency, yeasty with warmth and plenty of grape notes. Big grape finish, waves of flavor, sweetness, and frothiness (but not particularly soft, rather tingling). Surprises in the finish. Deep brown, red/garnet, lingering rings of head. Excellent. Part of the Christmas gathering referenced in Jazz88’s rating.